01/10, Johnny Carson advises David Letterman to "do what's best for your career. Do what's in your heart." And after discussing his options with Carson, Letterman chooses CBS to be the new home for his late night show the following August.
01/14, NBC and CBS announce their new late night hosts at separate news conferences; talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC after 11 years to sign a $16 million deal with CBS. Letterman was mad because NBC did not make him Johnny Carson's successor on "The Tonight Show".
01/14, David Letterman accepted a multimillion-dollar deal to move his late night talk show to CBS in August after his NBC contract expires. By the end of August, early risers including no-lifer David Tanny would need to program TWO VCR's just to catch both Leno and Letterman on opposite networks! During a taping of his talk show, David Letterman told his studio audience that his last show for NBC would be in June. Letterman had wanted an 11:30 p.m. time slot, but NBC would not remove Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show."
01/20, Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States; Al Gore was sworn in as vice president, but the poor judge sworn in a redwood tree by mistake as he thought, but then realized that it really was Gore!
01/27, on "Melrose Place," Alison Parker gets promoted at D&D Advertising and meets her new boss ... Amanda Woodward, played by guest star Heather Locklear, who will eventually make 127 appearances and become a regular "special guest star" on the series. She began her 127 shows on 1-27!
02/10, "Greatest Hits" album by Ray Stevens was certified Platinum by the RIAA
02/13, R.C., "Speed" by Alpha Team peaked at #74 on the pop singles chart.
02/20, "Video Library - Greatest Hits" video by "Weird Al" Yankovic was certified Gold
02/22, "Babylon 5", TV Scifi Adventure, pilot, aired.
03/08, heh, heh, after, like, a couple of successful appearances on, like, heh, heh, heh, heh, like, MTV's "Liquid Television," Mike Judge's "Beavis & Butt-head," like, get their own show heh, heh, heh. On, like, their debut episode, the boys try to get extra money donating blood, and mock videos for Olivia Newton John's "Physical," The Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated," Big Daddy Kane & Barry White's "All Of Me Wants All Of You," Judas Priest's "Painkiller," and Concrete Blond's "Bloodletting" or something.
03/08, "Three Little Pigs" single by Green Jelly was released. They were once called Green Jello, but the folks at Jello forced them to change their name.
03/16, "Cereal Killer (soundtrack)" album by Green Jelly was released
03/30, For the first time in 43 years, Charlie Brown hit a home run. The Peanuts character had appeared in almost 18,000 strips, some 1,800 of them focused on baseball.
04/01, the producers of the country TV comedy series "Hee Haw" announced that the show would leave the air after a 25-year run.
04/10, R.C., "Supermodel (You Better Work)" by RuPaul peaked at #45 on the pop singles chart.
04/26, former "Simpsons" comedy writer Conan O'Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's "Late Night" program.
05/19, "Three Little Pigs" single by Green Jelly was certified Gold by the RIAA
05/20, on "The Tonght Show with Jay Leno" on NBC, A live episode done after the last "Cheers," the majority of whose cast members had obviously enjoyed too many pre-show suds.
05/26, "Cereal Killer (soundtrack)" album by Green Jelly was certified Gold by the RIAA
06/05, R.C., "Livin' On The Edge" by Aerosmith peaked at #18 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "Livin' In The Fridge"
06/11, "Jurassic Park" starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough, opened in theaters in the U.S.A., setting a box office record of $50.2 million in the first weekend (record $18.2 million the first day); made over $100,000,000 in a record 9 days. "Weird Al" sang about it.
06/11, "What Is Love" single by Haddaway was released. Why is this song demented? It's the song the two Roxbury Guys from Saturday Night Live use in every one of their sketches where their heads bob in rhythm to the song.
06/12, R.C., "Three Little Pigs" by Green Jelly peaked at #17 on the pop singles chart.
06/15, "You Might Be A Redneck If ..." album by Jeff Foxworthy was released
06/18, "Insane In The Brain" single by Cypress Hill was released.
06/21, English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat. Tom Lehrer wrote a line in his "That's Mathematics" song about it.
06/23, John Wayne Bobbitt met his Waterloo when his wife, Lorena, amputated his male appendage and threw it away. It was later recovered by someone else who put it in ice and took it to the hospital where John was also transported to. It was the first time a patient arrivied in the hospital with each piece coming from opposite directions. (John Bobbitt was later acquitted of marital sexual assault; Lorena Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding by reason of insanity.)
06/25, David Letterman taped his last "Late Night With David Letterman" variety talk show for NBC-TV before moving to CBS-TV August 30 for a more robust 11:35pm time slot when he couldn't persuade NBC to give him the slot occupied by Jay Leno earlier in January. Conan O'Brien replaced him on NBC Sept 13. On a more sad related note, that same night, Jay Leno's mother, Catherine, passed away.
07/10, R.C., "Dur Dur D'Etre Bebe! (It's Tough To Be A Baby!)" by Jordy peaked at #58 on the pop singles chart.
07/16, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded the funny songs "Jurassic Park", "Achy Breaky Song", "Bedrock Anthem", and "Talk Soup" for his Alapalooza CD.
07/17, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "Bohemian Polka" and "Harvey The Wonder Hamster" for his Alapalooza CD.
07/18, Dr. Demento counted down the top ten requested artists of all time (10:Stan Freberg, 9:Ray Stevens, 8:Cheech and Chong, 7:Allan Sherman, 6:The Frantics, 5:Spike Jones, 4:Frank Zappa, 3:Monty Python, 2:Tom Lehrer, and 1:"Weird Al" Yankovic).
07/25, "Politically Incorrect" debuts on Comedy Central, with host Bill Maher and guests Robin Quivers, political strategist Ed Rollins, and comedians Larry Miller and Jerry Seinfeld.
07/25, Dr. Demento appeared on KLSX-FM for the last time (the first time around) and disappearred from the Los Angeles airwaves for the next 11 months. Apparently, KLSX didn't know a good thing when they had him when they unceremoniously dumped his show in 1993, and again in 1999, when the most interesting radio show in America dissappearred from L.A.'s airwaves, depriving the millions of funny music fans of their weekly diet of dementia. Nowdays in 1999, they can download them from the Internet and share tapes with each other. Meanwhile, KLSX struggles with its uninteresting mix of talk shows on the weekends aimless in its direction of programming.
08/01, for the first time since The Brady Bunch began in first runs, no Dr. Demento Show aired on any Los Angeles station. KLSX aired the final show the week before and it would be eleven more months before KLIT (now KSCA) would be the new home for the Doctor in Southern California.
08/02, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" single by Proclaimers, The was certified Gold by the RIAA
08/18, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Livin' In The Fridge" for his Alapalooza CD.
08/21, R.C., "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.
08/21, Fed up with the outdated Atari 8-bit technology, and rather late at that, tightwad D.T. purchased the Tandy Sensation color computer and monitor for $2000; today, it's worth $27.95 in 1999 dollars. His three month job to transfer his database from the Atari to the IBM standard would be long and tedious, using two modems to dial each other and converting the database to hex code in a 360K text file before transfer and reconverting afterwards, but the transfer job took over 60 nights with a crummy 300 baud modem on Atari's side for the job to be completed.
08/22, Kwajakein, Marshall Islands Lose A Day! The island goes from Aug 20 to 22 skipping 21 as the island joins the rest of the Marshall Islands on the same side of the date line.
08/24, "Insane In The Brain" single by Cypress Hill was certified Gold by the RIAA. Not a demented song, but the title sure is demented. the great Luke Ski parodied it into a tribute to the WB cartoon "Pinky and the Brain."
08/30, "Late Show With David Letterman", TV Talk Show, debut on CBS after a 2-month gap from his last NBC job. Meanwhile, reruns of his old NBC show follow his new shows on CBS for two weeks. This is their first show from the Ed Sullivan Theater. Perhaps this didn't score as high with readers because of the hundreds of shows that followed, many of them trying much too hard to recapture the energy and enthusiasm of this one. But at the time, we were ecstatic about Dave being on at 11:30. Billy Joel was the first musical guest. More than 23 million viewers tune into the premiere Guests also included Bill Murray, who spray paints "Dave" on Letterman's desk. Other highlights: NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw steals a joke card from Letterman and rips it up, claiming "intellectual property" of NBC, and legendary actor Paul Newman jumps up from the studio audience complaining "Where the hell are the singing cats?"
09/07, "The Chevy Chase Show", TV Talk Show, biggest bomb of the year, premiered on Fox with bandleader Tom Scott, who led the band aboard another doomed cruise ship, "The Pat Sajak Show."
09/07, Dr. Joycelyn Elders was confirmed by the Senate to be surgeon general. She was fired for, um, let's say she gave a certain act of human nature a new way of putting it, "Firing the Surgeon General." This is a family paper, so you can figure it out yourself.
09/10, "Late Night With David Letterman", TV Talk Show; last aired on NBC.
09/13, NBC finally answers the question, "Conan who?" as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premieres. Not that this stops reviewers from asking "Conan who?"
09/16, "Frasier", TV Comedy, starring Kelsey Grammer, debut on NBC.
09/25, R.C., "Insane In The Brain" by Cypress Hill peaked at #19 on the pop singles chart. Not a demented song, but the title was. Luke Ski's Psycho Potpourri parodied it into "Insane And The Brain" in 1997.
09/28, "They're All Gonna Laugh At You!" album by Adam Sandler was released
10/00, "Weird Al" Yankovic released his Alapalooza CD featuring the hits "Jurassic Park", "Frank's 2000-inch TV", "Bedrock Anthem", "Achy Breaky Song", and "Livin' In The Fridge".
10/05, "Alapalooza" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released
10/05, "Bedrock Anthem" is released from Weird Al Yankovic's "Alapalooza" CD. The song parodies the Red Hot Chili Peppers hits "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away"
10/30, R.C., "What Is Love" by Haddaway peaked at #11 on the pop singles chart. This song is used in a recurring skit on "Saturday Night Live".
10/30, R.C., "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Alapalooza" peaked at #46 on the Billboard album chart
11/23, "Beavis & Butt-head Experience" album by Beavis And Butt-head was released
11/26, Penn and Teller perform the world largest (if not stupidest) card trick on "Late Show with David Letterman." "Pick a card any card," on a grand scale: the cards are steel, and so heavy the madmen of magic must use forklifts to shuffle them.
12/04, Rock musician and composer Frank Zappa died in Los Angeles at age 52.
12/22, "Flood" album by They Might Be Giants was certified Gold by the RIAA
12/23, "Alapalooza" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was certified Gold
12/23, D.T. finally converted his database of his Demented Datebooks (then just the celebrity birthdays) from the Atari 800XL to the IBM Clone using a 300-baud modem over a three month period, averaging four hours a night. (On Susan Lucci's birthday of all days!) The QBASIC program to convert the data and a QBASIC version of the Atari programs as they were originally programmed in would come in February 1994.