1982

Finite Duration of Continuous Existence. President Reagan scored by having his tax cut plan passed. His third big win, which many thought was impos– sible, was the selling of five AWACS radar planes and other air-combat equipment to Saudi-Arabia. It was passed in the Senate 52 to 48. The President also flexed his mus– cle with federal employees, .specifi– cally, PATCO (Professional Air Traf– fic Controllers Organization). PATCO had gone on an illegal strike, and Reagan warned them that if they didn't go back to work, he would fire

. . . and now, a To and Fro Perusal of a took the cartoon division award; in the comedy division, The Music Box, a Laurel and Hardy film won the bald statuette. Also, Walt Disney received a special award for the cre– ation of a cute animated character known as Mickey Mouse. from Tehran, Iran, after 444 days of captivity.

them all. They didn't and he did. Planes continued to fly, although not at 100 % of the scheduled flights . Reagan was also the first of anum– ber of targets assassins shot at during the year_In April, Reagan took one of six bullets fired by suspect John W. Hinckley, Jr., 25. Reagan was imme– diately operated on and came out of it alright. Most seriously wounded was Press Secretary Jllmes Brady who took a bullet in the head, but survived, in spite of early reports in the media of his death. Also in the news were the members of Reagan's staff. Secretary of State Alexander Haig informs the people he's in charge, soon after word of Reagan's shooting. Budget Director David Stockman gets a reputation for being a butcher; adds an interest– ing twist to the news with his inter– view in the Atlantic Monthly. The interview was loaded with memora– ble quotes, including this one about his recommendations for cuts in So– cial Security benefits: "Basically I screwed up quite a bit." Secretary of the Interior James Watt is attacked by various environmental groups for his methods of handling our natural resources. National Security Advisor Richard Allen is spotlighted for ac– cepting $1000 from a Japanese monthly in order to get an interview with Nancy Reagan. It was an interesting year. • Scholarship 1st Stude: "There's a fine fellow on the crew". 2nd Stude: "Yes" he's a gentleman and a sculler". -The Record, April 17, 1931 • There was a big social event in Eng– land during the summer of 1981. Prince Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer got married, amidst rioting in other parts of England by hundreds of unemployed youths . Later on in the year, Lady Di an– nounced her pregnancy. The couple appears to be getting along win– ningly. Where did you say you went? In its 110 year history, our college has undergone a lot of transforma– tion, not only with its curriculum and campus, but also in its name. What

There are a number of things that can be said about what happened in 1931-32 and in 1981-82. However, there's not a lot of room in which to bel comprehensive about it. So, what follows is a collection of bits and pieces of information, chosen rather arbitrarily, that will hopefully satisfy the nostalgic urge. • "It was a good omen, when in Sep– tember, over one hundred people registered in the Senior class, making it the largest in the history of the school. With Arthur York's being elected president , everyone had hopes, for the class had recognized ability, in spite of the fact that it was well disguised." -The Elms, 1932 • Prohibition by F. Scott McBride, .General Superintendent of the Anti – Saloon League of America. "In 1931, a year of unparalleled change and uncertainty, prohibition demonstrated the soundness of its foundations. The Eighteenth Amendment continues to be the val– id law of the land consistently sup– ported by the legislative, judicial, and executive departments of the . government. "1931 ends with the wets still hopelessly divided and the drys even more firmly united ... " "In 1931 prohibition withstood ev– ery attack, and during 1932 it will meet every test and continue to stand as the best method of decreas– ing the evils of alcoholism." -The New York Times, Jan. 1, 1932 • In 1931, eight films were nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences. They were: Arrowsmith, Bad Girl, The Champ, Five Star Final, One Hour With You, Shanghai Ex– press, Smiling Lieutenant, and Grand Hotel, the Oscar winner. Wallace Beery and Frederick March both received Best Acting Oscars for their performances in The Champ and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, re– spectively. A new category in the A– cademy Awards started that year and that was Short Subjects. The Walt Disneycartoon Flowers and Trees

President Reagan and his Admin– istration were in the news through– out the year. The President scored a number of successes in Congress. He won the fight on budget cuts, hack– ing $50.5 billion from the $739.3 bil– lion budget that the Carter Adminis– tration proposed to spend in fiscal 1982. Military spending was in– creased, while education funds, var– ious welfare programs, energy pro– jects and transportation supports were decreased (which worried those involved with Buffalo's Rapid Tran– sit construction). Later in the year,

• 1981 's biggest film at the box office was Raiders of the Lost Ark with Harrison Ford as the amazing Indi– ana Jones. This film featured the col– laborated efforts of producer George Lucas (Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back) and director Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Close Encoun– ters of the Third Kind). Other films released this year were Super– man II; Prince of the City; The French Lieutenant's Woman (with Meryl Streep); Mel Brooks' History of the World-Part I; Tarzan the Ape Man (which was more about Bo Derek as Jane); Ar– thur; Excalibur; Cannonball Run (a comedy with Burt Reynolds, who reportedly was paid $5 million); Body Heat (a s izzling film by . screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Continental Divide, The Em– pire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) who made his direc– torial debut); Reds (with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton); and a number of films that were part of a trend of graphic violence and gross– ness that was inventively and explic– itly done: An American Werewolf in London, Scanners, The Howling, The Burning, Halloween II, etc. • Locker Lore (a feature in The Record that went from March 2, 1928 to May 27, 1935)- a sampling: "Home Ec.- Although Miss Cau– dell keeps the class on pins and nee– dles, it's a so-so course." -The Record, Feb. 19, 1932 It seems apparent that humor was suffering a depression back then, too (ha hee hol. • A new President of the United States was inaugurated in 1981. J im– my Carter stepped down and Ronald Wilson Reagan stepped up. The in– auguration was particularly memo– rable because the very same day, the American hostages were released

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