November 22, 2013
WE STARE at the screen as the motorcade turns into Dealey Plaza. We see the young president and his wife wave to an adoring crowd from the back of their limo. And we hold our breath. On cue, the shots ring out. And for the 50th year in a row, we watch Walter Cronkite tell us what we already know. We return to the scene of the crime every year like pilgrims to the hallowed shrine where their faith was born. Those of us of the "where-were-you-when" generation retell our stories to those too young to remember.
November 22, 2013
IN RESPONSE to Stuart Caesar's letter and his comment about JFK being a "conservative Republican," allow me to quote the former president defending liberalism: "If by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties - someone who...
October 20, 2013 |
Until the very end, Sen. Arlen Specter insisted that one shooter - and only one - killed President John F. Kennedy. The "single bullet theory" was no theory, Specter would snap whenever the topic came up. "It's a conclusion," he repeatedly asserted. Specter, who died in 2012, was a rising young prosecutor when he joined the Warren Commission to investigate the Kennedy assassination. In a decision that continues to draw critics and controversy, the commission pinned the killing on Lee Harvey Oswald.
October 4, 2013 |
AS THE 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK nears, we have "Parkland," a docudrama that reimagines the whole thing as an episode of "ER. " The movie concentrates on events of Nov. 22, 1963, at Dallas' Parkland Hospital, where President Kennedy was taken after being shot. It plays like a standard emergency-room drama - an overmatched young resident (Zac Efron) an efficient and compassionate nurse (Marcia Gay Harden) and a take-charge senior physician (Colin Hanks). The dynamics are repeated soon after, when the president's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is himself shot, and the same doctors attend to his wounds, amid the same sort of ER crash-cart hubbub.
January 13, 2013 |
DALLAS - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship. " Kennedy and his sister Rory spoke about their family Friday night during an interview with Charlie Rose at in Dallas. The event was part of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the president's death. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
March 20, 2012
Too soon? When it comes to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, even after nearly 150 years, the answer to that crucial comedic question still appears to be "Yes. " Bobblehead dolls in the likeness of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, were recently removed from the shelves of the gift shop at Gettysburg National Military Park. The dolls were being sold for about a week before a reporter from the Evening Sun of Hanover asked about them, whereupon they were gone faster than Booth himself could be smoked out of a Virginia tobacco barn.
June 20, 2011
James P. Hosty, the FBI agent who inherited Lee Harvey Oswald's file the year before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and was implicitly accused of negligence in the Warren Commission Report, has died of cancer. He was 86. Mr. Hosty spent nearly five decades defending himself against accusations that he should have investigated Oswald more closely. He died June 10 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., McGilley and Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel said on its website.
November 28, 2003 |
Like millions of Americans, I watched the Kennedy television specials last week. For many people (and not only of a single generation), JFK's assassination has become a national recurring nightmare. And over the weekend, as the 40th anniversary came and went, I realized two things. First: In light of (and despite) the evidence, it's likely that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed Kennedy. Second: Frustration persists. And I think I know why. I watched hours of conspiracy theory - that it was the Chicago Mob, the Corsican Mob, Cuba, LBJ, the CIA, or Russia who had JFK killed.
November 17, 2003 |
The flood of TV programming leading up to the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination began this weekend, but there's more to come: Today "Men Who Killed Kennedy. " Parts 1, 2 and 3 of a six-hour series on the various theories surrounding the assassination. 8 p.m., the History Channel. "The Kennedys. " Stacy Keach narrates this repeat of PBS' "The American Experience," which begins with patriarch Joseph Kennedy. 9 p.m., Channel 12. "JFK: The Day That Changed America.
November 22, 2002
The Commission has found no evidence that either Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby was part of any conspiracy, domestic or foreign, to assassinate President Kennedy. . . . If there is any such evidence it has been beyond the reach of all the investigative agencies and resources of the United States and has not come to the attention of this Commission. - Report of the Warren Commission, September 1964