Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 8, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Supreme Court rules that Memphis TN must end school segregation which the city claimed resulted from neighborhood housing patterns typical of many big Northern cities.
President Nixon makes a surprise visit to a largely Negro vocational school and drew both cheers and jeers from students. The President went to Washington Technical Institute, a two-year school supported by federal funds. “This is all over my head,” Mr. Nixon said to the computer students and to a coed after riffling through her textbook, “Clinical Nursing.” As he was leaving, about 100 students gathered, some cheering, but others shouting “Mr. President, withdraw Carswell” and “Tricky Dicky.”
House Republican leader Gerald Ford of Michigan disassociates himself from a fellow GOP member’s effort to bring impeachment charges against Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, but said his own investigation of Douglas was continuing. Ford announced last November he was investigating impeachment procedures against Douglas (71), who was named in a 1953 impeachment resolution that never got past the House Judiciary Committee.
President Nixon commits his Administration to a “Bold but balanced” long-term space program that includes a manned flight to Mars and two unmanned “grand tours” of the outer solar system.
Former President Lyndon Johnson orders his doctors to get “plenty of rest,” ended a 12 day hospital stay for a heart ailment and went home to his ranch with his wife.
Briefing - The Apollo 13 lunar mission next month will be a tad different than Apollo 12 and will include a landing in a hilly, upland area and provisions to give crewmen drinking water on moon walks. For the first time, it will slam the giant third stage of the Saturn 5 launch rocket into the face of the moon with the force equivalent to 11 tons of TNT. Also, there will be a back-up B&W TV camera in case the color one goes out – as it did with the Apollo 12 mission.
Another Apollo 13 First – A helicopter hovering over the Apollo 13 spacecraft in the Pacific next month will send back the first live close-up television pictures of the recovery of a team of U.S. astronauts. Previous live TV coverage of astronaut rescue operations has consisted of transmission by satellite of the action from the vantage point of the recovery ship.
President Nixon enjoys teasing Dr. Henry Kissinger – his chief foreign policy adviser, about his reputation as the “secret swinger” at the White House. Nixon and his young assistants are amused that “Henry” frequently is mentioned and pictured on the society pages. Kissinger is a bachelor of course.
Five persons are held in New York and California in connection with the manufacture and widespread distribution of a new hallucinogenic drug called PCP which is mixed with parsley and smoked.
A study – made by Dr. Patricia Schiller of Washington says that unwed mothers who tune into rock music say it turns them on to premarital sex. So do television soap operas and shows featuring sexy singers such as Tom Jones. The study was made of 400 pregnant teens and 91 non-pregnant college girls. The girls studied - aged 12 to 21, said the insistent beat and suggestive lyrics of some songs excited them to take part in sex play and sometimes lovemaking. The doctor points out – “Most of the singers are men and while the girl is sitting with he boyfriend, the record seems to be saying the things he wants from her but is too shy to request.” Also “The older girls have been exposed to many stimuli and they know how to cope. But the music can be disturbing to 12 and 13-year-olds who are just beginning to be aroused and have trouble expressing their feelings,” says Dr Schiller, the mother of two college students.
Charles Manson update – Manson lapsed into incoherence in court and his newly appointed attorney said he would seek a psychiatric examination of him because of his “bizarre and irrational” conduct.
Susan Atkins fires her attorney and repudiates the story primarily responsible for the indictment of Charles Manson and five others for the Tate-La Bianca murders.
Manson girl Linda Kasabian gives birth to a boy. Her husband is Robert Kasabian, a musician and last reported living near Taos, N.M. She is also the mother of a two-year-old daughter. Authorities say – the son would almost certainly be made ward of juvenile court. She’s one of six co-defendants in the Tate and La Bianca murders.
Fascinating Business/Trends – March 8, 1970
Huge trend – there are more than 100,000 competitive riders are now in the American Motorcycle Assn – a “sport” that’s getting bigger all the time. It’s huge in Europe and seems to be catching on here.
American Motors Corp says it will price its basic model of its new subcompact car, the Gremlin, at $1,879. The new car, which will go on sale April 1, is intended to compete with leading imported cars.
Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sen. Jacob Javits of NY will cohost the third in a series of private screenings of “King! A filmed Record…. Montgomery to Memphis” in Washington this week. The film is a two and a half hour chronicle of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will be shown to the public one night only – simultaneously in 1,000 theaters and 300 cities across the country on March 24.
Media news – Village Voice Paper – March 8, 1970
In the 15 years since it was founded by author Norma Mailer and a couple of friends, “The Village Voice” weekly in Greenwich Village has grown from a community newspaper to one with a national circulation of more than 140,000 almost a third of which is outside of New York! It was originally intended to air the leftist views of the rather Bohemian village. It now boasts some 80 ad pages and is making a lot of money. Stories have a different vibe. Sever Lerner’s Woodstock story last August lead off this way – “Stoned silly most of the time, more than half a million freaks from all over the country made the painful pilgrimage to Max Yusgar’s 600-acre farm to play in the mud…”
Passing – Erle Stanley Gardner, author of Perry Mason. He was 80 and lived in Temecula, CA.
Music news – March 8, 1970
Joe Tex, The Beach Boys and Evie Sands appear on ABC-TV’s “Get It Together” on Saturday morning.
Saturday night - NBC presents the “Switched-On Symphony” which includes Bobby Sherman, Jethro Tull and Ray Charles.
Grammy Awards – some winners:
Song of the year – “Games People Play” – Joe South
Best album – Blood, Sweat & Tears
Best new artist – Crosby, Stills, Nash
Best male vocalist – Harry Nilsson – “Everybody’s Talkin’”
Best female vocalist – Peggy Lee – “Is That All There Is?”
Best original score – Burt Bacharach – “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid”
Best R&B male – Joe Simon – “The Chokin’ Kind
Best R&B female – Aretha Franklin – “Share Your Love With Me”
Best R&B group – Isley Brothers – “It’s Your Thing”
Best R&B song – “Color Him Father” – The Winstons
Best Country male – Johnny Cash – “A Boy Named Sue”
Best Country female - Tammy Wynette – “Stand By Your Man”
Best Country group – Waylon Jennings and the Kimberleys “MacArthur Park”
Best County song – “A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash
Best Instrumental – Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet – Henry Mancini
Television news – March 8, 1970
CBS reruns “The Andy Griffith-Don Knotts-Jim Nabors Special” Saturday night.
Don’t Miss “The Young Americans” Special On ABC-TV Thursday With Lorne Greene and Tiny Tim and “The Committee” Satirical Comedy.
The Ford Foundation announces a grant of $288,000 to National Educational Television to enable the Children’s Television Workshop to complete its first season of “Seseame Street.” The grant will allow the educational program, aimed at preschool children, to add four weeks to its broadcast season, extending it through May 29. A grant of $175,000 went to station WNDT (New York Channel 13), to cover the costs of producing 20 one-hour segments of “Soul, a new series designed primarily for black audiences.
John Chancellor and Frank McGee will replace retiring Chet Huntley as the New York anchormen on NBC’s early evening news program. The program, now titled the “Huntley-Brinkley Report” will be renamed “NBC Evening News” after Huntley leaves July 31.