October 6 in San Antonio history…
The “Jazz at the Philharmonic” show (featuring jazz heavyweights such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Gene Krupa and Oscar Peterson) at Municipal Auditorium is spoiled by antics of two young men who try to beat up an off-duty policeman during the concert. Promoter Norman Granz has to plead with the audience three times, twice to ask them to refrain from smoking and once to ask the crowd not to yell or whistle during Ella Fitzgerald’s performance. One of the songs is facetiously introduced as “The Last Time We Played San Antonio Blues.” Along with the unruly behavior, poor ticket sales (a reported 200 people) move Granz to not bring the series to San Antonio again.
HemisFair ’68 comes to a close with a final total of 6,384, 482 attendees.
The Miller brothers donate the site of the former Fiesta Plaza Mall (derisively referred to as the “pink elephant”) to the University of Texas system for a downtown UTSA campus.