The First Time Atari, Woz & Miley Cyrus Made Headlines


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September 15, 1974

The Space Age Pinball Machine Atari president Bushnell sees the video games as, by definition, a fickle business catering to constantly changing leisure tastes. Each game "has a built-in obsolescence factor," says Bushnell, "not in the machine itself, but in the player's mind. It's a lot like the movie industry: Cleopatra was great, but nobody goes to see it 10 years later. You've got to have something new every year." Mindful of the boredom factor, Bushnell projects a game change almost every year. Though he won't reveal the detail, he says, "Our 1978 games are already on the boards." The video games are maddeningly appealing and addiction is not uncommon. Like golf and tennis, they have created a whole new generation of 5 o'clock widows whose husbands, according to industry estimates, spend an average of $1.25 per try (or 10 games split between two players). * * * * * Among singles, the games are also a fine way to start up a dialogue. "Ya wanna play Pong?" is about as harmless an opener as there is today on the togetherness market.

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Roe v. Wade

May 4, 1971

Summary of Actions Taken on Cases Before the Supreme Court The Supreme Court took the following actions today:Abortions Agreed to consider if state anti-abortion laws violate the constitutional rights of pregnant women by denying them the right to decide whether or not to have children (No. 808, Roe v. Wade; No. 971, Doe v. Bolton).

Steve Wozniak

September 28, 1980

New Technology: An Elixir for America's Flagging Industry Growth has never been a problem for Apple Computer Inc. in its four year history. From its beginnings in a garage in California, the company has become synonymous with the inexpensive easy-to-use personal computers, the segment of the computer industry that analysts expect to show the fastest growth over the next five years. * * * * * "We are seeing a market of grocery stores, dentists, gas stations, and all kinds of businesses that need low-cost processing of their inventories, accounts receivable, and other business functions," said Jules Street of Strategic Business Services. * * * * * Apple is one of three companies that now dominate the field. The Tandy Corporation, through its Radio Shack retail outlets, ranks first with its TRS-80 systems, ranging in price from $600 to $9,000. Apple, which now markets systems costing between $1,000 and $10,000, is running a close second. It is followed by Commodore International, whose PET personal computer systems sell for between $800 and $1,300. * * * * * Today, the co-founders, Steven P. Jobs, who was then only 21 years old, and Stephen G. Wozniak, who was 26, each hold 20 percent of the company.

24-Hour News Cycle

April 16, 1988

3 Democrats Scramble for Attention in the Nation's News Media Capital The Rev. Jesse Jackson is running his first big-budget advertising campaign, Mayor Koch is hawking Senator Albert Gore Jr. from the steps of City Hall, and all three Democratic candidates are scrambling for attention from television networks, radio stations and New York newspapers. Welcome to Presidential politicking in the capital of the American news media, where motorcades crawl through traffic jams, million-dollar budgets make barely a ripple in the nation's most expensive advertising market, and candidates run from editorial board meeting to radio call-in show, from press conference to live television interview, from debate to photo opportunity. * * * * * Mr. Dukakis has advertised at modest levels, but his communications director, Leslie Dach, said the campaign was paying more attention to news coverage. New York's 24-hour news cycle makes that a challenge. When Mr. Gore attacked the Governor this week on military policy, using quotations published in The Daily News, he was on the all-news radio stations and the news agencies within the hour. Mr. Dukakis was out of town and responded in late afternoon, giving Mr. Gore time for yet another riposte for the late news on television and the next day's papers.

White House Correspondents' Dinner

March 6, 1932

Hoover is Guest of News WritersPresident Hoover was the guest of honor tonight at the tenth annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association, at the New Willard Hotel, which was attended by nearly 500 newspaper men. The other guests included Cabinet members, diplomats and many notables. Songs, skits and a moving picture act by the correspondents enlivened the dinner....In one number Miss Jane Rodgers, radio and vaudeville singer, gave several songs of her own composition, written around current topics at the capital and put to popular tunes.

Miley Cyrus

March 24, 2006

What's On Tonight?9:30 P.M. (Disney) HANNAH MONTANA—Series premiere. Hannah (13-year-old Miley Cyrus) is a huge teenage pop star. She's also Miley Stewart, an ordinary middle school girl with a best friend (Emily Osment, Haley Joel Osment's younger sister), cool-girl tormenters and a protective father (played by her real father, the country music star Billy Ray Cyrus. above with Ms. Cyrus). It's fairly remarkable that Miley's friends don't recognize her, even up-close backstage, with blond hair and dark glasses. But that sort of thing always worked for Lucy Ricardo. And Clark Kent did it with just eyeglasses.

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