John Kennedy

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    Still JFK Crazy After All These Years

    Why weird old rich people are so nuts over the 50th assassination anniversary.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2012

    Last Night in Arizona, They Sold the Hearse That Drove JFK from Parkland to Love Field

    I felt the need last night, the need for the Speed channel, which carried the live-from-Scottsdale broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson auction -- where, as you're well aware by now, they put a certain hearse of local renown on the bidding block. So, then, how much did they fetch for Vernon O'Neal's '64 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    We're About to Find Out How Much Someone Will Pay for JFK's Ride Back to Love Field

    ​This is the week Barrett-Jackson auctions off the 1964 Cadillac Hearse that transported President John Kennedy from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field. Me, I've got my eye on this sweet '75 Pacer. But the rest of the car world -- or, at least, the 1,200, give or take, who make up the Profes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Dallas Still "Coming to Grips" With Kennedy Assassination? Still "Wounded"? If You Say So.

    ​Nicola Longford, executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum, won't talk to Schutze, no fan of the museum's plans to take over Dealey Plaza two years from today. But she will visit with the Los Angeles Times about those plans, not to mention that Dealey Plaza redo the city's splitting with the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    After 48 Years, DPD Honors Clerk Who Alerted Them to Lee Harvey Oswald's Whereabouts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    On Nov. 22, "JFK Day" at the Texas Theatre, Starring Van Heflin and Naughty Dallas

    ​What you see above is the ad for the Texas Theatre that appeared in the newspaper on November 22, 1963. But for some, that photo taken of the marquee on that day is burned on the brain; no need to consult the listings to know War is Hell and Cry of Battle were playing when police arrested Lee Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Pour a Tall Drink and Read All About Those Who Broke Dallas's News in Bert Shipp's New Book

    ​Brett Shipp was among those who attended Jerry Haynes's funeral Saturday afternoon. The WFAA newsman was accompanied by his father, Bert, who was a familiar face on local television long before his son stepped out of his shadow. Bert and Jerry went way back -- they were among the first to break t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2011

    Warren Leslie May Be Dead Now, But His Book Dallas Public and Private Will Live Forever

    ​Of all the books written about Dallas, it's easily the one most often cited: Warren Leslie's 1964 Dallas Public and Private, with a later edition underscoring its heretofore subtle subtitle "Aspects of an American City." Subsequent histories-of -- from Patricia Evridge Hill's Dallas: The Making o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    From the Film Vaults: Rush to Judgment

    A witness to the Kennedy assassination shows Mark Lane where he was on November 22, 1963.​While looking for something unrelated this morning, I came across quite the cinematic find just posted to the Internet Archive: a full-length copy of Oscar-nominated director Emile de Antonio's 1966 film Rush ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Bobby Jack Pack Takes Aim at Dealey Plaza

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    From a Cemetery in Fort Worth to an Auction House in L.A.: Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin

    ​Via Gawker, this ghoulish gift suggestion (?): Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Pine Coffin, currently up for grabs courtesy the Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders, Inc. This is the pine box in which Oswald was buried on November 25, 1963, at the Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Local Woman Mad For Mad Men, or: Help a Dallas Actress Get a Small Part on a Big TV Show

    ​Perhaps you've heard of Tiffany Lonsdale, who counts among her stage-and-screen credits Bedroom Farce at Theatre Three, several commercials and a few indie productions. Clearly, she has plenty of friends: Many of them have e-mailed in recent days begging us to push her attempt to land a walk-on r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Well, At Least Erykah Badu's Naked Video Won't Harm Dealey Plaza's Reputation

    The Onion News NetworkThe Associated Press just posted its breathless report on the brouhaha over Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" striptease, which has become the Zapruder film of 2010. AP, why the headline: "Dallas Residents Stunned Over Erykah Badu Video"? Shouldn't it have been: "Two Tourists Who Don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Erykah Badu Went to Dealey Plaza, Got Naked, Shot Video. City Hall Distances!

    On March 17, Erykah Badu and a small crew went down to Dealey Plaza to shoot a very naked video for "Window Seat."​Earlier this morning, Pete posted the evidence to DC9: Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" video, the latest informercial for New Amerykah Part Two: The Return of the Ankh, in stores tomorrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Now, Even More Questions Than Answers in Fight Over Sniper's Perch

    Earlier this afternoon, I spoke with Joel Elliott, the Canton-based attorney for Caruth Byrd, who, for the last two years, has been embroiled in a contentious legal battle with Aubrey Mayhew over which man owns the actual sniper's perch lifted long ago from the Texas School Book Depository. Alas, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    UTD Professor's Research At Center Of Pirate Bay Copyright Case

    Today in Stockholm, Sweden-based bit torrent site The Pirate Bay entered the eighth day of its trial against International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which is accusing the site of possible copyright infringement, given its role as a host for torrent swapping. And it's a fairly landmark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Yet Again, Taking Aim at the "Sniper's Perch" -- This Time, in a Dallas Courtroom

    Had it not been for an e-mail Parris Mayhew sent to local media on Thursday, The Case of the Sniper's Perch might have gone unnoticed till too late. Caruth C. Byrd v. Aubrey Mayhew -- so named for the two men who've claimed since forever to possess the infamous window removed from the Texas School B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Meanwhile, Down at Dealey Plaza ...

    Courtesy Lynne Rostochil Rostochil is standing to the right of Private Pyle in this photo from 1991 that totally looks as though it was taken in 1963. Photographer Craig Hlavaty spent the 45th anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination down at Dealey Plaza -- so you didn't have to. His slide show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008
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    February 19, 2008

    Counting Down to Craig Watkins and The "Missing" JFK Loot

    During his nightly Countdown, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann yesterday had as his chart-topper Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' "discovery" of docs and doodads related to the assassination of John Kennedy. Said the sports anchor-turned-Mini-Murrow, Watkins presented the materials yesterday "w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    A Piece of Parkland Hospital is Now Buried Deep Below Kansas Soil

    Parkland Memorial Hospital Trauma Room No. 1, buried but not forgotten A very significant piece of Parkland Memorial Hospital now resides in Lenexa, Kansas, just slightly south of Kansas City. Only, you will likely never again see this bit of Dallas history: The former Parkland trauma room has gone ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    January 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    Oswald's Ghost Still A-Floatin'

    Tonight at 9, KERA-Channel 13 will air, as part of the American Experience series, director Robert Stone's documentary Oswald's Ghost, yet another look at the assassination of John Kennedy. The film, which had a limited theatrical run last year, is more or less yet another distillation of the myriad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2007

    JFK Killing Gets Second Life Treatment; JFK Not So Fortunate

    This is more Andrea Grimes' bit. But as November 22 is nigh upon us, a company called Avatar Promotions is celebrating by setting up in Second Life a virtual Dealey Plaza as it appeared in August 2007 and as it looked on the Friday John Kennedy was gunned down in downtown Dallas -- it's virtual tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2007

    Norman Mailer Never Did Like Dallas

    Norman Mailer, the man who gave this chain of newspapers its name, died this morning of kidney failure at the age of 84. I had the good fortune to interview him on several occasions during his various visits to Dallas, first in 1991, when he came to promote his CIA novel Harlot's Ghost. I ran into h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2007

    New Conspiracy Theory: JFK Was Not Shot in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007

    No Homecoming for Hinckley. Aw, Dang.

    If -- or, from the sound of it, when -- would-be Ronald Reagan assassin John W. Hinckley Jr. gets out of the mental hospital he calls home, don't expect the Highland Park High School product to come back to Dallas. No way, says his brother Scott, who still lives here. Even if U.S. District Judge Pau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007

    A Grim Keepsake

    The original of this morbid photo can be yours for the right price, beginning Monday. Speaking of legendary photos, beginning on Monday, Mary Ann Moorman's original Polaroid of President John Kennedy that was taken the very instant he was assassinated in Dealey Plaza will be offered on eBay. It, lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007

    The Day Bill Paxton Saw John F. Kennedy

    Roy Cooper Collection, KTVT-TV/Courtesy The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza The kid peeking out in this photo, taken in Fort Worth on November 22, 1963, is none other than actor-director Bill Paxton. On Thursday night, during the AFI Dallas International Film Festival's opening-night wingding at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007

    Jack Valenti Had a Very Good Excuse for Missing the AFI Dallas International Film Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    Dallas: Full of Famous Folk Friday!

    Halle Berry's in town -- and, believe it not, she ain't here for the AFI. Last night's AFI Dallas International Film Fest coming-out party was quite the swanky affair in the downtown Neiman Marcus; said a visiting dignitary, "I've never been around so much money." You could almost count every penny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Take Aim...

    OK, here's our second prize package: Fifty bucks good for drinks and dining at Taste and/or State & Allen and two passes to the Nasher Sculpture Center. Hey, that's pretty nifty, innit? And all you have to do is be the first one to tell me from which sporting good store did Lee Harvey Oswald order t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2007

    NPR Loves DA Fond of DNA

    That National Public Radio story about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, which we mentioned Wednesday evening, ran this morning on Morning Edition. You can hear it here. Already a couple of Friends of Unfair Park have e-mailed with some unhappy comments (they're not thrilled with the po ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    February 22, 2007
  • News

    February 15, 2007

    Clear as Glass

    The latest mystery in the JFK legacy is...a window?

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    Shoot the Piano

    John Lennon's piano will be on the Grassy Knoll today. Not kidding. Hey, wanna meet me for lunch today on the Grassy Knoll? C'mon. It'll be fun. You know what today is, right? Right. Well, to commemorate the anniversary of John Kennedy's final trip to Dallas, George Michael and his partner, Goss G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2006
  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Sleight of Hand

    Can Dallas deal with the homeless where they choose to be?

  • Culture

    February 5, 2004

    Strange Days

    Errol Morris gets history right by recognizing that it's usually all wrong

  • Film

    November 21, 2002

    Kill Shot

    Neil Burger fabricates Kennedy's Assassin, and he's mostly on target

  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Fake Out

    At the Deep Ellum film fest, fact becomes fiction becomes fact

  • Culture

    September 26, 2002

    Dead On

    Come November, you might discover JFK's real (fake) Assassin

  • Music

    May 10, 2001


    That Skinny Motherfucker with the High Voice? (Shrimper Records)

  • Music

    November 19, 1998
  • News

    November 27, 1997
  • Film

    August 28, 1997

    Time to kill

    McConaughey and Zellweger take a Chainsaw to their careers

  • Film

    December 21, 1995

    A tale of two Tricky Dicks

    Two Richards--Nixon and Lancaster--plus one Oliver--prove that power corrupts absolutely

  • Calendar

    November 16, 1995
  • Music

    November 10, 1994

    Idol worship

    In the 1950s and '60s, Tony Zoppi wrote about -- and rode with -- the stars

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