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U.S. Sent Planes to Attack N. Korea; Angels' New GM, March 21, 1969

March 21, 2009 |  8:00 am
You may never need to glue a piano to the wall ... but isn't it nice to
know that you could? 
Turmoil in the Sierra Club.
Testifying before a House committee investigating the Pueblo incident, Lt. Gen. Seth J. McKee says the U.S. planned to send F-105s to stop the North Korean seizure of the American ship but that the planes couldn't arrive before nightfall.

The student strike at San Francisco State ends after 4 1/2 months when the Black Student Union accepts a settlement negotiated by a faculty committee.

And eight police officers and eight protesters are indicted in the melee that erupted during the 1968 Democratic presidential convention in Chicago, including David T. Dellinger, Rennie Davis and Tom Hayden.
TV newswoman Enid Roth of NBC is accused of hiding a microphone in the TV set of a hotel room used by Democratic Party officials. 
Framed oil paintings, $17.77!
Bob Hilburn reviews Glenn Yarbrough.
Thirty years later, "Grin and Bear It" is a scrawl. But look at the workmanship on "Rick O'Shay" now that Stan Lynde has refined his drawings. 


Los Angeles Times file photo

Dodgers fans crammed together on the long, hard benches of the Coliseum, 1959.

1969_0321_tickets Selling Dodger tickets in 1958 was no walk in the park.

"It was January and the Dodgers had moved to Los Angeles but they had no ballpark. Walter O'Malley was dickering for the Rose Bowl, for Wrigley Field and for the Coliseum," Harold Parrott said. "That's what I call a real problem for a ticket manager."

Things worked out, of course, and Parrott the ticket manager was onto a new challenge by 1969, selling tickets in Seattle for the expansion Pilots in a makeshift former minor league ballpark. Parrott, who also worked for the Angels in Anaheim, had vivid memories of the early days in Los Angeles.

1969_0321_sports"It was 100 degrees some days in the Coliseum and the people would drop like flies," he told The Times' Mitch Chortkoff. "The seats were long hard benches. They were for skinny people. We had to eliminate every fifth one to give the fans some comfort.

"Yessir, we had problems but we licked them."

Parrott was typically optimistic about Seattle's potential, but the Pilots' future turned out to be in Milwaukee where they moved and became the Brewers.


Jim Murray visited the Angels in Palm Springs and filed a sharp portrait of the team's new general manager, who grew up in the Dodger organization.

"Dick Walsh will not have to be shown a baseball or told which way a guy runs when he hits a fair ball. Walsh put in nearly 20 years at the toughest apprenticeship a man can have in the grand old game--he worked under Branch Rickey and he was Walter O'Malley's 'No' man," Murray wrote.

1969_0321_murrayWalsh was sent west in 1957 to deal with the Dodgers' move in large part because he "was so efficient and silent that some thought he was as mechanical as a scoreboard.

"Dick became O'Malley's tough guy at City Hall and in the delicate first years of the Dodgers' pioneering, handling elections, building permits, city planning meetings. Any night, you could see him prowling the Coliseum and later Dodger Stadium, wearing dark glasses and carrying a walkie-talkie. 'I was the heavy,' he admits today, 'but it was fantastic experience.'

Murray had fun with Walsh's plan for a  "multimillion- dollar infield" which didn't come to pass but he seemed to think Walsh's background might save an Angels franchise that stalled after some promising first seasons.

--Keith Thursby