‘Today’s’ Issue revisits the Century City Police Riot of 1967. It’s a well-written recollection by L. Ted Rhoades which, as might be expected of one in the LA FP, has an unusual point of view; Mr. Rhoades recollects that this was the day his wife lost her virginity. Nevertheless, rather than opening to this remembrance, I thought that two of the original articles – those written before the emotion subsided – might be more impactful. One is by Art Kunkin, our Founding Publisher, who sees how it all happened. The other is by Don Strachan who writes about how the Herald-Examiner saw nothing of the sort!
Good thing there are all those Letters to the Editor or we might not ever had known what really happened. Here’s two other worthy contributions of the LA FP to the historical record – prime functions of the ‘alternative’ press that the LA FP was just then establishing:
1. An instant report to its community. Though the paper was published on Fridays (meaning it was put ‘to bed’ on Thursday night), Monday morning they woke up to a Special Edition filled to the hilt with pictures the ‘mainstream’ press hadn’t (and probably wouldn’t have) published. And,
2. This ‘Anniversary Issue’. It was a helpful dose of perspective for enlightenment, and a push of the status quo’s feet toward the fire, just to ensure that lessons once taught aren’t forgotten. (‘Anniversary News’ is now a format unto itself.)
Now… before you read those articles, let me share the perspective that Mr. Rhoades brought to this Anniversary Issue:
16,000 people marched that day but soon found that they could no longer go forward… nor could they go back.
And make no mistake about this: it was NOT the protestors who started the ‘riot’. Nor was the Riot spontaneous, it was planned… by the police. Hence, The Police Riot of Century City.
Those who marched were not to be simply stopped, they were to be brutally punished. It was hoofs and billy clubs that came down on men, women and children – some so young as to still be in strollers.
(yes… there’s a bit more to come…)
Each week this ’50-Year Throwback Thursday’ feature somehow (remarkably!) ties-in to our contemporary news. But the present day issue is about ‘illegal’ immigrants (as in ‘asylum seekers’) who, when they arrive as a family, are penalized beyond measure – their children taken, separated incommunicado.
Finally… wouldn’t want you to miss ‘tonight’s’ entertainment…
In fulfilling a promise to you, our Readers, we published the featured article of this Issue a week early (in our 6/7 post of this 6/14 Issue). That was the no-tribute memorial to JFK that you can see in the post below.
Now it’s time to see what else was within that Issue.
Here’s something that, in this day and age, would surely be accompanied with the question “Too soon?”
And here’s something less political, perhaps more philosophical…
And, finally.. here’s what you’ll find over on our FB LAFPMusic Page…
Lotsa ‘LOVE’ and
Alvin Lee, too!
As promised – though our original readers had to wait till the 14th (our next Issue) to see what memorial to RFK we would print, here you have that Issue now (on the 7th).
But, actually, there is no memorial Robert Kennedy…our featured article mentions him only once; there is no tribute, no cry for him nor his passing. The cold tone, so close to what we surely consider a horrific event, may surprise you. As might the same and singular lack of remorseful words for the other assassinated leaders of change – his dead brother among them. Although many did weep, this is an article that cuts straight to the bone: Who wanted Kennedy dead, and why. It put aside the remembrances, for there was no time to mourn… only time to keep the mission in mind of peeling off the masks of those who wish to keep the status quo.
Surprisingly(?) the message is as dire as when it was first written… and, fortunately, a new reality is still within our grasp. It’s amazing. Let’s learn from these last 50 years – if not from the eons before them – and make today our better tomorrow.
This happened 50 years ago ‘today’… but, of course, it won’t show up in the LA Free Press until ‘tomorrow’ – June 7th, 1968.
And when our tomorrow does come, right here, we’ll instead provide you with the article from the next week’s Issue, June 14th. (Here, for you, a week early.)
Like this article – it will be the real thing… the news ‘OF THE DAY’.
The sad moment caught here was thought to be ‘only’ an ‘attempted’ assassination… and because the issue had already been ‘set’, a new Front Page headline was installed to an existing article and several changes made in it.
Of course, the article in ‘next week’s’ Issue was typed on a blank page… from the unique perspective of being in that unique moment.
Come see what it meant to us then… you might be surprised as it may, very well, change your own perspective.