As light rain fell from a dull gray sky onto the crowd bracing against the Arctic blast just down Main from the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza Friday, I became depressed at the caliber of craven I'd encountered so far on the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Apart from a sprinkling of "LBJ Did ... More >>
For a city that's quick to tear down most any building, Dallas has embraced its history with gusto. Not that it's possible to pretend that the Kennedy assassination never happened, but across the city people are enthusiastically touting their history and connections to event. Really, it's a surprise ... More >>
Oswald: The Actual Interrogation rejiggers history into a tight, taut drama.
Had another conversation with a foreign journalist this week assigned to cover the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination ceremony here next week, who said the same thing others have been saying to me for a month, which, I must point out, is the same thing I said a year ago they would be sayi ... More >>
Why weird old rich people are so nuts over the 50th assassination anniversary.
Louie Steven Witt, are you still out there somewhere, alive? Would you tell me if you were? You know you're back in The Dallas Morning News this morning, but only as a ghost. I wonder if you really are a ghost yet. I can't find you with Google, which may mean ... well, we know what it may mean. It's ... More >>
Parkland can't quite honor life after JFK.
Kennedy museum falsely denied its role in harassing conspiracy theorist Robert Groden.
Dallas' handling of JFK anniversary: an enigma wrapped in a big wad of dumb.
JFK assassination 50th anniversary news: City of Dallas releases video showing Dealey Plaza was occupied by Indians long before JFK assassination. Suburban library presents speech by guy who gave Lee Harvey Oswald ride to work. Boston auction announces it will hawk Oswald's wedding ring. Mind if ... More >>
Dealey Plaza: A Long and Rich History from City of Dallas on Vimeo.The powers that be have made it abundantly clear that they plan on tightly controlling the message around the November anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. They've made it equally clear that they are going to do it in in ... More >>
The probate court of the Old Criminal Court Building was a little disjointed on Friday. The judge, lawyers and witnesses were all dressed in 60s garb -- skinny ties, strings of pearls, a pillbox hat or two -- while back in the gallery the standing room-only audience was snapping pictures on their sm ... More >>
Plans for the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas just got weirder by one whole magnitude. Yesterday Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings unveiled a process that will make security much tighter for the ceremony next November than security would be for a speech ... More >>
Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary.
We were pretty sure that Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Ricks' recent suggestion in the Washington Post that America exile Texas in pursuit of a more perfect union was a joke. Blaming the state for the JFK assassination (without Texas, "John F. Kennedy might still be alive") and the wars in Iraq and A ... More >>
Is the Trilateral Commission behind an anti-conspiracy conspiracy?
On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, a half hour before he was scheduled to deliver a 1 p.m. speech at the Dallas Trade Mart. The words were never passed Kennedy's lips, but the speech survived and, a month later, was printed and bound into a book by Stanley Marcu ... More >>
From the outset, Mayor Rawlings and the city of Dallas have made it clear that they intend to control the narrative on November 22, 2013 when they mark what they're simply calling The 50th. The 50th what? Never mind that. Just remember that this is about celebrating the life of a president, not dwel ... More >>
In this week's edition, the cover story chronicles the short life and ambiguous death of Lightning Medicine Cloud, the rare white buffalo born to Hunt County rancher Arby Little Soldier. To the Lakota Oyate, the animal was prophecy, heralding the return of the prophet White Buffalo Calf Woman, and a ... More >>
Judith Segura thought raising the $1 to $2 million in private donations needed to restore Dealey Plaza before the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination would be a cinch. It wasn't. "It's been a lot harder than I expected, frankly," Segura said. "There was nobody who didn't agree completely ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer, we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here On November 22, 1963, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza, R ... More >>
One thing the city of Dallas won't have to deal with in its attempt to keep the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination classy is a lot of new information that complicates our picture of November 22, 1963. Salon reported yesterday that the National Archives is refusing to release 1,171 classified C ... More >>
Let's be clear about this. Old, rich keep-a-lid-on-it Dallas is not going to rule next year's 50th anniversary observations of the Kennedy killing in Dealey Plaza. No matter what it takes. The official City of Dallas JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, named in a story this mo ... More >>
Alex Jones, host of Infowars and national guru of conspiracy theorists, recently took up the cudgel for free speech at Dealey Plaza on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Vowing to bring "tens of thousands" to Dealey Plaza next year, Jones said on today's broadcast he hopes Dallas enjoys ... More >>
On June 13, 2010, Dallas police arrested and jailed Robert Groden, author of best-selling books on the Kennedy assassination and a consultant to the Oliver Stone movie, JFK. The police accused Groden of violating a city law against selling books in Dealey Plaza, where the assassination happened almo ... More >>
Dallas is playing to its City of Hate stereotype for assassination's anniversary.
Photo by Leslie MinoraJohnny Calvin Brewer, left, led officers to Lee Harvey Oswald after Kennedy's assassination. Pictured with historian Farris Rookstool III, center, and former DPD officer Ray Hawkins, who cuffed Oswald at the Texas Theatre.After John Kennedy was shot in downtown Dallas on ... More >>
Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right.
A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that the great Bobby Jack Pack, a Best of Dallas winner and local film-making institution, is this close to wrapping a documentary on Dealey Plaza and, more specifically, those populate the site where President John Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. He des ... More >>
Evan ClintonThe scene down at Dealey Plaza today, where vendors selling their wares were noticeably absentMaybe you heard: A couple of weeks ago, Dallas police began cracking down on vendors at Dealey Plaza selling maps, magazines, books and other conspiracy-theory whatnots. Deputy Police Chief V ... More >>
Gird your loins: The conspiracy theorists -- by which I mean the truth-tellers, of course -- are coming to town. Beginning a week from tomorrow, the Adolphus Hotel will host JFK Lancer's November in Dallas 2008 confab, scheduled to run for three days to coincide with the 45th anniversary of John Ken ... More >>
The DSO and Dallas Black Dance Theater join forces
Schutze was just telling me the story about the time he dug up Lee Harvey Oswald. Actually, Jim wasn't holding the shovel -- maybe you recall that in 1981, a British researcher named Michael Eddowes claimed there was a "second Lee Harvey Oswald" and got locals to yank Oswald's body outta the ground ... More >>
Irving's John Moore captured several of the defining images of Benazir Bhutto's assassination moments ago. In June, I mentioned my old friend John Moore, whom I first met at The Daily Texan in the late-1980s. He was one of our staff photographers, and even in college the Irving-born picture-taker sh ... More >>
Hey, that's not us doin' the speculatin'. That's Dr. Horace Musashi, author of the new book Outside the Crosshairs, who says that John Kennedy wasn't shot by Lee Harvey Oswald or anyone else during the president's trip to Dallas on November 22, 1963. Nope. Turns out: After 11 years of painstaking re ... More >>
A couple of JFK-related item this a.m... First off, have you heard the one about Don McElroy, a funeral home worker who loaded President Kennedy's casket into a hearse at Parkland Hospital? He claims he has the original death certificate that was tossed after a few minor typos -- "600 Pennsylvania ... More >>
We spent the better part of Tuesday trying to find a copy of Vincent Bugliosi's book-exercise equipment Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which has gotten more press in recent days than Monica Goodling and the man or woman who won American Idol. (Shhh, don't tell me ... More >>
That's Jack Valenti at the far left, peeking over some flowers, aboard Air Force One in Dallas on November 22, 1963. On Friday, former Motion Picture Association of America bossman and Texas native Jack Valenti was scheduled to speak at the Nasher Sculpture Center, as part of the AFI Dallas Internat ... More >>
So, about eight Friends of Unfair Park -- who I assume also read FrontBurner -- e-mailed me this piece from The New York Times today, in which Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of J.F.K. author Gerald Posner says, in short, that the just-released George Jefferies footage of the JF ... More >>
Think you know who killed J.F.K.? Yup, you were right: super patriots. No, not Captain America, although you never know. We're talking "neo-patriots who thought they were doing something good for the country" by offing Kennedy during his trip to Dallas in November 1963. Actually, we're not talking a ... More >>
The Sixth Floor Museum reflects on American tragedies
JFK assassination buffs who peddle their wares on the grassy knoll think there's a plot to put them out of business. They may be right.