Deputies Raid Spahn Movie Ranch; Booed by Fans, Wills Hits Grand Slam

Aug. 17, 1969, Cover

Aug. 17, 1969: I suppose we at the Daily Mirror HQ should be talking about "Amerika" and how the military-industrial complex sucks the blood of the Woodstock Nation. But we're not. The only thing up against the wall here are the filing cabinets. Coming up in October: The Moratorium peace march!

South African golfer Gary Player is pelted with ice by civil rights protesters at the PGA championship … and the Fire Department has fewer blacks than it did in 1956.   

Aug. 17, 1969, Manson Tick Tock

Aug. 17, 1969, Manson Tick Tock

"Frykowski [fixing the original error] and Miss Folger were involved with strange people. She was interested in witchcraft, Black Masses, that sort of thing, and she and Frykowsky would go to weird, kinky places."

At left, an odd juxtaposition: Dial Torgerson's "tick tock" story on the Manson killings next to the arrests of a group of people "living like animals" at George Spahn's Movie Ranch. 

Aug. 17, 1969, Nancy

Nancy becomes a stalker.

Aug. 17, 1969, Ash Grove

"Somehow the business details were worked out and the Ash Grove not only survived but became the biggest and busiest showplace for folk music in America."

Aug. 17, 1969, Ash Grove

"…the artist does not have to stand up on the stage and look at the audience, as in a nightclub, and ask himself how he can please those people out there. He can reach deep within his soul to find his deepest values and, hopefully, bring the audience along with him."

Aug. 17, 1969, Sports Maury Wills returned to Canada for the first time since leaving the
Expos so he could return to the Dodgers. There were plenty of boos to
go around, almost all of them directed toward Wills, who in the long
run didn't let it bother him.

""It's as if the fans here thought I played poorly because I wanted
to be traded and now I'm playing good because I was traded," Wills told
The Times' Ross Newhan. "Unfortunately I'm not that good of a player to
do one thing one day and another thing the next. I also have too much

There was plenty to be proud about against the Expos. Wills singled
twice, scored two runs and stole a base in the Dodgers' 9-2 victory
in the first game of the series. Then he hit the first grand slam of
his career in a 9-3 victory.

Gene Mauch, the Montreal manager and future Angel manager, had
an interesting perspective on Wills' short stay with the Expos: "When
Maury first came to us from Pittsburgh the fans expected him to be
perfect. They booed him when he wasn't and he became tense. Then
he tried to meet it with indifference and that certainly isn't Maury

–Keith Thursby

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1 Response to Deputies Raid Spahn Movie Ranch; Booed by Fans, Wills Hits Grand Slam

  1. zabadu says:

    Wow – talk about trial by newspaper. The victims – all pot smokers, must have brought this on themselves, because all pot smokers hang around crazy people. Now I understand why Polanski was so upset at the things being said about Sharon Tate at that time. I would have been too.


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