Kentucky Fried Politics: A Colonel Sanders Timeline

Trump can simply get "a small loan of a million dollars" from his dad if he decides to build up anything. I imagine he'd want to construct some major sports stadium somewhere. IOTL, he got NYC's Wollman Rink renovated at a quicker pace and lower cost than it was taking before he got the project. Maybe something like that happens here but for some sports stadium?

I'm glad you are enjoying this TL! Thanks!

You're welcome.

I remember getting a fun fiction book, "The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn," that I got for Christmas in '82 or '83. Now that I look it was written in early '81, but I can still see one of the guys - who is a former minor league player - being modeled partly on Trump and being the one to develop the idea of rebuilding Ebbets Field.

As for what he'd do TTL, Most stadiums in New York (and New Jersey with the Meadowlands) are rather new, save for Yankee Stadium, which has been renovated recently (mid-'70s). But the White Sox wee in need of a new one with Comiskey Park over 70 years old, and there was danger of them moving in the late '70s till the "long count" of the legislative session went past the deadline to approve a new stadium.

Perhaps here, Trump starts his work in the "second city" where prices are a bit cheaper, and develops something for them. (Which is a lot prettier than TTL's park - originally the old fashioned style ballparks started with Camedn Yards in 1992 but the design was offered to the White sox, who turned it down.)
Great update - thanks for the look into KFC’s operations.

I hope the 7)’s hendonistic culture has died off somewhat and folk like Freddie Mercury don’t fall victim to AltAIDS.

You killed Elton John? Another performer gone young.

Does NASA have a space station? I recall getting a permanent one was a goal about 80?

No Star Trek II yet?

Great that the Chicken Dinners are paying off.
Perhaps Trump invests in Vince McMahon's WWF, giving it an extra push towards running all of Vinnie Mac's competition out of business.

But, for the love of god, Jim Cornette and all that is right, do NOT destroy Jim Crockett Promotions.

(now watch @gap80 do just that) :p
Perhaps Trump invests in Vince McMahon's WWF, giving it an extra push towards running all of Vinnie Mac's competition out of business.

But, for the love of god, Jim Cornette and all that is right, do NOT destroy Jim Crockett Promotions.

(now watch @gap80 do just that) :p

Better idea. Trump invests in AWA and convinces Gagne to make Hulk Hogan their top Champion with Nick Bockwinkle as the top Heel. Eventually leading to him buying the promotion.
Better idea. Trump invests in AWA and convinces Gagne to make Hulk Hogan their top Champion with Nick Bockwinkle as the top Heel. Eventually leading to him buying the promotion.

Verne really should have tried to ride Hulkamania for as long as he could IOTL; the fact that he never put the title on Hogan caused Hogan to jump to the WWF (the fact that Vince offered more money helped, too). What should have been a tipoff to Verne was how the crowd at AWA's Super Sunday reacted to Hogan being stripped of the title--they almost literally rioted (they chanted bullshit and threw trash in the ring--ironically, in 1996, Hulk Hogan would be the target of a trash-throwing crowd after (in kayfabe) revealing himself as the third man in the NWO (1))...

Crowds were practically demanding that Hogan be given the title, and Verne wasn't willing to pull the trigger on Hogan--I can't say I blame Hogan for leaving the AWA after this...

(1) Watch that sometime on how to do an effective heel turn--Hogan's heel promo was very real-sounding and one of the best of his career, IMO, even if the NWO storyline went on for far too long...
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Verne really should have tried to ride Hulkamania for as long as he could IOTL; the fact that he never put the title on Hogan caused Hogan to jump to the WWF (the fact that Vince offered more money helped, too). What should have been a tipoff to Verne was how the crowd at AWA's Super Sunday reacted to Hogan being stripped of the title--they almost literally rioted...

Crowds were practically demanding that Hogan be given the title, and Verne wasn't willing to pull the trigger on Hogan--I can't say I blame Hogan for leaving the AWA after this...

It'd be out of Verne's hands if Trump retired to spend more time with Daddy's money. Or maybe he won't have to and the AWA will somehow come to its senses without Donald in charge. Maybe Nick Bockwinkle will speak up on Hogans behalf and refuse to let him be stripped of the title the first time.
Another understated reason why the WWF succeeded in going national IOTL was where the WWF was located--Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford was a part of the greater New York City metro area (it's only 30 miles from New York City).

New York City was (and still is today) in the 1980s (in spite of the city itself, to quote Brooklyn Nine Nine being "basically The Purge,") one of the premiere media capitals in the world (and the biggest in the US); in addition, the WWF's top arena at the time was Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan, which wasn't far from the headquarters of ABC, NBC, and CBS (the three networks at the time--CNN was in Atlanta, which allowed WCW to last for a time), so Vince knew a lot of media people, which helped him sell his syndicated shows nationwide (in addition, WWF wrestling was broadcast on the USA Network at the time (1))...

(1) Ironically, losing the WWE did allow USA to develop its own identity outside of being a wrestling channel, with shows like Monk, Psych, and Royal Pains, just like losing WCW helped TBS and TNT develop their own identities...
Chapter 49: December 1981 – January 1983
Chapter 49: December 1981 – January 1983

“Wherever education does not take on a liberating role, the oppressed will dream of oppressing”

– Paulo Freire


– Time Magazine, 12/26/1981


…Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is firmly anti-Israel and supported acts of violence during multi-national peace talks in the Middle East during the 1970s. He called Palestine’s Nasser Arafat and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat “heretics” for signing the 1978 Atlanta Peace Treaty. Libyan support of violent organizations coupled with a still-ongoing war with the nation of Chad and multiple skirmishes with US jets above disputed territorial waters has made the situation tense…

– The Guardian, 12/31/1981

In 1982, Epstein took his connections and experience from advising high-net-worth clients on tax strategies for Bear Stearns to successfully found his own financial management firm, J. Epstein & Co.; with it, he sought to manage the assets of clients with over $billion in net worth. This was how Epstein got his foot in the door…

Jeffrey Epstein: Profile of a Monster, 1995 documentary

Podgorny hoped that the Soviet intervention in Romania would be quick, as it was diverting elements that their troop leaders overseeing operations in Iran claimed were need for the “Ayatollah Front” down there. To try to personally oversee military efforts to keep Romania under the control of the Soviet Union, KGB leader Yuri Andropov board a private plane in Moscow, bound for Bucharest, on January 3. The plane hit turbulent weather, and the pilot lowered altitude to overcome it. He dived down too quickly, and he lost control of the aircraft. The wreckage – and the bodies of all onboard – was found strewn across a field outside of Kyiv, Ukraine… Gorbachev gave the eulogy at his mentor’s lavish state funeral, a ceremony meant to shore up patriotism for the politburo, only for its over-the-top ceremonial details to contrast the differences between the government and the suffering masses…

– Alexander Korzhakov’s autobiography From Dawn to Dusk: A Cutthroat Career, St. Petersburg Press, 1997


…Cheech Marin has begun working on a new pro-drug teen film. The former Frank Zappa bandmate and Hispanic Labor Rights organizer is teaming up with Hollywood actors to make a comedy about “four dudes – two deadbeats smoking pot, and two tightwads who accidently take pot and get freaked out because they like it.” Casting is still ongoing, but Marin expects the film to premier in the spring of 1983, “just in time for Spring Break”…

– The Hollywood Reporter, 1/5/1982

JAKE BUTCHER ACQUITTED OF BANK FRAUD; Opponents Cry “Mistrial” As Scandalous Governor Refuses To Resign

…Tennesseans waiting for Butcher to leave office will now have to wait another year, as the term-limited Governor’s term ends in January…

The Washington Post, 1/10/1982

US-Libya agitation came to a head in the early hours of January 13, 1982. A routine flight from Tampa, Florida, to Jerusalem, Israel, flown away from Libyan airspace, was nevertheless greeted by Libyan Air Force jets. The pilot’s radioed in assistance before the jets shot down the passenger plane. All 238 passengers and 15 crew members were killed.


Above: the type of plane shot down

When contacted by American authorities, Gaddafi defended the actions of his air force pilots, claiming the American plane entered their airspace despite all instruments and recording arguing otherwise. US intelligence confirmed within the next hour that Libyan officials were aware that the plane was out of their own claimed areas, but chose to shoot it down anyway, officially using a vague “perceived threat” claim as justification of their action… During the incident, after learning only of an American flight being brought down by anti-American elements, the FAA instinctively grounded all flights until it could be confirmed that it was an isolated incident…

– William C. Martel’s Victory In War: Foundations of Modern Military Policy, Cambridge University Press, 2011

“War is not a game but a tool used when the pen has snapped and another party’s sword has been drawn. Libya is calling for engagement. Shooting down and killing American troops without just provocation, and a heartless and deliberate attack on innocent American civilians, is where we must draw the line. And this is where we must sound the battle horn. This is when we enter and finish what Muammar Gaddafi has started – a war between our two militaries, between our two peoples, between our two lands.”

– Jeremiah Denton, requesting congressional approval for a declaration of war on Libya, 1/14/1982; the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 1982 was passed almost unanimously in both chambers on 1/16/1982


“The US military is only striking targets within Libya, only raiding military locations, and only hitting government and military locations and utilities, not areas of concentrated civilian populations…”

– Dan Rather, CBS News, 1/23/1982

SUPER BOWL XVI: 49ers beat Bengals 27-20

– The Boston Globe, sports section, 1/24/1982

We have a breaking news story. Sources have confirmed the Mikhail Suslov, the Premier of the Soviet Union, has died. Suslov passed away while at the Kremlin from some sort of heart ailment, most likely a coronary incident from his suspected arteriosclerosis. Suslov was 79 years old…

– Peter Jennings, ABC World News Tonight, 1/25/1982

Despite aggressively overseeing the censoring of literature in the USSR, Suslov refused to recognize the significance of rumblings of revolution in Estonia, the Warsaw Pact nations, and the Turkestani soviets. He declined to send in the army to the USSR’s own soviets by arguing that “if troops are introduced, that will mean a catastrophe. I think that we all share the unanimous opinion here that there can be no discussion of any introduction of troops” [1], and instead established Marshall Law in the rebelling soviets. His hardline stance against détente came from his belief that America was oppressive and imperialistic, and that Russia was the center of the universe [2]. …The death of Suslov created yet another power vacuum that his leading subordinates clamored to fill. After two days of debate and political maneuvering over Konstantin Chernenko and initial frontrunner Yuri Andropov, the 78-year-old Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Nikolai Podgorny was declared Suslov’s successor. Concurrently, the nation found itself a second-in-command in the form of the USSR’s 73-year-old Minister of Defense, Marshal of the Soviet Union Dmitry Ustinov. Podgorny planned to rule with “a softer hand,” and chose Ustinov, a former ally of Suslov, to win over the Soviet military.

– Victor Cherkashin’s Adamant: The Rulers of the USSR and the KGB, Basic Books, 2005


…a proposal to “reign in the reckless spending” done by the Mondale administration was introduced in the US House today by Congressman Jack French Kemp (R-NY)… Already, the bill is winning the support of Senators such as Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)…

– The Washington Post, 2/2/1982

The Chadian-Libyan conflict had been ongoing since 1978, but with US-Libyan relations being increasingly tense since the start of the Denton administration, the US invasion of Libya led to a pause in Libyan operations in Chad. The northern half of the landlocked nation of Chad was comprised primarily of the Sahara, non-agricultural land with some nomadic herding. The upper part of its southern half is grazing with some subsistence crops. Now, these rises in the land here, at the northern border, these are the Tibesti mountains, high cliffs on shield volcano with animal wildlife and, most importantly for Libya, a region rich with uranium deposits. After the 1982 US invasion, these northern population centers – Aouzou, Bardai, and Zouar – along with Ouadi Doum and Faya Largeau (or Faya) farther south and to the center, were the sites of a rise in anti-Libya activity as the locals sought to reconquer the land. Koro Toro, which lies farther to the south and to the east some more, uh – here – yes, this population center became the headquarters of US troops stationed in Chad. Sala, which lies at the 15th parallel here, was a base of local anti-Gaddafi operations. You don’t have to remember anything about the bottom southern half of Chad, “the Sahel.” It’s desert but with trees and water, sort of like a transitional divider between the deserts and the jungles, a region that produces millet, sorghum, rice, peanuts instead of grazing, and cotton in the very, very southern bottom portion here, along with fish from Lake Chad. And yes, I am glancing at some notes for this part of the lecture, see? Okay, moving on now…

– Transcript of former US Ambassador to Iran Lowell Bruce Laingen, geopolitics lecture at Columbia University, NY, 2001

is a 1982 American live-action action adventure film. The film was jointly produced by Shaw Brothers Studio, the largest film production company in Hong Kong at the time, and the US’s Walt Disney Productions. The film was primarily distributed by Buena Vista.

The story closely retells the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her aged father’s place in the army, despite death awaiting her if her fellow soldiers learn of her ruse.

Hua Mulan – Joan Chen
Captain Li Shang – John Lone
Shan Yu – Telly Salavas
Father Hua – James Saburo Shigeta
Mother Hua – Miyoshi Umeki
The Emperor – Kam Tong
The General – Benson Fong
The Matchmaker – Nancy Kwan
Soldier Chin Po – Tzi Ma
Soldier Ling – Jackie Chan
Soldier Yao – Mako Iwamatsu
Grandmother Hua – Ivy Ling Po
Mushu (voice role) – Marni Nixon
Head Ancestor – Jodi Long
The Schoolgirls – Lucy Liu and Karin Anna Cheung

The film came into existence due to the thawing of US-Chinese tensions after American President Harland D. “Colonel” Sanders’s famous 1968 visit to China and the subsequent westernization of China during the 1970s, especially after the 1975 Chinese Civil War. The opening of PRC markets, and the early success of MGM’s successful limited release of some of their classic films in Beijing cinemas in 1976 and 1977, convinced Disney Studio executives that making a film concerning Chinese culture would be financially beneficial for the company, which was hemorrhaging money after a string of cheap and unmemorable films that had followed the surprise success of “The Snow Queen.” After a year of research and development, production began on the film in 1979, with Chinese historians being consulted to ensure it would receive approval in China. This led to Hong Kong producers joining Disney in financing the project, led by Shaw Brothers Studio, the company behind the 1964 live-action Hong Kong operatic musical film “Lady General Hua Mu Lan.” The story was finalized in December 1980. Originally, the film was set to be animated in a watercolor style, in the same vein as “The Snow Queen”’s painted backgrounds. Several crowd scene test shot were animated by roto-scoping footage of real people and tracing over them to create a photo-realistic style similar to the 1981 film “Heavy Metal.” However, the technique was costly, and replaced with the live action approach in early. Principle photography was completed by August 1981.

McDonald’s began selling Happy Meal toys in June 1979. To promote this film, McDonald’s launched a line of Happy Meal one-piece “action figures” based on the characters of the film. McDonald’s also developed Szechuan Sauce for their French Fries, a condiment that became popular enough to become a special item available in the United States every February (for Chinese New Year’s) since 1989. Kentucky Fried Chicken also heavily promoted the film at selected outlets with themed facades and special discounts for customers with ticket stubs from seeing the film.

The film premièred in February 1982 to critical acclaim. The film was praised for its atmosphere, the second Hun attack sequence, and the character Mushu, Mulan’s spirit guide who appears as stop-motion-paper-based dragon during two brief animated sequences. The film’s engaging characters and fast-paced but easy-to-follow plot were also praised.

The casting was notable as it contained primarily Asian-American actors, with the biggest American name tied to the project – Telly Savalas – portraying the film’s villain. Most extras were portrayed by Asian, Native American, and Native Alaskan actors and actresses. However, the film was criticized years later for its American crew being almost entirely white.

Most critics of the film on February 19, 1982, though, complained that it was too “pro-China,” with foot-binding being nonexistent in the film. Later critics also point to some background characters appearing as Asian stereotypes, and the Huns as being “severely vilified.” In fact, their depiction led to a souring of US relations with the nation of Mongolia, whom denounced the film as blatant propaganda. To make amends, the Huns were shown in a more humanizing manner in the lukewarm 1998 live-action strait-to-home-film sequel Mulan 2, which was a bomb with critics and audiences.

Another controversy surrounding the film was the rise in hostilities in Tibet and Xinjiang, occurring at its time of release, being ignored by American investors, leading to some protests at several American theaters. Nevertheless, Mulan was a box office success; Disney tripled the money they put into it.


…I will admit this now for I was blinded to its heartlessness before. With China’s population only two years or so away from reaching 1 billion [3], Xinjiang’s 11 million Uyghurs were placed in an avoidable predicament. Families were harassed out of their villages, threatened with death if they did not either convert to the language and the ways of the Han Chinese, or go to a “resettlement location” in the most foreboding parts of Central Asia. I have no excuse for the roles I played during these years…

– Bo Yibo’s personal memoirs, English translation, 2008


…With the belief that “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” Marley brought people together with his beats, most famously at the One Love Peace Concert of 1978… A March 1977 injury on stage revealed that Marely was not a healthy young man: doctors were forced to amputate a part of his toe after discovering cancer under its nail. The procedure impeded his dancing style, making him create a new hopping-type of kick-dance to compensate. In June 1981, more caner was found in his torso, to which Marley finally succumbed earlier today...

– The Palm Beach Post, Florida newspaper, 2/26/1982


…Governor Jay Amyx, still criticized for his handling of the 1976 Teton Dam Disaster, is being admonished for his reaction to shoutniks protesting outside of the state capital building in Boise. Assembled in outrage after the CEO of an Idaho chemical company accused of being responsible for the record-high levels of poisonous material found in Idaho’s Snake River was spotted dining with Amyx over the weekend. In the face of over 400 activists with bullhorns and picket signs, Amyx called in city police to disperse the crowd. Though its origins are currently unclear, a riot nevertheless broke out between the shoutniks and the police, leaving one activist dead from blunt force trauma, according to the local hospital… “This is tragedy,” notes Linda Moulton Howe, an Idaho beauty pageant contestant-turned-environmentalist who participated in the protest and was among the dozens of people arrested in the wake of the riot…

– The Idaho Statesman, 3/3/1982


…The Colonel portrayed a fictionalized version of his younger self in a tongue-in-cheek plot where Klingons travel back in time and kidnap the Colonel in 1965, before he can lead American troops to victory in Southeast Asia. This leads to the Star Trek crew to rescue the Colonel and return him to his own time. Naturally, Sanders is unfazed by the events – though in a nod to his age, he complains the teleporter has “given [him] more wrinkles than [he] had on Earth” – even fending off a pair of Klingon guards with his cane by knocking their phasers out of their hands in one scene.


Pictured: Kirk, Spock, and Sanders discuss their escape plan in a hallway on board the Klingon ship [Picture Note 1]

The Hollywood Reporter, 3/7/1982

Russia’s economy seems to always repeat itself. It was in shambles during the war-filled 1940s, it was finally getting itself together and picking itself up in the 1950s and 1960s, and it was roaring in the 1970s thanks to the oil. Then Suslov’s mishandling of the economy caused it all to return to the 1940s. The economy collapses on March 10, 1982, and the cracks in the levee only worsened…

– Alexander Korzhakov’s autobiography From Dawn to Dusk: A Cutthroat Career, St. Petersburg Press, 1997

March ’82 saw several peaceful protests in Moscow lead to rioting. Several were injured and even killed in fights that broke out in breadlines as supplied quickly diminished… It was masterful Italian builders whom erected the Kremlin walls and towers in the fifteenth century. The city held back foreign enemy attacks with those walls, from Napoleon and Hitler. But the walls could not keep out the shame Podgorny felt in seeing the reports of casualties as Russians did battle with their own people, people starving, dying for food and for their own voices to be heard.

At this time, Vladimir Putin was a KGB officer working at the First Chief Directorate, where he monitored foreigners and consular officials in Saint Petersburg, then known as Leningrad. During one of these riots erupting across the city, a stray bullet ricocheted off a building and struck young Putin in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down. The bullet had been fired by a fellow KGB officer; he was struck down by his own side, and soon after fired by the government he supported. This, and his newfound need for wheelchair-accessible buildings, made Putin turn his back on the Soviet government, publicly joining the swelling crowds demanding reform commence…

– Victor Cherkashin’s Adamant: The Rulers of the USSR and the KGB, Basic Books, 2005

Podgorny agreed with the reform suggestions of two rising stars in the politburo, Mikhail Gorbachev and Alexander Yakovlev. With the former being a close ally of the anti-reform Andropov (and yes, that did lead to the two having a complicated political alliance), Podgorny agreed to reforms for the people of Poland in the wake of Romania’s government officially leaving the Warsaw Pact (though the country remained communist in the aftermath of the departure). Podgorny also agreed to backtrack on government demands that only the Russian language be taught in schools. Instead of uniting the soviets, it was fueling nationalistic passions and leading to clashes between the “local” ethnicities and the Russians present in said soviets. This was exceptionally true in Kazakhstan, where native-speaking Kazakhs began to resent the high number of Russians living with the soviets borders. Podgorny was aware that he was in a weak place after Romania left the Warsaw Pact for neutrality in the Cold War (a la Yugoslavia), and the Turkestani groups demanding reform as well only added to his problems… The details of the 1982 reform efforts were primarily overseen not by Cherenko or Gromyko, but by the younger and healthier Gorbachev and Yakovlev…

– Alexander Korzhakov’s autobiography From Dawn to Dusk: A Cutthroat Career, St. Petersburg Press, 1997


…Three days ago, US Senator Harrison Williams (D-NJ) officially resigned over his involvement in the ABSCAM scandal that rocked Washington, D.C. two years ago. Earlier yesterday, US Senator Clifford P. Case (R-NJ) passed away suddenly from natural causes at the age of 77, leaving the Garden State without representation in the US Senate. …Governor Florio responded to the double-vacancy today by immediately appointing two new senators, state politicians Richard J. Coffee and Frank Lautenburg, both Democrats, to the former seats of Williams and Case, respectively. The vacancies mean that New Jersey will hold two US Senate elections this November, one regular and one special…

The Star-Ledger, 3/15/1982

…Earlier today in the Golden State’s capital of Sacramento, California Governor Phil Burton signed into law an electric vehicle tax credit bill to encourage the production of automobiles that run on a supply of electricity… Despite the technology not being a major player in the car industry, lobbyists from Ford and GM claimed the bill would cripple the state’s economy. Nevertheless, the state passed the bill, albeit by a narrow margin of votes…

– ABC News, 3/21/1982

The Turkestani Federation was not to be a single country, but rather a loose decentralized body of a federal government meant to be used as a protection force. Each former Russian soviet was to be self-administered, similar to the UK’s relationship with its territories. In fact, the major political supporters of the Turkestan Unification move – led by Kazakhstan’s Gennady Kolbin and Dinmukhamed Kunaev, and also by Uzbekistan’s Shavkat Miriziyoyev, Turkmenistan’s Chary Karriyev, Tajikistan’s Akbar Mirzoyev, Kyrgyzstan’s Ishenbai Kadyrbekov – backers based the Aktau Resolution outlining the union on Western autonomous regions. Only the Tajiks, led by Qahhor Mahkamov, were mostly opposed to the unifying. Uzbeks and Kazakhs instead led the charge, and many found support among the substantial number of Russians within their borders. The movement began over Moscow’ ignoring radiation from Aktau drifting into central Asia, and radiation affects anyone regardless of their ethnicity.

The alliance of anti-USSR groups seeking independence at a time of “revolution” led to the formal forming a united front in late March 1982, modeled off the American “join or die’” strategy that had worked for them over 200 years ago. When translated from Turkic into English, the name of the formal declaration became the “Common Revolution In Progress” Decree, with American media outlets referring to the relevant soviets as CRIP Soviets, or just as “CRIPS,” soon afterwards….

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013


The successor to the retiring Heath was elected by the Parliamentary Conservative Party, with a majority of their 287 total members of parliament required. An exhaustive ballot system was used.


Most party members fell into one of two ideology-based factions. The “wet” faction, which opposed cuts to public spending and was willing to compromise with unions, was led by candidate Jim Prior. Fellow “wet” candidate Sir Ian Gilmour was too divisive to unite the party, while “wet” candidate Evelyn Hester Macleod, the wife of the late Iain Macleod, lacked substantial support. A fourth major “wet” candidate was Michael Heseltine, a charismatic supporters of fair housing practices and nuclear disarmament.

The “dry,” or “hard-line,” faction of the party favored tax cuts, higher interest rates, tighter control of the nation’s money supply, and less government regulations overall. The faction was divided between MPs Margaret Thatcher and Geoffrey Howe. Airey Neave, a staunch ally of Thatcher, did not run, but his name was put into consideration as an alternative to Thatcher. The then-40-year-old Alastair Goodlad attempted to appeal to both factions, but was initially viewed as being closer to the “dry” side than the “wet” side. “Dry” MP Geoffrey Prime was an initial frontrunner until a month before the election, when he was remanded in custody on charges under the Official Secrets Act 1911 in an eerie near-repeat of the John Stonehouse Scandal that plagued the Labour party in 1968.

While wets began to unify around a single candidate, many dries – who feared the party would lose support to the far-right Moralist Party if a “dry” did not win the leadership election – were frustrated that said party faction failed to rally around a single candidate as the election process progressed.


Round 1: 287 total
Thatcher: 84
Prior: 79
Howe: 56
Goodlad: 34
Heseltine: 25
Gilmour: 5
Macleod: 3
Neave: 1

Round 2: 287 total
Prior: 95
Thatcher: 85
Howe: 55
Goodlad: 35
Macleod: 13
Gilmour: 4

Round 3: 287 total
Prior: 105
Thatcher: 86
Howe: 57
Goodlad: 39

Round 4: 287 total
Thatcher: 121
Prior: 119
Goodlad: 53

Round 5: 287 total
Prior: 167
Thatcher: 126



…socially conservative MP Baroness Young has left the Conservatives over the selection of “wet” candidate Jim Prior as their new party leader…

– The Sun, UK newspaper, 28/3/1982


– UK newspaper front page, 4/3/1982

[UK PM Dingle Foot] had to respond to it with military force because it was a military action. Peacenik members of Foot’s party wanted to bring Argentine junta leaders to a negotiation table, but Foot instead gave the junta 24 hours to remove their troops from the islands, or else he would have to take military action. Leopoldo Galtieri, the leader of the Argentine Junta, spent those 24 hours by launching an invasion of the nearby South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Foot, sticking to being on the right ride of the party – I mean that in both way, both right-wing and correct – he immediately dispatched the Navy and Air Force to finish what Galtieri and the junta had started.

– Admiral George Michael Zambellas of the UK Navy, 2012 BBC Interview

…In early April, Umkhonto we Sizwe “Spear of the Nation,” the military wing of the ANC, operating out of Botswana, agreed to a ceasefire of cam bombs and other attacks to make way for negotiations between the SA government and their ally Steve Biko. It was a major breakthrough for the pro-peace leaders and lead to further, pivotal developments in the summer of that same year…

– Julian Brown’s The Road to Soweto: Resistance & Revolution in Post-Soweto South Africa, Jacana Publishers, 2016


…due to the recovery economy, expert advisors for the White House expect wages will continue to rise as the decade continues…

– The Washington Post, 4/9/1982


…It’s really no surprise that anti-war protests are beginning to sprout up here and there in recent weeks. Seems our military can’t go for more than a few years before they have to yield to the urge to “intervene” somewhere. And what is it getting us? More injured and traumatized veterans, more foreigners wishing we’d learn from Korea and Angola that sometimes the might of our military can’t fix other peoples’ problems. More flag-waving to distract Americans from the problems that ail them back home…

– Hunter S. Thompson article, published 4/16/1982


…Muammar Gaddafi has fled the city and his fortified palatial abode of Bab al-Azizia, as the US Army sweeps in to remove remaining Gaddafist fighterds and bring peace to the nation’s capital…


Above: US Air Force dropping bombs on pro-Gaddafi military strongholds in Tripoli

The Miami Herald, 4/19/1982

STICK IT UP YOUR JUNTA, GALTIERI!: Dawn-To-Dusk Bombardments, Air And Sea Battles Rage On Over The Falklands

…Back in London, though, the war is widening a rift in the Labour party, as its far-left faction claims Foot “didn’t give the prospects of peace talks a chance”…

The Sun, UK newspaper, 4/22/1982

In 1981, Denton established the President’s Commission on Families, Youth, and Children. Roughly a year later, the commission chair recommended, among a multitude of other things, an increase in awareness of the dangers of people with an S.I.F. Virus donating blood. Denton agreed and called on state and local government to work with the federal government to “spread the word to not spread SIFs” via blood donations. Denton also met with the Red Cross, the CDC, major blood banks, and others because he believed that these efforts would protect innocent people – “unconnected to ‘those types’,” as he called them – from contracting a SIF Virus from donated blood.

– John Ehrman and Michael W. Flamm’s Jeremiah: The Denton Presidency, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2002


The New York Times, 4/25/1982

…The 1980s also saw hospital companies nationwide begin to merge with one another in order to cut costs. This allowed hospital bills to rise in states without “universal” healthcare systems in place, due to the new lack of local competition. This practices was either allowed or ignored under the Denton Administration…

– John Ehrman and Michael W. Flamm’s Jeremiah: The Denton Presidency, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2002


…serving aboard the aircraft carrier MS Invincible, the Queen’s son was serving as a helicopter co-pilot. He was assisting in an undisclosed transportation mission when he lost control of his air vehicle, culminating in it crashing into the side of the ship. Three others were injured; the prince was the only casualty of the terrible tragedy. …Andrew’s presence made the British Government apprehensive, but this was over fear of him being killed by enemy forces, and as a result, security forces were “not expecting this sort of possibility,” according to an anonymous source close to the Royal Navy grievances office…

– The Guardian, 5/2/1982

“I want to protect the American family unit, and the truth of the matter is that BLUTAGs have families, many of whom actually love them despite what they are. To deny this funding to them would be to make American families suffer, to prolong and worsen sadness afflicting American families with BLUTAG members. I don’t agree with the BLUTAG community, and I don’t support their lifestyle at all, but darn it, they are still my fellow Americans, and I cannot bring myself to harm them in this way. Denying drugs to teen punks is one thing, but denying health needs to sick and dying Americans, that’s another thing entirely!”

– US President Jeremiah Denton, 5/5/1982

…big news coming from the Denton Administration, as Deputy White House Chief of Staff Paul Weyrich, one of the most socially conservative members of President Denton’s inner circle, has just resigned over the President’s refusal to cut federal funds for SIF Virus research. S.I.F.V., or System-Immunity Failure Virus, has been a major health concern – even teetering on the brink of being a pandemic, according to some – for the BLUTAG community, especially Sexually-Acquired S.I.F. Viruses, also called “SASIF” Viruses, or simply “SASIFs.” Denton refused the backing of Weyrich and others to cut the funds in order to balance the budget for this year, saying, quote, “it’s the wrong answer to the budget question and to the homosexual question,” unquote…

– The Overmyer Network Night-Time News, 5/6/1982

Senator Goldwater supported Denton’s decision, understanding and acknowledging that it was a tough decision for the President to make, and voiced support for the removal of anti-sodomy laws in all fifty US states. In the next issue of “National Review,” the conservative publication harshly criticized Goldwater, writing “could this really be the same man who just 18 years ago when running for president was given the label ‘Mr. Conservative’?”

Goldwater replied to a reporter soon afterwards that the article had no effect on him whatsoever. “I stand by my statement. Like the article pointed out, it has been eighteen years. People and their opinions naturally can change over time. A ten year old boy doesn’t think girls are icky after another ten years, does he? Most don’t. Furthermore, while I’ve become more open about them over the years, my principled belief in personal freedom is still the same as it was twenty years ago. In fact, I wrote in my 1960 book,” referring to “Conscience of a Conservative,” Goldwater began to unroll sheet of paper from his chest pocket and began to read off of it, “and I quote, ‘let me remind you a conservative is one who fights to expand individual liberty and resist the accumulation of power by those who claim they know best.’ I wrote that 22 years ago, so I guess the National Review forgot about it.”

– Paul Kengor and Peter Schweizer’s The Denton Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Actions, Simon & Schuster, 2005


…six years after the USSR launched the Salyut 5 “Stargazer” Space Station, the US is finally catching up… NASA sent its first “shuttleplane,” carrier vehicles developed under the Mondale administration, to transport the first load of materials for the project, as the station’s segments will be assembled in orbit. Denton greenlit the project early last year, and NASA Director Brown is optimistic about its prospects. “The brake-pumping of the past eight years was an opportunity to study the logistics and safety features of this ambitious endeavor.” While still unclear if the space station will be a permanent station run exclusively by the United Station or one meant for use for a certain number of years, we do know that it will not be able to occupy astronauts until “no more than” twelve months from now…

The Houston Chronicle, 5/12/1982


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– Bob Ross on the set of The Joy of Painting, c. May 1982; the PBS program grew in prominence and popularity among American colleges starting in the early half of the 1980s

...As states across the nation hold primaries to determine the nominees that will be on the ballot in this year’s November midterm elections, one such race received significant attention. Tonight, said primary was held, and it seems former Second Lady of the US has lost the GOP nomination for a US Senate seat from Pennsylvania to US Representative John Heinz. The result is not too surprising due to Heinz running on a well-funded anti-dynasty campaign and on a platform that was somewhat more conservative than that of the Scranton campaign, but just the same, the results – 52% for Heinz, 42% for Scranton, and 6% for all other candidates – are a disappointing blow to Scranton and her supporters...

– CBS Evening News, 5/18/1982 broadcast


Interview Inside: Moon Talks About Playing Quarterback And Overcoming Differences With “Our Shared Love of the Game”

…Moon has played for the Seahawks since 1978, after playing for the University of Seattle from 1974 to 1978…

Sports Illustrated, late May 1982 issue


…Smith’s father, Stephen E. Smith, was killed in a car bombing in New Ross, Ireland, in 1966, at the height of The Troubles…

The Boston Globe, 5/27/1982


The New Haven Courant, Connecticut newspaper, 6/3/1982

, also called Jaws 3, People 0, is a 1982 parody film. Starring Bo Derek and Richard Dreyfuss, it is the third film of the Jaws franchise. The film was notable for its thematic departure from the first two films, and for launching the career of actor Rodger Bumpass.


(earlier poster for the film)
After the success of the first two films, studio executives wanted a third “Jaws” film. With Spielberg declining to be involved, producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck decided to make the third film be a parody of the franchise. National Lampoon editor and Animal House (1978) producer Matty Simmons was brought aboard along with future screenwriting legend John Hughes, the man who would eventually craft masterpieces such as Sixteen Candles (1984) and The Breakfast Club (1985). Along with fellow National Lampoon writer Tod Carroll, Hughes was assigned by Simmons to write a script based off a pitch Simmons had ad-libbed at a dinner with David Brown. The entire film was green lit from a single improvised scene devised at the Friar’s Club in New York City, the editor pitching the idea of original Jaws novelist Peter Benchley taking a night swim in his own pool only to be eaten by a giant shark. From this snippet of conversation Hughes and Carroll crafted a script that not only parodies all the high spots from the original movie but also takes heavy digs at Hollywood and the executives of the movie industry. Jaws 3, People 0 reads very much like a comedy of the era. Aping scenes from the original classic but also full of satire and farce, it’s obviously inspired by the wildly successful Animal House and hits the same notes as comedies of the time such as Blazing Saddles (1974), Meatballs (1979), and Airplane! (1980) [5]
After several years of development and reshoots, "Jaws 3, People 0" premièred on June 10, 1982. The film received lukewarm reviews from critics but was a financial success, leading to the studio soon requesting a fourth film a few years later…



…The Nuclear Disarmament Rally held in Central Park drew no less than 750,000 by the end of today... Even celebrities attended the occasion, including several musicians such as Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, John Bonham and Tim Hardin…

The New York Times, 6/12/1982


– UK newspaper front page, 6/15/1982

...UK victory in the Falklands War led to Dingle Foot’s approval ratings surpassing 80%, I remember, and talk of holding a snap election within the year began immediately…

– Admiral George Michael Zambellas of the UK Navy, 2012 BBC Interview


– The New York Sunday News, 6/20/1982

The 1974 Mahlabatini Declaration of Faith combined with increasing disapproval of Apartheid by whites South Africans to set the stage for meaningful talks to commence in 1982. Possibly the biggest motivation for Botha and company, though, was that the South African economy was still suffering in the wake of the 1978 recession, making some fear a severe depression was just around the corner if the international boycotts were not lifted soon.

In a hotel room in Pretoria, on a cool day in mid-June 1982, PM Pieter Botha and Harry Schwarz sat down with “the fugitive Biko and the convict Mandela,” as some described it. Botha impressed Biko and Mandela by walking forward, extending his hand to each of them and pouring Mandela’s tea [6]. Botha confessed that the government was spending too much funding on maintaining segregated land and buildings. Botha also noted white fears of Black activists turning to communist rhetoric as another factor that would be truncated with the ending of Apartheid. In exchange for ending said system, Botha wanted all fighting to end, and for all bantustans that had declared independence – Transkei, Ciskei, Bophuthatswana, and Venda – to formally return to South African sovereignty. The four men agreed that all participants of violent activity, both white and black, would be given amnesty for all post-Soweto actions. The Prime Minister also, though very reluctantly, approved of granting immunity from prosecution for returning exiles and the release of political prisoners – conditions that were also absolute musts for the so-called “Botswana Biko” and “Inmate Mandela” duo, for obvious reasons.

As for government representation, a tricameral parliament – a house for Whites, one for Blacks, and one for all other groups – was rejected by Biko, with Schwarz and Mandela turning down the idea soon after. However, Botha did agree to a repeal discriminatory laws and a lift of the over-20-years ban on leading anti-apartheid groups such as the ANC, the PAC, the SACP (provided its leaders sign a nonaggression affidavit), and the UDF.

The final matter the four men agreed to was for a two-year transitional period from late 1982 to late 1984, which would culminate in new general elections in 1984 – the first ever to be held in South Africa to have universal suffrage.

Another pivotal moment then came in early August of that year, when a “whites-only” referendum on negotiations came back with an overwhelming ‘yes’ victory of 65%, giving Botha and his government the peace of mind to execute the two-year transitional period that would feature more peace talks and reforms.

– Julian Brown’s The Road to Soweto: Resistance & Revolution in Post-Soweto South Africa, Jacana Publishers, 2016

SOUTH AFRICA BREAKTHROUGH!: National Peace Accords Signed By 27 Groups In Formal Move To “Delicately Dismantle” Apartheid

People Worldwide Celebrate Start Of Peaceful Transition Period For South Africa

The Montreal Gazette, Canadian newspaper, 6/24/1982

“WE LIKE MIKE”: Why Michael Rockefeller Should Be Our Senator

...Michael Rockefeller, the son for former Governor Nelson Rockefeller, served as a private in the US army in 1960. From 1961 to 1965, he focused on both studying Pacific Island cultures, visiting exotic locations such as Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands, and working with organizers of several Cuban War refugee assistance programs in Florida. After working the University of California Berkeley’s cultural history department from 1965 to 1967, Rockefeller joined the Peace Corps and ultimately served as director from 1979 to early 1982...

…Rockefeller calls for a “helping hand” government ideology that is to the left of Denton’s GOP. In the Senate, he would work with members on both sides of the party divide to advance our causes and address our concerns...

…When you go to vote in the New York party primaries on September 23, be sure to vote for Michael Rockefeller!

– Mickey-Rocky’82 brochure, first distributed late June 1982


…in an ironic twist of fate, the marriage of the socially conservative US Representative, (in)famous for supporting “family values” and the “preservation of marriage,” has ended with her husband leaving her over “irreconcilable differences”…

– The San Francisco Chronicle, 6/28/1982


The Washington Post, 7/1/1982

“It is imperative that we remove Gaddafi’s regime from Libya because recent evidence captured in Tripoli show conclusively that Gaddafi has been attempting to violate international law by attempting to develop weapons of mass destruction. [7] The Gaddafi regime has reached out to Chinese, Pakistani, and even German scientists, army men and politicians since rising to power in his repeated efforts to build atomic warheads for use against Israel and anyone else that this dictator has perceived to be an enemy to his reign. We are working to remove his stain from the god nation of Libya, and we will continue to fight against his foolish follows until this is done.”

– US Navy Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, CNO 1978-1982, 7/9/1982

The world is watching us in Libya to see if we’ll put our money where our mouth is. We say there’s possibly stored-up nukes or nuclear material in Libya? Everyone watching is thinking ‘Well alright, get them out of there!’ And that’s exactly what we’re going to do, no matter what or how long it takes!” [8]

– WH Chief National Security Advisor Curtis Emerson LeMay, 7/10/1982


…the bill will designate the 7,245 acres of land in Clay County, Alabama, known for its beautiful hiking trails, under the administration of the US Forest Service… this will preserve the lush woodlands so future generations can enjoy them…

– The Atmore Advance, Alabama newspaper, 7/21/1982

On July 24, Elena Ceausescu was captured outside of Galati, a city close to the Soviet border. At the local jailhouse, Elena was allegedly tortured and even raped, despite footage filmed of her being brought in and then back out of the jailhouse suggesting that there was never any time for this. Thus, the claims are most likely rumors spread in the aftermath of her apprehension. In the show trial that occurred thirty minutes after being brought in and out of the jail house, Elena replied to every question with a barrage of anger and a tirade of curse words. She was found guilty of high treason and sentenced to death by the same methods she forced on others. She would be first beaten and whipped, and then finally executed by firing squad. Allegedly, Elena’s last words were “You motherf@#king a$$holes!” Elena’s hour-long torture session and her execution were not filmed in time – the firing squad was in a hurry to carry out the sentence – but the aftermath, including echoes of the final volley, the pall of smoke, and the bodies immediately afterwards, were caught on camera. She was 66 years old. She remains the only woman ever executed by the modern state of Romania. [9]

Also put on trial soon after the death of Elena was Nicu Ceausescu, Elena’s 31-year-old son who was the heir apparent. Nicu was an abusive alcoholic rapist who hated reading yet studied physics, who wrecked sports cars several times, and was friends with former members of the Viet Cong who fled to Eastern Europe after the Fall of Hanoi. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two in a 1977 car accident, but was killed by his own prison guards in 1990. Elena’s other two children, both sons – Zola Ceausescu Oprean, a mathematician; and Valentin Ceausescu, an apolitical nuclear physicist – were not tried for any crimes.

Elena Ceausescu was soon replaced by the man she once overthrew, Gheorghe Apostol. Reformed, he agreed with protestors that the Soviet Union shared some blame for the people’s misery, as Podgorny’s predecessors could have quite easily removed her from power years ago. While the nation remained communist in nature, Apostol agreed that the best way forward was for Romania to leave the Warsaw Pact altogether; this would be similar to Yugoslavia being communist but staying out of the USSR’s stranglehold of Eastern Europe – that is, if Romania could pull it off...

– Vladimir Tismaneanu’s Stalinism For All Seasons: A Political History of Romanian Communism, University of California Press, Third Edition, 2023

In August, after conversing with the US’s financial advisors, Mexico’s newest President, Miguel de la Madrid, asked the US for a hefty financial loan, as Mexico would likely be unable to pay off its large foreign debt in time without out. “If this happens, it will trigger a debt crisis that could spread across North and South America. It could even hit the US,” warned Crawford Parker, the US Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Not wanting to deal with recession returning, especially with the midterms only a few months away, Treasury Secretary Thelma Stovall produces a loan in exchange for American advisors having a say in the nation’s financial decisions over the next twelve months to ensure the US was paid back with interest.

According to Advisor Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, Denton “Agreed to the deal with great reluctance. After things were made official, Denton said in my presence ‘They really should be left to clean up their own mess, but nowadays, everyone’s checkbook is somehow tied to everyone else’s. That’s the problem with international trade – one country sinks, the rest follow, meaning the strong have to lift up the weak.’ ‘How Christian for the strong to do such a mutually beneficial courtesy for the poor,’ was what I thought in my head when I heard that.”

– Paul Kengor and Peter Schweizer’s The Denton Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Actions, Simon & Schuster, 2005


Since its founding 23 years ago, Pizza Hut has become one of the biggest distributors of pizza in the United States. Horatio Alger would have applauded the Carney brothers, the boys from Wichita, Kansas, who founded the first Pizza Hut in 1958, built their investment into a million-dollar chain, and then sold it when they felt the company had gotten too big. The epilogue to this success story is that the brothers have returned to the operation of comparatively small enterprises, with Frank Carney keeping busy opening Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurants and Dan involved in the operation of 20 hotels around the country.

…Frank Carney now oversees five Chi-Chi’s restaurants in the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. alone, each of which has an average volume of $2.8 million per year. Eleven outlets are scheduled for completion by the end of this year, with 24 more scheduled to be built in the mid-Atlantic state over the next five years…


Above: a Pizza Hut outlet in Burbank, California

The Chicago Tribune, 8/7/1982 [10]


…the law aims to increase security measurements on all US commercial aircraft… the law also demands that all airport employs receive pre-employment investigative background checks…

The Washington Post, 8/10/1982

…The passing of your beloved son has touched us all. However, he will not be forgotten to the men who served alongside him, as he was a soldier well-liked among the troops for his sense of wit and remarkable sharpshooting abilities. Take pride in his credit of making 16 confirmed sniper killings as part of his loyal dedication to ensuring Americans are safe and secure at home. Such courageous activity will likely result in him receiving a distinguished award fairly soon. It is truly a shame and an injustice, however, that he must receive it posthumously...

– Letter from the US Marines to the parents of a deceased soldier of the War in Libya, 8/12/1982


…Thruston Morton had served in the US Senate since 1957, running for re-election in 1962 and 1968 with optimistic attitudes toward the Cuban and Vietnam Wars ongoing during each election, respectively. …Morton’s health went into decline after the death of his brother, US Representative Rogers Morton (R-MD) in 1979… A special election will be held next November for the remainder of his 1981-1987 Senate term...

The Paducah Sun, Kentucky newspaper, 8/14/1982

GOP PRIMARY FOR OK GOVERNOR: Neal McCaleb Wins, Anita Bryant Loses Badly

…The two-term congresswoman’s sudden fall from grace – in the wake of her husband divorcing her – has led to the former frontrunner coming in third place…

The Oklahoma Daily, 8/24/1982


…Musa al-Sadr, 54, is a Lebanese-Iranian philosopher whom has given the Shias in Lebanon a sense of community after founding the “Amal Movement”…He won a narrow election with support from almost all Muslims in the country, even though his campaign has repeatedly sworn to continue the outgoing administration’s policy of equal treatment for all ethnic and religious people in Lebanon. He will enter office on September 23...

The Toronto Star, 8/23/1982

It took a few decades before the link between trans fat-consumption and heart disease was fully accepted, by both food companies and the general population, despite the revelations of the 1970s Scranton report bringing it to national attention. The first scientific article suggesting the connection, published in 1957, received ridicule and being dismissed [11]. But in 1982, Margaret befriended the author of the study, Fred Kummerow. The biochemist had been opposing the use of artificial trans fats in processed foods for 24 years, and had been ignored for almost just as long. Margaret, though, believed in this man’s ideas, and soon she convinced us to give his proposals a chance via a three-year trial run. Just a year before McDonald’s introduced the McNugget, KFC began to lower or eliminate trans fat oils – “an unnecessary accompaniment to your dishes,” Fred told us – from KFC menu items. Ten years ago, we had removed hydrogenated vegetable shortening from our items and replaced it with animal fat. Fred convinced us to go further, to lower margarine content for several items by the end of the year and to begin experimenting with various FDA-approved kinds of fat oils, lard, and palm oil. With this, we inadvertently began to lead the charge of another health movement, one that came to partially define the somewhat turbulent ’80s, and would ultimately influence the eating habits of people in the US and worldwide who grew up or came of age during the ’80s decade…

– Mildred Sanders Ruggles’ My Father, The Colonel: A Life of Love, Politics, and KFC, StarGroup International, 2000


…The franchise was in its doldrums during the mid-’70s. After the conclusion of the fifth season in 1971, creator Gene Roddenberry retained the rights to Star Trek and went on to produce “Genesis,” a crime thriller set in space for NBC in which John Saxon plays Darius Hunter, a police officer in a run-down space colony. The series lasted from 1973 to 1975. After the mega-blockbuster “Star Wars” premiered, TV studios became interested in Star Trek again, and many approached Roddenberg with offers for film or TV pilot deals. Even ABC tried to win Roddenberry back, and when they failed to do so, sued Roddenberry for the rights to Star Trek. Due to having retained the rights to his project, Roddenberry won the court case in early 1978. Roddenberry soon signed on with NBC to produce “Phase Two”… Returning for the final season are Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, Doohan, Gautreaux, Nichols, Khambatta, Koenig, Barrett, and Whitney, while San Francisco city councilman George Takei is scheduled for a least two guest appearances as Captain Sulu by the end of this year…

The Hollywood Reporter, 9/9/1982

“Order the Libyans to stand down or we will strike,” Denton instructed over the line. The CO sought to keep the President informed minute by minute. A major supporter of Gaddafi, Defense Minister Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr had led a platoon of Gaddafist soldiers into an ambush orchestrated by American and anti-Gaddafi troops. His removal from the equation would weaken Gaddafist leadership and possibly better our chances of apprehending the dictator. He had to pay for the penurious conditions his fellow Libyans lived in while he had remained comfortable in his lavish fortress compound in Tripoli.

Defense Secretary Westmoreland and National Security Advisor LeMay sat attentively wit the President in the Situation Room, listening carefully to the sounds of gunfire coming through from the CO’s jeep radio. The men could hear the Gaddafists in the background, holed up in a bullet hole-riddled building in Misratah, responding back to American demands; as the soldier’s vituperation was not in English, it was lost on Denton and company.

“They won’t be taken alive, sir,” informed the main soldier on the ground to the Commander in Chief.

“Then now you know how to take them.” Denton ordered the assault on the building.

After several minutes of shouting, bullets, and explosions, the connection went quiet. Technicians assured Denton the line was not disconnected or lost in any way.

“Captain?” Denton asked “Captain!”

Finally, the reply confirming Defense Minister Jabr was no more ended the uneasy silence.

”Time to write that man’s elegy, then!” noted the President.

With a chuckle, Westmoreland observed “First Tripoli, now Misrata. If Gaddafi’s in Sitre – and I know he is – he’ll get an elegy soon enough, too!”


Above: Denton in the situation room, looking at wall maps of Libya and debating with Westmoreland over how to proceed into Sitre

– John Ehrman and Michael W. Flamm’s Jeremiah: The Denton Presidency, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2002


…the amendments revise the bill by granting appropriations and adjustments for the years that have passed since the bill was originally signed into law by President Colonel Sanders…

The Washington Post, 9/25/1982

The Ayatollah’s supporters were scattered in an almost even distribution across the areas east of Semnan, southwest of Mashhad, and east and northeast of Shiraz. Progress was made in late September 1982, when a leading member of the Khomeini’s forces was captured outside of Esfahan. About this time, Iranian intelligence learned that the Ayatollah may have been holed up in Quetta or the autonomous region of Waziristan, over in the neighboring nation of Pakistan, and overseeing most operations from there. This gave rise to talks of invading Pakistan if they did not comply with US demands to release any information they had on the man who, if intelligence was correct, would be labelled an international terrorist. The US Ambassador to Pakistan, the seasoned Ron Spiers, tried his best to coerce his diplomatic counterparts to not egg on the US. After a staring contest that lasted for several weeks, the situation was defused when CIA agents reported that Khomeini had fled to Zahedan, Iran, but that the trail had died outside the city. Nevertheless, Pakistan’s lack of compliance during incident only worsened US-Pakistani relations…

– Transcript of former US Ambassador Lowell Bruce Laingen, geopolitics lecture at Columbia University, NY, 2001

After years of rewrites, the period action war musical comedy “1941” finally premiered in September 1982. …The film was used as a war protest film of sorts by peace activists during the Denton administration, as peaceniks enjoyed its depiction of the military as inept and trigger-happy. In response to this, supporters of President Denton boycotted the film and protested theaters that played it. However, any publicity is good publicity when you work in Hollywood. The ruckus made people become curious enough about the movie to go see it, and the studio considered the polarizing film to be a financial success...

– Norman Kagan’s The Cinema of Robert Zemeckis, 2003

Turkey went through a major shift in politics once more in 1980, when President Naim Talu, in office since 1974, lost his bid for a second four-year term (and third term overall) to the more left-leaning reformer M. Fethullah Gulen. A neo-Ottomanist scholar and preacher by trade, Gulen had been a Turkish state imam since 1959. At the age of 41, Gulen won on a “radical” platform that called for a greater separation of church and state, believing that a more secular Turkey would have a greater chance of joining European trade organizations. Gulen had won via a strong grassroots organization called the “Gulen Movement,” a volunteer-based movement focused on education and interfaith dialogue that was clearly inspired by the Chicken Dinner Summit Talks in Jerusalem.

As President, Gulen called for civilized arguments, championed religious tolerance, and worked hard to build social networks among diverse groups. His most popular move was the establishment of a “universal education” school system. His most controversial decision, however, came in early October 1982, when Gulen, in an attempt to prove he would maintain government transparency, officially acknowledged the Armenian, Kurdish, and Pontic Greek genocides while giving a speech at the UN.

The announcement was celebrated by Greek, Kurds and Armenians the world over, but sent negative shockwaves throughout the Turkish populace, many of whom had never even heard of the genocides before. The revelations that their own government had hidden the history of their country from them had mixed results among young and middle aged Turks. Many young people were either angry at the government for such deception, while others praised Gulen and idolized him for having the bravery to tell the truth; others still called him a liar and the traitor. Days later, a painter from Izmir fired a gun at Gulen but missed. Older Turks, especially Turks who witnessed or participated in the genocides, either denied vehemently, or confessed to the actions of the past. As Turks began to take a good, hard look at themselves and their true history.

Former President Naim Talu considered mounting coup against Gulen before he returned to Turkey, but planned stalled amid internal fighting among the would-be co-conspirators. By December, coup talks had broken down, leading to Talu calling for a recount of the 1980 election and mounting a campaign to defeat Gulen in 1984. As more Turkish citizens began to accept that the events that had occurred over sixty years ago, West Germany became a major ally of Turkey, and many West German historians and other experts offered advice to the Turkish government on how to proceed.

Gulen believed that airing out the nation’s dirty laundry would improve things, and in the long run, he was correct. Gulen’s reforms lead to the children of Turkey who grew up in the aftermath of “the acknowledgements” to become adults starkly more liberal than their parents and very much more in favor of pro-western idealism, acknowledging that the west isn’t perfect. “So we can easily best them at their own game,” was a common rebuttal. Gulen ushered in new era of moderate Islam, anti-communism, and moderate Turkish nationalism that only benefited Turkey as the years progressed…

– Stephen Kinzer’s Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, Farrar and Giroux Publications Ltd, 2001


…President Canaan Banana remarked “let Mugabe’s inability to lead a peaceful campaign be a warning to all who wish to harm their fellow countrymen – such action is treasonous. Traitors and would-be dictators will not be tolerated in Zimbabwe.” …Under the supervision of Prime Minister Dingle Foot, the British government disqualified ZANU from participating in the 1980 parliamentary elections for flagrant violation of the 1978 Lancaster House Agreement, leading to Mugabe initiating a reign of domestic terror, attacking polls and campaign headquarters. These actions led to the elections being postponed for over two months. In April 1980, Joshua Nkomo of the ZAPU won against Ian Smith of the RF and incumbent PM Abel Muzorewa of the UANC. Mugabe was labeled a domestic terrorist, and went into hiding in northern Zimbabwe...

The Times, UK newspaper, 10/15/1982

The Manson assassination attempt made John become even more political, calling for the US to ban concealed carry laws. Ringo later described him as having “grow up…he’s by far more mature than the rest of us when it comes to politicking.” John increased his political activism in 1982 by taking it to a new level – on October 23rd, he announced a bid for parliament. With the next elections set for no less than three years away, John set himself up as one of the most left-leaning members of the UK Labor party, a eyed the seat of his hometown…

– Pat Sheffield’s Dreams, Reality, and Music: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Entire World, Tumbleweed Publications, 2000

“Wanton destruction and violence doesn’t change when some bigshot from D.C. calls them ‘strategic advancements’ and ‘military interventions.’ This is carnage and the loss of human life. We need to bring people together, not blow people up. We need peace abroad and we need it now!”

– Actor, political activist, and 1982 Progressive Party nominee for a US Senate seat Peter Duel, 10/27/1982 stump speech

While many liberal celebrities and activists derided the actions of the Denton Administration, this was not the return of the early 1960s that many of them saw it as; for one thing, the army was now all-volunteer, many the Iran Proxy War and the Libyan War had far less AWOL incidents than the Cuban War features. A more visual key that the people would not join the activists in the streets was the media coverage of soldiers coming home from war, running up to their loved ones and becoming enveloped in heartfelt hugs. These tear-jerker stories did much to help the war effort – and the GOP, come November ’82…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

United States Senate election results, 1982

Date: November 2, 1982
Seats: 36 of 100
Seats needed for majority: 51
Senate majority leader: Howard Baker (R-TN)
Senate minority leader: Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Seats before election: 54 (R), 45 (D), 1 (I)
Seats after election: 58 (R), 40 (D), 1 (P), 1 (I)
Seat change: R ^ 4, D v 5, P ^ 1, I - 0

Full List:
Arizona: incumbent Barry Morris Goldwater (R) over Dennis DeConcini (D)
California: incumbent Richard M. Nixon (R) over Leo Ryan (D) and Peter Duel (Progressive)
Connecticut: incumbent Antonina P. Uccello (R) over Toby Moffett (D)
Delaware: incumbent William Victor Roth Jr. (R) over David N. Levinson (D)
Florida: incumbent Lawton Chiles (D) over Van B. Poole (R)
Hawaii: incumbent Patsy Mink (D) over Clarence J. Brown (R) and E. Bernier-Nachtwey (Independent)
Indiana: Earl Landgrebe (R) over incumbent Vance Hartke (D) and Floyd Fithian (Progressive)
Maine: incumbent Edmund S. Muskie (D) over Edward I. Bernstein (R)
Maryland: incumbent Paul Sarbanes (D) over Lawrence Hogan (R)
Massachusetts: incumbent Eunice Kennedy-Shriver (D) over Ray Shamie (R)
Michigan: incumbent George W. Romney (R) over Walter Reuther (D)
Minnesota: incumbent Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (D) over David Durenberger (R)
Mississippi: incumbent John C. Stennis (D) over Haley Barbour (R)
Missouri: incumbent Jerry Litton (D) over R. Wendell Bailey (R)
Montana: Ron Marlenee (R) over incumbent John Melcher (D)
Nebraska: incumbent Ted Sorensen (D) over Jim Keck (R) and Virginia Walsh (Independent)
Nevada: incumbent Paul D. Laxalt (R) over Harry Reid (D)
New Jersey: Mary V. Mochary (R) over incumbent appointee Richard J. Coffee (D)
New Jersey (special): Frank X. McDermott (R) over incumbent appointee Frank Lautenberg (D)
New Hampshire (special): incumbent appointee Hugh Gregg (R) over John Rauh (D)
New Mexico: incumbent Pedro Jimenez (D) over Lee Francis (R)
New York: Michael Rockefeller (R/L) over incumbent Paul O’Dwyer (D), Florence M. Sullivan (C) and Allard K. Lowenstein (Progressive)
North Dakota: incumbent Arthur Albert Link (D) over Gene Knorr (R)
Ohio: incumbent John Glenn (D) over Paul Pfeifer (R)
Pennsylvania: John Heinz (R) over incumbent Bill Green (D)
Rhode Island: incumbent Robert Owens Tiernan (D) over Vincent Marzullo (R)
Tennessee: incumbent Albert Gore Sr. (D) over Robin Beard (R)
Texas: James M. Collins (R) over incumbent Lloyd Bentsen (D)
Utah: incumbent Frank E. Moss (D) over David Daniel Marriott (R)
Vermont: Phil Hoff (Progressive) over incumbent Robert Theodore Stafford (R) and James A. Guest (D)
Virginia: incumbent Harry F. Byrd (I) over Dick Davis (D) and Maurice A. Dawkins (R)
Washington: incumbent Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson (D) over Doug Jewett (R) and King Lysen (Independent)
West Virginia: incumbent Robert C. Byrd (D) over Cleveland Benedict (R) and William B. Howland (Progressive)
Wisconsin: incumbent William Proxmire (D) over Scott McCallum (R)
Wyoming: incumbent John S. Wold (R) over Rodger McDaniel (D)


United States House of Representatives results, 1982

Date: November 2, 1982
Seats: All 435
Seats needed for majority: 218
New House majority leader: Robert H. Michel (R-IL)
New House minority leader: Hale Boggs (D-LA)
Last election: 239 (R), 196 (D)
Seats won: 248 (R), 187 (D)
Seat change: R ^ 9, D v 9


…Public approval of the war in Libya was seen as the main cause of the OP expanding their numbers in the House and Senate. However, the victory of several progressive and anti-war candidates – five in the house and two (Hoff and Chavez) in the senate – also made it clear that the “Gravel faction” of the party was not as dead as once thought to be by most political pundits… Foreign policy was not a main focus in the gubernatorial races, resulting in Democrat favoring better them overall…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

United States Governor election results, 1982

Date: November 2, 1982
State governorship elections held: 36
Seats before: 27 (D), 22 (R), 1 (I)
Seats after: 28 (D), 21 (R), 2 (I), 1 (P)
Seat change: D ^ 1, R v 1, I ^ 1, P ^ 1

Full list:
Alabama: Ann Bedsole (R) over Mary Texas Hurt Garner (D); incumbent Charles Woods (D) lost nomination
Alaska: incumbent William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton Sr. (D) over Terry Miller (R) and Richard L. Randolph (Alaskan Libertarian)
Arizona: Richard Kleindienst (R) over Bruce Babbitt (D); incumbent Sam Steiger (R) retired
Arkansas: incumbent Orval Faubus (D) over Marshall Chrisman (R)
California: incumbent Phillip "Phil" Burton (D) over Edward M. Davis (R)
Colorado: incumbent Bill Daniels (R) over Raymond Kogovsek (D), Paul K. Grant (Libertarian), John D. Fuhr (Country), Earl Dodge (Prohibition)
Connecticut: incumbent Robert K. Killian (D) over Julie Belaga (R)
Florida: incumbent Jack Eckerd (R) over Earl Hutto (D)
Georgia: Hal Suit (R) over Larry McDonald (D); incumbent John Skandalakis (D) was term-limited
Hawaii: Jean King (D) over David M. Akui (R) and incumbent Tokio Ige (Independent)
Idaho: Larry Jackson (R) over Compton Ignatius White Jr. (D); incumbent Jay S. Amyx (R) retired
Illinois: incumbent John B. Anderson (R) over Adlai Stevenson III (D)
Iowa: Jo Ann McIntosh Zimmerman (D) over incumbent Chuck Grassley (R)
Kansas: incumbent Robert Frederick Bennett (R) over John Carlin (D)
Maine: Helen Longley (Progressive) over incumbent Linwood E. Palmer Jr. (R) and Joseph E. Brennan (D)
Maryland: incumbent F. P. Blair Lee III (D) over Robert A. Pascal (R)
Massachusetts: incumbent Michael Stanley Dukakis (D) over Christopher A. Iannella (R) and Paul Tsongas (Liberty)
Michigan: Elly M. Peterson (R) over incumbent Soapy Williams (D), Don Riegle (Progressive) and Jimmy Hoffa (Workers’)
Minnesota: incumbent Coya Knutson (D) over Wheelock “Whee” Whitney Jr. (Independent-Republican-Liberty)
Nebraska: incumbent Charles Thone (R) over J. Robert “Bob” Kerrey (D)
Nevada: Joseph Yale Resnick (D) over Clarence Clifton Young (R); incumbent Rex Bell Jr. (R)
New Hampshire: incumbent Walter Rutherford Peterson Jr. (R) over John William King (D)
New Mexico: Toney Anaya (D) over John B. Irick (R); incumbent Joe Skeen (R) was term-limited
New York: incumbent Mario Cuomo (D) over Lewis Lehrman (R)
Ohio: incumbent James "Jim" Rhodes (R) over Dick Celeste (D)
Oklahoma: Neal McCaleb (R) over incumbent George Nigh (D) and Howard L. Bell (P)
Oregon: incumbent Victor Atiyeh (R) over Ted Kulongoski (D)
Pennsylvania: Stewart Greenleaf (D) over Bobby Butera (R); incumbent Milton Shapp (D) was term-limited [12]
Rhode Island: incumbent Lincoln Almond (R) over Hilary R. Salk (D) and Peter Van Daam (Progressive)
South Carolina: Nancy Stevenson (D) over W. D. Workman Jr. (R); incumbent Richard Riley (D) retired
South Dakota: Clint Roberts (R) over Harvey L. Wollman (D); incumbent Benjamin “Ben” (Lone Feather) Reifel (R) retired
Tennessee: Buford Pusser (R) over Ned McWherter (D); incumbent Jake Butcher (D) was term-limited
Texas: Ross Perot (I) over incumbent Bill Clements (R), Ray Allen Mayo II (D) and Mario Compean (La Raza Unida)
Vermont: incumbent Richard Snelling (R) over Madeleine Kunin (D) and Richard Gottlieb (Progressive/Liberty Union)
Wisconsin: Paul R. Soglin (D) over Terry Kohler (R); incumbent Bronson La Follette (D) retired
Wyoming: Dick Casull (R) over Harry Leimback (D); incumbent Thyra Thomson (R) retired



…After incumbent Mayor Clifford Alexander Jr. announced his retirement, Tucker joined a crowded field of candidates as a Democrat. Tucker, the former Council Chair for D.C., defeated fellow Democrat Jesse Jackson, and independent candidates Patricia Roberts Harris and Charlene Drew Jarvis in a landslide, winning roughly 51% of the vote, versus Jackson’s share of roughly 28%, Harris’s roughly 12%, and Jarvis’s almost 9% of the vote…

The Chicago Tribune, 11/2/1982

By the end of 1982, Pierre Mauroy’s average approval rating was consistently under 40%. Despite adjusting the minimum wage to better match inflation after Mitterrand had raised the minimum wage, and protecting the other popular parts of Mitterrand’s legacy – a shorter work week, more national holidays and a restructured tax system – Mauroy was facing heavy opposition from the national legislature.

The people of France were tired of taxes. Unemployment was on the rise as employees couldn’t afford large numbers of workers due to the high minimum wage, leading to CBA negotiation breakdowns and union strikes throughout the country. The thought of establishing an even-greater “welfare state” by raising taxes overall angered conservatives and moderates alike alongside many citizens across the economic and social classes. The same could be said about a dispute over the proper retirement age.

– Jonathan Marcus’ Le Pen: The Impact of The National Front on French Politics, Second Edition, New York University Press, 1999


– The Washington Post, 11/23/1982

“Thriller” is a wonderful pop record, the latest statement by one of the great singers in popular music today. But it is more than that. It is as hopeful a sign as we have had yet that the destructive barriers that spring up regularly between white and black music - and between whites and blacks - in this culture may be breached once again. Most important of all, it is another signpost on the road to Michael Jackson's own artistic fulfillment.

There were solid reasons for such success. Chief among them is Mr. Jackson's ethereal tenor. His deployment of that voice, which he mixes subtly with all manner of falsetto effects, is the greatest example of this sort of erotic keening since the heyday of Smokey Robinson. Ever since the craze for the castrato in the 17th century, high male voices, with their paradoxical blend of asexuality and sensuousness, ecstasy and pain, have been the most prized of all vocal types, and Mr. Jackson epitomizes such singing for our time better than anyone, in any musical genre.
Even in the few slow-moving, easy-going songs found here, likely influenced by his association with you Reeflex Rock artists, you can hear this range.

A second reason for his success is his personality. One may legitimately wonder how Mr. Jackson, locked inside a celebrity's cage since childhood, could possibly understand the everyday dilemmas of life. An acquaintance of Mr. Jackson, guitarist Tommy Chong, claims Jackson is “troubled, but doing his best to be in a good place. He’s finding solace by having a good time with good friends and people who love him.” But most of Mr. Jackson’s concerns are universal, and artistic empathy is hardly the prerogative of poor folksingers. Mr. Jackson seems, on the basis of his interviews, to have a genuinely childlike and emotionally open attitude toward life. Sometimes his fame seems to insulate him, but it also elevates him to fantasy status for his fans.

Mr. Jackson's appeal is so wide, however, that white publications and radio stations that normally avoid ''black music'' seem willing to pretend he isn't black after all. On one level, that's admirable, in that color distinctions are often best avoided altogether. But Mr. Jackson is black, and while he sings a duet here with Paul McCartney, enlists Eddie Van Halen for a guitar solo for one song
and Tommy Chong for a guitar on another track, Mr. Jackson continues his off-stage laid-back style of observing no color exclusivity in his choice of backup musicians. But he remembers his roots, and still works honorably within the context of contemporary black popular music at its fervent, eclectic best. If this album is anywhere near as successful as ''Off the Wall,'' it may remind white audiences of what they are missing elsewhere. [13]

The New York Times, review of the 12/19/1982 release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album

After graduating from Bayside High School in Brevard County, Florida, in 1979, Hillenburg held numerous jobs, such as working for the state public park service in Utah one summer and as an art director in San Francisco at one other point, until finally getting a job at Humboldt State University in California. After two years of living frugally, Hillenburg could finally afford to attend California State University’s business school nearby, beginning to take classes there in January 1982.

When studying in one marine biology class in December 1982, a colleague asked him why he wasn’t in art school, due to the impressive painted surrealist landscapes Hillenburg had made for a group project. Hillenburg explain it was “just a hobby” for him. [14]

– The New York Times, 1999 article


…the thought of soring overhead busy traffic-jammed highways may be a daydream for commuter for now, but Boeing engineers led by Fed Barker are working to bring flying cars out of fiction and into our garages… He and his team have begun designing a “Sky Commuter” aircraft, a 14-foot-long two-seater… The main obstacles to flying cars are zoning laws and responsible “driving.” The Federal Aviation Administration strictly regulates civil aviation, meaning that in order for flying cars to enter the public markets, they will first have to meet federal guidelines. Safety features must be in place, and the flying skills of the drivers – if they are to be called that – will be treated with the same level of seriousness as private plane pilots… Even if the technology allows for the compartmentalizing of airplane mechanics into the size of an average car, and the FAA approved of its use in cities and suburbs, financial affordability would be the final obstacle. Due to how much these prototypes are likely to cost, only the wealthiest of certified licensed pilots would be able to afford one of their own. Perhaps these future sky-drivers will have to “carpool” to afford the future cars of the sky…

Popular Science magazine, December 1982 issue

“I didn’t endorse Hoff’s Progressive Party in 1980 or 1982 because I turned my mind off to it. After losing the nomination, then Rita, and my kids weren’t speaking to me and the Democratic establishment wouldn’t talk to me, I decided to take a year or two off of politics. I had enough money after the divorce. I went back to Alaska. Did some camping. I don’t like to fish, so instead I spent the days doing a lot of soul searching. A lot of thinking. And in December 1982, after joining a progressive think tank in D.C. and seeing how well progressive candidates had done in the midterms, I decided something – it was high time that I swallowed crow and started repairing the bridges I had burned.

– Mike Gravel, KNN interview, 1999

The bad men have killed two policemen. Mother says we will get new soldiers to protect us. She says the Shah will not abandon us. Father says the Shah is no better than the old Shah because we are still suffering only differently. Before, we were hungry. Now we have food but get killed before we can enjoy it. He thinks maybe America really is the Great Satan. Mother says to have faith. And patience.

– Diary of 10-year-old Said in Kerman, Iran, 12/28/1982 entry


The writer and singer of hits such as “I Got A Name” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” has announced that he has begun working on material for a new album, which will be his first since retiring from the music scene in 1973 to focus on raising a family. Croce says his oldest son, Adrian James “A.J.” Croce, “encouraged me to get back into writing, so long as my beloved Ingrid approved,” saying his wife Ingrid thinks they can “afford going back to the long trips and time spent apart, but only for a little while.” The Croce family has been living off of Jim’s royalties in rural Pennsylvania, though Jim has occasionally published short stories and has co-penned scripts for some independent films…

– The Hollywood Reporter, 1/3/1983

10 January 1983: On this day in history, Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock,” a program advocating tolerance, launches in the US and Canada. …Former American President Harland D. “Colonel” Sanders praises the show’s promotion of peace, which helps boost the series’ ratings in its first year…



…his experience with the heads and inner workings of the US military, and visiting of the areas hit by terror attacks in the Middle East, cemented in him an urge to chance how his fellow human beings interact with each. “It’s not good business to go around hurting one another. So much can be accomplished if we can get everyone to get along.” The Colonel believes this begins at youth, saying “WE can nip hatred in the bud if we get troublesome kids the help they need. Children need good parents and safe home,” the former President puts his money where his mouth is by being annually generous to various charities…

In a CBS interview filmed late last year, the Colonel tellingly defended his actions in Vietnam as President. In said interview, Sanders states “I did what I had to do at the time. The Viet Cong did not want to shake hands, and I wanted their oppression of the Vietnam people to end as soon as possible. Of course I felt bad about the boys we lost over there. I feel terrible, awful. I still do.” Perhaps the Colonel’s actions are more guilt-driven than he would like to admit to...

– Tumbleweed magazine, mid-January 1983 issue

…We’ve just received confirmation that Muammar Ghaddafi, the dictator of Libya whose repeated acts of aggression against the United States led to American forces toppling his regime early last year, has been captured alive in Murzuq, a Libyan village near to country’s border with Niger. As the dictator was traveling south, US military ambushed his convoy, took out his security forces, and apprehended him. Ghaddafi was reportedly injured during the incident, as US troops shot him in the hand while he was firing a rifle. Ghaddafi’s current location is unknown...


– Dan Rather, CBS News special bulletin, 1/15/1983

[1] Suslov quote found here:
[2] OTL information acquired in this source here:äuer198678-33
[3] A few years later than IOTL, because you have to take into account the probable casualties of the 1975 Civil War.
[4] To see why this is bad, watch this video, starting at the 5:00 mark:
[5] Most info here is from Rodger Bumpass’ wiki page, and the italicized passage is from here:
[6] Line from wikipedia’s “History of South Africa” article
[7] Apparently true:
[8] Italicized parts of this quote are, almost verbatim, what he said starting at the 53:50 mark of the Vietnam documentary “In the Year of the Pig” in OTL
[9] Same as OTL:
[10] These italicized passages are actually from the Washington Post:
[11] Lifted from here:
[12] Per the conditions of a 1975 amendment of the state constitution (ITTL), which limits governors to no more than two (consecutive) terms
[13] Apart from the non-italicized bits, this whole passage is from an OTL review of Thriller from 1982:
[14] IOTL, he decided to pursue animation over painting after seeing pictures from a Cal-arts at an art exhibit. But since he grew up in Florida and doesn’t end up going to Cal-arts due to developing an interest in business school instead, he doesn’t see such an exhibit even if one such exhibit even happens here due to butterflies!

[picture Note 1] On second thought, I think this version of this picture is much, much better for use in this chapter:

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Any thoughts?

Happy New Year, everyone!
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McDonald’s began selling Happy Meal toys in June 1979. To promote this film, McDonald’s launched a line of Happy Meal one-piece “action figures” based on the characters of the film. McDonald’s also developed Szechuan Sauce for their French Fries, a condiment that became popular enough to become a special item available in the United States every February (for Chinese New Year’s) since 1989. Kentucky Fried Chicken also heavily promoted the film at selected outlets with themed facades and special discounts for customers with ticket stubs from seeing the film.

Well, at least Rick Sanchez won't become obsessed with that condiment.
Happy New Year - thank you for the chapter!

John Lennon in Parliament? Wow- go for it, that would be crazy fun.

War in Libya def stops the US criticising the UK over the Falklands, should lead to more data sharing and facilities borrowing for things like re-fueling.

Foot should call that election. Does Falklands kinda go like OTL or is there an chance a carrier like EAGLE was along for the ride given Foot is likely to have not done the same defence cuts as Maggie? See this thread by @flasheart for inspiration perhaps?

RIP Marley.

Sanders on Star Trek: Phase II - that's one amusing cameo, and I suspect the Colonel had one of his cheeky smiles on his face the whole time.

Had to look up Prior, he might be an interesting Opposition leader, but should watch out for Dry daggers.

The SIF Virus seems like its getting more attention, and also being less treated as 'a gay problem' than AIDS. Hopefully a more comprehensive healthcare system and better govt response will see less dead.

More please!
Good update.

RIP, Marley.

I agree, John Lennon as an MP would be fun and interesting...

While Andrew did die earlier, at least he has a much better reputation than IOTL...

Say what you will about Denton, but he's handling TTL's version of AIDS better than Reagan did IOTL...

Yeah, Sanders probably enjoyed shooting that episode...

No Thatcher is interesting...

Michael Foot as PM is much better than he would have been IOTL...

Michael Rockefeller and John Bonham's continued survival is interesting ITTL...

The conspiracy theories about the shootdown of the American passenger plane ITTL will be interesting (BTW, the model of plane shown is a 737, which only carried 115 seats; Air Florida, though, did have DC-10-30s for long-range flights, so I assume that was the type of plane shot down ITTL (1))...

Overall, waiting for more...

(1) BTW, did something similar to the American Airlines Flight 191 and Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes occur ITTL? (BTW, the Turkish Airlines crash could be butterflied away ITTL by a worse American Airlines Flight 96-type incident...)
Libya was a pain OTL - the war with them is interesting; capturing him alive makes it really intriguing. for next time.

Plus, now the question is, who replaces him? Can the U.S. help Libya have democratic elections?

I loved the Colonel's appearance in Star Trek; I'm sure he did, too. THough if he appears as himself, isn't he one of the oldest people ever to appear in a movie? I wonder if he has a double/stand-in who does some of his scenes; though he'd insist on doing as much as possible.

Then again, OTL Patrick Stewart is about 90 and talking of starring in a Star Trek show.

I often confuse Dmitri Ustinov and Peter Ustinov when I see the former's name. I wonder if there's a joke with Les Nessman doing that in WKRP in Cincinnati TTL - I don't recall Dmitri Ustinov being that big of a name OTL, though he could have been. Or maybe I heard the name and glossed over it thinking they were talking about the actor. :)

We've alredy had a Colonel Sanders Presidency, I wonder if eventually we get a John Lennon Prime Ministership. Having him in Parliament will be intriguing.

If the 1982 NFL strike happens as per OTL, while Zorn had a good season, Moon should have a better one if he's starting by then (Dave Kreig started half a dozen or so in '82 OTL I see, and even if Zorn was injured and they decide to try him again in '82, reig played in that game anyway, and I can see Moon as the #1 starter going into 1983 for sure if not before, with Zorn backing him up.) Moonwill get them into the playoffs at at least 5-4 if not 6-3; they barely lost to Houston which was 1-8. In fact, next year, 1983, they went to the conference finals even OTL. You'd have to check the box scores to see if they look good enough to reach Super Bowl XVIII with Moon. (With a few different players, it's possible - they might even be the ones to trade for Michael Haynes during his holdout with the Patroits when the Raiders did iTL.)

Ross Perot as Governor of Texas - interesting.
Great update but one minor nitpick. While not the law of the land, the Presidency of Lebanon has been held by a Maronite Catholic, not a Muslim.
Wonder what'll happen in Iran in 1983, and how bad it'll get...

Buford Pusser as governor of Tennessee and Ross Perot as governor of Texas?!? Hot damn, that's an interesting place to go...

One TL I'd like to see: Ross Perot as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. I'd like to see it for the press conferences alone...
Speaking of 1983, is the nuclear war movie The Day After still made? That may have helped contribute to the arms treaties of 1987 between the Soviets and Americans IOTL...

BTW @gap80, here's a link to the Trivia page for The Day After for some ideas on what to do with it ITTL:

Apparently, the nuclear attack scenes (in an early draft of the script) were supposed to be more graphic (and accurate) and have shots of what happens to the body during a nuclear attack (with people being set on fire, their flesh carbonizing, eyes melting, faceless faces, and skin hanging off!!!) Obviously, since it was a network TV movie (ABC, to be exact) IOTL, this didn't happen (it was also supposed to be a two-part TV movie).

Maybe it becomes a movie ITTL. (On a side note, the director, Nicholas Meyer (who also directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1)--in fact, he directed The Day After right after this movie), suffered severe clinical depression--this was due to researching the effects of nuclear war and its aftermath (2))...

(1) It's probably one of the better Star Trek movies, and was an improvement over the first Star Trek...
(2) And that was actually an optimistic scenario--watch Threads (made by the BBC) sometime; it makes The Day After look tame...
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