Week of April 22, 1969
Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is sentenced to death in the
gas chamber for the murder of Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy. Sirhan was heard to tell is defense
attorney “don’t be concerned. even Jesus Christ
couldn’t have saved me.” It could be a while before
he is executed. Appeal of a death sentence is
automatic in California.
Merchant mariner Robin Knox-Johnston completes
an around-the-world trip in his yacht - a fete that took
some 11 months.
After 11 years, President
Charles De gaulle resigns his
office as President of France, after French voters reject his
constitutional reforms in a referendum. “I am ceasing to
exercise the functions of the president of the republic. This
decision takes effect at midnight today.” His proposals in the
referendum for reform of the French Senate and
decentralization and regionalization of France’s government
structure, were defeated. Alain Poher, 60-year-old president
of the Senate, will succeed De Gaulle as interim president
until a president is elected within a maximum of 35 days.
Israeli commandos strike into northern Egypt in the Nile region, in retaliation for
increasing Egyptian violations of the cease-fire along the Suez Canal.
Fernando Chavez. 19-year-old son of farm labor union leader Cesar Chavez,
refuses induction into the armed services on the grounds that he is a
conscientious objector. About 250 were present at the Fresno, Calif induction
center for a “Demonstration of Peace” when Chavez refused induction.
According a Gallup poll - book reading is at an all-time high - with 26% of adults
saying they have read a book in the past month - up from 23% in 1965.
Sports - Ted Williams returns to Boston for the first time
as manager of the Washington Senators and, following
a standing ovation from the near-capacity crowd,
directed his team to a 9-3 victory over the Red Sox. He
still refused to tip his cap to the cheering fans.

Week of April 22, 1969
Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins wins the Hart
Trophy - the most valuable player - for the 1968-69
season. He won the league’s scoring with 126
points. The James Norris trophy was picked-up by
All-Star defenseman Bobby Orr of the Bruins for his
job as best defenseman of the year.
Greenwich Village Happenings - David Steinberg -
Bitter End.
Dexter Gordon, Pharoah, Sanders - Village
Vanguard
Miles Davis Quintet, Eddie Harris - Village Gate
Bill Evans Trio - Top of the Gate
Music - Doors backlash - Seems that Jim
Morrison’s indecency “display” at Miami is
affecting bookings of other rock bands as
booking agencies are taking a second look.
Major municipal auditoriums and arenas in the
country have become more wary of booking rock
bands from promoters. Booking agencies are
hopeful that by the time the college season
resumes in the fall, the incident involving The
Doors will have been forgotten so that other
outfits can work lucrative municipal auditorium
circuit. As far as the Doors are concerned, most
bookings this year have been dropped.
More Music News -
James Brown - Soul Brother #1, pays an informal
visit with Macon’s gospel singer Mayor Ronnie
Thompson in his office, to let him know he’s moving to
Macon where he can “be a man.” Brown said in New
York, he is “just another of the big number,” but in
Macon the “community government” treats him as a
man. He added that he would be willing to work with
the city government in improving race relations if
necessary, but “Macon is one of the cities that will
never have a real problem.” James Brown is a native
of Augusta, Georgia.

Week of April 22, 1969
Dick Clark joins the Lashinsky Brothers, local promoters in Charleston, West
Virginia, in forming a corporation to operate an “International Raceway Park.” the
site is a 300-acre tract at Ona, near Charleston, with a three-eighth mile oval
track.
Off-Broadway - the off-Broadway play “Che,” which presents full male and female
nudity, strong language and simulated sexual intercourse, reopens with its cast
of two women and two men. It had been forced to close after opening night a
month ago, when police arrested the cast, the author, the producer and the
ticketseller. The cast members must still answer to charges of public lewdness,
obscenity and consensual sodomy.
Entertainment News - George Jessel (71) winds-up in the
hospital after a little clowning. At a USO luncheon, Jessel
leaped in the hair, clicked his heels together and landing
awkwardly, broke his right hip. He’ll be in a wheelchair for two
weeks.
Top Television shows -
Laugh-In - 35.5
Dean Martin - 27.2
Here’s Lucy - 27.2
Bonanza - 26.6
Beverly Hillbillies - 26.3
Mayberry RFD - 25.9
Family Affair - 25.3
Ironside - 25.2
Gomer Pyle - 25.1
Gunsmoke - 25.0
Mod Squad - 24.1
Dragnet - 23.8
I Dream of Jeannie - 23.8
Red Skelton - 23.8
Green Acres - 23.6
Mission: Impossible - 23.6
My Three Sons - 23.6
Bewitched - 23.4
Julia - 23.2
Doris Day - 23.0

Week of April 22, 1969
Average Audience
CBS - 20.5
NBC - 19.3
ABC - 16.1
Television - Seen in syndication - “Gettin it All Together” with Sam & Dave, Carla
Thomas, Booker T. and the M.G.s and a tribute to Otis Redding.
Hollywood gossip maven Rona Barrett is now being
syndicated by Metromedia Producer’s Corporation. The feature
is produced at Metromedia’s KTTV in Hollywood.
Beatles news - The Beatles (on film) will headline the May 24
edition of ABC’s Hollywood Palace with Van Johnson as host.
Dick Clark is set to produce “The Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” as a
television special. Program will trace the history of rock from Bill Haley’s “Rock
Around The Clock” to its present form, something Clark has done on radio, but
never television.
Judy Carne - the sock-it-to-me girl, who often gets hit
with a bucket of water on “Laugh-In,” says she was in a
London restaurant, sitting quietly, when someone
sprinkled bread crumbs on her hair and roared, “sock it to
me!” Ms. Carne says the experience wasn’t funny and
besides “I would rather be known as an actress.”
Mike Darow, who emcees “Dream House” on ABC-TV
says over the past year “I’ve handed over 20 new homes,
valued at $40,000 each and who knows how many rooms
of furniture. Mike lives in a one-bedroom apartment in
New Rochelle, NY. In order to walk off with a new home, contestants must win
seven consecutive games. Each game victory entitles the winners to a room full
of furniture, so by the time the win the house, they also have seven rooms of
furniture. Darow, a Canadian says “For months I’ve been trying to convince the
producers that it would be good public relations for them to build a model home
for me and my family which the public would be welcome to visit, but they’re
adamant in their refusal. I guess they just don’t want to create a situation which
might cast doubts on the honesty and integrity of the show.”

Week of April 22, 1969
Monday Night Television -
CBS - CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite, Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy,
Mayberry R.F.D., Family Affair, Carol Burnett Show
NBC - Huntley-Brinkley Report, DeGaulle Resignation, The Spring Thing, NBC
Monday Night At the Movies
ABC - ABC News With Frank Reynolds, The Avengers, Peyton Place, The
Outcasts, the Big Valley
Gunsmoke - Matt Dillon faces trouble with a former sheriff-friend who arrives in
Dodge seeking revenge from a convict about to be released from prison. Guest
stars Morgan Woodward, Charlotte Considine, Robert Pine.
I Dream of Jeannie - Tony’s troubles are compounded when a reporter bugs his
home and a woman and two children move in and accuse him of desertion.
George Furth guest stars as the reporter.
The Avengers - “You’ll Catch Your Death.” Steed and Tara battle a mad scientist
who plans to conquer the world with germ warfare. Stars Patrick Macnee, Linda
Thorson. Guest cast - Roland Culver, Fulton Mackay, Dudley Sutton.
Special - The Spring Thing - Noel Harrison and Bobby Gentry salute the season
with guests Goldie Hawn, Meredith MacRae, Irwin, C. Watson, Harpers Bizarre,
Rod Mckuen and Shirley Bassey. Lee Hazelwood is music director.
Mayberry RFD - Emmett and Howard go
to New York to represent Mayberry on a
nationwide television panel discussion
about small towns vs. big cities. Stars
Ken Berry, George Lindsey, Paul
Hartman, Jack Dodson. Guest stars
Pamela Mason.
The Outcasts - Earl and Jemal capture
an outlaw and, in turn are hunted by
Apaches seeking the man who slayed an
Indian woman. Stars Don Murray, Otis
Young. Guest stars - William Bassett, J.
Pat O’Malley, Ted de Corsia.
Family Affair - Believing that Jody spends too much of his time with girls, Uncle
sends him away to a boys’ camp where he is miserable, but refuses to admit it.

Week of April 22, 1969
The Carol Burnett Show - With regulars Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki
Lawrence, the Ernest Flatt Dancers and the Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.
Big Valley - Heath reluctantly agrees to help a revolutionary leader with a price
on his head escape from Mexico.
Tonight Show - Johnny Carson is host to Connie Stevens, Zach Norman, Paula
Kelly
Joey Bishop - Regis Philbin is guest host to Mort
Sahl, TV exercise girl Debbie Drake , Leonard
Barr.
At the movies -
A Boy...A Girl - Introducing Dino Martin Jr . Airion
Fromer, Karen Steele, Kerwin Mathews
Bullitt - Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn,
Jacqueline Bisset, Don Gordon Robert Duvall, Simon Oakland , Norman Fell
Goodbye, Columbus - Richard Benjamin, Jack Klugman, Ali MacGraw
Candy - Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn,
John Huston, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr
Sweet Charity - Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly,
Stubby Kaye, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr.
Teorema - Terence Stamp, Silvana Mongano
Mayerling - Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason, James Robertson-
Justice
Genevieve Page, Ava Gardner
Lola Montes - Peter Ustinov, Oskar Werner, Martine Carol, Anton Walbrook,
Ivan Desney
Kenner - Jim Brown, Madlyn Rhue, Robert Coote
The Big Bounce - Lee Grant, James Daly, Robert Webber, Van Heflin
The Loves of Isadora - Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Ivan Tchenko, Jason
Robards
If - Malcolm Mcdowell, Christine Noonan, Richard Widmark
They Came To Rob Las Vegas - Gary Lockwood, Elke Sommer, Lee J. Cobb,
Jack Palance
Joanna - Genevieve Waite, Christian Doermer, Calvin Lockhart, Donald
Sutherland, Glenna Forster-Jones
Twisted Nerve - Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitlaw, Phyllis Calvert
The Guru - Rita Tushingham, Michael York

Week of April 22, 1969
AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN -
5th Dimension
HAIR - Cowsills
IT’S YOUR THING - Isley Brothers
YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY -
Blood, Sweat & Tears
ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE - Jerry
Butler
TWENTY-FIVE MILES - Edwin Starr
DIZZY - Tommy Roe
THE BOXER - Simon & Garfunkel
GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ - Crazy
Elephant
HAWAII FIVE-O - Ventures
ROCK ME - Steppenwolf
DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM - Gary Puckett &
Union Gap
BROTHER LOVE’S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW - Neil Diamond
SWEET CHERRY WINE - Tommy James & Shondells
GALVESTON - Glen Campbell
DO YOUR THING - Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
THE CHOKIN’ KIND - Joe Simon
TIME OF THE SEASON - Zombies
TIME IS TIGHT - Booker T. & MG’s
LOVE (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY -
Peppermint Rainbow
IS IT SOMETHING YOU’VE GOT - Tyrone
Davis
GITARZAN - Ray Stevens
MEMORIES - Elvis Presley
TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU - Bobby
Vinton
IN THE BAD, BAD OLD DAYS (Before You Loved Me) - Foundations
THE WAY IT USED TO BE - Engelbert Humperdinck
IT’S ONLY LOVE - B.J. Thomas
WISHFUL SINFUL - Doors
PINBALL WIZARD - The Who
I CAN HEAR MUSIC - Beach Boys
THESE EYES - Guess Who
MERCY - Ohio Express

Week of April 22, 1969
FIRST OF MAY - Bee Gees
MY WAY - Frank Sinatra
MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY - Spiral
Starecase
MR. SUN, MR. MOON - Paul Revere &
Raiders
TRACES - Classics IV
THE RIVER IS WIDE - Grass Roots
DON’T TOUCH ME - Bettye Swann