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March 15, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN and DOLLY MASCARENAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Thomas "Pete" Ray's B-26 bomber was shot down by Cuban antiaircraft batteries near Playa Giron on April 19, 1961, he wasn't there. So said the CIA. And for decades, the U.S. government publicly denied that a top-secret squadron of civilians recruited from the Alabama Air National Guard ever existed, let alone was on a CIA mission to bomb Cuba in one of the agency's best-kept and most humiliating secrets.
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March 15, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN and DOLLY MASCARENAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Thomas "Pete" Ray's B-26 bomber was shot down by Cuban antiaircraft batteries near Playa Giron on April 19, 1961, he wasn't there. So said the CIA. And for decades, the U.S. government publicly denied that a top-secret squadron of civilians recruited from the Alabama Air National Guard ever existed, let alone was on a CIA mission to bomb Cuba in one of the agency's best-kept and most humiliating secrets.
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SPORTS
October 15, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Think of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and the year 1961 comes to mind. Think of Willie Kirkland, Willie Tasby, Ken Hunt and Steve Bilko, and what might come to mind is, "Who?" Mantle and Maris' pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record, 60 in a season, overshadowed a host of other exploits in 1961, the first year of baseball's first expansion. But although the feats of Kirkland, Tasby, Hunt and Bilko didn't match the magnitude of Maris' 61 home runs, they achieved brief, shining moments.
SPORTS
October 15, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Think of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and the year 1961 comes to mind. Think of Willie Kirkland, Willie Tasby, Ken Hunt and Steve Bilko, and what might come to mind is, "Who?" Mantle and Maris' pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record, 60 in a season, overshadowed a host of other exploits in 1961, the first year of baseball's first expansion. But although the feats of Kirkland, Tasby, Hunt and Bilko didn't match the magnitude of Maris' 61 home runs, they achieved brief, shining moments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Sal Castro, a veteran Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who played a central role in the 1968 "blowouts," when more than 1,000 students in predominantly Latino high schools walked out of their classrooms to protest inequalities in education, died in his sleep Monday after a long bout with cancer. He was 79. Castro died at his home in the Silver Lake district, seven months after he was found to have stage 4 thyroid cancer, said his wife, Charlotte Lerchenmuller. In March 1968, Castro was a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School near downtown when he helped instigate the protests that became a seminal event in the development of the Chicano movement.
NEWS
January 25, 1990
City Manager Karl Koski has announced he will retire June 30 from a public service career that spans three decades. Koski, 59, joined the city staff as an administrative assistant in 1961, a year after incorporation. He said he decided to retire to spend time with his family, travel and enjoy the outdoors. The City Council probably will begin with an in-house search for a new city manager, Koski said.
NEWS
December 21, 1990 | Reuters
Marilyn Monroe's marriage contract to American playwright Arthur Miller fetched more than $14,000 on Thursday, Christie's auctioneers said. The ketubah, a Jewish wedding contract dated July 1, 1956, was witnessed in New York by Lee Strasberg, founder of New York's Actors' Studio. Monroe converted to Judaism for the marriage, Miller's second and her third. They divorced in 1961, the year before her death at 35.
SPORTS
December 21, 1985
The passing of home run king Roger Maris brings to mind a trivia question: In 1961, the year Maris hit 61 home runs, how many times was he walked intentionally? Zero. He was followed in the lineup by Mickey Mantle. It is ironic that the man whose record Maris broke, Babe Ruth, was, in his prime, occasionally walked intentionally with the bases loaded. GREGORY PEARSON Santa Monica
NEWS
July 15, 1995
William T. O'Donnell, 72, former chairman and chief executive officer of Bally Manufacturing Corp. who transformed it from a pinball game maker into the world's largest manufacturer of slot machines. O'Donnell, who was chairman from 1961 until his retirement in 1980, also led the company into casinos and other entertainment ventures, including lotteries. He started with the Chicago-based firm in 1946, when it was known as Lyon Manufacturing Co.
NEWS
September 26, 1997 | ELEANOR RANDOLPH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ABC News revealed Thursday that it had flirted with a "dynamite" story about a supposed affair between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, only to find that the documentary evidence behind the story was fake. But on the theory that when you get a lemon you should make lemonade, ABC's "20/20" broadcast a segment Thursday evening on the story behind the fake documents.
OPINION
December 9, 2002
I am writing as a former colleague of Quincy Troupe at UC San Diego ("Poet Resigns Post at UC San Diego Over Resume Lie," Dec. 4). I am, like him, a poet and writer. I was the head for the writing section in the literature department where he taught for many years. Like him, I was tenured from the day of my arrival there, even though I did not have a bachelor of arts degree. I dropped out of Stanford in 1961, a year early, when students were becoming radicalized and disaffected from most confirmed institutions.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By John Horn
Having already made two recent live-action movies with Cruella de Vil at its center - 1996's “101 Dalmatians” and the 2000 sequel, “102 Dalmatians” - Disney is planning a third film about the villainess to be written by “The Devil Wears Prada's” Aline Brosh McKenna, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Disney has hired McKenna to write “Cruella,” and Glenn Close, who played De Vil in the two “Dalmatians” movies, will serve as an executive producer, the newspaper reported.
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