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U.S. to Accept Division of South Vietnam; Airport Proposed at Anaheim Stadium

August 1, 2009 | 10:00 am

Aug. 1, 1969, Cover

NASA says a manned trip to Mars could be possible by 1981 ... Dist. Atty. Edmund Dinis wants an inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned when Sen. Edward Kennedy's car went off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass. Other authorities have said the case was closed ... and the Nixon administration is ready to accept the division of South Vietnam as part of the price for settling the Vietnam war.  

Aug. 1, 1969, Sports The Angels hoped a plan to build a runway in the Anaheim Stadium parking lot never got off the ground.

The proposal surfaced at a meeting between Angels officials and city administrators. According to a story in The Times, the project would include a passenger terminal and possible facilities for air freight. Needless to say, the Angels didn't like the idea of flights coming and going while they were trying to play baseball.

The Angels were the primary tenants of the ballpark but weren't exactly making millions in 1969. The air plan certainly would bring in more revenue to the city. Who cares if you couldn't watch the game because you were too busy worrying about the traffic patterns above your seat.

Safety was one worry but parking was another. City officials estimated about 2,000 spaces would be lost if the runway was built. The Angels were guaranteed 12,000 spaces on game days

--Keith Thursby