The Daily Mirror

Los Angeles history

« Previous Post | The Daily Mirror Home | Next Post »

UCLA Fires Angela Davis; Meet Halo Harry

September 24, 2009 |  8:00 am

Sept. 24, 1969, B.C.

Sept. 24, 1969: Johnny Hart on the new incivility.

Sept. 24, 1969, Angela Davis
The late Ken Reich interviews Angela Davis.
Sept. 24, 1969, Angela Davis
Reich writes: Angela Davis, 25, says her role in the "struggle for black liberation" had marked her as a special target for the University of California regents. She accused them of "fascist encroachment" on her rights.

"As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism," she says.

Sept. 24, 1969, Movies

Rex Harrison and Richard Burton play two hairdressers who live together in "Staircase." No, it's not on Netflix.

Sept. 26, 1969, Staircase

Sept. 26, 1969: Charles Champlin reviews "Staircase," saying that Harrison and Burton do a credible job of portraying two gays. 

Sept. 24, 1969, Sports

Before the Rally Monkey there was  Halo Harry.

The Angels didn't have many fans in 1969 but they did have a cheerleader of sorts, a regular guy who got fed up with his fellow fans acting as if they were in a library.

"I just got sick and tired of watching everyone just sit there," Jay Freese told The Times' Dave Distel. So one day he started wearing a straw hat with a halo attached by a wire.

I remember seeing Harry at the Big A, walking through the ballpark trying to get people to clap or cheer, anything. He certainly wasn't an in your face cheerleader, threatening your manhood because you didn't want to help him start The Wave. I hate those guys.

Distel pointed out that Harry seemed to have a winning effect on the team, just as today's Angels broadcasters love to trumpet the Rally Monkey's impact.

He certainly wasn't improving the attendance. A day after the story appeared, the Angels played their final home game in front of only 5,728 people.

--Keith Thursby