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From the Archives: The old telephone in a shoe trick

From the Archives: The old telephone in a shoe trick
Oct. 29, 1970: Jess Unruh spoofs the "Get Smart" TV show while campaigning for governor. (John Malmin / Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)

Oct. 29, 1970: Jess Unruh, campaigning for governor in Huntington Beach, kids communications advisor Bob Cheny, left, by taking off a shoe and pretending to talk into it.

Cheny had previously given Unruh a shoe with a working phone in it as a birthday present.

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Unruh's parody of the "Get Smart" television series occurred during the gubernatorial contest he lost to Ronald Reagan.

This photo appeared in the Oct. 30, 1970, Los Angeles Times.

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Unruh served as California treasurer from 1975 until his death in 1987.

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