December 3, 1968: That’s Life

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December 3, 1968, was a Tuesday. Tonight, ABC leads its network newscast with stories about student unrest in San Francisco and New York City. San Francisco State University reopened yesterday with 300 cops on hand to restore order after a student strike. Today, students toss rocks and bottles at police and battle with fellow students opposed to the protests. In New York City, the rioting students are high-schoolers who protest longer school hours imposed due to a teacher’s strike earlier in the year. CBS leads with ongoing trouble in the Middle East, as Israel and Jordan engage in an artillery battle. NBC leads with President-elect Richard Nixon’s appointment of Robert Finch, who had served as senior advisor during Nixon’s campaign, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. As part of the story, NBC reports that Nixon is considering the appointment of 1948 presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey as attorney general, or possibly FBI director should J. Edgar Hoover choose to retire. In addition, all three networks cover reaction to this week’s report on the violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that describes it as a “police riot.” Rod Serling speaks at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. His appearance is briefly in doubt after he refuses to sign a loyalty oath. He speaks about current events, including the violence in Chicago, San Francisco, and in Vietnam. Future actor Brendan Fraser and future singer Montell Jordan are born.

United Press International’s final college football poll makes Ohio State the national champion. The undefeated Buckeyes will meet Southern California in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. USC, ranked #4 in the poll with a record of 9-1-1, is led by running back O. J. Simpson, who is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, to be awarded on Thursday. After a year of dominating pitching performances, including Bob Gibson’s 1.12 earned run average and Denny McLain’s 31 wins, Major League Baseball lowers the pitcher’s mound and adjusts the strike zone to give hitters some help.

In primetime tonight, NBC airs Singer Presents . . . Elvis, Elvis Presley’s first TV special and his return to live performance after several years concentrating on movies. It’s sponsored by the Singer Sewing Machine company. The show, which was recorded over several days last June, includes both stand-up and sit-down perfomances and concludes with “If I Can Dream.” It will be the highest-rated program of the week, get mostly positive reviews, and go down in history as the ’68 Comeback Special. Before the Elvis special, NBC airs episodes of The Jerry Lewis Show and Julia. It’s followed by The Unabridged Brigitte Bardot, a variety special produced in France. CBS counterprograms with a National Geographic special titled “Reptiles and Amphibians,” followed by The Red Skelton Show, The Doris Day Show, and a news special in which Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black discusses the Bill of Rights with reporters Eric Sevareid and Martin Agronsky. On ABC, it’s The Mod Squad, It Takes a Thief, N.Y.P.D, and an episode of That’s Life, a musical comedy that stars Robert Morse and E. J. Peaker as a young married couple who have various domestic and workplace adventures and periodically break into song. The Kinks play in Madrid and the Troggs play in Paris. At WABC in New York, “Love Child” by the Supremes is in its second week at #1. “Abraham, Martin and John” by Dion moves to #2 from #5. Other songs on the WABC chart include “Hey Jude,” “Both Sides Now,” “For Once in My Life,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Wichita Lineman,” “White Room,” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Perspective From the Present: We would not have watched Elvis on this night, because the favorite TV show at our house, the only one I can remember all of us wanting to watch together every week, was The Red Skelton Show. Tuesday was the only night of the week we weren’t required to go to bed at 8:00, since Red’s show lasted until 8:30. Several CBS sitcom themes of the late 60s, including “Que Sera Sera” from The Doris Day Show, come with the strong image of hearing them while lying in bed at the end of the hall while the TV continued to play in the living room, and not being ready to sleep.

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August 30, 1968: Can’t Win a War

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(Pictured: Senator Eugene McCarthy speaks to protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on August 29, 1968. Comedian/activist Dick Gregory is to his right.)

August 30, 1968, was a Friday. Newspapers this morning headline the Democratic National Convention, which adjourned last night. Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine was chosen as Hubert Humphrey’s running mate; an effort to nominate Georgia state senator Julian Bond failed, as Bond is only 28 years old and therefore ineligible to serve as president. In his acceptance speech last night, Humphrey vowed to end the war in Vietnam, saying “The policies of tomorrow need not be limited by the policies of yesterday.” Speaking of the violence in the streets of Chicago he said, “Neither mob violence nor police brutality has any place in America.” Senator Eugene McCarthy told protesters in Chicago yesterday that he can support neither Humphrey nor Republican nominee Richard Nixon. Instead, he will work on behalf of Senate candidates opposed to America’s war policy. Today, the University of Michigan’s Michigan Daily reports student disgust at the outcome of the convention. One says it may represent a turning point in student activism: “They can’t win a war with the cops at this point.”

NBC and CBS lead their evening newscasts with convention and campaign coverage; ABC leads with the kidnapping of Stanley Stalford, Jr., the four-year-old son of Beverly Hills banker Stanley Stalford, snatched by a home invader yesterday. The Stalford family has agreed to pay the $250,000 ransom demanded by the kidnapper. The boy will eventually be rescued. In Vietnam, African American soldiers being held in a stockade at Long Binh riot. About 200 of them burn buildings and beat white inmates and guards. It will take a week to restore order. Actor William Talman, who played the part of D.A. Hamilton Burger on Perry Mason from 1957 to 1966, dies of lung cancer at age 53. Six weeks ago, he filmed an anti-smoking public service announcement for the American Cancer Society. Yesterday, Major General Ulysses S. Grant III, grandson of the Civil War general and president, died at age 87. In the majors, pitchers Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, and Tom Seaver get wins in games today; Gaylord Perry takes a loss. All four will eventually be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Grateful Dead open a two-night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Sons of Champlin. The Doors play Merriwether Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, and Ten Years After plays the Marquee Club in London. Johnny Cash performs at the Grand Ole Opry. In a hotel room in Salt Lake City, Jimi Hendrix writes the liner notes for his forthcoming album Electric Ladyland. At WGEM in Quincy, Illinois, Jack Henry plays the hits on the Teentime show tonight from 7:30 til 10:30. Listeners who call in requests and dedications will speak to Teentime secretaries Kathy and Debbie, whose pictures are on the station’s Popometer Review this week. “1-2-3 Red Light” by the 1910 Fruitgum Company is the new #1 song in Quincy, taking out “Born to Be Wild.” The Moody Blues’ “Tuesday Afternoon” is up from #10 to #4. One of the songs new in the Top 10 is “You Got the Love” by Professor Morrison’s Lollipop, up to #9 from #27 last week. The highest debuting record on the survey is the Beatles’ brand-new “Hey Jude” backed with “Revolution” at #16.

Perspective From the Present: The official release date of “Hey Jude” was August 26, but WNAP in Indianapolis, KMEN in San Bernardino, and KPOI in Honolulu charted it before then. WGEM was among dozens of stations charting it in the days shortly following. Professor Morrison’s Lollipop was a group from New Jersey that made #88 on the Hot 100 with “You Got the Love,” a Kasenetz-Katz production on the White Whale label. It made the Top 10 in Indianapolis, Louisville, and Omaha, along with Billings, Montana; Jackson, Tennessee; and Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The WGEM survey in this week contained one fabulously obscure record, “People It’s Raining” by Melon Fields. The Internet knows practically nothing about it. Its only listings at ARSA are on surveys from WGEM, so I’m pretty sure Melon Fields was a local Illinois/Missouri act.

Visit The Hits Just Keep on Comin’ this week for more about the music, and other stuff, from this week in 1968.

August 28, 1968: People Got to Be Free

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(Pictured: police drag away a protester at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.)

August 28, 1968, was a Wednesday. After delegates to the Democratic National Convention vote down a proposed peace plank in the party platform, protests continue in downtown Chicago. Tonight, the city’s police superintendent orders streets cleared, and police attack protesters with clubs and tear gas. TV cameras film about 17 minutes of the melee, which takes place while candidates’ names are being placed in nomination; protesters chant “the whole world is watching.” During his speech nominating Senator George McGovern, Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut denounces “Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago,” which prompts Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to shout an obscenity-laden response from the Illinois delegation. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey wins the nomination on the first ballot. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern also receive votes, as do New York favorite-son candidate Channing Phillips, North Carolina governor Dan Moore, and Senator Ted Kennedy. University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant gets 1.5 delegate votes; Alabama governor George Wallace gets one-half vote, as does Georgia Democratic Party chairman James H. Gray.

Before convention coverage begins on the networks tonight, their evening newscasts devote a great deal of time to events in Chicago. The second-biggest story on this day is from Czechoslovakia, which was invaded by the Soviet Union one week ago to crush the so-called “Prague Spring” liberalization movement. After being arrested and sent to Moscow last week, Czech leader Alexander Dubcek returned to Prague yesterday, promising to curtail his reforms. In a few months, he will be removed as First Secretary and replaced by a Communist hardliner. The networks also report on the assassination in Guatemala City of John Gordon Mein, U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, shot fleeing from rebels who had kidnapped him, and on the health of former president Dwight Eisenhower, who suffered his sixth heart attack earlier this month.

Thirteen games are played in the majors today, including three doubleheaders. The Cubs split with the Dodgers, the Reds take two from the Mets, and the Braves sweep the Phillies. In Detroit, the American League-leading Tigers beat the Angels 6-1; Denny McLain pitches a complete game to run his season record to 26-and-5. The Cardinals continue to lead the National League after an 8-1 win over the Pirates. Bob Gibson also pitches a complete game and gets his 19th win.

The New York Times publishes a death notice for Lamont Washington, who played the role of Hud in the New York production of Hair. He died yesterday of burns and internal injuries sustained trying to escape an apartment fire on August 10. The Grateful Dead plays San Francisco, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience plays Providence, Rhode Island. The Jefferson Airplane plays Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Who plays Santa Monica, California. In Hollywood, Elvis Presley finishes work on the movie Charro, which will be released next spring. In Nashville, singer Tammy Wynette is working at the Quonset Hut Studio with producer Billy Sherrill and a group of top session players. They record a song she and Sherrill finished writing earlier tonight, but Wynette dislikes her performance and will later ask Sherrill not to release it. He will do so anyway. “Stand by Your Man” will become one of country music’s most iconic hits.

At KOIL in Omaha, “People Got to be Free” by the Rascals takes over the #1 spot from Jose Feliciano’s “Light My Fire,” which slips to #2. “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream is #3. KOIL’s most-requested song of the week, “1-2-3 Red Light” by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, moves to #7 from #16. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need to Get By” is also new in the Top 10. The station charts 50 records; the biggest mover on the chart is “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley, up 13 spots to #32. New songs on the list include the Beatles’ “Revolution,” “I Met Her in Church” by the Box Tops, and a cover of “Like a Rolling Stone” by bluegrass pickers Flatt and Scruggs.

Perspective From the Present: This day could very well have been my first day of third grade, but there’s no way to know for sure. I do remember that we watched convention coverage from Chicago at our house that night, and we saw the rioting in the streets. I wish I could remember what I thought about it, or what my parents said about it, but after a half-century, there’s no way to know for sure about that, either.

Read more about events of 1968 this week at The Hits Just Keep on Comin’. Watch for another 1968 post here on Thursday.

February 29, 1968: Leap Day

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(Pictured: 1968 Grammy winner Boris Karloff.)

(There’s no 29th this year, of course, but I’m not waiting until 2020 to post this. And I have some experience in observing the 29th on the 28th anyway.)

February 29, 1968, is a Thursday. The big headline on the morning papers is about the withdrawal yesterday of former Michigan governor George Romney from the Republican presidential race just two weeks before the New Hampshire primary. In the latest New Hampshire polling, Romney trails former vice-president Richard Nixon 73-19, and he has failed to improve his standing with New Hampshire voters despite a well-financed and strenuous seven-week campaign. The Kerner Commission, formed after riots tore through American inner cities in the summer of 1967, releases its final report. President Lyndon Johnson will be forced to ignore many of its recommendations because the Vietnam War makes it impossible for the country to afford new social programs. Vietnam architect Robert McNamara spends his final day as Secretary of Defense, a post he has held since 1961. Last November, President Johnson announced that McNamara would become head of the World Bank. Clark Clifford takes over the post tomorrow. In the Panama Canal, a traffic record is set with 65 ships making the transit in a single day. In Amarillo, Texas, Western Plaza Mall opens.

In Norway, Leif-Martin Henriksen is born. He joins a brother, born on February 29, 1964, and a sister, born on February 29, 1960. Also born today: future pro football player Bryce Paup and future American Olympic curler Pete Fenson. In Madison, Wisconsin, you can book a weekend room at the Ramada Inn on East Washington Avenue with one double bed for $9, or with two double beds for $14, and cribs are free. The Thursday night top sirloin special at the Goalpost is $3.50, but the smorgasbord at the Golden Rooster is just $2.00.

Late-night talk show host Joey Bishop welcomes Henry Fonda, Sammy Davis Jr., and Lulu, while Merv Griffin’s guests include James Brown and Soupy Sales. On primetime TV tonight: Dragnet, Bewitched, and one of the last episodes of Batman, titled “The Joker’s Flying Saucer.” The Grammy Awards are presented: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles is Album of the Year, but Record of the Year and Song of the Year go to “Up Up and Away.” Bobbie Gentry wins Best New Artist, and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” wins two R&B awards. Boris Karloff and Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois win Grammys for the albums How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Gallant Men, respectively.

The Cowsills are among the artists performing at the Grammy show. Jimi Hendrix plays a Milwaukee club called the Scene. Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and his group play the Royal Albert Hall in London. Yoko Ono joins them on vocals for one number, “Emotion Modulation (A.O.S),” which is eventually released, although the rest of the show is not. Former Supreme Florence Ballard marries former Motown chauffeur Thomas Chapman. At WCFL in Chicago, the new Sound 10 Survey is released. “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat and “Spooky” by the Classics IV run the top for the second straight week. Otis Redding’s “The Dock of the Bay” takes a huge leap from #16 to #7. “I Wish It Would Rain” by the Temptations is also new in the Top Ten at #9. “Just Dropped In” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition moves from #18 to #12. One of the new songs in the top 20 is “Up on the Roof” by Chicago favorite the Cryan Shames.

Some 120 highway miles from Chicago, a future WCFL listener celebrates his second “real” birthday on Leap Day.  There’s a birthday party at some point around the 29th, and home movies are taken. He will look at them 50 years from now and find himself with no words to describe the feeling of watching eight or ten young boys playing party games, eating cake, and mugging for the camera. He recognizes all the faces, and he knows what became of some, but not all, of his best buds from a half-century ago.

February 1, 1968: Hippie Hooray

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(Pictured: Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched, from an episode aired on February 1, 1968.)

February 1, 1968, was a Thursday. Two days ago, North Vietnam began a major offensive in South Vietnam on the holiday known as Tet. In Saigon today, South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Loc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem while reporters watch. Photographer Eddie Adams captures the pistol shot to the prisoner’s head; the photo will become one of the most famous ever taken. Video of the execution will be broadcast by NBC News tomorrow night. Among his public events today, President Lyndon Johnson sends his annual economic message to Congress and awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to Air Force Major Merlyn F. Dethlefsen for heroism in Vietnam.

The minimum wage in the United States goes up for many workers, from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour. Certain service workers can be paid less; their minimum wage goes from $1.00 to $1.15. In Memphis yesterday, 22 black sewer workers were sent home without pay due to inclement weather while their white supervisors were permitted to stay and get paid. Today, black sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker, aged 36 and 30, are accidentally crushed to death by the compactor mechanism in their truck. The incidents will lead sanitation workers to go on strike on February 12, a job action eventually supported by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In New Hampshire, former vice president Richard Nixon announces his candidacy for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi announces his retirement, which has been rumored since the Packers won Super Bowl II last month. He will remain as general manager. Former pro golfer Lawson Little, who won the U.S. Open in 1940, dies at age 57. Nine months to the day after her parents’ wedding, Lisa Marie Presley is born. Also born: future actor Pauly Shore and future hockey star Mark Recchi.

In today’s Peanuts strip, Lucy terrorizes the boys. On TV today, Bobby Darin co-hosts The Mike Douglas Show. Guests include actress Geraldine Chaplin and jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. Shows on ABC tonight include The Flying Nun, That Girl, and Bewitched, with an episode titled “Hippie, Hippie, Hooray,” in which mistaken identity leads to big laffs when Samantha’s sister Serena becomes a hippie and gets on the front page of the local newspaper. (Elizabeth Montgomery is on the cover of TV Guide as Serena this week.) NBC’s lineup includes Daniel Boone, Ironside, and Dragnet. CBS kicks off primetime with the Western drama Cimarron Strip. Janis Joplin of Big Brother and the Holding Company signs with Columbia Records as a solo performer. The Velvet Underground, whose new album White Light/White Heat was officially released on Tuesday, play an album release party at Aardvark Cinemathique in Chicago. The Grateful Dead plays Seattle. In San Francisco, the Jimi Hendrix Experience plays two shows at the Fillmore with Albert King, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and Soft Machine; the Jefferson Airplane plays the Matrix, the tiny club where they debuted in 1965; the show is recorded and will be released in 2010. Also in San Francisco, the Santana Blues Band wraps up a three-night stand at the Straight Theater. Your $1 ticket also entitles you to see the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita.

In Cleveland, at 3:05 this afternoon, WKYC debuts a format it calls Power Radio, which is intended to better compete with local station WIXY and CKLW from Detroit. The top four songs on WKYC’s new survey are in the same positions as last week: “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat, “Itchycoo Park” by the Small Faces, “Spooky” by the Classics IV, and “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” by the Foundations. “Bottle of Wine” by the Fireballs blasts to #6 from #17. “Everything That Touches You” by the Association is up 15 spots, from #37 to #22. Also moving fast: “Words” by the Bee Gees, up 12 to #23 and “Tomorrow” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock,” up 10 to #30. The highest-debuting new song on the survey is listed as “Sittin’ on the Dock” by Otis Redding, ranking at #29.

Perspective From the Present: On this day, I was in a new school. In January, I had been among the students moving from the early-2oth-century monolith Lincoln School to the newly built Northside School in our town. Northside was the most modern of buildings—by 1968 standards. Today, it’s the oldest elementary school in town.

One online calculator indicates that the 1968 minimum wage of $1.60 an hour is equivalent to over $11.00 today. Today’s minimum wage of $7.25 would be equivalent to a little over $1.00 in 1968.

(Editor’s note: This is our second 1968 post in the last couple of weeks. I suspect there are going to be more as this year unfolds.)

January 13, 1968: Am I That Easy to Forget

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(Pictured: Johnny Cash and June Carter leave Folsom Prison on January 13, 1968.)

January 13, 1968, was a Saturday. On this day, 34 American servicemen are killed in Vietnam, including 19-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Jackie Ray McElwee of Sidney, Illinois. Today’s edition of the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, carries a front-page review of Make Her Wilderness Like Eden, a student-written play documenting Illinois’ history, presented in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the state’s 1818 admission to the Union. Upcoming campus events include a production of Death of a Salesman, qualifying tests for the Peace Corps and the Air Force, and a speech by comedian Dick Gregory, the school’s outstanding athlete of 1953, sponsored by the Southern Illinois Peace Committee. Elsewhere in the paper, an article discusses how historians have begun to use computers to “test generalizations concerning social and economic characteristics of group and political leaders.”

The second NFL-AFL World Championship Game will be played tomorrow in Miami between the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders. The Packers, three-time NFL champs, are looking for their second straight win in the game some call the Super Bowl. Tonight, five games are played in the National Hockey League. In one of them, the Oakland Seals and Minnesota North Stars play to a 2-2 tie. Early in the game, North Stars center Bill Masterson is knocked to the ice and suffers a serious head injury; two days from now, he will die. In college basketball, top-ranked UCLA wins its 46th consecutive game, 75-63 over Stanford. The streak will reach 47 after an easy win over Portland this Thursday night; the Bruins will meet second-ranked Houston at the Astrodome next Saturday. The winning streak will end that night in what will come to be called college basketball’s Game of the Century.

Today’s Peanuts strip introduces the Creature From the Sea. Bob Hope is on the cover of this week’s TV Guide. A feature inside discusses how Soviet TV describes life in America. On daytime TV today, ABC airs the second episode of Happening ’68, hosted by Paul Revere and the Raiders. Leonard Nimoy guest stars. Tonight, ABC’s lineup includes The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Lawrence Welk Show. Welk also appears on tonight’s fourth-anniversary broadcast of ABC’s Hollywood Palace, hosted by Bing Crosby and also starring Peggy Lee, Milton Berle, and Jimmy Durante. On CBS, viewers can see The Jackie Gleason Show, My Three Sons, Hogan’s Heroes, Petticoat Junction, and Mannix. On NBC, prime-time begins with the adventure series Maya starring former Dennis the Menace kid Jay North, followed by Get Smart and NBC Saturday Night at the Movies featuring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman in the 1945 film Saratoga Trunk.

Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three, June Carter, the Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins play Folsom Prison in California. The show is being recorded, and Cash opens with “Folsom Prison Blues”; it will spend a month at #1 on the country chart this summer and hit #32 on the Hot 100. Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds play the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, England, Ten Years After plays London, the Who plays Margate, England, and Gordon Lightfoot plays Waterloo, Ontario. On the new Sound of Music survey at WDLB in Marshfield, Wisconsin, “Judy in Disguise” by John Fred and the Playboy Band leaps to #1 from #12 last week. It’s not the only record to make a major move: “Am I That Easy to Forget” by Engelbert Humperdinck zooms to #3 from #25, and “Green Tambourine” by the Lemon Pipers is up to #15 from #33. Several songs plunge a fair distance, including last week’s #1 and #2 hits, “Hello Goodbye” by the Beatles and “In and Out of Love” by the Supremes, which are #16 and #17 respectively this week. “Summer Rain” by Johnny Rivers and “Woman Woman” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap fall from #4 to #22 and #5 to #21.

Perspective From the Present: I couldn’t tell you what I was doing on this particular day, but the next day, the day of Super Bowl II, I went to a first-grade classmate’s birthday party. (I think I can remember a football game on TV in another room.) He was one of my best friends at the time, although we’d go our separate ways when I started going to a different school in second grade. When we met again in junior high, he’d become a poor student who was always in trouble, and I was neither. We had quite literally nothing in common anymore, except perhaps the occasional thought about the way it takes nothing more than time to change people.

November 14, 1968: Not Great, But Nice

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(Pictured: Ray Charles on stage, 1968.)

November 14, 1968, was a Thursday. On this day, 28 American soldiers die in Vietnam. President Lyndon Johnson’s White House taping system captures today’s phone conversations with president-elect Richard Nixon. Among the discussions: Johnson’s concerns about possible Soviet actions during the transition. Yale University announces that after 265 years, it will admit women beginning this fall. Princeton and Sarah Lawrence will also go co-ed. At Florida State University, the campus newspaper, the Flambeau, publishes two separate front-page stories about entertainment planned for homecoming weekend. On Friday, November 23, the Swingin’ Medallions will play in the University Union ballrooms. Tickets are “$2 stag and $3 drag.” On Saturday the 24th, Ray Charles, the Raelettes, and Billy Preston will play in Tully Gym. Tickets are $2.50 each. At Grand Valley State College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, issue #1 of the Lanthorn News Flash hits the streets. The entire four-page edition is devoted to a drug bust in one of the campus dorms last Sunday. Otto Silha, publisher of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspapers, gives a speech at a conference in Paris in which he suggests that automated editing by computer will eventually replace human copy editors.

Bill Sherdel, who won 165 games in the majors for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Braves between 1918 and 1932, dies at age 72. Kent Bottenfield, who will win 46 and lose 49 pitching for eight different clubs between 1992 and 2001, is born. Five games are played in professional basketball tonight, two in the NBA and three in the ABA. The ABA Oakland Oaks beat the Dallas Chaparrals 122-106 behind 43 points by Rick Barry.

The New York Times reviews the new animated film Yellow Submarine, which opened yesterday. Critic Renata Adler calls it “not a great film, after all, but truly nice.” Opening today is the drama The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn as a former inmate at a Russian labor camp who is sent to Rome, becomes a cardinal, and is eventually elected pope. On TV tonight, the ABC lineup includes The Flying Nun, Bewitched, That Girl, and Journey to the Unknown, a British anthology series. On NBC, it’s Daniel Boone, Ironside, and Dragnet. CBS kicks off its night with an episode of Hawaii Five-0.

Big Brother and the Holding Company play Hartford, Connecticut, and the Velvet Underground plays the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. It’s a return engagement for the Velvets, who played five nights at the end of October with the Chicago Transit Authority opening. Neil Diamond plays Arlington, Texas. Frank Sinatra completes recording sessions for a forthcoming album to be called Cycles. Elvis Presley takes a break from filming his next movie, The Trouble With Girls, and spends the day in Reno, Nevada. Singer Johnnie Taylor and jazz organist Jimmy McGriff are among the guests on tonight’s episode of the educational television series Soul!, produced by WNET in New York City.

At KHJ in Los Angeles, the top two songs on the latest Boss 30 survey are the same as last week: “Love Child” by the Supremes and “Stormy” by the Classics IV. “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder blasts to #3 from #11 last week, and Dionne Warwick’s “Promises, Promises” is up to #6 from #16. Also new in the Top 10: “Come On, React!” by the Fireballs, now at #8 from #13 last week. Also in the Top 10: Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” “Both Sides Now” by Judy Collins, and “White Room” by Cream. The hottest record on the survey is “I Love How You Love Me” by Bobby Vinton, up 16 spots to #13. Among the records falling down the Boss 30 are the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (which is still atop the Hot 100 this week) and “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf. Listed as “hitbound” on KHJ is the new single by Marvin Gaye, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Perspective From the Present: “Come On, React!” would top out at #63 on the Hot 100 in December, and it’s really good. The KHJ survey listed the station’s jock lineup, and it’s a veritable hall of fame: Robert W. Morgan, Scotty Brink, Charlie Tuna, the Real Don Steele, Sam Riddle, Humble Harve, Johnny Williams, and Bill Wade. As for me, I was in Mrs. Blanc’s third-grade class at Northside School. Sometime that year, she taught us our multiplication tables with a series of jingles she played on 45s. To this day, when I’m doing multiplication in my head, I hear some of those jingles.