And what happens when they get it wrong.
Years from now, Americans will look back on the events at Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013 as a turning point in the fight for liberty. They will remember how Dallas police rolled through downtown on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, punishing any deviation from the officiall ... More >>
Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, anti-depressant-gobbling, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. At last, Buzz has begun to share some of the emotion driving the city's 50th anniversary celebration of the Kennedy assass ... More >>
Oswald: The Actual Interrogation rejiggers history into a tight, taut drama.
You had to know that the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, would spawn a host of conspiracy theories, like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Pearl Harbor before it. So, we here at the Dallas Observer office weren't all that suprised to receive multiple hand-mailed le ... 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 >>
Obama's reelection last year prompted a lot of talk over whether Texas should once again secede from the Union. Except for a few die-hard secessionists, though, few considered it a serious proposal, more like an opportunity to make Texas jokes. So the debate just kind of fizzled out. But the Washin ... More >>
When it comes to JFK, Dallas is stuck in the denial stage of grief.
In 1974, DTC premiered its best show ever. Why was it never seen again?
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 >>
We've known for a while now that the city will keep the the 2013 commemoration of John F. Kennedy's assassination "classy," we just haven't known exactly how. We still don't, but we now know that it will involve a fairly significant touch-up to Dealey Plaza. The architecture firm Good Fulton & Farr ... 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 >>
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 >>
Work has started on the Fort Worth JFK tribute, a memorial plaza to be dominated by a larger-than-life statue of President John F. Kennedy with his hand extended for a friendly shake. What a difference a half-hour drive makes. When complete, the Fort Worth memorial will serve as stark contrast to ... More >>
Speaking of a Dealey Plaza's redo ... I've had a copy of National Geographic Channel's JFK: The Lost Bullet sitting on the desk for a week; haven't watched it yet, but there's time -- it doesn't air till Sunday at 8 p.m. And while it's said to show Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone on November 22, 1963 ... More >>
Yesterday's city council committee briefing on restoring Dealey Plaza was all very well. The well-intended and the well-heeled have joined together to raise money for a well-designed refurbishing of the place where President John F. Kennedy was ... well, you know ... shot. I'm sure it will b ... More >>
Photos by Danny FulgencioThe Dallas Police Department has now lost 80 officers in the line of duty. The first was C.O. Brewer, who, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, was "shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for slander at the Union Depot station." That was on May 24, 1892, ... More >>
Robert GrodenBack in June we broke the news that Robert Groden, perhaps the most familiar (and certainly the most respected) of all the Dealey Plaza vendors peddling JFK assassination materials, had been arrested and detained by Dallas Police officers on the clean-up crackdown. Groden filed a fed ... More >>
The Associated Press reports this morning that Erykah Badu paid the $500 fine imposed upon her by the Dallas Police Department's disorderly conduct charge on Friday--a fine that came in the wake her "Window Seat" video's film shoot, which saw the native R&B star stripping until nude at Deale ... More >>
Forthcoming shortly, Patrick's account of his day spent amongst the John F. Kennedy in-crowd on the 46th anniversary of the president's fateful trip to Dallas. Till then, though, this preview: Patrick happened upon Joey Granati performing his epic rendition of "The Torch is Passed" shortly before th ... More >>
University of North Texas Libraries/Dallas Municipal ArchivesIf you ever wondered what it looked like during a night in Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, wonder no longer.Dallas's official John F. Kennedy Collection has always been on the city's Web site -- a little hidden on the City Secretary's Offic ... More >>
Remembering a trade of blue plates for civil rights
Ever in search of a life, this girl finds an old one
See the black JFK at the Inwood
Oswald, from shot to grave
For supporters of an improved and expensive Trinity River, everything old is new again
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
The Deep Ellum Film Festival returns, suffering from the Terrific Twos
December 17 - 23, 1998
Haunted by his mother's suicide, Dallas-born artist barron Storey has won fame drawing the darkness
Norman Mailer resurrects a tragically human assassin