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Rookie Officer Spoiled Radicals' Plot; Sox Announcer Was a Rebel

June 7, 2009 | 10:00 am
June 7, 1969, Yo Skonk

"Who -- Me?"

June 7, 1969, POW/Robert Taylor

Former prisoner of war Kenneth R. Gregory finds some domestic problems waiting for him when he gets home ... and actor Robert Taylor is hospitalized in serious condition with lung cancer.

June 7, 1969, Muntz

Get a 4-track tape player for $49.95 -- $290.19 adjusted for inflation.

June 7, 1969, Biltmore Fire

Officer Fernando Sumaya infiltrated the Brown Berets and informed officials about plans to set fires at the Biltmore Hotel as Gov. Reagan delivered a speech to Latino educators.

June 7, 1969, Biltmore Fire

June 7, 1969, Sasscer

Three Black Panthers are charged with killing Santa Ana Police Officer Nelson Sasscer at 3rd and Raitt streets.

June 7, 1969, Sasscer

June 7, 1969, Marijuana

The head of the National Science Board says there's no proof marijuana is addictive.

June 7, 1969, Noguchi

June 7, 1969, Noguchi

Coroner Thomas T. Noguchi defused tensions during the inquest in the death of a Black Panther, who was killed by a police officer, according to testimony before the Civil Service Commission.  The commission was conducting hearings on the dismissal of Noguchi, who was fired by the Board of Supervisors in March 1969.

June 7, 1969, The Maltese Bippy

Rowan and Martin's "The Maltese Bippy" is "amiable nonsense," Charles Champlin says.

June 7, 1969, The Doors

Kevin Thomas reviews "Feast of Friends," featuring the Doors.

June 7, 1969, The Synanons

Synanon members perform an original cantata titled "The Prince of Peace."

June 7, 1969, Akron

June 7, 1969, Church of the Open Door

Above, services at Church of the Open Door and at left, trendy neckwear from Akron. And no, you probably wouldn't wear something like that to Church of the Open Door.

June 7, 1969, Sports Ken Harrelson was a certified sports rebel in 1969. He had long hair, wore fancy clothes and talked openly about money. When he didn't like being traded from Boston to Cleveland, he made noises about quitting. The commissioner of baseball urged him to keep playing.

Harrelson is part of baseball's establishment now as a longtime broadcaster with the Chicago White Sox. Back then, he was already getting into television, telling The Times' Ross Newhan about plans for a weekly talk show among his many activities.

"Harrelson brushes the hair from his forehead and reveals that he may also expand his insurance and travel agencies. Then amid the light-hearted sounds of the Cleveland clubhouse he confides: 'I was on the phone all day and I may have a million-dollar deal cooking. I'm not at liberty to discuss it, but this will be a whopper. Sure, maybe all this hurts my play a little bit but, think, a million dollars. How can I turn my back?' "

Newhan caught up with Harrelson after the Indians defeated the Angels. A key topic was the recent decision by another athlete turned businessman, Joe Namath, to quit the New York Jets rather than give up interest in a New York restaurant because the NFL didn't approve of his customers.

"What does [NFL Commissioner Pete] Rozelle expect? It's impossible to dictate your clientele. I'm sure I've had undesirables come into my sandwich shop, but I've never associated with one," Harrelson said.

-- Keith Thursby

Here's some silliness from YouTube showing Harrelson getting ready for White Sox telecasts.