Headlines of January, 1990

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The news the week January 18, 1990 was that of headline makers. Driving Miss Daisy, staring Morgan Freeman, was a major movie hit during the Christmas holiday and the New Year. The blockbuster Tremors, staring Kevin Bacon, was released on January 19, 1990. The first artificial heart was recalled by the FDA due to its serious defects. A major court case in Boston, Massachusetts gained national attention. The United States and Britain were declared to have a flu epidemic. The weather in the south was that of record highs. According to the Chicago Tribune, on the January 17, 1990 the temperature in Huntsville, Alabama reached 71 degrees.

Driving Miss Daisy, a film adaptation of a play, stared Morgan Freeman as Hoke and Jessica Tandy as Miss Daisy. The superficial layer of this film tended to lacking spark. The movie revolved around Miss Daisy and Hoke, who was hired by Daisy’s son to be a chauffeur. It was the movies underlying meaning that earned this movie its Oscar nominations. The film depicted the unusual relationship that developed between an elderly Jewish woman and an older black male. The beginning of the film was set during a time in which both African Americans and individuals of Jewish religion were discriminated against. The movie then progressed into a time period in which African Americans began to fight for their rights. Miss Daisy even attended a conference that Dr. Martin Luther King spoke at. Neither realized that they had so much in common due to the discrimination against them. However, the two developed a great relationship despite this lack of knowledge. The movie was a box office hit and it went on to win four Oscars, including Jessica Tandy winning best address in a leading role ( Travers, “Holiday”).


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...the foot as he had planned. This accident made Stuart’s cover story more believable. The police, or anyone for that matter, never thought that a man would risk his own life to cover up the murder. One major incident that led the police to the truth was Stuart’s suicide (Carlson 10-14).

Works Cited

Carlson, Margaret. "Presumed Innocent." Time 22 Jan. 1990: 10-14. Print.

"Recall for a Bum Ticker." Time 22 Jan. 1990: 52. Print.

Schickel, Richard. "A Whole Lot of Quaking." Time 22 Jan. 1990: 57. Print.

Travers, Peter. "Films on the Fritz." Rolling Stone 25 Jan. 1990: 25. Print.

- - -. "Holiday Hits and Misses." Rolling Stone11 Jan. 1990: 29. Print.

Williams, Steven. “U.S. Heath Agency Declares Flu Epidemic.” New York Times 26 Jan. 1990: B7. Print.

Wilson, Terry, and Robert Enstad. "Weather Grounds Air Travelers Again." Chicago Tribune 18 Jan. 1990: A3. Print.
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