Kentucky Fried Politics: A Colonel Sanders Timeline

Good update. IMO, the reason the attempted assassin lives so long (otherwise, he'd be dead) is because of Inauri's death soon after the attempt; glad Kosygin's in charge...

So, Mr. Kotter saves the world? Interesting; wonder what a certain John Travolta's up to ITTL (since Welcome Back, Kotter, the TV show that launched his career, is butterflied away)…

Brandon Teena lives ITTL; that's good, as it was horrible what happened to her IOTL...

Like that Barry Goldwater is defending Jenkins, to an extent; he did support gay rights long before it was a popular issue, so congrats to him and glad that that hypocrite, Roy Cohn, got outed...

Dubya and Nixon get along (and he dates (at least) Tricia Nixon?); BTW, I liked McCain as Obama's stepfather. One of the more interesting aspects of TTL is seeing the different paths people in OTL take here...

Waiting for more...
Nice chapter there @gap80!

Glad Elvis plays the UK - should win him some more life-long fans. Has he played with the Beatles or Stones yet?

Is this a very different LGBTQ rights movement getting started here? Not starting in a riot like Stonewall might help respectability perhaps?

Grissom on the Moon first? Where was Armstrong?

I am hoping the Soviets get a Moon Base going first to fire a rocket up the Americans getting to Mars and staying in Space.

Is there much response in Israel to Turkey's moves?
A great update. Glad Kosygin's in charge, from what I read about him, I liked him. Also, happy Indipendence Day.
Thanks, and a belated happy July 4 to you!

So, Mr. Kotter saves the world? Interesting; wonder what a certain John Travolta's up to ITTL (since Welcome Back, Kotter, the TV show that launched his career, is butterflied away)...

IOTL, Travolta was a 15-year-old high school student in 1969, so right now he's just aspiring for greatness. What'll happen to him depends on his actions and his reactions to the world/world's event around him...

Nice chapter there @gap80!

1) Glad Elvis plays the UK - should win him some more life-long fans. Has he played with the Beatles or Stones yet?

2) Is this a very different LGBTQ rights movement getting started here? Not starting in a riot like Stonewall might help respectability perhaps?

3) Grissom on the Moon first? Where was Armstrong?

4) I am hoping the Soviets get a Moon Base going first to fire a rocket up the Americans getting to Mars and staying in Space.

5) Is there much response in Israel to Turkey's moves?

1) Not yet

2) Maybe

3) I'll mention him in the next chapter

4) It's possible... :)

5) It happened very quickly, but Israel's now keeping their eyes on Turkey as well!

Also, here's something relevant:

Is BLUTAG an acronym solely for TTL, or are they from somewhere obscure in OTL.
I thought it up, but apparently, IOTL, Blutag is some monitor-related tech company founded in 2015. Alternative names were GLUTAB and TABLUG., but I think BLUTAG's the best of the three.
Love the Louisville Colonels joining the major leagues!

In this era, Louisville should be able to support the team (and the ABA Colonels) through ticket sales and small-scale sponsorships (small-scale compared to now). Way down the road, though, the Louisville area will need to grow AND attract more major businesses and corporations than OTL to support the MLB and the NBA (and keep their teams from moving out of town or folding). Louisville will have to become as big as Indianapolis, Cincinnati and/or Nashville. I argue this as a life-long Louisvillian, as someone who's heard the various arguments over the years as to what keeps the NBA from moving here.

To keep both Colonels franchises long-term:

a) the Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area will need to grow to at least 2 million (you can't count on significant support outside the area anymore than the Pacers and Colts can count on great support from the South Bend, Muncie, and Evansville areas of Indiana, or the Titans and Predators can count on major support from ticket holders/corporations in Birmingham, Alabama or Memphis, Tennessee. So toss out any ideas of the entire state rallying behind both teams. You'll have supporters from all over the state, but that type of support is available only to One Big Blue Team/School)

b) you'll need a few major, Fortune 500-type corporations to move to Louisville and place their main HQ there, and make significant investments throughout the local community -- which would be Jefferson County (Louisvllle), plus Hardin, Bullitt, Spencer, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Harrison, Clark and Floyd counties in southern Indiana). Those corporations are more likely to support MLB and NBA, buy luxury suites, buy naming rights when arenas/stadiums are built, etc. They also provide jobs, high-paying jobs with expendable income that could provide your season-ticket base.

c) have Louisville city and Jefferson County merge by 1975, much earlier than OTL

d) the city grows outward much, much earlier -- locals will know what I'm taking about when I mention TTL's equivalent of Gene Snyder Freeway/I-265 (an outer freeway stretching throughout OTL's suburbs) needing to be built and completed in the 1970s, and perhaps another outer freeway stretching from Muldraugh to Shelbyville being built in the '80s.

e) somehow Louisville needs to be ahead of the curve and revitalize its downtown. Louisville was like many cities in the '70s and '80s in that most people went there only because they had to work there during the day or do some kind of business, and avoid it like the plague at night/weekends. Clean up the crime, get rid of the sex shops, strip clubs and liquor stores and make it a destination area. Louisville finally did that by the 2000s, TTL it should have it done by 1980 (paving the way for the downtown-area arena and stadium to open by the early '90s)

f) the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in 1969 will be a popular area for fans to go see both teams play. Mid-city, easily accessible, and safe, and away from the creepy downtown area. Long-term, a serious pro team will need its own arena/stadium to maximize its revenue. When momentum starts to build a downtown arena and a downtown ballpark in the mid-80s, the city will need to be ready to roll

g) don't even think about deemphasizing college sports nor asking your fans to choose between the Colonels and UK (or, later, U of L). It's a losing proposition. Accept them as two other pro teams and concentrate on your own franchise. (I bring this up because OTL, former U of L athletic director Tom Jurich actively worked against the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets moving to Louisville. TTL, he probably wouldn't have taken the job because he wanted his university to be THE ONLY TEAM IN TOWN).
Also, the SI article was dated July 2 1969, the same season that in OTL MLB expanded by four teams:

NL -- Montreal and San Diego AL -- Seattle and Kansas City

So do TTL's Louisville Colonels then begin play in 1971? (You'll need to give the organization at least one year to get going. THey'll need to build a minor league system, find a competent GM who will set up a competent organization, etc. And who's their expansion partner -- Toronto? Milwaukee? Buffalo? Dallas-Fort Worth? Do you put them in the NL (with a natural rival in Cincinnati) or in the AL?
Chapter 31: July 1969 – December 1969
Chapter 31: July 1969 – December 1969

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”

– Aristotle

After Sanders quit swearing for good, he just wasn’t as fun as he used to be. One time, for instance, he got outraged at this lobbyist for borderline harassing the department of the interior over possible limited mining rights in a national park straddling the US-Canadian border. The old Sanders would have threatened the snot with his beatin’ stick, but in ’69, it was kind of sad seeing him holding back, getting’ all tense – his tiny eyes bulging out so far you could actually see the whites of ’em, veins bulging out, face all red, muttering and stuttering and finally telling him off – but the insults and swears were of the disappointedly kid-friendly kind now.

– Lawrence Wetherby (US Ambassador to Canada 1965-1973), 1991 interview


After the conservative successes of Shelepin and Inauri, the new and more liberal USSR leader will implement our union’s Eighth Five-Year Plan, which will last from 1969 to 1974. Kosygin’s plan is to boost the economy via consumer production. Our glorious new leader swears his plan will increase the Soviet standard of living by increasing the supply of food, clothing and other household appliances up to 50 percent, and increasing the union’s population’s cash income by 40 percent.

– Kommunist, Soviet magazine, July 1969 issue

Kosygin believed that too much focus on defense expenditures would be the USSR’s “complete ruin,” and sought to amend the ship’s course… In July 1969, Kosygin, with an entourage of close advisors, met with President Sanders, and his own advisors, at Camp David, marking the first time a Soviet leader had visited American soil since the infamous “kitchen debate” nearly a decade earlier.

Below: the Colonel walking around the Camp David grounds with Kosygin

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The talks re-affirmed Kosygin’s commitment to denuclearization. The Colonel would later describe Kosygin as “a skillful negotiator, keen on details and alert when it came to complexities. He was very much passionate about policy, and would cut right to the meat of things. A real businessman-type personality, at bit impersonal or even unfriendly at times, but he was nevertheless effective and sincere when it came to work and working hard.”

– Paul Ozersky’s Colonel Sanders and the American Dream, University of Texas Press, 2012

US LABOR SECRETARY DEAD: Herbert Hoover Jr. Passes Away Three Days After Stroke, Age 65

The Washington Post, 7/9/1969


– The Wall Street Journal, 7/10/1969

THE COLONEL CALLS FOR STATES TO IMPLEMENT “FREE ENTERPRISE ZONES”: Claims FEZs Will Support Black-Owned Businesses Forming In “Troubled Areas”

– The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/17/1969


…the celebrity died suddenly from a massive cerebral hemorrhage while staying at his summer home with Marilyn Monroe, to whom he had been married for just two months… “Monroe’s marriage to the African-American singer was not without controversy, but it was one of love,” according to the singer’s stepson, Ron Eckstine…

The Atlanta Journal, Georgia newspaper, 7/20/1969

July 21, 1969, the day that Apollo 12 landed on the moon, was also historic, as it saw the first-ever African-American astronaut step foot on the lunar surface. The sixth man to step on the moon overall, the then-34-year-old Robert H. Lawrence Jr. followed the NASA veteran Alan Shepard in the lunar module while Neil Armstrong from Apollo 11’s backup crew served as the module pilot due to being the second-most senior member of the crew. …A civilian astronaut, Armstrong had served as command pilot for two Gemini missions and as backup commander for Apollo 10. …The Lunar module pilot (Lawrence) had to step out second due to the positioning of the seats and the hatch door. …The historic precedence and cultural "weight" of Lawrence’s trip was lost on television sets, where audiences simply saw two astronaut suits, the color and gender of their wearers undetectable by external eyes. Nor could most ears pick out which of the astronauts was which when they heard their voices, as Lawrence spoke in a non-stereotypical way. Audiences did not hear one white man and one Black man; they heard two men. Two Americans speaking to Houston from the surface of the moon.

To most watching, it was the actions of the astronauts that seemed to be more the more important aspect of Apollo 12…


Below: Astronaut Robert H. Lawrence Jr., the sixth man on the moon


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– NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz’s Up and Away: How The Cold War Competition Pushed Us into The Stars, MacFarland & Company, 1994

ANNOUNCER: The Cuyahoga River. A fixture of Northeastern Ohio, this Lake Erie-bound body of water was the sight of something one would find impossible were it not caught on tape last month – water on fire.


ANNOUNCER (OVER FOOTAGE): On June 25, an oil slick polluting a riverbank caught fire, damaging a nearby bridge and causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage before firefighter put out the blaze. While the fire’s source is not currently known, this did not stop the incident from making headlines nationwide. The fire was a boon for Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes’ efforts to revive local ecosystems due to the increasingly severe presence of oil and other pollutants in the river worsening over the past several years. President Colonel Sanders has called on Congress to work on a Water Safety & Regulation Act, saying that the issue is not one of private business rights but one of public health.

SANDERS (IN FOOTAGE): “I don’t expect people to stand for their rivers being on fire on a non-rapture day any more than I expect Claudia to stand for her and me eating a romantic dinner over one of the White House toilets. You’ve got to keep your country clean, like what Ladybird Johnson strived for, and that means companies big and small being aware and responsible for what they’re doing to the nation’s nature.”

ANNOUNCER: The US Attorney General is looking into legal activities regarding allegations of local companies and the river’s water pollution, while congressmen are concurring with the President’s call for pollution control litigation or legislation...

– NBC News report, 7/22/1969


Sarah Ragle and Ron Weddington announce the birth of their second child. Ron Weddington Junior arrived on June 19, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces. The newborn arrived just weeks after the mother had graduated from the University of Texas Law School, where she met the father (to whom she wed in 1968) and where she gave birth to first child, also in 1968, while working on her J.D. …

– The Houston Chronicle, Celebrations section, 7/24/1969

He was about to turn 19, in desperate need of real companionship, and was completely directionless. Arthur Bremer had left his abusive family home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as soon as he graduated from high school that June. He considered attending Milwaukee Area Technical College, but the life story of the President – who found his destiny by travelling around the country – inspired Bremer to go for a change of scenery. Deciding to put as much space between himself and “his old life” in the Midwest, Bremer quit his job as a busboy and hitchhiked to California. And on one hot July day, he found a new family. Manson renamed him “Leo,” after Bremer’s zodiac sign. …Soon Bremer/Leo, still determined to prove himself valuable to both the family and himself, was brought further into the fold. Manson revealed to him the plan meant to “finish what was started and then stalled in the Black Sea.”

The Fire Oasis: Our Recollections of The Mad Men of Brazil, collaborative work (multiple authors), Deodendro Publishers, 1982

CAN MCDERMOTT DO IT?: A Politician’s Crusade to “Eliminate Poverty”

…branding it a “negative income rebate,” McDermott’s wide-reaching version of a negative income tax is the cornerstone of the GOP nominee’s campaign for Governor of New Jersey. …State Senator Frank X. McDermott, who turns 45 in October, is a rising star in New Jersey state politics, having served as the Garden State's senate leader for a year and as Acting Governor few a few hours earlier this year. …Just before unveiling of his rebate proposal, a month before the Republican primary in early June, the liberal McDermott was trailing in the polls at third place, behind US Congressman William Cahill, a moderate, and US Congressman Charles Sandman, a conservative. Within a month, McDermott shot to first place and defeated Cahill and Sandman, along with two fellow state senators, for the Republican nomination for Governor…

Time Magazine, late July 1969 issue

FRIEDMAN: The free market economy would benefit from a Negative Income Tax Rebate, which would avoid the welfare trap by subsidizing income instead of replacing it.

BUCKLEY: So you disagree with your boss’s support for the Federal Assistance Dividend?

It’s a good idea, but I think it would be fairly unfeasible to implement, and if it was or is, it would only contribute to the complexity of our already-massive welfare system. Not only would the rebate streamline the anti-poverty endeavor, it would even be farther-reaching than a limited dividend.

THURMOND: But that’s the opposite of what we need – the responsibility of the downtrodden should rest in the hands of state-level institutions and leaders.

KENNEDY-SHRIVER: Many things are permissible at the state level, but poverty affects all 50 states. Thus, income assurance should be a federally regulated endeavor. Furthermore, I agree with the Colonel’s recent calls for management accountability – fair prices for farmers and fairer wages for families – The F.A.D., though has the potential to reduce poverty and even provide assistance as automation continues. Mr. Secretary, back in 1952, economic Wassily Leontief agreed with Keynes that labor will become less and less important as the twentieth century continues, isn’t that correct?

FRIEDMAN: Um, yes it is.

KENNEDY-SHRIVER: And Keynes himself worried in 1930 that “technological unemployment” would become only a more prevalent issue as the decades wore on, and that long-term worry could be addressed with the NITR.

BUCKLEY: But in the short term, it would only add to the cavalcade of welfare programs, as Secretary Friedman has pointed out.

FRIEDMAN: Yes, and my alternative proposal would be more effective –

THURMOND: Don’t you mean more liberal?

FRIEDMAN: – more effective than an F.A.D.: the NITR would extend the progressive tax system into the negative territory – meaning the IRS would give money to those below the poverty line just as the rich pay higher tax rates to the IRS.

BUCKLEY: So, by extension, the rich would be giving to the poor?

FRIEDMAN: That’s…one way of looking at it, I suppose.

KENNEDY-SHRIVER: But F.A.D. checks going through the mail to those who need it would promote equal opportunities –

BUCKLEY: – But where’s the cut-off, Senator?

THURMOND: That’s right, I could see at least some members of society working just little less enough to qualify for it, inflating the numbers. And regulating laziness would not exactly be easy.

KENNEDY-SHRIVER: An F.A.D. program would taper off with a rise in one’s income. The more money you make on your own, the less money the government has to provide you with to keep you from destitution, until ultimately you are earning above the poverty line and thus no longer need the FAD. The end-goal is to stop people from starving to death when their inability to hold down a job is not their fault. Money doesn’t equal happiness, but it does ease financial woes. The F.A.D. provides a social safety net of wages below which no worker will fall. It targets those who need it, not those who want it.

FRIEDMAN: Well the NITR would do the same without adding to the nation’s mounting programs of its social welfare bureaucracy. It would instead simplify things without financially ruining the economically vulnerable, such as the ill, the elderly, and the infirm. It would guarantee financial security for the elderly and the disabled without the dividend’s possible lowering of labor supply, which would harm the economy!

BUCKLEY: Unless the economy truly is self-correcting as Adam Smith writes –

THURMOND: Well the real issue then, Milton, is the need to re-write parts of the US tax law!

FRIEDMAN: Which is what the Colonel has been working on for months now!

– US Commerce Secretary Milton Friedman, host William F. Buckley Jr., US Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), and US Senator Eunice Kennedy-Shriver (D-MA) on Firing Line, Saturday 8/2/1969 transcript

In the month of August, the U.S. Congress returned from summer break, and Congressman Tip O’Neill (D-MA) wasted no time introducing a tax reform bill onto the house floor. The bill, dubbed the Tax Reform Bill of 1969, would simplify the tax bracket system, merge certain departments of the IRS, and create a Federal Earned Income Credit, a refundable tax credit for low- to moderate-income working families and couples, and, to a slightly lesser extent, individuals, especially such citizens with underage dependents (i.e., children). The law was the culmination of months of Colonel Sanders reaching across to Senators and Congressmen in all factions of both parties to win over enough support to pass what he saw to be a "very helpful" bill for "so many folks."

– Paul Ozersky’s Colonel Sanders and the American Dream, University of Texas Press, 2012

The Colonel disapproved of Indonesian leader Suharto’s moves to take over West Irian via a rigged council vote held on August 2; “The voters had been selected by the Indonesian military. The corruption’s more noticeable than a drunk dog joyriding on a horse!” Sanders openly condemned Suharto for his treatment of his people, and privately held him responsible for causing guerilla activity backed by the USSR to form on the island of Papua. The Colonel and Suharto has a cold relationship from then onward. Nevertheless, the event was recognized by the UN General Assembly, albeit without clarifying if the absorption of the western half of the island was indeed “an act of self-determination.”


August 1969 also saw Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk criticize the US military. Communist guerillas were still present in northern regions despite US intervention in the form of advisors and assistance, and the King became increasingly vocal of his “disappointment” as the summer continued on. Ambassador Westmoreland privately countered on August 8th “this guy’s ignoring how his own policies that have brought his country to the brink of destruction.” Secretary Curtis and Senator Nixon, as the latter’s memoirs revealed, privately considered the King to be “a pain in our side.”

The Colonel agreed with Senator Nixon that the King’s forces would fail to defeat the northern insurgency, but was hesitant to lead the US into “what would be our fourth war of the past eight years.” Harley Sanders then convinced The Colonel that the American people approving of troop-based intervention would be "very necessary." Not wanting to continually "handle" the actions and policies of “other leaders” such as King Norodom Sihanouk at the cost of ignoring “the actual warfront,” The Colonel decided to use television to his administration’s advantage, pointing out on the 19th the “the television set has always been my friend; now it’ll be our friend, Bill [Westmoreland].”

During mid-to-late August and early September, the Colonel loosened restrictions for media outlets to allow journalists to dangerously venture into the north if they chose to do so. Subsequently, the atrocities committed in the region – by the communist insurgents in general and communist leader Pol Pot in particular – slowly found their way onto newspapers nationwide. The exposés raised US approval of increasing intervention in Cambodia.

– Rick Perlstein’s Colonel’s Country: The Trials and Crises of Chicken King Presidency, Simon & Schuster, 2014

I first served time from ’52 to ’54 for mugging a taxi driver, then from ’55 to ’59 for using stolen money orders to take a trip from Missouri to Florida. The ’59 bust was the big one, though. 20 years for holding up a store in St. Louis. The MO State Penn wasn’t good to me, but thankfully the prison bakery’s security was kinds sloppy in ’67. I got out by hiding in a bread truck!

A first moved to Chicago, then Toronto, then Montreal, then Alabama. Birmingham was a nice town, except for all the Blacks acting all smug. I missed the best years, when Bryant was serving as a voice for real Americans. But I stayed. I still can’t believe I was able to get a driver’s license during my time there. Then again, I didn’t stay long enough to see if the pigs figured out I was there. Got a Ford Mustang a drove to Mexico later soon after, and soon found myself in Veracruz, Mexico. No longer was a James Earl Ray – I was now Eric Starvo Galt.

I loved America – I still do. It’s that too many of the people living there are a**holes. The President at the time, a clown in a white suit named Colonel Sanders favored pinko social views, and was always quick and gung-ho to be putting down grade school dropouts, which is ironic because I didn’t make it to the 12th grade, but neither did the Colonel. His successor wasn’t exactly better, so I stayed in Mexico. I even managed to get facial reconstruction in Mexico City in ’68. Did a bang-up job, too!

First I thought of moving to Rhodesia, where whites still controlled blacks. But Veracruz was such a great place. A sunny spot near the bottom of the gulf; Cuban and Americans love to take tours, party and take vacations there, including really hot American women.

By 1969, I was working as a tour guide. Every time a cop was part of the tour, I’d laugh inside myself, and the laughter grew bigger each year I stayed there, enjoying the beaches, chasing tail, and wallowing in the finer things in life (whatever things the richer tourists “lost” during the trip!).

– James Earl Ray’s memoir, How I (Almost) Got Away With It: The True Story of The Man Known As Eric Starvo Galt, Borders Books, 1999


…Hellyer’s promotion of “universal health care” policies are catching the attention of both the people and politicians in the northern U.S. states such as Vermont and Maine, both of which contain many Canadian immigrants; Vermont’s Governor Hoff has described Hellyer administration’s left-wing social stances as “inspired and inspiring”….

– The Toronto Star, Canadian newspaper, 8/17/1969


– The Sacramento Union, 8/19/1969


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– The coastal town of Pass Christian, Mississippi, before and after Hurricane Camille, 8/14-22/1969

With winds of over 150 mph, Hurricane Camille was the second-most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the United States. When it made landfall on August 18, it was at a peak intensity of 175 mph and first struck the aptly-named region of Waveland, Mississippi. Mudslides and flashfloods overwhelmed communities. Nearly everything along Mississippi’s coastline was flattened; over 240 people were killed and over $1.40 billion (roughly $9.5 billion in 2019) in damages.


Federal, local, state and volunteer agencies responded to the disaster immediately, rescuing survivors from wreckage and tending to the injured and the displaced. Congress soon passed a bill providing $70million in disaster relief necessities for Mississippi and Louisiana.

President Sanders ordered 1500 regular military troops, plus 900 US Army Engineers and 300 US Navy Seabees, to bring food, clothing, vehicles for transportation, and other elements to the affected areas. The Governors of Mississippi and Louisiana declared martial law for two weeks to minimize vandalism.

President Sanders then applied what he learned in the wake of the 1956 floods in Kentucky while he was Governor to the situation. Sanders understood how to properly get people warm, fed, and relaxed. On August 24, President Sanders would visit the Biloxi-Gulfport Regional Airport to promote the rebuilding of the state, telling a crowd at one point “one of the few things stronger than a hurricane is the strength of the American people when faced with a challenge. …Are we going to let Camille have the last word? No!”

The storm was so destructive that the name Camille was retired.


After meeting with department heads and the governors and other politicians present, I helped hand out canned goods and blankets. I wanted to sit down with many of them, like how I had handled the Kentucky floods of 1956, but I was the President now, and I couldn’t find the time to listen to all of them. Instead I listened to local leaders and volunteers, and commended them for their service. I called Mildred and convinced her to send free KFC to the affected areas. Like what happened 13 years prior, my chicken raised spirits and brought hope for recovery to the displaced people.

– Colonel Sanders’ autobiography, Life As I Have Known It Has Been Finger-Lickin’ Good, Creation House publishing, 1974

Leo, Tex and Arthouse held their position outside the Senator’s California house. The time to strike would soon be at hand.

Kuchel served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Manson convinced us that this made him privy to highly sensitive information regarding the nation’s defense and security. This meant that Kuchel had to die in order to stop him from helping the Beatles prevent Helter Skelter. We were the chosen followers – if anybody could pin his assassination on the Russians (thus starting the crisis that would lead to the submarines launching their missiles and ushering in a new era for America), it was us. Manson had his ways, and he made us certain of this.

But Leo was too egotistical. He loved Manson like the rest of us, but he wanted Manson – and maybe the world – to know that HE was the one to fire the fatal bullet. As soon as he saw Kuchel step out of his home emerged, Leo shouted “Penny for your thoughts!” before firing, which gave Kuchel just enough time to duck out of harm’s way.

Then an unplanned element reared its head in the form of a police cruiser passing by. Soon enough, two police officers had us pinned. Arthouse was clipped. Leo decided to play the hero – or martyr, the jury’s still out on it – and made a run for Kuchel’s position to “finish the job.”

He failed. Almost immediately, the cops turned him into a red and drippy imitation of Swiss cheese, after which he plopped down flat and motionless on the pavement.

There was, however, a silver lining to Leo’s action – it drew the fire away from Tex and Arthouse, allowing them to flee with their lives and return to Manson.

Both were punished for their failure.

The Fire Oasis: Our Recollections of The Mad Men of Brazil, collaborative work (multiple authors), Deodendro Publishers, 1982


– The Los Angeles Times, 9/1/1969

If the CIA was not catching up to him, his many health problems were. Diabetes and poor blood circulation tired him so, and his hair had not been combed in months. He didn’t care to. His sole focus now was trying to support Pol Pot in Cambodia, hoping to spark a resurgence in popularity for Communism in Vietnam. He was still passionate, but he had effectively become a shadow of his former self.

On the day of his death, Ho and I carefully traveled to the remnants Banteay Srei, the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire to meet with a contact to discuss the latest developments.

Ho, perusing the area, observed, “Look at all that remains of what was once a great empire. A man who had a vision here. A man who once commanded that all these structures be built. What power, what influence they had. And look at it now. His mighty power, and his mighty people…all gone.”

Ho then became more despondent than usual when he noticed a small empty used bucket on the ground. Carefully bending down to pick it up, he turned the container around and came face-to-face with a man an ocean away. It was an empty bucket of KFC, lazily discarded, likely by an American, on the floor. Rolling along this site of former glory by the occasional wind gust until it had reached this spot. Ho held the bucket, and after staring at it for quite a while, thought aloud, “The man on this bucket had a vision, too. One that should not have come to pass.” Ho turned to me and lifted up the bucket to show it to me. With his lips almost trembling as emotions ran through him, but also with fury rising in his voice, he exclaimed “this was our downfall!”


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Ho crushed the bucket in his hand, then leaned over as his recent chest pain issue suddenly grew in severity. He soon began to have trouble breathing. By the time we returned to base, my dear friend had already succumbed to heart failure.

– Le Duan’s Divided We Fall: The Real History of Vietnam in the Twentieth Century, Freedom Province Books, 2002

…Reports Confirm: Ho Chi Minh, Commie Leader During Vietnam War, Died Last Week While Hiding In Northern Cambodia...Spotted At Historic Site and Followed to Hiding Place…Collaborators Captured Alive…

– NYT news ticker, 9/9/1969

JOE: Well it’s more than obvious that Ho Chi Minh and Colonel Sanders were secretly the same person! The Colonel was part of the military-industrial complex and as such he faked the death of the persona to tie up loose ends!

ART: But what about the body of Ho Chi Minh?

JOE: Don't you remember from our talk last time, Art? It was cremated – cremated in a war zone where a body can be found practically anywhere!

– Host Art Bell and frequent anonymous contributor “Conspiracy Joe,” Coast to Coast AM, 4/16/1994 radio broadcast


By E. W. Kentworthy

He was the very archetype of the politician, with all the politician’s shortcomings and virtues. Inconstant, often too apt in expedient, he was found, in the course of his career, on both sides of almost every question. But he also had the talent for compromise, adjustment and conciliation that is the secret of effective government under the American system… In a Senate increasingly composed of drab, machine-tooled men, Mr. Dirksen remained an original, a throwback to the more colorful, less inhibited politics of the Midwest at the turn of the century… Mr. Dirksen’s last years were burdened with illness and injury – duodenal ulcers, chronic emphysema, a cracked vertebra from a violent fit of coughing…But the juices of life and humanity flowed strong in him to the end... chest x-rays in August led to surgery to remove a mass of lung cancer, and while the it was successfully removed, complications led to a fatal case of bronchopneumonia for Mr. Dirksen… …he will lay in state at the U.S. Capitol rotunda, for all who wish to pay their respects…

The New York Times, 9/8/1969 [1]

We were disheartened, but not defeated. Kuchel was still alive, but all of us – even quite possibly Manson, too – couldn’t help but be glad we didn’t have to deal with Leo any longer.

Manson immediately returned to studying the music, and soon came to his latest conclusion. Jumping up from his spot, he frantically called us all to assemble before him.

“Our little hideaway beneath the waves,” he recited the lyric from the Beatles’ song Octopus’s Garden. “This refers to the Soviet submarines - little hideaways - hiding beneath the waves, destined to nuke the continental United States!” We all believed him. Manson then told us how we needed to develop a plan to use this knowledge to our advantage, and to keep others from learning the truth, lest the new age be stalled once more. “We must cut off our opponents at the source. We must silence the leakers of the future – the Beatles must not disrupt our destiny.”

The Fire Oasis: Our Recollections of The Mad Men of Brazil, collaborative work (multiple authors), Deodendro Publishers, 1982

Octopus’s Garden was written and sung by Ringo Starr and appeared on their 1969 album “Abbey Road.” Released September 26, 1969 after being recorded for the album from April to July 1969, Starr was inspired to write the song in 1968, when he was on a boat belonging to comedian Peter Sellers in Sardinia. The boat captain told Starr about how octopi collect stones and shiny objects from the sea bed to build “gardens.” Starr was inspired further by his desire to escape the sociopolitical fallout of the Stonehouse Scandal and the other events of that later; he would later admit that he had “just wanted to be under the sea, too, that’s all.”


…Elvis never liked the Beatles, disagreeing with the idea of using recreadrugs, and refused to meet with them during his tour’s visit to London. He would, however, establish a “friendly acquaintanceship” with the Rolling Stones in 1969, according to Bill Wyman…

– Pat Sheffield’s Dreams, Reality, and Music: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Entire World, Tumbleweed Publications, 2000

Needing a smile after the near-death of US Senator Kuchel, the real-death of Senator Dirksen and the many deaths of Hurricane Camille, and wanting to unwind from handling a particularly somber and hectic week overall, I convinced him to meet “an unconventional acquaintance” of mine. Dad and I soon stopped in on an unorthodox performer staying at an Arlington, Virginia, hotel for a rock concert to be held the next day.


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Above: Dad and Alice meet in the hotel’s main conference room, which was best for security. A waiter brought Alice more beer, while Dad had some coffee. I had first met Alice Cooper in 1967, right before he had really made his mark on the political scene. He was 19 years old, almost 60 years younger than Dad at the time, and we met through a friend of a mutual acquaintance of a friend of his.

The two men got along surprisingly well, just not immediately. At first, they have trouble finding anything in common. Alice was adamantly apolitical, once saying “When my parents would start talking politics, I would go in my room and put on the Rolling Stones or the Who as long as I [had to so I] could avoid politics.” [2] Dad, meanwhile, disliked the increasingly cacophonous music of the era’s youth, preferring the “understandable” tunes of Elvis and the Beach Boys out of all music of the “modern youth” genre, as he put. Finally, though, they find a common interest – sports [3]. Soon Alice was really enjoying himself, though much more so than Dad. In fact, Pops became antsy to leave as the night wore on, especially after Alice tried to guess what the “secret” to what made Kentucky Fried Chicken so delicious. We left at around midnight, with Alice clearly honored to have been in the President’s presence.

Dad later told me, “What do see in that, um, that rocker fella?”

I told him “He’s loud, outspoken, and searching for some kind of greatness. He kind of reminds me of you, Pop.”

The September 14th “Midnight Meeting” would eventually become public knowledge, sparking numerous rumors and theories ranging from Cooper being a government spy seeking to destroy shoutnik culture from the inside-out to being handpicked by the KFC corporation to hold onto the closely coveted “Secret Formula.” The “Kentucky Fried Chicken Incident” was none of those things. It was simply a semi-successful attempt to liven my father’s spirits after a sadder-than-usual week of being President.

– Margaret Sanders’ The Colonel’s Secret: Eleven Herbs and a Spicy Daughter, StarGroup International, 1997

…The party establishment sought to promote Dirksen’s son-in-law, Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee, to the now-vacant position of Senate Majority Leader. Goldwater challenged the selection of ideological grounds, while Senate Whip Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania challenged Baker over concerns of nepotism. The Colonel came to back Goldwater, and with the waning non-conservative factions of the party being split between Baker and Scott, Goldwater was narrowly promoted to Senate leader. This put him third in line for the Presidency after Vice President Bill Scranton, and House Speaker Charles Halleck...

– Liz Shermer’s Barry Goldwater and the Changing American Political Landscape, net-book publication, 2010

…a rift soon began to form between Sanders and fiscal conservatives on the hill wishing to repeal parts of numerous programs if FAD was implemented, including LBJ’s Great Society programs. During one of these discussions with Senator Cotton, Sanders defended his predecessor’s policies: “too many people rely on them”

“But they’re too constricting to businesses. The economy will hemorrhage under such immense pressure to maintain a government so big!” explained Cotton

“So we can remove some of these programs, but not all, and not the key ones, just the supplemental ones and the like” The Colonel gave an arbitrary response to placate D.C. conservatives for the time being.

– Coya Knutson’s Coya’s Story: A Life in Legislation, Simon & Schuster Incorporated, 1991


– The Chicago Tribune, 9/25/1969


The Washington Post, 9/27/1969


…Governor Robsion’s new economic development plan is almost identical to that used by Colonel Sanders when he served as the state’s leader from 1955 to 1959. During that period, the state saw a rise in employment and population numbers as transportation projects attracted major businesses and corporations to the Bluegrass state. The Colonel’s 1955 strategy, however, may not work 14 years later, as the socioeconomic situation has shifted greatly since then, state economists warn... Nevertheless, the State Secretary of Commerce has “no doubt” that “returning to what worked” will grow the state’s presence on the US economic map. …Robsion, however, has announced even greater ambitions for the state: “Within the next 20 years, Louisville will be bigger than Indianapolis or even Nashville.” The Robsion administration has also projected the state’s largest city to reach a population of 2 million by 1989. [4]

The Advocate-Messenger, KY newspaper, 9/29/1969

...At the time [October 1969], Mr. Hoover was under mounting attack because of revelations that the bureau had conducted extensive surveillance of…war protesters… “We may have on our hands here a man who will pull down the temple with him,” [Senator Richard] Nixon said. [3]

– Ronald Kessler’s Clyde Tolson and the Cult of J. Edgar Hoover, Resistance E-Publishing, 2016

“Hoover, I’m madder than a wet hen at you!”

“I take it this is about the Posts’ alleged journalism as of late, yes?”

“I’ve checked you out this time, Hoovie – you’re still continuing on surveilling people despite me telling you to stop it months ago. Listen, Hoovie, I’m all about limits. Limited government and all that. But there should never be limits on two things: the number of times you can eat KFC for dinner, and the freedoms of the American people! What you’re doing, Hoover, is just plain wrong and you know it! Even worse, you don’t even seem to mind!”

“Colonel, you don’t seem to realize the value of all this. Just look at the information we gathered, just this month in fact. Here, I brought this over here. Just look at the kind of people Rock Hudson’s been shacking up with!”

“Unless their makin’ babies in the middle of a public square it’s nobody’s concern but their own who loves who. A man and woman have a right to privacy.”

“That’s not what he – ”

“I don’t want to hear your excuses, Hoover. Now shut this whole thing down immediately.”

“Mr. President – ”

“That’s right, I am the President. And as your President, as your boss, I order you to shut down this whole operation!”

“[Sigh] I’m afraid that is impossible, sir. This goes beyond just me. This is an all-encompassing network of informants and agents. All with families to feed, too. And they all understand the importance of this work. I shut it down, one of them will slip through the cracks and continue on where I’ve left off, making the shutdown pointless. This, sir, is all for the good of the country.”

“You don’t get to make that decision!”

“Every President since FDR has thought otherwise.”

“Then apparently, no President since FDR ever had the balls to tell you off!”

“Oh, what are you going to do, are you going to call me a whippersnapper or something?”

“Don’t you take that tone with me!”

“Going to cry for your son to defend you or will you spin some yarn about how much of hick you are until I pass out from boredom?”

“How dare you – ”

“You know something, Colonel, you may wear white, but you’ll always just be a dirty bum, a fish out of water, in-over-your-head naïve little sh-”

“Why you – !”

[striking sound]



“Ooh, f@#k, you hit me in the face!”

“Oh, sh- Shoot! You did it, Hoovie, you done made me lose my temper.”

“Oh, I think you loosened a tooth!”

“Yeah, a silver cane can do that, I figure. Sorry – ”

“Damn it, that f@#king hurt!”

“I’m sorry, Hoovie. Here – ”

“Don’t touch me, I don’t need your help!”

“[Sigh], Alright. Bu before you leave, Hoover, I want to be clear – this is your final warning. Shut this down, or you’re out of a job in D.C.! I mean it. And I don’t think the folks on the Hill will miss you all too much, either! [pause] You’ve got until the end of the month, otherwise you’re out.”

“Yeah. I’ll see myself out!”

[long pause of silence]

“[Sigh], Lord, please give me the strength to tolerate the bullsh- uh, the troublestarters.”

– Transcript of a discussion between President Sanders and Director Hoover in the Oval Office, nature of recording device classified until 2029; disclosed by the FBI in 2012 alongside numerous other files from the 1960s, 10/2/1969

On the morning of October 5, Director Hoover complained of having a headache and a lack of sleep in recent days, but declined to go to the hospital. Furthermore, he demanded that he not be disturbed for the duration of the day, not even for lunch. At approximately 11:45, Hoover’s private secretary discovered him unconscious on the floor of his office, having apparently vomited and then collapsed, likely from exhaustion. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy report revealed that the director had suffered a ruptured blood vessel near his right temple, a sensitive part of the body containing many blood vessels. Also detected was localized hematoma, meaning blood was seeping out from broken capillaries; this condition is known to cause headache and vomiting. What killed Hoover, however, was asphyxiation, as he had collapsed face-down into the puddle of his own vomit.

Upon Hoover’s death, his fiercely-loyal stern-faced private secretary of almost exactly 50 years, Helen W. Gandy, always known as “Miss Gandy,” began a process of destroying all of Hoover’s “personal files.”

The FBI’s Associate Director, Clyde Tolson, a close friend of Hoover, was visibly upset throughout Hoover’s funeral, while Miss Gandy retained her typical demeanor with an additional hint of ambiguous anger. Tolson then served as acting Director for several weeks. Despite, or rather because of, Tolson being Hoover’s right-hand man, he was not considered for the position due being in poor health ever since his 1964 stroke; instead, President Sanders appointed William C. Sullivan to the bureau’s top job, ushering in a new era of management for the FBI.

– Ronald Kessler’s Clyde Tolson and the Cult of J. Edgar Hoover, Resistance E-Publishing, 2016


– The New York Times, 10/5/1969

“Well ain’t that the darndest thing. I was just talking to him last week! He seemed healthy enough. How’d he die?”

“They’ve yet to perform an autopsy, sir, but we believe he had a stroke or heart attack since he was found unresponsive on the floor of his office.”

“Aw, that’s a shame – I was hoping’ the two of us could make amends when all was said and done.”

– Transcript of a discussion between President Sanders and Press Secretary Ziegler in the Oval Office, nature of recording device classified until 2029; disclosed by the FBI in 2012 alongside numerous other files from the 1960s, 10/5/1969


The recent declassification of a 1969 recording (hear full recording here) is an explosive revelation and an unprecedented view into the American government’s love affair with illegal surveillance…
Comment 1: if you listen to the Oct8 recording the Colonel sounds sincere and surprised so I think if he did do it, he didn’t mean to
Reply 1 to Comment 1: I don’t think the old fool even made the connection!

Comment 2: Why the [CENSORED: MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO VIEW WORD(S)] is the DOJ not looking into this?!
Reply 1 to Comment 2: I dunno, too circumstantial?
Reply 2 to Comment 2: In the Colonel’s defense, Hoover was egging him on


On the TV, Cronkite prattled on about the Colonel possibly increasing American “advisory forces” remaining in Cambodia, Hoover kicking the bucket, and the F.A.D., but Manson finally turned around to the set when the man mentioned the Beatles. “…the popular rock band has agreed to travel to the United States for a tour that will include performances in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles…”

“Perfect,” Manson smiled, “the time for Helter Skelter will soon begin at last!”

The Fire Oasis: Our Recollections of The Mad Men of Brazil, collaborative work (multiple authors), Deodendro Publishers, 1982

Powell defends the UK’s nuclear weapons numbers as being a modern necessity, explaining just last month that “Under God’s good providence and in partnership with the United States, we keep the peace of the world and rush hither and thither containing Communism, putting out brush fires and coping with subversion.” [4] Doves hate Enoch for such rhetoric, fearing it will lead to the Troubles returning the 1966-levels of intensity and deadliness, or even be used to justify military intervention there or in any former colony. This may come off as contradictory in the face of Powell’s attempts at ending all foreign aid endeavors, which has put wind in the sails of Steve Biko and his followers in South Africa as South Africa enters week 7 of its recession crisis.
Enoch is not on good graces with many traditionalists in Parliament for decrying customs maintained in both houses as “nonsensical mummery.” ...Market regulators are incensed by Powell’s promoting of free-market policies despite them leading to major UK-American trade deals being signed in Washington, D.C. in August.
Powell is popular among some lower-income and middle-income Britons for lowering the size of the Capital Gains Tax and Selective Employment Tax (albeit after failing to abolish them outright). Among other lower-income and middle-income Britons, though, Powell is losing support for his attempts to end all assistance to development areas and all housing subsidies (save for those who could not afford their own housing). Enoch has defended his actions repeatedly, stressing his “facts-based belief” that tax cuts would allow the public to spend those funds on projects like hospitals, roads, and “the firm and humane treatment of criminals” [5].
Finally, we must cover the accusations made against Enoch Powell that his immigration policies are racist. Powell famously stated during last year’s campaign “As an intellectual, I care more for what works than for what feels non-racist.” [6] Still, upon learning of accusations of his immigration policies being racially-biased, Powell restated verbatim from a speech he had made in 1964: “I have and always will set my face like flint against making any difference between one citizen of this country and another on grounds of his origins.” [7]. Powell also sought to prove the claims of racism false by “flexing [his] multiculturalism,” as he put it, by speaking Urdu whenever he dined at Indian restaurants or met with Urdu-speaking officials. Unfortunately for him, Powell seemed to shoot himself in the foot last week by telling a reporter “Nations are, upon the whole, united by identity with one another, the self-identification of our citizens, and that’s normally due to similarities which are regarded as racial differences.” [8]
Enoch seems to be uniting the country, as all factions of the British people – liberal and conservative; IRA and Constabulary; poor and middle-class; urban and rural; white and brown; immigrant and native – are all united in disliking him. If national unity, even of this sort, is the most important role of a great leader, then Powell is one of the greatest leaders we’ve ever had!

– The Sunday Telegraph, centre-right UK newspaper, May/10/1969

Flood v Kuhn was a June 1971 United States Supreme Court decision ruling on the legality of the antitrust exemption granted to Major League Baseball. The decision stemmed from an October 1969 challenge by St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Curt Flood when he refused to be traded after the 1969 season. [snip] In October 1969, the Cardinals’ Curt Flood, 31, sued the MLB over the reserve clause and his inability to become a free agent, comparing the organization’s practices to slavery. Precedence came in the form of San Francisco Warriors’ Rick Barry’s challenge of the reserve clause in court earlier in the year, which, albeit successful, worked as a reference when blueprinting the Flood side of Flood v Kuhn. The case quickly advanced to the Supreme Court after going through both New York’s Southern District and the Second Circuit.

– John Helyar’s Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball, Ballantine Books, 1994


…Presidents Sanders supports visas for professionals immigrating to the US, which is part of an addition to the 1964 Hart-Celler Act that passed under President Johnson, which replaced the US’s previous quota system with an updated acceptance model...

The Washington Post, 10/28/1969


…in a private ceremony, Academy Award-winning actor Dean Jagger, 65, tied the knot with Marilyn Monroe… This is Jagger’s third marriage and Monroe’s sixth. Jagger as previously married to Antoinette Lawrence (1935-1943) and then to Gloria Ling (1947-1967), while Monroe was previously married to James Dougherty (1942-1946), Joe DiMaggio (1954-1955 and 1963-1969), Arthur Miller (1956-1961), and the late Roy Hamilton (1969). Monroe is now the stepmother of Jagger’s daughter from his second marriage…

– The Hollywood Reporter, 11/3/1969

PERICONI PUMMELS PROCACCINO: Mayor Wins Second Term, 65%-28%-10%

…Procaccino’s campaign was a watered-down rip-off of Governor Biaggi’s law-and-order 1966 campaign… the conservative Comptroller shot himself in the foot with a barrage of gaffes and generally failed to explain why he was the better man for the job.

– The New York Post, 11/4/1969


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McDermott won 1,453,096 votes (61.4%) to Alexander Trowbridge’s 870,931 (36.8%) votes. …After McDermott adopted a central proposal for his campaign, the initial frontrunner for the Governor's seat, Alexander Trowbridge, grew to be seen as running a generic and uninspiring “theme-less” campaign, and his inability to respond to this "image" issue led to the race slowly narrowing until September, when McDermott began to outperform Trowbridge in polls. From there, McDermott's standing in the polls continued to rise sharply, possibly influenced by the rising approval of the Sanders administration. …The election also worked as a referendum on the debate over implementing federally assured income supplementation. New Jersey voters approved of McDermott’s proposed income supplementation dividend, or “Negative Income Rebate,” and demonstrated that support with a large voter turnout in McDermott's favor. Upon entering the governor's seat in January 1970, McDermott immediately began the "NJ-NIR" implementation process, which was eventually followed by the viewing of its immediate (and, later, long-term) results concerning the financial and social changes NIR brought about in New Jersey…



Richmond, VA – the results seem to repudiate the claim that the 1965 election of Republican Linwood Holton to the governorship was a “fluke,” as this is the second gubernatorial election in a row in which the GOP nominee won. Republican Lieutenant Governor Vince Callahan defeated the Democratic nominee, state senator Henry E. Howell Jr., by a 5% margin. Howell may have been hurt by school superintendent and John Birch Society member William J. Story Jr. of the Heritage and Independence Party, as Story may have split the Democratic vote by winning a respectable 10% of the vote.

After serving as a lieutenant in the Coast Guard from 1961 to 1965, during which time he helped oversee security operations in Florida related to the Cuba War that led to several citations, Vincent Francis “Vince” Callahan Jr. ran for Lieutenant Governor in November 1965, and won by a narrow margin.

…With the Callahan and McDermott victories in Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, signs point to things looking up for the Republicans on the Hill as the 1970 midterms and the ’70s decade approach...

– The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/4/1969


…Congressman Gravel was better known among Alaskan voters than the incumbent appointee Stevens due to Gravel’s campaign for the Presidency early last year…

Anchorage Daily News, 11/4/1969

…After weeks of debate, the House of Representatives has scheduled the vote on the F.A.D. bill to be among the first activities that congress will perform upon reconvening after the winter recess…

The Overmyer Network, news broadcast, 11/5/1969

MLK ACCUSED OF SEXUAL IMPROPRIETY: Atlanta Journal Claims to Have Anonymously-Given Evidence [9]

The Chicago Tribune, 11/7/1969

“I must confess, Colonel – the temptation of relations of a nature that lies outside of marriage is my greatest weakness.”

“Is – that’s a problem, Martin. You’ve got to turn that ‘is’ into a ‘was’.”

“I’m going to need to address this, or it’ll eat away not just at me, but at our goals to end poverty as well. I’ll make a statement soon.”

“Ya think that’s wise? Adding attention toit could jeopardize the FAD talks. Maybe you should just keep a low profile until this whole thing blows over.”

“Colonel, the truth shall set you free.”

– Transcript of a discussion between President Sanders and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., nature of recording device classified until 2029; disclosed by the FBI in 2012 alongside numerous other files from the 1960s, 11/8/1969

MLK TO TAKE LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM S.C.L.C.; In Announcement King Apologizes For “Past Improprieties”: “I Am But A Man, Vulnerable To Sin, As Are Us All.”

– The Chicago Tribune, 11/12/1969

My first thought when I heard those revelations was “How ironic.” Once upon a time, King was seen as a morality leader, calling for peace among the races, and I was vilified for my calls for the Black people to defend themselves. Fast-forward to November 1969, and suddenly King is being called a pervert and a hypocrite in the same week that [my wife] Betty and I were highlighting our family values and marital bliss, celebrating the birth of our seven child, our first son…

– Malcolm X’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X, New York Grove Press, 1990

Apollo 13
Launched: 11/14/1969
Splashdown: 11/24/1969

…prospecting in the North Sea started 1966... Phillips Petroleum Company discovered oil in Ekofisk field, almost exactly in the middle of the North Sea, as part of the North Sea Oil Fields spread across the body of water, in 1969 via reflection seismology. Quickly proving to be one of the largest oil fields in world, Phillips began production roughly two years later to the benefit of the Norwegian economy, allowing the nation and its economic allies to prosper…

– E. Van den Bark’s Ekofisk: the Energy and Potential of the Giant Oil Fields of Western Europe, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1980


…Hellyer barely surviving the March 4, 1969 leadership election, though, is just one of many factors contributing to Liberals fearing that they will lose power next week. Liberals are struggling to shore up support among Quebecois voters due to Hellyer’s intolerance towards pro-independence Quebecois (themselves unpopular nationally due to the violence caused by separatist extremists as of late, which will very likely push back the movement years if not decades) …Another factor in Hellyer’s unpopularity may be his perceived inability to respond to the nation’s almost-stagnant economy…

– The Calgary Herald, 11/23/1969


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– Prime Minister Paul Hellyer watching early results (which had him in the lead) pour in on TV, 11/30/1969


…Stanfield, age 55, is scheduled to succeed Hellyer on the 17th…

Le Journal de Montréal, 12/1/1969

Canadian Federal Election, 12/1/1969:
[see: outgoing members]
264 seats in the House of Commons
133 seats needed for a majority
Turnout: 80.1% ( ^ 0.9 pp)
Progressive Conservative (PC) leader: Robert Stanfield (of Halifax)
Liberal (L) leader: Paul Hellyer (of Davenport)
Progressive (P) leader: Tommy Douglas (of Burnaby-Coquitlam) [10]
Ralliement Créditiste (RC) leader: Réal Caouette (of Témiscamingue)
Seats won in the last election: 99 (PC), 135 (L), 22 (P), 8 (RC)
Seats won in this election: 133 (PC), 95 (L), 25 (P), 11 (RC)
Seat change: ^ 34 (PC), v 40 (L), ^ 3 (P), ^ 3 (RC)


With the lawmakers on Capitol Hill beginning their winter break recess, here is a look back on what has been successful and productive bipartisan year…

…The law to receive the most attention was the Tax Reform Act, meant to simplify the bureaucratic processes of the IRS… The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was seen as an olive branch to Jack Kennedy, who discussed coal jobs during the campaign trail last year… The Coastline Protection Act was The Colonel’s response to the Santa Barbara Oil Spill… The Airport and Airway Development Act, Rail Passenger Service Act, and Urban Mass Transportation Act were all, more or less, pet projects of sorts for the Colonel. This trio of the laws promote public works projects being constructed and then maintained in order to promote economic development… Shoutniks and liberals criticized the Bank Secrecy Act and Controlled Substances Act supported by conservatives, and some moderates, and signed into law by the Colonel... The bill to which the Colonel was personally attached to Early Education Priority Act that the Colonel signed into law in May to streamline the bureaucratic process regarding federal funding for schools – funding that Sanders managed to increase alongside the bill…

…“With so many things of his agenda being checked off this year, I think the Colonel can really afford to risk the rest to get the F.A.D. passed. It’s not a likely scenario, but I wouldn’t put it past some of my colleagues,” notes Senator Wayne Morse (D-OR)…

– The Washington Times, 12/15/1969

The late 1960s saw the slow rise of the McDouble, more famously called “The McDub,” “The DubMac,” and/or “The MacDub.” …While created in 1968, the double-pattied burger became a best-seller before the decade was out…

– John F. Love’s McDonald’s: Behind the Arches, Bantam Books, 1986

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ’60S: An End-Of-The-Decade Review

…The Top 5 biggest news stories of the 1960s… No. 1: The Moon Landing… No. 2: The Wars in Cuba and Indochina… No. 3: The Civil Rights Movement… No. 4: The rise of the Colonel: the surprise nomination of the fast-food icon captivated the nation… No. 5: The rise of the Shoutniks…

Time Magazine, late December issue

As the accuser in question wishes to remain anonymous at the current time out of fear for her safety, she shall be henceforth referred to as Ms. Arkansas. On November 20, 1969, Ms. Arkansas contacted her U.S. congressman, John Paul Hammerschmidt (R-AR) with accusations that President Harland Sanders had “consistently harassed” her when she was working in the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce during the early-to-mid 1920s [11]. After a month of Congressman Hammerschmidt failing to return her calls and failing to set up a second meeting for her with the Congressman, Ms. Arkansas approached former Congresswoman Catherine Dorris Norrell (D-AR) for advice. She requested her accusation be kept confidential. Following the story being leaked to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on December 26, Congressman Hammerschmidt confirmed that a “complaint of a possibly serious nature” had been made against the President on December 28. On December 29, Ms. Arkansas’ story went public in the New York Times.

The Ms. Arkansas Effect: A Timeline Of Her Pursuit For Justice, Tumbleweed Magazine, 1970 article

[1] Italicized parts of obituary are OTL:
[2] Quote from here:
[3] The Colonel appeared in numerous football-game-based parades, from which I’ve received many images for this TL. Alice Cooper, meanwhile, is a fan of hockey, baseball, basketball, and (later in life) golf.
[4] @BrianD gets the credit for this segment existing; thanks so much for the information/contribution!
[3] Un-bracketed parts of this entry are from here:
[4] This is OTL statement that Powell said on May 26, 1967
[5] These policies were found under the “Morecambe Budget” section of his wiki article, and other parts of his wiki article as well
[6] This is an original quote!
[7] This quote was found on his Wikipedia article.
[8] This, too, is an OTL quote
[9] According to David Garrow’s 1986 book Bearing the Cross, King’s affairs were “a form of anxiety reduction [that caused him] painful and at times overwhelming guilt.” However, according to Sources 336 and 337 on MLK’s wikipage, CIA files emerged in May 2019 that suggest King may have “looked on, laughed and offered advice” during a rape, but the FBI tapes from 1963-1968 “that could confirm or refute the allegation” were placed “in the National Archives and sealed from public access” in 1977, and won’t be declassified until the year 2027.
[10] Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this (which means I really should go back and add it to a previous chapter at some point), but the ND and SC parties merged a little while back into the Progressive Party, with smaller parties opposing the merger failing to gain traction.
[11] According to Act Three (“How To Do The Funky Chicken”) by mark schone, starting at the 35:40 mark, at this website: She's apparently repeatedly tell him, "Harland get your hands off me, I get all I need at home.”

EDIT: fixed "60 years older/younger" blooper.
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Above: Dad and Alice meet in the hotel’s main conference room, which was best for security. A waiter brought Alice more beer, while Dad had some coffee. I had first met Alice Cooper in 1967, right before he had really made his mark on the political scene. He was 19 years old, almost 60 years older that Dad at the time, and we met through a friend of a mutual acquaintance of a friend of his.
this doesn't sound right
The Colonel and Alice Cooper?!? You learn something new every day (he hosts Nights With Alice Cooper on a radio station here)...

Does the Camille death toll include the deaths from the flooding in West Virginia ITTL; IOTL, it flooded West Virginia and killed over a hundred there...

And now King's affairs are exposed earlier; Malcolm X must be laughing to himself (and at least he's still alive in 1990 ITTL; I'm kinda rooting for him to live long and prosper, as the Star Trek saying goes, ITTL)…

It also sounds like the Colonel is about to have his own scandal...

Like that Sanders punched J. Edgar Hoover; someone had to have the guts to stand up to Hoover...

Marilyn Monroe is married to two men (one of whom is African-American) in the same year?!? These little details are what make the TL interesting, IMO...

Waiting for more, of course...
God bless you (and Governor Robison), @gap80 :)

All that needs to be done is to figure out which companies will relocate to Louisville over the next few decades.

International Harvester - which once had a plant there, closed it, and later sold part of its business and renamed the remainder Navistar in the '80s -- could be a prime candidate. IH doesn't split, and moves to Louisville.

Looking ahead to TTL's 2019, I initially thought of Indy for relocation candidates, and found the main corporations have roots there. So unless the Colonel can convince somebody to move south, Indy's probably similar enough to OTL.

Nashville might be ripe for the picking -- although I won't touch the music industry. I'm thinking of the Nissan North America headquarters, Bridgestone, HCA, and somebody like Dollar General.

Cincinnati (Kroger? Cintas? Fifth Third Bank?) and St. Louis, as the other major metropolitan areas within a four-hour drive of Louisville, may offer additional relocation candidates as well.

If anyone's interested,,_Kentucky breaks down who the major corporations are OTL. By the way, in OTL KFC operates as a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, which has its global headquarters right in Louisville.
Very nice update.

Elvis and Jagger? I can see that. Elvis and Keith?

Manson family as mad as ever. Hope they are caught soon. No dead Beatles please.

That Mao and bucket image Fantastic.

MacDouble replaces the Big Mac?

African-American on the moon = awesome.

Bye Hoover!

I wonder where motivation/push for ‘Mrs Arkansas’ allegations come from...
“Why you – !”

[striking sound]



“Ooh, f@#k, you hit me in the face!”

“Oh, sh- Shoot! You did it, Hoovie, you done made me lose my temper.”

“Oh, I think you loosened a tooth!”

“Yeah, a silver can do that, I figure. Sorry – ”

“Damn it, that f@#king hurt!”

“I’m sorry, Hoovie. Here – ”

“Don’t touch me, I don’t need your help!”

“[Sigh], Alright. Bu before you leave, Hoover, I want to be clear – this is your final warning. Shut this down, or you’re out of a job in D.C.! I mean it. And I don’t think the folks on the Hill will miss you all too much, either! [pause] You’ve got until the end of the month, otherwise you’re out.”

“Yeah. I’ll see myself out!”

[long pause of silence]

“[Sigh], Lord, please give me the strength to tolerate the bullsh- uh, the troublestarters.”

– Transcript of a discussion between President Sanders and Director Hoover in the Oval Office, nature of recording device classified until 2029; disclosed by the FBI in 2012 alongside numerous other files from the 1960s, 10/2/1969

On the morning of October 5, Director Hoover complained of having a headache and a lack of sleep in recent days, but declined to go to the hospital. Furthermore, he demanded that he not be disturbed for the duration of the day, not even for lunch. At approximately 11:45, Hoover’s private secretary discovered him unconscious on the floor of his office, having apparently vomited and then collapsed, likely from exhaustion. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy report revealed that the director had suffered a ruptured blood vessel near his right temple, a sensitive part of the body containing many blood vessels. Also detected was localized hematoma, meaning blood was seeping out from broken capillaries; this condition is known to cause headache and vomiting. What killed Hoover, however, was asphyxiation, as he had collapsed face-down into the puddle of his own vomit.

Upon Hoover’s death, his fiercely-loyal stern-faced private secretary of almost exactly 50 years, Helen W. Gandy, always known as “Miss Gandy,” began a process of destroying all of Hoover’s “personal files.”

The FBI’s Associate Director, Clyde Tolson, a close friend of Hoover, was visibly upset throughout Hoover’s funeral, while Miss Gandy retained her typical demeanor with an additional hint of ambiguous anger. Tolson then served as acting Director for several weeks. Despite, or rather because of, Tolson being Hoover’s right-hand man, he was not considered for the position due being in poor health ever since his 1964 stroke; instead, President Sanders appointed William C. Sullivan to the bureau’s top job, ushering in a new era of management for the FBI.

– Ronald Kessler’s Clyde Tolson and the Cult of J. Edgar Hoover, Resistance E-Publishing, 2016


– The New York Times, 10/5/1969

“Well ain’t that the darndest thing. I was just talking to him last week! He seemed healthy enough. How’d he die?”

“They’ve yet to perform an autopsy, sir, but we believe he had a stroke or heart attack since he was found unresponsive on the floor of his office.”

“Aw, that’s a shame – I was hoping’ the two of us could make amends when all was said and done.”

– Transcript of a discussion between President Sanders and Press Secretary Ziegler in the Oval Office, nature of recording device classified until 2029; disclosed by the FBI in 2012 alongside numerous other files from the 1960s, 10/5/1969


The recent declassification of a 1969 recording (hear full recording here) is an explosive revelation and an unprecedented view into the American government’s love affair with illegal surveillance…
Comment 1: if you listen to the Oct8 recording the Colonel sounds sincere and surprised so I think if he did do it, he didn’t mean to
Reply 1 to Comment 1: I don’t think the old fool even made the connection!

Comment 2: Why the [CENSORED: MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO VIEW WORD(S)] is the DOJ not looking into this?!
Reply 1 to Comment 2: I dunno, too circumstantial?
Reply 2 to Comment 2: In the Colonel’s defense, Hoover was egging him on


Absolutely hilarious. The fact that Hoover was basically killed because the Colonel struck him in the face is funny in itself, but that fact that the Colonel is oblivious to the idea that he caused it just tickles me.
So, there's still a world but we don't know what it's like after mid April of 1969. Having just had a little time to read after a very busy month, that's what happens when you have such long updates, I feel as if a giant to be continued has been hung over the pages of my tablet. But first let me say...

I didn't have time to check that note 8, did Sanders trust Christ as his savior in our timeline? Or was this someone else?

Either way, awesome job of sharing the gospel.

So expansion has occurred, unless the Padres are only going to come about in 70 or 71.

Awesome moon landing stuff.

Edit: so, I have time to read the rest...

The Colonels could have been a replacement for the Seattle franchise if they go bankrupt as they did in our timeline. Perhaps the team moves there instead of Milwaukee? It would be good for an American League team there since they would then be between Cincinnati and st. Louis and not draw away National League fans.

Otherwise a responder to the first half of 1969 handled baseball very well.

Wonderful to see a black astronaut on the moon. I guess he was moved up, it sounded like he was supposed to be in the Orbiter first but there was a change on our timelines Apollo 13 mission also. Which I'm glad went well this timeline.

I don't think Sanders even accidentally caused a hemorrhage or whatever to Hoover. The tape clearly says he broke a tooth so it wasn't at the temple I don't think.

I see that Sanders trusted Christ as Savior in our timeline around this time also. Wow, I can tell people now that we can have KFC in heaven. :)

I smiled at that image of Ho Chi Minh and the KFC bucket. Quite fun.

Will Gabe Kaplan do Welcome Back Kotter anyway? He could, if he has the idea he could sell it as a way to encourage education of disadvantaged kids. He had the idea because of his own experiences in high school after all. I sure hope the show happens anyway.

Now, however, he will probably leave after the third or even second season and someone will have some way to transition smoothly rather than what many people think was a disaster in the fourth season, although there were some good episodes. Horshack marrying at the end of a graduation might just work.
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Chapter 32: January 1970 – June 1970
Chapter 32: January 1970 – June 1970

“Remember the ladies and be more generous to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. [sic]”

– Abigail Adams, in a letter to her husband

“The President wishes that I express for him his regret in being unable to attend this briefing, but as congress is convening again, he is very busy going over legislation for this new year… The incident in question happened over 50 years ago, and an amount of time that, uh, large, is um, considerate. ...Many elements and aspects must be looked into, of course, before a better understanding of the situation can be found. …the President has no official statement at this time, thank you, and good day.”

– Press Secretary Ron Ziegler at a White House press briefing, 1/3/1970

The group of people hurt the most by the Ms. Arkansas Scandal was the children. Their innocence was hurt. Especially little girls who loved KFC. Harland’s own great-granddaughter, my daughter Tiffany, ended up in the situation where one day she come home from school and asked me what “sexual pestering” meant. And I remember being shocked, and asking, “Where’d you hear that term, honey?” And she said she heard another girl in school tell her that her great-grandfather liked to “commit” that to women. I dug deeper and learned that this other girl learned it from her mother. The point I’m getting at is that you can’t stop your children from hearing about the more awful parts of reality some way or another. Because keeping them locked up in a remote tower somewhere is illegal. Rapunzel’s mother didn’t get away with it; you won’t either. Instead, the best way to protect your children from harm is to work to make it so there is no harm out there to begin with. And if that doesn’t work, well, hold a funeral for the death of their childhoods. Then start teaching them how to survive and thrive in reality. That had to happen with my daughter when she learned about Ms. Arkansas. And I hated it. I hated seeing my little girl learning about sexual pestering that young, and seeing the world force on her the truth of men being forceful with women.

– Donna Adams, wife of Harland Morrison Adams (the son of the Colonel’s daughter Margaret), 2000 interview

It was an awkward situation, the incident resurrecting the whispers about how Harland and I got together and all that. People thought it was hypocritical that Harland, an increasingly Christian man at the start of the ’70s, had broken apart a family – despite his children being fully grown when we married. Everyone ignored Josephine’s inability to contribute to their marriage!

But thankfully, not all the judging eyes sought me out. Josephine had been married to Harland during the time of the alleged incident. And I was certain that she would spill whatever she had – maybe even lie – to spite Harland, to ruin him and his reputation. So, I remember, I quietly traveled down to Alabama to meet with her, to try to convince her to not say anything for the good of the country.

“These people are acting like men have never done this sort of thing before,” I remember her saying “And everyone knows Harland has an assertive personality – he got elected President on it, for crying out loud! But you don’t have to worry about my yammer – Harland’s perfectly capable of digging his own grave.”

It was not social call, of course, so I immediately cut to the chase. I asked her, “Is it true?”

And she said “Why are you asking me? You should already know. If you don’t, then ask your husband already.”

“I’m asking you,” I told her back.

Oh, and she got all stoic and ambiguous on me, and said something along the lines of “There’s a truth in every lie and a lie in every truth.” She loved seeing me angry, and so I left so I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction.

– Claudia Price Sanders, TNB (Trinity National Broadcasting) interview, 1979

I remember what it was like, the fighting and the shouting. Mother refused to accept that she alone could not satisfy Father’s physical needs, which from the very beginning of their marriage had seemed excessive to her. Father was not perfect, same as everyone, but he was not a pervert. Neither promiscuous nor a whoremonger, Father nevertheless had a libido which required a healthy, willing partner. He found one in young Claudia. [1]


But by 1970, things had changed… Father’s libido had waned considerably from where I stood in the midst of all things. I’m guessing touring the country doing what you love would distract anyone from performing improper practices. With Father, though, I really think Claudia’s love for him was enough for him, because after meeting her in the 1940s and marrying her in 1949, he never fooled around with anyone else.

– Margaret Sanders’ The Colonel’s Secret: Eleven Herbs and a Spicy Daughter, StarGroup International, 1997

My Attorney General, Lawrence Walsh, said “Don’t you worry none there, Mr. President. We’ll expose this woman for the liar she is. We can get the FBI to give her a polygraph test!”

“Larry – ”

“But the Reverend,” Whitney Young, my Chief Domestic Policy Advisor, interrupted. “I think the evidence against King came from the FBI. Who else could have recorded those things?!”

“Larry – ”

“Yes, sir,” Walsh resumed, “if Ms. Arkansas thinks she can get attention by spreading about this vexatious – ”



“It’s true.”

“Beg pardon, sir.”

“It’s all true, everything she’s saying happened. I was a horny-toad of sorts when I was a younger man. Sometimes I would go further than I really should’ve. [2] Never meant to offend or to hurt, though. I was just looking for, well, you don’t need an abacus to figure it out, but I never meant to for it to be something for her to be bothered by, not for years, not even for a moment. It was just a bit of fun to me. I thought she didn’t mind it too bad.”

“Then that’s the angle we go with!” Walsh proclaimed, “We’ll say she’s exaggerating.”

At that thought I glanced over to the copy of the Good Book resting nearby. I picked it up and flipped through the pages, almost randomly, if I recall correctly, and ended up on Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. It means it is always best to take the high road and be honest, especially when it comes to your fellow countrypersons.

“I won’t lie to the American people, Larry,” I told Walsh, “I won’t drag her name through the mud.”

“But why would she come forward now after almost 50 years?” pondered Young. “Why didn’t she come forward sooner, like back in 1964, when the Colonel was just a presidential candidate and not president?”

“Word is she was ‘inspired’,” Walsh derisively emphasized the last word as if to say it was an exaggeration, “by Martin Luther King stepping down from running the S.C.L.C. for a while.”

“So now people think they can take down the nation’s top dogs like the good Reverend,” observed Young. “Nah, I still think she was put up to it. She’s old, maybe someone’s manipulating her.”

“It doesn’t matter,” I said, “What’s done is done and we’ve still got a government to run. Now is she pressing charges against me or something?”

Walsh answered, “Not at the moment, sir, but – ”

“Are we going to have to set up hearings or something?”

“Maybe, but most likely not at all – ”

“Then I think we should just continue our work.”

– Colonel Sanders’ Life As I Have Known It Has Been Finger-Lickin’ Good, Creation House publishing, 1974


– The Los Angeles Times, 1/5/1970

…Two Democratic Congresswomen, Martha Griffiths of Michigan and Julia Hansen of Washington state, have joined the list of politicians whom openly support Ms. Arkansas’ claims…

– ABC News, 1/6/1970


Everywhere he goes, he attracts crowds of housewives who are grateful for all the nights in the kitchen that K.F.C. has spared them. Even six years into his Presidency, The Colonel will stand by the hour with these women, signing autographs and posing for photographs. He knocks them dead with his flattery, but if you get close enough to him in a crowd you can hear him muttering a running commentary to himself: ‘Umm, that gal’s let herself go. . . . Look at the size of that one. . . . I don’t know when I’ve seen so many fat ones. . . . Lord, look at ’em waddle.’ [3]

– The New York Post expose, 1/8/1970

“The very women responsible for KFC becoming such a huge success are the target of the Colonel’s insults!”

– activist Betty Friedan, author of the 1963 best-seller The Feminine Mystique and the first President (1966-1970) of the National Organization for Women (NOW), at a 1/9/1970 rally


…the new organization promoting “feminism,” or “equality between the sexes,” urges women to “be more involved in the democratic process,” including canvasing for candidate “or even run[ning] for public office themselves,” according to activist Trudy Cooper of South Dakota…

– The Star Tribune, 1/10/1970

On January 11, another woman stepped forward to claim that President Sanders verbally attacked her with sexist and violent language in 1952, at a time when the Colonel was living out of his car as he attempted to sell his chicken to franchisees. She claimed Sanders “uttered a plethora of unprintable words” after inspecting her husband’s diner and finding it to not “match his tastes”…

The Arkansas Effect: A Timeline Of Her Pursuit For Justice, Tumbleweed Magazine, 1970 article


…While beginning his second term with over 60% approval ratings, the recent series of “sexual pestering” scandals and related events have cut away at that number, inhibiting legislation, diplomatic relations, and threatening Republican politicians as the midterm elections near...

– Newsday, 1/12/1970

ACCUSATIONS AGAINST SANDERS, OTHERS, STIRRING TENSIONS AMONG CONGRESSMEN, SENATORS; “Crisis” May Leave Legislation For The Colonel’s Second Term In “Limbo” Indefinitely

– The New York Post, 1/12/1970

…After two weeks, pressure was only mounting for me to finally address the non-GOP elephant in the room head-on. I remember Nixon told me with a tone of total seriousness, “Mr. President, we need you to lead, and we need you to do so now!”

– Colonel Sanders’ Life As I Have Known It Has Been Finger-Lickin’ Good, Creation House publishing, 1974


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– In an iconic photographic, The Colonel overlooks the White House lawn, 1/12/1970


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The Register-Herald, 1/14/1970

“I did not mean to offend or harm... I admit that in my younger years I said and did many things that I came to regret, but also, I will and I must say the following to Ms. Arkansas: Ma’am, I meant no personal offense, truly I didn’t, and I am truly very sorry for it all. I now know better, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive the indecent behavior of my younger self.”

– Snippet from President Harland “The Colonel” Sanders’s 1/14/1970 prepared statement


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– The Colonel making a prepared statement at a press briefing, 1/14/1970

“I will not be pressing charges against Harland Sanders. I just wanted to let my President know that he should treat women better than I see his friend Dr. King seems to – um, allegedly. I also wanted him to acknowledge what kind of man he used to be, because if he truly is a Christ-loving man, then I knew he would have no qualm speaking the truth. And so I must commend him for opening up to the American people.”

– Ms. Arkansas in a 1/15/1970 public statement


…An annual tradition since the first pageant was held on February 12, 1963, the multinational corporation has in recent days kept a low profile in the midst of accusations made against its founder. Today, however, three days after the scandal’s apparent conclusion, KFC CEO Mildred Sanders announced that plans for the pageant will proceed unchanged…

The Paducah Sun, 1/18/1970

…the moderate-to-conservative Republican Representative Charlotte Reid of Illinois was nominated today for the position of Secretary of Labor. …The office, vacated by the death of Herbert Hoover Jr. last year, has been held by an Acting Secretary since then... The nomination of Congresswoman Reid is already causing controversy as it comes amid recent claims that the President performed acts of misconduct in a professional settings during the 1920s, long before he entered politics or began his career selling fried chicken… If the Senate approves, Representative Reid will become the second woman to serve as Labor Secretary since Frances Perkins served from 1933 to 1945…

– Anchor Frank Blair, NBC News Today, 1/19/1970 broadcast

Public knowledge of King’s affairs tarnished the work of the Reverend, and sullied the legacy of the Colonel. But more importantly on a social level, The Ms. Arkansas Scandal convinced other women to tell their stories. The “openly hidden” subculture of misogyny proved to not be endemic to the leaders of the SCLC and the Oval Office just weeks after Rev. King’s scandal broke...

– Anne Meagher Northup’s Chicken and Politickin’: the Rise of Colonel Sanders and Rational Conservatism in the Republican Party, 2015


– The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/21/1970


The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah newspaper, 1/23/1970


…Frank Horton (R-NY), “the least partisan man on Capitol Hill,” is caught in the midst of a colorful sex scandal…

– The New York Post, 1/24/1970

…Despite accusations also being heralded toward Justice William O. Douglas and former President Lyndon Johnson, none stuck. Jack Kennedy survived several claims of having slept with multiple women while Secretary of State (before growing closer to his wife after leaving said office, according to friends and relatives of the couple), possibly due to many of the accusations being underplayed by Kennedy’s friends in the media (including his brother Ted)...

– Feminist writer Eleanor Clift’s The Way We Never Were, Simon & Shuster, 2002

“We have decided to probe the accusations concerning the President’s activities in 1952.”

– Senate Select Committee on Standards and Conduct Chairman John C. Stennis (D-MS), 1/28/1970

The merger was expected to go through unhitched until the lawsuit was filed in 1970: Robertson vs. NBA, antitrust lawsuit, would intend to settle the matter of fee agency rules and allow for the merging of the ABA and NBA without the loss of the basketball teams such as the Kentucky Colonels and the St. Louis spirits. Even still, it seemed that the San Diego Sails and Baltimore Claws would be lost anyway due to their own internal financial problems...

– John Helyar’s Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball, Ballantine Books, 1994

…with Prime Minister Powell sending these additional soldiers into Northern Ireland, he is only continuing and escalating the cycle of violence terrorizing the region...

– Sir Dingle M. Foot, Member of Parliament for Ipswich since 1957, BBC Interview, 2/1/1970

Former Rep. Lera THOMAS: “Maybe these waddling women are the Colonel’s fault after all. KFC did start out as a greasy spoon – in a gas station, no less. I wouldn’t be surprised if KFC turned out to not be the healthiest thing for one to eat every Sunday.”

Host William BUCKLEY: “You’re really trying to stick the chef with how you eat?”

THOMAS: “Well, no, I mean – ”

Sen. Richard RUSSELL: “Have none of these women ever heard of walking? The cook gives you food, but you decide to eat it and how much of it you eat. Nobody forced these women to be fat. If they want to eat so much and still be pretty, they should do something about it – exercise and diet and stuff like that!”

THOMAS: “When you’re a homemaker, you’re busy with laundry, housecleaning and keeping several kids from accidently killing themselves as they run around the house. You don’t have time to exercise.”

RUSSELL: “But you’re chasing kids around the house – that IS exercise!”

BUCKLEY: “Well regardless of who’s to blame the fact remains that the waddling comment is worsening the President’s approval ratings…”

– Transcript, Firing Line, WOR-TV, Saturday 2/1/1970 broadcast

NEW POLL: Support For Intervention In Cambodia Increasing, Shoutnik Protests Decreasing

– Gallup, 2/1/1970

…roughly 500 female members of the New York Radical Women organization, led by author Robin Morgan, arrived in Washington, DC today to picket outside the White House ...This is the one of the largest demonstrations ever held outside the Sanders White House…

– NBC News, 2/2/1970

…demanding that American citizens, quote, “exercise their rights to all the truths,” unquote, Senator Richard Nixon and Bud Wilkinson will lead a US Senate Committee investigation into FBI activities in regards to domestic surveillance policies… In related news, Helen Gandy, J. Edgar Hoover’s personal secretary, has agreed to testify in Washington D.C. later this month over allegedly misfiled or missing FBI documents…

– CBS News, 2/4/1970


– The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2/6/1970


– The Washington Post, 2/11/1970

Capitol Hill breathed a sigh of relief after passing another Equal Pay law, believing it would placate “the radicalized wives” as former Congressman Bruce Alger (R-TX) called them. As such, The Colonel increased his campaign to pass the F.A.D., and even was willing to agree supporting congressional leaders and committee members on legislation of their own in exchange for them gathering up the needed votes. Colonel would personally meet with other Congressmen to convince them “your constituents will thank you in November.”

Unfortunately, the political world was still feeling the effects of Ms. Arkansas, with another Congressman feeling the heat just a week after signing for the 1970 Equal Pay Act. Many politicians blamed their headaches on the Colonel, but even more pointed their fingers at Reverend King.

On February 8, the Colonel struck a deal – in exchange for withdrawing the King-backed F.A.D. proposal, Congress would pass the Milton Friedman-backed Negative Income Tax Rebate introduced late last year.

– Coya Knutson’s Coya’s Story: A Life in Legislation, Simon & Schuster Incorporated, 1991

Bob final started working for Bill Alexander in 1970. An admirer of the man who supported “capturing dreams and putting them on canvas,” Ross was paid to promote Alexander’s classes in Alaska. The classes, where Bob amazed onlookers with his ability to turn a blank canvas into a beautiful nature seen in an impressively short lapse of time, sold out, and soon caught the attention of others talented artists in the lower 48.

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Above: Bob in the late 1960s/early 1970s

– Kristin G. Congdon, Doug Blandy, and Danny Coeyman’s Happy Clouds, Happy Trees: The Bob Ross Phenomenon, University Press of Mississippi, 2014

By the start of the ’70s, Cesar Chavez had become a big name among the Mexican-American community... At the start of the decade, I finally got to understand the phrase “out of sight, out of mind.” I was still with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, you know, before the band split up, and we went to play this gig in El Paso – we flew in, and were driven directly to the hotel. We didn’t see the poor side of town until after the gig. When we went out late that night, I saw a completely different city. The place looked like s#!t, and the people even worse. I had split from the group to follow a local man to what he said was the best bar in the Mexican part of town. But I’ve been to better bars, places where everyone was not there to try and hide their misery. People where not everyone’s in a depressing situation – starving kids, poor health, high rent, low pay. It was almost overwhelming, and when one patron chided me having it good, he kinda made me feel guilty that I wasn’t going more to help out my fellow Mexican-Americans. So, yeah, that trip really had an effect on me, learning about how f@#ked-up things were for the local farmers and s#!t – it’s actually what got me started in the Mexican Rights movement!

– Richard “Cheech” Marin, KNN interview, 2012

…Ian Paisley, the Anti-Catholic firebrand dousing the flames of rebellion since the middle of the 1960s, was killed during a police raid late last night….Paisley objected to negotiations and compromise on the British side of the Northern Ireland debate, and opposed the government of Ireland intervening in the allegedly local concern as well. Analysts fear repercussions will feature, quote, vengeance attacks, unquote, which could spell additional trouble for negotiators. Others, though, point to how support for Paisley has waned considerably in recent years, and the end of his objections could actually ease negotiations...

– BBC News, 2/15/1970

“All I ever disposed of was files and documentation of a personal nature – the Director’s doctor appointment, private journal entries, correspondences with friends and relatives – and nothing concerning the FBI at all.”

– Helen Gandy, in testimony on the US Senate floor, 2/22/1970

…earlier today, a nonviolent protest of American activities in Cambodia turned violent in Cleveland, Ohio. Famous draft dodger, radical pacifist, and dovenik David T. Dellinger was initially leading the protest outside an Army recruitment center before local police and more incendiary activists converged on the scene, culminating in Dellinger, two student activists, and one police officer being sent to a local hospital for injuries. Several protests have been arrested on rioting charges…

– CBS News, 2/22/1970

CAMBODIAN BUILDUP DEVELOPMENT: UK, Italy, Australia to Send Advisors As Well

– The New York Times, 2/23/1970

Equal Rights Amendment Introduced in Congress – for the 49th time

The New York Times, 2/25/1970


Ted Kennedy and Joan Kennedy celebrate the birth of their fifth child, Virginia Joan Bennett Kennedy. Virginia joins a large family, complete with four older siblings: Kara Anne (b. 1960), Edward Moore “Ted” Jr. (b. 1961), Harold Wiggin (b. 1964), and Patrick Joseph II (b. 1967).

The Sacramento Union, Celebrations section, 3/1/1970

ZIEGLER QUITS OVER FATIGUE: Press Secretary Blames Press For Being “Run Ragged”

– The Washington Post, 3/2/1970

On March 4, 1970, the Colonel called for congress to review the Scranton Committee’s review of America’s health and weight issues…

– Rick Perlstein’s Colonel’s Country: The Trials and Crises of Chicken King Presidency, Simon & Schuster, 2014

New Research Study Results: President Sanders Is The “Most-Traveled” Of All US Presidents

…The Colonel has travelled to all 50 states, and to 17 countries across four continents throughout his life. During his presidency so far, though, the Colonel has visited 12 countries on three continents and has traveled to 28 states...

– The Washington Post, 3/9/1970

“I understand that Colonel likes to travel a lot. But seeing as how he’s still the President, the man has to stop travelling and get back to work already!”

– Governor Bob Casey, 3/10/1970

SANDERS BACK IN D.C.: In Light Of Recent Criticisms, Sanders Meets With Senate Leaders For Multi-Topic Talks

– The Washington Post, 3/11/1970


…analysts on both sides of the aisle have deemed the selection “a misstep” and a “desperate attempt to placate accusations of sexism”...

The New York Times, 3/12/1970

14 March 1970: On this day in history, Diana Ross and The Supreme performed at the White House, playing their three biggest hits for President Colonel Sanders and First Lady Claudia Sanders.



– The Washington Post, 3/15/1970


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– KFC Australia advertisement, The Australian Women's Weekly, 3/19/1970 issue; the ad was part of a campaign to maintain The Colonel's approval among female customers in light of the Ms. Arkansas Scandal

ANCHOR: The “workplace pestering” scandals affecting American politics have found their way into Canada, as the nation to the north is reeling from a stunning expose on “maternity homes.” Here is our special report:


NARRATOR: Their stories seem entirely out of place in the modern world: pregnant women shuttered away, violently restrained during childbirth, banned from looking at their babies – and, finally, coerced by social workers into signing adoption papers. This is the scene found in maternity homes across Canada, where unmarried and largely non-consenting Canadian women are sent to give birth in relative secrecy. Canada’s adoption policies has led to hundreds if not thousands of unwed mothers being forced to give up their babies for adoption, a policy that has been common practice in Canada since 1945. The revelation comes on the heel of the “Scoop of the Sixties,” which revealed that the Canadian government has a program that separates thousands of indigenous children from their families and put them up for adoption by non-indigenous parents.

QUEBECOIS MAN INTERVIEWED: Quebec stands in solidarity with our Indigenous brethren whom share our resentment at the Canadian government’s oppressive policies…

NARRATOR: Canada’s fresh new Prime Minister, Robert Stanfield, has vowed to end the policies, which fall under provincial and territorial jurisdiction but are funded through federal assistance grants.

STANFIELD IN SPEECH: The situation must be reassessed; this sort of thing has no place in modern Canadian society.

NARRATOR: The Canadian people, though, seem to be more divided on the subject than is the Stanfield government:

YOUNG WOMAN INTERVIEWED: It’s atrocious to punish someone for a lapse in judgement.

ELDERLY WOMAN INTERVIEWED: If you split your legs without a wedding ring, you need to be made an example of. I don’t see the problem here – it supports young ladies upholding a sense of moral decency, and being held responsible for their actions.

NARRATOR: An estimated 95 percent of women who give birth at maternity homes are convinced into giving their children up for adoption, and statistical data record over 500,000 births in Canada since 1945 as being “illegitimate.”

MIDDLE-AGED MAN: These homes make these hussies marriageable. So what’s the problem?

MATURE WOMAN INTERVIEWED: I went to one of them in 1963. They abuse you in these places – they control your movements, make you use a fake first and last name, and you’re allowed no contact with the outside world at all. I felt like a nonentity. Shame and sadness were constant companions. After I gave birth to my child and they took him or her away from me, I was told I would eventually get married and forget my baby. How does a mother forget her baby?

NARRATOR: The expose claims doctors would forcible strap women to beds, overmedicate them, and even refuse to tell the mother whether they had given birth to a boy or a girl before the child was taken away from them. And the Canadian government, seeing the fallout of the Ms. Arkansas scandal, is responding to the revelation with considerate swiftness:

STANFIELD IN SPEECH: An apology or an excuse won’t do; I am hereby calling for several officials to be investigated, and my ministers are looking at the situation from all angles to determine the best way to rectify this situation.

MATURE WOMAN INTERVIEWED: Stanfield can start by asking women what women want to do with their babies. Husband or no husband, the bond between mother and child is sacred, and any attempt to severe that bond is unforgivable.

– CBS News Special Report “Canada In Crisis: The Maternity Homes Controversy,” 3/20/1970 [4]


– The Boston Globe, 3/22/1970


…the report found no evidence of any wrongdoing in the 1952 incident between Sanders and the wife of a would-be franchisee…

The Paducah Sun, 3/23/1970


…The ceremony marks the culmination of over a year of Treasury Secretary Milton Friedman’s plan to “keeping everyone above the poverty line”… The ceremony is bittersweet for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as it was the shadow of accusations still lingering over the man’s head that caused congress to reject the FAD proposal, a work of anti-poverty that King had worked on for roughly five years…

– The Wall Street Journal, 3/24/1970

The Marathon

Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Produced by: Ron Roth
Written by: Robert L. Joseph (teleplay) and Guardon Trueblood (story)

Starring: Sean Connery, Leslie Nielsen, Susan Strasberg, Barbara Anderson, David Tomlinson, Clarence Williams III, Burgess Meredith, George Maharis, Tina Louise, George Chakiris

Music by: John Cacavas
Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by: Pembroke J. Herring

Production company: ABC Circle Films
Distributed by: American Broadcasting Company

Release date: March 25, 1970 (TV broadcast premiere)
Running time: 89 minutes

Country: United States
Language: English

The Marathon (distributed in Greece as Marathon: The Stylianos Kyriakides Story) is a 1970 film about the 1946 Boston Marathon winner Stylianos “Stelios” Kyriakides (1910-1987), who ran to raise money to provide food and shelter to Greeks experiencing severe poverty at the time.


Plot centers on the race and the events leading up to it, and on Kyriakides’ life before, during, and after WWII.

Born prematurely to a poor farming family in a mountainous village in Paphos, Cyprus, Kyriakides (Connery) worked various odd jobs before becoming an assistant to Dr. Cheverton (Tomlinson), a British medical officer on the island. Noticing his athletic potential, Dr. Cheverton became a running coach for the young Kyriakides, leading to him running in the Pan-Cyprian Games of 1932. His success there led to him going national.

A few years later, Kyriakides competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics, placing eleventh and briefly meeting Jesse Owens (Williams). Then, he is invited to run in the Boston Marathon in 1939; there, he meets Johnny Kelley (Nielsen), who has run in the marathon before but has never won it. On the race of the marathon, Kyriakides makes the mistake of wearing new shoes to it, and he injures his feet enough for him to withdraw from the race, albeit not before swearing, “Someday, I’m going to come back and win this race.”

In a sharp cut to 1942, Kyriakides has joined the Greek Resistance during the German occupation of Greece. He is captured by Nazis but manages to escape execution by running into a wooded area. Returning from the front lines in 1944, he is shocked by the extent of food shortages and is concerned about the rising hostilities between pro-US and pro-Soviet war veterans. By the end of 1945, Greece has devolved into Civil War, and Kyriakides sells all his furniture to pay for traveling to Boston for the 1946 Boston Marathon.

Ahead of the race, he interacts with the other runners; Kyriakides is noticeably emaciated from the lack of food in war-ravaged Greece, leading to doctors considering preventing him from running over concern he would die during the race. One of the runners is Johnny Kelley, who still has not won first place. During the race, Kelley is consistently ahead of Kyriakides, but the two of them are in first and second place, respectively, near the finish line. Kyriakides is exhausted, but when it looks like he will lose, he hears an elderly Greek man he met before shout out “For Greece, for your children!” and it inspires him enough to run past Kelley just in time to win, shouting “For Greece” as he crosses the finish line. He sets a new time record, and is only the third person to not be from either the US or Canada to come in first place.

In subsequent media appearances, he consistently pleads for Americans to send help to Greece, describing the food shortage and poverty brought on by years of warfare and famine. Almost a month later, Kyriakides arrives in Athens to a cheering crowd of over a million Greeks; he returns to Greece with $250,000 in cash, on a large boat revealed to be carrying 25,000 tons of supplies (food, clothing, medicine and other essentials, all donated by caring Americans). A formal ceremony honoring him is held at the Temple of Zeus, marking the first time since the Nazi Occupation that the Acropolis has been illuminated. Kyriakides gives a stirring speech on patriotism and humanitarianism, declaring “I am proud to be Greek,” which moves the crowd.

The closing title cards mention that a year later, the US government sent $400,000 dollars to Greece via The Marshall Plan. They also mentioned that Kyriakides passed away at the age of 77 – the same number that was on his shirt when he won the Boston Marathon.


The film initially received lukewarm reviews and a modest box office success in the US. However, it was wildly popular in Greece upon in airing on Greek TV in 1971 along with being very popular among the Greco-American community; this led to ABC making roughly $35million between 1991 and 2001 after its release on home video (LD in 1991 and Micro-LD in 1997). Kyriakides himself, having sold the film rights to his life story to the studio in 1965, was partially involved in the film’s production; he did not have any final say over any aspects of film, but was allowed to participate in meetings, and provide details and offer suggestions and advice to the film’s writers. Kyriakides praised the film in a 1971 interview, saying “most of it is 90% accurate.”

The film is now considered a cult classic. More recent analyses have led to American critics praising the film’s camerawork, editing, and its message of perseverance and dedication to universal brotherhood. Other critics, on the other hand, remain critical of its more “jingoistic” celebrations of both the US and Greece.

A remake of the film was released in 2009, starring David Krumholtz as Kyriakides. It was notably more historically inaccurate (for example, Kyriakides never met Harry Truman nor ever spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate), received negative reviews overall from critics and lukewarm responses from audiences, and financially broke even.



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– Marathon runner Stylianos Kyriakides in real life (left) and actor Sean Connery, who portrayed Kyriakides in a 1970 biopic film (right)

Leslie, Suze and Pat finally drove into L.A. on March 30, giving them roughly two weeks to prepare…

The Fire Oasis: Our Recollections of The Mad Men of Brazil, collaborative work (multiple authors), Deodendro Publishers, 1982


– The Baltimore Sun, 3/30/1970

…Paul Martin Sr. has defeated opposition leader and former Prime Minister Paul Hellyer in tonight’s national Liberal Party leadership election…

– CBC TV, 4/4/1970 news broadcast

…The Apollo 14 mission of April 11-17 [1970] had some trouble on the return trip, but it was largely unnoticed because of how quickly it was resolved…

– mathematician Dorothy Vaughn’s Human Computers: Me and The Other Women at NASA, Langley Publishers, 1997

I realized at an early age that humanity’s future rested in its ability to harness space and the computer. I realized at a slightly older age how awesome drugs can be. After that, I thought of how cool it would be to smoke pot in space. This is the story of how I finally got to do that not too many years ago.


I started working as a programmer for NASA’s Institute for Space Studies in New York City in 1968 [5], then managed to get a job running numbers at Mission control center in Houston, Texas a little over a year after that. Around the office I was known as “the wild guy,” the flashy extroverted showoff. I made sure of it. I got under people’s skin like how only a man destined for greatness or an epidermal infection can, but the bosses kept me around because nobody could do the math like I could. I was instrumental in keeping Apollo 14 from blowing up. But nobody noticed. In my opinion, it got overshadowed by that terrible shit that went down in Los Angeles that same week.

– John McAfee’s autobiography Outer Space Deserves More Iguanas: My Life Being Me, numerous on-net publication sites, 2022

The Forum, the multi-purpose arena in Inglewood, next Los Angeles, has a holding capacity of 17,500 people, and on April 13, 1970, the site was packed full of American fans screaming in adoration for the Beatles perform live before their very eyes. The night marked the end of their American tour. Shortly after the four made the final curtain call, once John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney had returned to their more private accommodations, a fight broke out among the band mates. John accused Paul of being uncooperative, and of trying to “hogging up all the attention on stage.” This spat led to Ringo accusing George of looking down on him. Epstein failed to mediate, and sat back down in his seat. The four-way verbal exchanges escalated to the point that none of the men noticed the presence of three alleged groupies until a loud thud-like sound came from of Epstein’s location.

The Beatles all exclaimed when they saw Epstein face-down on the floor. Ringo rushed over, lifted Epstein’s shoulder, and exclaimed again, but with time with horror, upon seeing that their beloved manager’s neck had been sliced open, the wounded deep and almost-instantly fatal. Each of the three alleged groupies – Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins – promptly dew out a gun. All four of the Beatles put their hands up, save for Ringo, still squatting down on the floor next to Epstein.

“We’re here to do the Devil’s work,” Krenwinkel declared.

“This place has got to get better security. And we've got to get better bouncers,” Ringo quietly noted to himself.

The women tied up John first in a manner similar to how they had disposed of the security guards. Krenwinkel explained to the lead singer, “we’re saving you for the end.” Then Atkins tried to kick Ringo into standing up and away from the manager’s corpse. When that didn’t work, Atkins ran over to him, picked up Paul’s guitar, and smashed it over Ringo’s head. The musical instruments knocked him out cold.

Atkins then put away her gun and brandished a knife, the look of merciless bloodlust in her eyes.

At that moment, with Krenwinkel and Atkins distracted, Paul glanced over to George, whom nodded back with a very slight flinch of his head. The two man suddenly rushed the assailants; Paul lunged onto Van Houten as George grabbed a nearby lamp. One good knock on the head deserves another, and Atkins soon found herself in an unconscious state. George quickly proceeded to tackle Krenwinkel, whom struggled to pull out her gun. George finally managed to punch her out cold with his good fist.

For a moment, George breathed. And in that silence he realized Paul was still trying to subdue Van Houten. George stood and began to come closer when Van Houten’s gun finally went off.

Paul and Van Houten stopped fighting, the former having smacked her head on the table edge. George paused before inspecting a sudden tinkling feeling under his left armpit. “Whew, just a scratch,” he observed.

“No,” Paul stood up, “It wasn’t” and turned to George. The bullet fired had only hit George after passing through Paul.

With a roll of his eyes, Paul fainted, leaving George to unite John. The two proceeded to call out for help. Soon enough an employee of The Forum arrived and with assistants carried Paul out into the hallway.

And as that drama continued to unfold, the three would-be assassins recovered from their momentary involuntary naps, and fled. It is most likely that they escaped out down the back stairwell just moments before Forum Security arrived on the floor to secure the area.

– Pat Sheffield’s Dreams, Reality, and Music: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Entire World, Tumbleweed Publications, 2000

On route to hospital, shock and severe blood loss led to McCartney slipping into a coma [71] …Papers such as The Daily Mail initially reported headlines such as “Paul is Dead!: Beatles Bandmate Slain In Attack!” [77] upon learning that McCartney had entered L.A.’s Good Samaritan Hospital “unconscious” [78] and “unresponsive” [79]… The Forum was severely criticized for its security...


My head was overrun with emotions, going mad waiting in the waiting room. So I started scribbling down some ideas on some of the napkins near the coffee. It wrote very angrily. After leaving hospital, I showed Ringo and George what I’d jotted down. It was a way to do something, anything, to address what had happened. The three of us workshopped it and recorded early drafts of what became the basis for “War Against Death.” It’s one of our most aggressive songs, full of the raw instincts that I suppose one would typically feel after witnessing a close friend getting shot it a coma.

– John Lennon, 2008 interview

It was now the 25th. After twelve days in a coma, the doctors were losing faith. But not Paul’s bandmates. If anything, John, George and Ringo were increasingly determined to rectify the situation. With nothing left to lose, George started performing a piece of Paul’s favorite song, “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys, at his bedside. “I was hoping he would hear it,” George later explained in a 1971 interview. John soon came over with Ringo, and put on a private show for the man in the coma. Suddenly, as the song reached its peak, Paul’s eyes twitched, followed by detectable movement in the rest of his face. By the time the three mates had reached the song’s end, Paul McCartney had regained consciousness.

“What happened?” was the first thing the patient said.

“You fell asleep on us,” John joked.

“So you lot went and joined the Beach Boys, or are we into plagiarism now?” Paul responded quietly and hoarsely, and soon received some water.

“How long was I out?”

“John here wrote a song,” George answered.

“Two months?”

“Two weeks, mate,” Ringo explained.

“Did I miss anything?”

“Um…Earth Day.” Again, George answered.

“What’s that?”

John replied, “Some new holiday, I’m not sure who invented it – either shoutniks, or companies wanting to make money from shoutniks. Good cause either way, I suppose.”

“Do I really need to hear politics so soon out of a coma?” Paul replied.

“I got shot, too,” George showed Paul his scratch.

“Shot?!” Suddenly remembering how he had ended up in a coma in the first place, he threw a punch into his leg. “Oh, good, that hurt.”

“I could’ve done that for you, Paul,” stated John.

“That’s alright.”

“Well it’d have been no problem, is all, for me.”

The kidded around, but after George and Ringo left, their talk became more sincere.

“It’s my fault you’re here, Paul. If I hadn’t started the fight –”

“No, you were right, John. We are a team. It’s time we went back to being equals.”

John quickly went out the room and soon returned with a pen and a napkin. He crudely drew a hatchet, and said to Paul, “when you get out of here, we’ll bury this somewhere.”

– Pat Sheffield’s Dreams, Reality, and Music: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Entire World, Tumbleweed Publications, 2000

On April 27, McCartney made his first public appearance since the attempt on his life, allowing vetted journalists to enter his hospital room to take photographs and film footage to ensure their fans that he was in fact recovering [83]. The appearance debunked rumors that he had died [84], but rumors swearing that “Paul is Dead” still persisted [85], and even can be found on-net today [86].


POLICE CHIEF (IN FILM CLIP): …We are aware of how many people want these heinous assailants to be found, but we must stress that attempts at vigilante justice and flooding our phone lines with false reports will only inhibit our ability to do our job. As a result, we will not be increasing the reward money for information on the assailants. Furthermore, anyone calling in with false information will be tracked down and, if proven to be the prank caller, will be arrested for inhibiting an international investigation.

ANCHOR: Police hope this will cease the barrage of fake callers...

– BBC Special Report, 4/30/1970

Kentucky State Court Rejects Lawsuit Concerning 1952 Anti-Colonel Allegations

– Chicago Tribune, 5/3/1970

IOC Session No. 69
Date: May 12, 1970
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Subject 1 of 2: bidding for hosting the 7/17/1976-8/1/1976 (or XXI) Summer Olympics
Los Angeles, U.S.A. – 24 (Round 1) – 29 (Round 2) – 39 (Round 3)
Moscow, U.S.S.R. – 21 (Round 1) – 25 (Round 2) – 32 (Round 3)
Montreal, Canada – 16 (Round 1) – 17 (Round 2)
Toronto, Canada – 10 (Round 1)
End Result: Los Angeles won on the third round

Subject 2 of 2: bidding for hosting 2/4-15/1976 (or XII) Winter Olympics
Ryazan, U.S.S.R. – 17 (Round1) – 19 (Round 2) – 25 (Round 3) – 37 (Round 4)
Denver, U.S.A. – 18 (Round 1) – 20 (Round 2) – 24 (Round 3) – 34 (Round 4)
Innsbruck, Austria – 16 (Round 1) – 18 (Round 2) – 22 (Round 3)
Sion, Switzerland – 15 (Round 1) – 16 (Round 2)
Tampere, Finland – 3 (Round 1)
Vancouver-Garibaldi, Canada – 2 (Round 1)
End Result: Ryazan won on the fourth round

L.A. TO HOST OLYMPICS IN ’76: Will Be The First Olympics Held In The US Since 1932

…credit must go to California’s Governor, Pat Brown, who pursued an active campaign to bring the games to his state…

– The New York Times, 5/12/1970


…In his first bid for public office, Ted Sorensen won the Democratic nomination by a 7% margin. Sorensen, a 42-year-old practicing lawyer in his birth town of Lincoln, worked on the 1960 and 1968 Presidential campaigns of Jack Kennedy, and served as that politician’s chief aide, advisor, and speechwriter from 1953 to 1968. Sorensen, who is also the older brother of former Lieutenant Governor Philip C. Sorensen, will face off against the vulnerable and gaffe-prone incumbent Senator Roman Hruska in November…

– Nebraska City News-Press, 5/12/1970

“Cambodia will not become another Cuba”

– Colonel Sanders, 5/13/1970


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– President Colonel Sanders and First Lady Claudia Sanders visit an elementary school to inspect the progress made one year after the increasing of federal school funding, while a Secret Serviceman (far left) patrols the area; 5/17/1970

ANCHOR: …Tonight’s top story is the growing debate in Washington D.C. over a proposed Constitutional Amendment, the Equal Rights Amendment, that would, in theory, ensure women and men be treated as equals. President Sanders, who has recently announced his support for the E.R.A. movement, is now butting heads with conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly, the author of the 1965 best-selling novel A Choice, Not An Echo, is a candidate for Illinois’ 23rd Congressional district this year, and has openly accused the President of being a “L.I.D.,” or “Liberal In Disguise.”

SCHLAFLY (IN AUDIO CLIP): The Colonel does not stand for American tradition or values. The ERA would take away gender-specific privileges like the kind that help widows and mothers, and would eliminate separate restrooms for men and women. I am running as a real Republican to protect American women.

ANCHOR: …Yesterday, President Sanders finally told one of our correspondents his thoughts on the matter.

SANDERS (IN FILM CLIP): If a woman’s place was in the home, they’d be born wearing aprons. Women are not born wearing aprons because they can be anything the set out to be, and the ERA would ensue them their God-given right to try and do just that.

ANCHOR: …More of his fellow Republicans, however, remain critical of Sanders’ honesty, such as Michigan gubernatorial candidate William Millikan, who was reported to have said earlier today, quote, “I think he’s supporting the E.R.A. to make up for the sexism accusations,” end quote. Although the E.R.A. has been introduced in every congressional session since 1921, this time it seems to have a real chance of passing through committee and proceeding on to the floor of the House...

– NBC News, 5/20/1970 broadcast


For most of American history, women silently endured mistreatment in the workplace, with little protection or recourse. During the 18th and 19th centuries, sexual coercion was a fact of life for female slaves in the South, as well as a common experience among free domestic workers in the North. In the early 20th century, women employed in new manufacturing and clerical positions confronted physical and verbal assaults from male supervisors. Union leadership was successful in enacting protective legislation that shielded women from performing physically demanding labor, but not from the propositions of lecherous bosses. By the 1920s, working women were advised to simply quit their jobs if they could not handle the inevitable sexual advances. For decades, there were few significant changes in the ways women were treated at work. Those who complained discovered that sexually predatory behavior on the job was dismissed as trivial and harmless. Women rarely talked openly about the issue, although the situation only became more pressing as their participation in the workforce increased throughout the 1960s. The turning point finally came at the dawn of the 1970s, as the women’s liberation movement began to challenge a justice system – as well as a culture at large – that failed to recognize women’s consent, spurred on by a series of politicians fell from grace in the wake of a wave of scandals regarding women in the workplace. The campaign against sexual pestering was the natural extension of the grassroots anti-rape and anti-battering movements, which grew out of consciousness-raising sessions in which women shared personal stories and realized they were not alone in their experiences. Secretaries, mailroom clerks, filmmakers, factory workers and waitresses shared their stories. Women spoke of masturbatory displays, threats and pressure to trade sexual favors for promotions.
The phrase ‘sexual pestering’ was coined in January 1970… …A May 1970 survey by “Redbook” showed that almost 75% of respondents had encountered sexual pestering on the job.
“Antifeminist crusader” Phyllis Schlafly believed these women were “asking for it.” At a May 1970 Senate committee called to review federal guidelines on workplace impropriety, Schlafly testified that “virtuous women are seldom accosted.”
Catharine MacKinnon helped develop key legal theory by naming and distinguishing two types of sexual pestering – those which produce a “hostile working environment” for women, and the “quid pro quo” type wherein career opportunities are offered in exchange for sex.

Time Magazine article, 1987 issue [6]

Sunday, 31 May 1970: On this day in history, the Great Peruvian earthquake struck off the coast of the South American nation of Peru. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the tremor triggered a landslide on the north peak of Huascaran Mountain, resulting in a “Debris avalanche” burying the towns of Yungay, Ranrahirca, and ten nearby villages. The mountain range had been considered unstable since 1962, yet provincial governments downplayed the danger to minimize the number of people moving away to safer areas. As a result, between 66,000 and 69,000 people were killed in the most catastrophic natural disaster in the history of Peru.


…In tonight’s primary elections for the governorship, Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh won the Democratic nomination with 70% of the vote, with activist Florence Douglas coming in second place, and former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty coming in third. In the Republican column, US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ronald Reagan won the nomination over retiring state Superintendent of Public Instruction Max Rafferty by narrow margin, with our former Mayor, the moderate George Christopher, coming in third place, and moderate businessman William Penn Patrick and moderate activist Warren N. Dorn coming in fourth and fifth place, respectively…

– KFRC-FM, San Francisco-based radio station, 6/2/1970 broadcast


…the progressive 30-year-old anti-war political activist Thomas “Tom” Hayden has been declared the winner of last night’s race for the Democratic nomination for California’s Class 1 US Senate seat. Hayden’s victory of a plurality of the vote comes after a recount that resulted in his closest challenger, US Rep. John V. Tunney, losing by a margin of just 0.91%. The other candidates that were in the race for the nomination were Eileen Anderson, Arthur S. Bell Jr., Leonard Kurland, and Louis Di Salvo…

…In the fall, Hayden with face off against incumbent US Senator and former US Vice President Richard Nixon (R). The uncertainty of how well he will fare against the incumbent matches the uncertainty concerning the performances of two other candidates that will be on Californians’ November ballots. Both are the nominees of two minor parties – Charles C. Ripley of the far-right Heritage and Independence Party, and Robert Scheer of the far-left Natural Mind party…

The Sacramento Union, California newspaper, 6/3/1970

…The woman’s rights movement is catching some wind in its sails lately, and in France, the wind is reaching Hurricane levels amid city officials in Paris and Nice being called out for committing what is being called workplace pestering, the creating of a work environment that is uncomfortable to workers, particularly female workers, due to senior or superior coworker or employees performing unwanted and unsolicited acts. advances or actions of a sexual nature. President Mitterrand has yet to comment on these latest complaints, but is expect to do so very shortly…

– BBC World News, 6/6/1970 broadcast

…the anti-surveillance Nixon-Wilkinson Committee described their findings as surprising, but much of the committee’s official report will remain classified over nationwide security concerns...

– CBS News, 6/7/1970

“‘Failure’ is just a word for ‘a longer pathway to your destiny’. Never give just because the road to greatness is tougher than you thought it’d be – that’ll just make it more impressive when you make it. And it’ll make your life story all the more interesting, too.”

– Colonel Sanders, commencement speaker for Texas A&M University’s graduating class of 1970, 6/12/1970


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– Colonel Sanders listening to a guide while visiting the ruins of the Ancient Agora of Athens during a diplomatic trip to Greece, 6/19/1970


Donald Trump and Betty Lou Ray became man and wife at Marble Collegiate Church on the 20th… Trump, Queens native, is an outfielder for the New York Yankees… Ray, originally from Marshall, North Carolina, worked as a stewardess before moving to N.Y.C. in 1968 to become a weather girl for local station…

The Queens Ledger, weekly NYC newspaper, Celebrations section, 6/22-28/1970 issue

“We women are going to take our voices to the polls in November, and we are going to usher in a new era of change and progress in Washington DC and in all fifty states of the United States of America!”

– Congressional candidate Trudy Cooper, 6/27/1970

“Honest! I did not expect an entire movement of sorts to rise from it.”

– Ms. Arkansas, 1979 KNN interview

...In late June, the combined efforts of the CIA, MI6, and INTERPOL confirmed that the assailants of the Beatles were followers of Manson. On June 30, the CIA conducted a raid on the family’s desert compound, during which they apprehended the only two members present, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, both of whom were burning materials and coating the compound with gasoline when the raid commenced. Both attempted to stab the arresting officers with kitchen knives before being subdued.

Both women confessed to their roles in the attempt on the lives of the Beatles, but were adamant in protecting their leader. They claimed that the third woman seen fleeing the hotel, Susan Atkins, had died from the injuries she received when George Harrison had smashed a lamp on her head, sending sharp flakes and pieces into her scalp and face. The subsequent discovery and examination of Atkins’s body, however, proved she had ingested cyanide shortly after the failed attempt on the Beatles’ lives.

Through controversial interrogation methods, the CIA also discovered through them that Manson and the rest of his followers had fled the country, and that Van Houten and Krenwinkel had volunteered to stay behind to “handle the pigs at home” and destroy any possible evidence of Manson’s destination.

However, at the compound, agents uncovered one clue that pointed law enforcement in the right direction – a half-burned photograph of Christ the Redeemer...


[1] Italicized lines pulled directly from her OTL book and can also be found here:
[2] Act Three, “How To Do The Funky Chicken,” by Mark Schone, starting at the 35:40 mark. The woman in question apparently would say “Harland get your hands off me, I get all I need at home.” On the lighter side of things, though, the audio snippet also has interesting story on the Colonel’s non-racist acquaintanceship with a Black employee, starting at the 40:20 mark.
[3] Italicized part of the accusation is from OTL!:
[4] ALL italicized parts (so, most of this “entry”) is from here:
[5] OTL!, and ITTL, LBJ’s 1961-1965 budget increases for NASA leads to them needing more employees in Houston ahead of upcoming Apollo missions.
[6] ALL italicized parts (so, most of this “entry”) is from this Time Magazine article: “A Brief History of Sexual Harassment in America Before Anita Hill”:
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It’s a shame that the Colonel’s past has some unfortunate blemishes, but I do respect how, instead of fully denying it, he admitted it was true and apologized for it. Of course, there still will be those whose view of the Colonel has been damaged by the news, but the fact that the accused accepted the apology and chose not to press charges because she felt he was a good man is something to note. You don’t see that in today’s #MeToo society. Speaking of #MeToo, I guess there will be an earlier one in the 70’s rather than in the 21st century. That will definitely be interesting to see how it affects American society moving forward.

As for the Beatles, that was a lucky close call. With Epstein dead, the team might break up as IOTL. At the same time, a traumatic experience like this will definitely heal any cracks the members had.

Meanwhile, I expect the CIA to find in Brazil a madder version of Jonestown, with kooky Manson and his clan. I’d hate to see the two sides duel it out.
…Ian Paisley, the Anti-Catholic firebrand dousing the flames of rebellion since the middle of the 1960s, was killed during a police raid late last night….
Always surprised he was never assassinated OTL, possibly because he was a great advantage to the republican cause...
Am I the3 only one who heard Foghorn Leghorn's voice when I read the Colonel saying "horny toad?" Come to think of it, I don't know if I've ever heard anyone say that except the cartoon rooster. Although he was a parody of a fictional Southern Snator on the radio so I imagine it was a saying back then.

Or, wait, was it Yosemite Sam? Boy, it's been a while since I've seen those classics. Probably both.

Without social media #MeToo in the '70s might not spread quite as fast, but it will grow. It'll also be more forgiving, as someone else noted - and that maay be partly because we don't have the attack mentality of today.

It was great to see Sanders admit his wrongs. But what of some of the others - I wonder about how someone like Bill Cosby will fare. Will his acts - which were far more serious, apparently - be revealed?

If so, as I developed here in the collaborative timeline "Selma Massacre," it's early enough for black entertainers to still develop in the same family friendly way and even to have someone else develop Fat Albert and the later Cosby Show. (John Amos would be the right age to be the dad.) (Note: Also a little snippet here where I allude to Fat Albert as a collaboration with Nipsey Russell also added)

Probably some little thigns, too, like the general in Beetle Bailey not making sexual remarks 15 or 20 years earlier than he stopped OTL.

Great stuff with the beatles, the fight seemed realistic. Classic joke by Paul upon awakening.

L.A. won't reject stuff like Denver did - which means no Montreal in '76 and no Big Owe. But does that mean no Expos long term, or just a different stadium for them? And are the Colonels now a basketball team name only and not baseball?

Of course the Expos used Jarry Park (Parc Jarry) from 196-1975 and it was okay...but they'd want another sometime I would think. Then again, there was supposed to be a dome put on Olympic Stadium and it didn't get put on for 11 years.
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