All that, and Star Wars too.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio – The World Tonight – October 2, 1985 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Busy day in the world, this 2nd of October in 1985. The Middle East factored in, with reports that the body of a missing Soviet diplomat was discovered in Beirut, and additional reports disclosed the discovery of a second missing diplomat was found behind the Soviet Embassy. And if that weren’t enough, warnings were issued by the fundamentalist Muslim (The Islamic Liberation Organization) group responsible for the kidnapping/executions, that the Soviet Embassy would be attacked next. All this as retaliation for Soviet-backed Syrian assaults on the PLO and Sunni Fundamentalists in Tripoli.
Meanwhile, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Paris in what was called “French seduction”, en route to Gorbachev’s meeting with President Reagan. The Soviet leader tried to not let the Middle East drama get to him, but it was apparent it was on his mind. Gorbachev had a lot on his plate during this first series of visits since assuming power.
There was also the sad news that film icon Rock Hudson died of AIDS earlier in the day, a little over a year after his disclosure of contracting the disease.
If anything, brought the subject of AIDS home to just about everyone.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: CBS News Special Report – The Death Of Rock Hudson – October 2, 1985 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
And L.A. had another earthquake . . .
What a day – October 2, 1985, as reported on the CBS Radio program The World Tonight.
Avital and Anatoly Sharansky – She lobbying – He languishing in 1978.
Click on this link for the audio player: News for August 1, 1978
News for August 1, 1978 had much to do with rumors surrounding a pending major East-West Prisoner exchange. At the center of the rumors was Soviet dissident Anatoly Sharanksy and hints he would be swapped for 2 Soviet Spies being held in the U.S. Speculation was fueled by the sudden cutting-short of a lobbying visit to New York by Sharansky’s wife Avital and an eerie silence from Washington along with purported talks going on simultaneously in Washington, Moscow, Bonn, Berlin and Vienna. The plot was thickening.
Meanwhile the House, by squeaker vote of 208-205 went along with the Senate in lifting the embargo of arms sales to Turkey. The lifting came with conditions, the most notable being Turkey’s continued good behavior with reference to the “Cyprus problem”.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance was heading to the Middle East again, this time carrying a ring of pessimism over Egypt’s unwillingness to continue peace talks with Israel over the matter of what constitutes Sovereign territory.
Shipping heiress Christina Onassis was heading to the alter again, this time in Moscow.
And Boeing was getting raked over the coals for handing out a purported $50 Million in payoffs to various companies and individuals, including some who just didn’t need it.
Nice to know some things just never change.
All this and much more for this August 1, 1978 as reported by Douglas Edwards on The World Tonight from CBS Radio.