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LBJ Upstages Ike, What's Wrong With the Dodgers, February 19, 1959

February 19, 2009 |  6:00 am
Sen. Lyndon Johnson steals the show from President Eisenhower during a stop in Texas.

Gene Sherman calls Richard Nixon
"one of the world's great extemporaneous speakers."

Woman's arms, legs, found on highway between Tijuana and Rosarito Beach.
Above, Robert Leonard Mason is arrested in an attack on wife and mother-in-law of jazz musician Johnny Zorro.

Mason admitting waiting in a closet of the home at 1124-A Stanley Ave., Glendale, then ambushed the two women. He killed Susan Jamerson, 46, and wounded her daughter, Rona Porrazzao.  Mason was sentenced to death, but Gov. Pat Brown commuted his sentence to life in prison.

At left,  two more murder cases. The first involved Elizabeth Ann Duncan, accused of plotting the murder of her daughter-in-law.

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The second is the beating death of Edith Lucille O'Brien, 43, whose battered, strangled, half-naked body was found at 7128 Estepa Drive. After arresting several men in the killing, police focused on Walter Edward Briley Jr., 21, who supposedly admitted beating O'Brien. Unfortunately, The Times never followed up on whether he was tried or convicted. 
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
at Silent Movie.

At left, Philip K. Scheuer reviews "The Hanging Tree," based on a story by Dorothy M. Johnson. The film features Gary Cooper in one of his final roles, plus Karl Malden and George C. Scott in what looks like his first film appearance. 


Walt Alston knew what went wrong in the Dodgers' first season in Los Angeles.

"There was too much horsing around last year for the good of the club and we're going to do all we can to correct it," the Dodgers' manager told The Times' Frank Finch in Vero Beach.

Finch said Alston fined players only a few times in 1958 "and only two of them were for playboy antics. The culprits were Don Newcome and Johnny Podres. The two pitchers apparently were blinded, temporarily, by the bright lights of Chicago."

In a separate story, Alston performed one of the classic spring moves by a manager -- saying he was optimistic while sounding anything but.

"I've got to think we're better than a seventh-place club but last year, if you'll recall, I thought we had the best pitching staff in the National League. It didn't work out that way," he said.

-- Keith Thursby