Media

1985

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  • Leonard Stern (Stern Publishing Incorporated, a subsidy of Hartz Mountain Corporation) buys The Village Voice from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for a reported $55 million. Murdoch is later quoted in People Magazine as saying one of the reasons he sold the Voice was because “it pandered to a homosexual community and that made me uncomfortable.”
  • David Schneiderman, Editor in Chief of the Voice, is named Publisher.
  • Talking Heads’ Little Creatures was named best album and Artists United Against Apartheid’s “Sun City” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • John Turturro wins the Obie Award for best performance for his role in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
  • Jack Newfield complies a list of “war wimps,” conservatives who favor a big military and yet have found themselves out of harm’s way during an actual war. List includes Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott, among others.
  • The New York City Department of Health begins closing gay bathhouses over the objections of activists, who argue that they provide venues for safer sex education and outreach. Also this year, the New York City Council of Churches and Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins co-sponsor a conference at City College to discuss AIDS in communities of color.
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