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Irish Firebrand Takes Seat in Parliament, Lakers Showdown With the Celtics, April 23, 1969

April 23, 2009 |  6:00 am

April 23, 1969, Mural

April 23, 1969: In case you don't recognize this building, it is the former Earl Carroll theater, now the Nickelodeon building, on Sunset Boulevard. The concrete slabs with movie stars' signatures were removed to make room for this huge mural, The Times says.

April 23, 1969, Cover

Notice that the one-column photo of sailor Robin Knox-Johnston doesn't square off with the story or even come close to it!
At left, a nine-story front page. It's a big day for the foreign desk with reports from Jerusalem (Israel turns 21); London (Irish radical Bernadette Devlin, then 22, is seated in Parliament); and the lead story from Paris, speculating that Charles de Gaulle might resign, with a sidebar on the economic impact.

National has a SCOTUS story (Supreme Court of the United States); a feature on the first man to sail by himself around the world; a wire story out of Houston on the first human eye transplant and a story with the lead art on flooding in the Midwest.

The only Metro story is the nondupe on "cleaner" if not actually "clean" lobbying in Sacramento.
April 23, 1969, Metro

Art Seidenbaum writes about high school dress codes. I guess the page designers didn't worry about head bumps in those days. (That's running two headlines next to one another).
April 23, 1969, Mural

Check out the authentic 1960s hippie jibberish: "The Aquarian Age is, well the Next Coming, the Everlasting Age .. an acceleration of life in which eventual good shall prevail."
April 23, 1969, Paul Conrad

Above, Paul Conrad and at right, Frank Interlandi on black militants.
April 23, 1969, Interlandi

April 23, 1969, Peanuts

"Peanuts" briefly featured an African American character, Franklin.

April 23, 1969, Theater

April 23, 1969, Comics
April 23, 1969, Woman Jockey

Above left, "Elvira Mdigan" and "Goodbye, Columbus."  Englebert Humperdinck opens in Las Vegas and the Pussycat Theatre chain promises "a high level of excellence in adult entertainment." At left, not to belabor the point, but "The Flintstones" must be the unfunniest strip ever based on an animated cartoon. And check out "Dick Tracy."

April 23, 1969, Sports One of the key plays for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals against the Lakers would come at the end of Game 4. With time running out and the Celtics trailing by a point, Sam Jones' desperation shot -- even he called it "very lucky" -- went in and the Celtics evened the series at 2-2 instead of going back to Los Angeles with the Lakers needing only one more victory to take the title.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Before the series started, The Times' Mal Florence talked to Wilt Chamberlain about the Celtics and why they had dominated the league. Boston had won 10 titles in the past 12 seasons. Chamberlain, Florence noted, was on his fourth team and had only one title.

"They are a very, very talented team and a very lucky team," Wilt said. "Remember, luck plays an important part in these games. ... Boston doesn't sweep all those playoff games it is in. A lot of them go right down to the final seconds of the seventh game.... When you lose or win by one or two points, there is a certain amount of luck involved."

Think the Celtics saw those quotes before the series started?


April 23, 1969, Lakers Don Drysdale lost again and was worried whether he had a future with the Dodgers.

"I can't get the arm up. Maybe something can be done with it, but right now it's very simple: I don't have it and I'm not throwing hard," he told The Times' John Wiebusch.

The previous season, Drysdale was one of baseball's biggest stories as he broke Walter Johnson's record for consecutive scoreless innings. He hurt his shoulder in August, rested but came into spring training optimistic.

Drysdale talked candidly about his doubts, including whether it was possible for a pitcher his age -- 32 --to bounce back from injury. "I'm going to do some soul searching in the next few hours and then I'm going to talk to Mr. O'Malley and to Al [Campanis]. I owe that much to this team, to Walt [Alston] and to the fans of Los Angeles."

The Giants won, 6-0, with a two-run home run off Drysdale by Bobby Bonds.

-- Keith Thursby