february 1982

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Happy Birthday, Queen (11th February, 1982)

People say to me, you like to play strong women. I like to say: I like to play women who are terrified, but they find a way through their fear. That’s what the tat on my arm is about. We all feel fear. Fear is a part of human nature; it’s a necessary emotion. The secret is not not feeling it, it’s pushing through it. You know?

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Happy 35th Birthday Natalie Dormer! (February 11, 1982)

“I’m kind of grateful that I’m a late bloomer because it’s given me time to develop as a human. It’s also about learning how the industry works, not taking things so personally and learning to – it sounds like a cliche because of the titles of the projects I’ve been in – play the game. If you don’t enjoy the journey, if you’re just striving to get there, then what’s the point?”

“A Dingo’s Got My Baby!” - The Death of Azaria Chamberlain

Ayers Rock (Uluru) is a very popular tourist destination that is also unfortunately the hunting ground of Australia’s most prevalent species of wild dog - the dingo. Until August 17, 1980, it was believed that dingos did not prey on human beings; this naive assumption would be blown right apart when baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from her parents tent.

Lindy and Michael Chamberlain had been taking a family vacation at Ayers Rock, and spent their evenings chatting to other campers while regularly checking on Azaria, who was a year old. On August 17, Lindy was coming back from a short dip in a nearby creek when she saw a dingo exit the family tent, clutching a squirming shape in it’s jaws.

Her cry - “A dingos got my baby!” - became infamous over the next few years. No less than twenty campers heard her scream out in terror, and many testified at her trial that they believed wholeheartedly that a dingo had stolen Azaria from her cot in the tent.

A massive search was launched for the missing baby. A week after she disappeared, a hiker found a bloodstained jumpsuit (pictured), a pair of baby booties, a nappy, and a singlet. The Chamberlain’s confirmed that Azaria had been wearing this outfit when she was snatched. The only item of clothing missing was a jacket. Lindy and Michael were initially treated with great sympathy by the Australian public, but this soured when the Australian government declared the case a homicide investigation.

The coroner who examined the bloodstained clothing had declared the baby was most likely taken by a dingo, but admitted he could find no trace of dingo saliva. The police department took this and ran with it; the discovery of a knife in the Chamberlain’s car sealed Lindy’s fate, and she was charged with murdering her own daughter in February 1982. The prosecution determined Lindy had killed Azaria, washed away evidence in the creek, and concocted the story of the dingo to evade capture. After a sensational, hugely-publicised trial, Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty of homicide and sentenced to life in prison.

It goes without saying that the evidence against her was tenuous at best. A large population of the public believed a miscarriage of justice had occured, and there were multiple appeals launched to re-open the case. It wasn’t until 1985, after spending three years in prison, that evidence proving Lindy innocent was discovered.

Some five miles away from the Ayers Rock campsite, two trappers found a dingos den that had obviously been used to raise a litter of pups. Underneath the mess of bones and droppings the two men found a filthy baby’s matinee jacket; the exact same jacket Lindy described Azaria wearing when she was snatched by the dingo. The jacket was immediately tested, and although it had been five years since her death, it was concluded that it was indeed the jacket Azaria Chamberlain had died in. Lindy Chamberlain was given a full pardon, and released from prison in 1988, after serving six years.

Azaria Chamberlains remains were never located. After her mother was released the state conducted a investigation and unearthed at least three cases of dingos attacking young children. It came out that the Ayers Rock campsite where Azaria was attacked was a popular feeding ground for dingos as they fed on the campers rubbish. Even though Lindy Chamberlain was eventually triumphant in proving her innocence, the ordeal destroyed her marriage and left her mentally traumatized.

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Opening night party for Eric Idle’s play, “Pass the Butler”, at the Dorchester Hotel in London, 1982.

“Meanwhile, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, in town for the filming of the ‘Revenge of the Jedi,’ next in George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ series, were being followed by a group of people who wanted to know what the film is about. They didn’t find out.” – Women’s Wear Daily, February 3, 1982

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On this day in music history: May 10, 1982 - “Rio”, the second studio album by Duran Duran is released. Produced by Colin Thurston, it is recorded at Townhouse Studios and AIR Studios in London from in October 1981, and January - February 1982. Achieving success in the UK and other parts of the world with their self-titled debut album, Duran Duran begin the process of writing and recording their follow up release toward the end of 1981. Once again, the band work with producer and engineer Colin Thurston (David Bowie, The Human League), moving into AIR Studios in October of 1981. The first track completed is “My Own Way” (#14 UK), and is released as a stand alone single in November of 1981. The rest of the album is completed in two months when the sessions resume in January of 1982, following a brief tour of Germany, Sweden and the UK. Released in the Spring of 1982, is the breakthrough album for the Birmingham, UK based pop/rock quintet on a worldwide basis. It continues Duran Duran’s success at home (quickly spinning off four hit singles), but initially gets off to a slow start in the US. Producer David Kershenbaum (Joe Jackson, Tracy Chapman), is brought in to remix five tracks on the album with the aim of promoting them at dance clubs. Four of those tracks (“Rio” (#9 UK, #14 US Pop), “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “Hold Back The Rain”, and “My Own Way”) are released as a 12" EP titled “Carnival” in September of 1982. Its success motivates Capitol Records in the US to reissue the album in November with the remixed tracks replacing the original mixes, and re-releasing the first single “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#5 UK, #3 US Pop), which is one of the last songs completed for the project. To help promote the album, the band film several music videos, mostly with Australian director Russell Mulcahy, including a clip for the title track filmed on location on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Three more clips, made for “Hungry Like The Wolf”, Save A Prayer" and “Lonely In Your Nightmare” are filmed in Sri Lanka shortly after “Rio” is completed. By this time, MTV have begun playing the bands videos in heavy rotation which give them major exposure, leading to radio adding the single. The albums iconic cover art, painted by artist Patrick Nagel (graphics by Malcolm Garrett of Assorted Images) also become synonymous with the bands image. In 2001, a remastered CD of the album is released in a mini gatefold jacket, with the disc featuring enhanced CD content including the music videos for “Hungry Like The Wolf” and the title track. It is reissued again in 2009 as a two CD expanded edition that also contains the Kershenbaum remixes and other bonus tracks. The making of the album is documented in an episode of the “Classic Albums” series in 2008. “Rio” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

In the early hours of February 1, 1982, Tina Foglia (19) was at Hammerheads, a club in West Islip, New York. She went to see a local band from Queens she liked, before leaving at around 3 am. Her family reported her missing on February 3. 

That was also the day they found her dismembered body, put inside several plastic bags and left in an exit ramp in Sagtikos Parkway, in Suffolk County. The autopsy determined she had died of asphyxia by smothering, and that her limbs had been cleanly cut, possibly with a butcher’s knife.

Tina’s murder has never been solved and the case remains open, with police still asking for tips as recently as June 2017. Some have theorized that she might have been a victim of the still unidentified Long Island Serial Killer, since Suffolk County has been the area he’s left bodies and Sagtikos Parkway leads to Oak and Gilgo Beaches, his dumping ground of choice.

This is, of course, mere conjecture at this time. The LISK is listed as active since 1996, but as it often happens with serial killers, it’s almost impossible to determine the exact number of his victims or when did they really started their crimes. Tina’s sister says that shortly before she was murdered, Tina said she was dating a doctor she really liked, but never revealed his name. It’s also possible she was hitchhiking the night she left the club and her killer picked her up that way.