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Burbank Installs Time Capsule; Wilt Chamberlain Debuts in L.A., February 1, 1959

February 1, 2009 |  6:00 am


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The people living in 1959 had noble expectations for Burbank: Atomic power! Monorails! I wonder if anyone plans to actually pop it open this week.

This is the bridge that spans the Golden State Freeway, the railroad tracks and the river channel.
Detroit promises to address two major complaints about cars: Poor workmanship and fuel economy.
Yes, The Times once led the nation
in newspaper advertising.


Wilt Chamberlain scored 40 points in what The Times called his Southland debut, leading his team to an 85-74 victory at the Pan Pacific Auditorium.

Wilt's teammates spent most of the night clowning around.

The Harlem Globetrotters have been about basketball and comedy for a long time, so Chamberlain must have been an unlikely part of the cast.

"It's difficult to say how well the great Chamberlain will fare in the NBA off his Trotter showing," Mal Florence wrote in The Times. "But one thing for sure, the big fella is agile and knows what to do under the basket."

Here's a quick look at Wilt with the Trotters.

--Keith Thursby