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Demonstators protest arrival of Soviet leader; Dodger turns to acting, January 11, 1959

January 11, 2009 |  7:00 am
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Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Mikoyan provokes demonstrations in San Francisco en route to his visit to Los Angeles. Recall that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev will come to Los Angeles later in the year. And a federal court strikes down a regulation used to keep Georgia's college campuses segregated.
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At left, a jazz concert featuring George Shearing, Shelly Manne, Anita O'Day and Andre Previn. I'm not sure how the Kingston Trio got mixed up with Shearing--must have been interesting. Previn had quite a career as a jazz pianist and film composer before he became a serious conductor.   

At left, Andre Previn and Oscar Peterson.

1959_0111_snider Found a rather extensive photo package about the Dodgers' Duke Snider trying his hand at acting. Snider had a role in an episode of "The Rifleman," which starred former Brooklyn Dodger (and very briefly, former Boston Celtic) Chuck Connors.

According to Leslie Lieber, Connors invited Snider to try acting while they were at a Dodgers' practice (maybe he meant in the outfield before a game). Leiber referred to Snider as "the great clouter" and "pride of the Los Angeles Dodgers" but said as an actor he "has the most retiring gun in the Wild West--it hardly gets out of the holster."

Connors had no regrets about quitting baseball. "Tell me how much would I have had to hit last year to make $41,000 in baseball," Connors told The Times' Frank Finch in a story published later in January. "Well that's what I made last year in front of the TV cameras and it's only the beginning."

--Keith Thursby



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