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CBS Cancels Hit Comedy Show Over Censorship; Sweet Lou Returns, April 5, 1969

April 5, 2009 |  6:00 am

A Requiem by Benny Carter is performed at a memorial for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Restaurants lost thousands of dollars to hippies who ate meals but left without paying. The ACLU says Palm Spring police violated  the Constitution by escorting the hippies out of town.
Above, Chuck Hillinger reports on the Agua Caliente Indians throwing thousands of hippies out of Tahquitz Canyon. "Attracted here from throughout the West by a week of rock 'n' roll concerts, the strangely clad, bearded hippies and their female companions camped out in the canyon. There, according to police, they cavorted in the nude, smoked marijuana and drank cheap wine," Hillinger wrote.

UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young agrees with the "thrust" of demands by United Mexican-American Students.

A prosecution psychiatrist testifies that Sirhan B. Sirhan wanted to plead guilty because he was tired of psychiatrists interviewing him. "I have actually gotten somewhat to like Sirhan," Dr. Seymour Pollack says.

CBS cancels "The Smothers Brothers" because the show failed to deliver advance copies of shows for review by the network -- a charge that Tom Smothers denies.
On one page, conductor Thomas Shippers and "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken."

Continuing the tradition of unfunny comic strips based on cartoons, we have "The Flintstones," which makes fun of -- hippies!

1969_0405_sports The Angels had moved out of Dodger Stadium but continued to bring reminders of Los Angeles to Anahem.

Former Dodger Lou Johnson returned to Southern California in a trade with the Indians. Sweet Lou, as he was known, was ready for his "new lease."

"Cleveland is bad enough," he told The Times' Ross Newhan. "When you're in Cleveland and not playing, well, you die."

Johnson hit 40 home runs from 1965 to 1967 after joining the Dodgers as a fill-in for the injured Tommy Davis. Johnson also was an original Angel and played briefly in the team's first game in 1961. "I feel great, I'm ready to play 162 games ... plus some. Yes, plus some. That's where the money is."

Very little went right for the Angels in 1969 and Johnson's acquisition didn't provide any magic. He hit .203 and drove in only nine runs in 67 games.

-- Keith Thursby