By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™
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Original Pub. Date: Nov. 22, 2010. Last Update: Nov. 26, 2019.
U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) is the #1 mystery figure of the 20th century. Not him but his shocking assassination, which was the greatest turning point in 20th century U.S. history. If the official version of events is true, the world is one way, but if it's a lie, then the world is another way. "This is the event that inspired my work with conspiracies. This is why I always question authority.... That's where the conspiracy theories were born." (Jesse Ventura). "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason." (Ovid) "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive." (Sir Walter Scott) "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." (Sir Winston Churchill) The assassination of JFK is the greatest focus of conspiracy theories in U.S. history, which is all the more disturbing since the official position of the U.S. govt. since day one is absolutely no conspiracy, you're nuts to even question, no they won't help you, that's right, they act like they're guilty. I'm compiling this litle ole historyscope of JFK so we can try to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Be sure to take the time to soak it up then come back from time to time to see what's new. Enjoy the great power of TLW the Historyscoper to open up a mental crystal ball of history to you on your Internet portal, and think of how you're saving hundreds for lame overwordy hyperlink-challenged retro paper-based works. Tell them to save the trees and come to TLW and fill their brains free.
U.S. Dem. pres. #35 (1961-3) (first U.S. pres. born in the 21st cent.) (first Roman Catholic U.S. pres.) John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-63) was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass. He was the 2nd son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr. (1888-1969) and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995), who was the mother of a record three U.S. senators and one U.S. pres., the eldest daughter of Boston mayor and civil rights-promoting Mass. rep. (1895-1901) John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (1863-1950), and the mother not only of JFK but of Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Jr. (1915-44), Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy (1918-2005), Kathleen Agnes "Kick" Kennedy (1920-48), Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009), Patricia Helen "Pat" Kennedy (1924-2006), Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925-68), Jean Ann Kennedy (1928-), and Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) (the only Kennedy brother to grow old).
Spoiler alert: It all ends in Dallas, Tex. In Nov. 1841 Dallas, Tex. (Gael. "dwellers by the waterfall") in NE Tex. on 640 acres overlooking the Three Forks area of the Trinity River (modern pop. 850K/1.5M) is settled by Tenn. trader-atty. John Neely Bryan (1810-77); the site is where JFK is assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963; in 1846 after attracting Anglo-Am. (non-Hispanic) settlers, it and the surrounding county are named after Anglo U.S. vice-pres. George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) - shouldn't that be Houston-Mufflin?
The name Kennedy ultimately comes from the Gaelic word Kenneth, meaning handsome, yes, there were a lot of Scottish king Kenneths, weren't they handsome, although the Kennedy variant allegedly means helmet or deformed or ugly head. I know, he went from handsome to deformed head in Dallas, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair. The Kennedy clan traces to Patrick Kennedy (1823-58) (JFK's great-grandfather), a brewery cooper born in Dunganstown, County Wexford, Leinster in S Ireland, who fled the Irish Potato Famine in 1848 to Boston via Liverpool aboard the ship Washington Irving, then married fellow immigrant Bridget Murphy on Sept. 26, 1849. On Jan. 14, 1858 their youngest and brightest of five children Patrick Joseph "P.J." Kennedy (1858-1929) (JFK's grandfather) was born, making his fortune running saloons in Haymarket Square and East Boston, which gave him the money to buy a whiskey-importing business, P.J. Kennedy & Co., becoming #1. Well-connected with the Irish Mob, he served five consecutive 1-year terms in the Mass. House of Reps. in 1884-8 followed by three 2-year terms in the Mass. Senate in 1889-95. In 1888 he fathered Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., using his wealth and influence to get him off to a flying start.On Oct. 1, 1885 Manchester, England-born George Bannerman Dealey (1859-1946) began pub. The Dallas Morning News in Dallas, Tex., which reached a modern-day circ. of 271K daily and 354K Sun.- the countdown to Nov. 22, 1963 begins?
In 1908 the Trinity River flooded in Dallas, Tex., causing the construction of the Houston St. Viaduct in 1911, longest reinforced concrete structure in the world, later crossed by Lee Harvey Oswald in a taxi as he fled Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963.
In 1912 Joe Sr. graduated from Harvard, imagine the power struggle to get an Irish Catholic Mick into that Puritan stronghold, and became a bank examiner for Mass., giving him the inside knowledge to take control of failing Columbia Trust Bank in 1913 with a $45K loan from his Irish Mafia, er, family, making him the youngest bank pres. in America. After investing in a real estate exploitation firm that concentrated on distressed property and making big bucks, he became a stock broker in 1919, regularly engaging in insider trading and market manipulation before it became illegal. As the 1929 Wall Street Crash approached, he switched to shorting the market, making more megamillions for a total jackpot of $4M ($50M in today's dollars). Switching to pure real estate, he ramped it up to $180M ($2.88B), although maybe not all that way, since all along he was into rum running from Canada, but made sure that nobody could prove it in court, give your word to never shake a baby. His con game was to financially back the Temperance Movement to keep Prohibition (which began on Jan. 16, 1920) from being repealed as long as he could, then right before Dec. 5, 1933, the day it ended, he bought shares in Nat. Distillers at $8.64 a share, which soon shot up to $26 a share, making tens more millions; that's right, a co. that legally was doing nothing until then, how can you make a non-white Christmas not go wrong?
Meanwhile the horrific World War I of July 28, 1914 to Nov. 11, 1918 (mother of all conspiracies?) resulted in the October Revolution in Russia on Oct. 25, 1917 Julian (Nov. 7 Gregorian), leading to the creation of the Communist Atheist Utopian Soviet Union in 1922, which sooned turned into a horrible dictatorship under Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1878-1953) that became a giant slave labor camp not worth two hoots because it was never self-sufficient and relied on Western bankers to prop it up, check on the MyBoniva Program. No surprise, after causing enormous evil worldwide it crumbled in 1991.
The October Revolution caused a Red Scare in the U.S. starting in 1919, leading to an internal struggle that almost became a civil war, a long story we will skip here, suffice it to say that Eastern European Jewish immigrants mainly split on the pro-Soviet side, which was both good and bad, since Jews are the brainiest group on Earth, and their mass immigration really made the U.S. a world power even though the old WASP Puritan establishment groaned under their promotion of sin in entertainment for profit, culminating in our second national capital Hollyweird. The net result was the decade of the 1930s, where the world became a horror show of fascist govts. in Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S., under American-style populist dictator-pres. #32 (1933-45) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), who led the A-Team to defeat the Axis of Germany-Italy-Japan by allying with Stalin to keep the closet Commies at home happy, how about all them patriotic Hollyweird anti-Nazi flicks. After helping finance his election, Joe Sr. was paid back with the chairmanship of the new watchdog U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1934-5, allowing him to keep his millions while getting in charge of rivals to shut them out from his elite circle, sounds like the Obama era.
Speaking of the Irish Mafia (Mob), made famous in the 1928 book by journalist Herbert Asbury (1889-1963) titled The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld and the 2002 film Gangs of New York by dir. Martin Scorsese (1942-), they owned New York until the arrival of the Italian (Sicilian) Mafia and the Jewish Mafia. By 1925 after the Irish fought among themselves, the Italians took over the waterfront, but the Irish Mafia still had Boston and Philly, with an ideal position for rum running, go like a pro, while the Jewish Mafia could play them off against each other when they forgot about the Catholic-Jewish thang. Snazzy-dressing Jewish mob boss Arnold "the Brain" Rothstein (1882-1928) transformed the Jewish Mafia into a corporate enterprise, fixing the 1919 World Series, and Russian-born Meyer Lansky (Suchowljanski) (1902-83) took over where he left off, founding Las Vegas and getting involved with the rackets in Cuba until Castro kicked them out, causing them to plot his overthrow. Of course, conspiracy theorists later accused any or all of these mafias with involvement in the JFK assassination, turning out every permutation, and gaining traction with the televised assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Italian mobster Jack Ruby, you are a business pro, executive of efficiency, you can spot a phony a mile away, spin the roulette wheel, the total of the numbers always comes to 666.
Speaking of fighting Commies and organized crime, in 1935 rabid anti-Communist (closet gay?) John Edgar Hoover (1895-1972), later called "that old cocksucker" by Richard Nixon, who first made his name back in 1919 fighting the Red Scare, and on May 10, 1924 became dir. #6 of the Justice Dept.'s Bureau of Investigation (founded in 1908 to raid whorehouses to enforce the Mann "White Slave Traffic" Act), refounded it as the FBI, and became its first dir. until his death, surviving one president after another and staying in power by blackmailing them with his infamous (mythical?) X-Files (founded 1946) of dirt, speedy cash, your cash right now. For decades Hoover ignored the mobs in his monomaniac drive to fight Communism, which spilled over into a vendetta against Martin Luther King Jr., whom he thought was a Commie, and Vietnam War protesters for ditto. Maybe he was in er, bed with the mob somehow, or they could prove his weakness for feasting on panther meat and kept him in check, or maybe their work with the U.S. govt. against Castro gave them a pass, but after the French Connection got busted in the 1970s, they finally went after the American mobs and locked the bosses up by the end of the cent., which only made room for Mexican, Asian, Russian and other foreign mafias to move in, how about that naked woman hung on an overpass, at least the old mobs had some class.
In 1929 Joseph P. Kennedy bought a house in Hyannis Port, Mass., which grew into the world-famous Kennedy compound, and was opened to the public in 2009 after the death of Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy Sr. (b. 1932).
On July 10, 1935 Bell Aircraft Corp. (later Bell Aerospace) in Buffalo, N.Y. is founded by Mentone, Ind.-born Lawrence Dale "Larry" Bell (1894-1956), manufacturing the "Bomber Destroyer" YFM-1 Airacuda twin-engine fighter (first flight Sept. 1, 1937), the P-59 Airacomet (first flight Oct. 1,1942) (first U.S. jet fighter), and the P-63 Kingcroba (first flight Dec. 7, 1942), successor to the P-39; in 1941 they hire Paris, France-born helicopter designer Arthur Middleton Young (1905-95), who designs the Bell Model 30 (first flight June 26, 1943), and the Bell Model 47 (first flight Dec. 8, 1945), the first civilian helicopter; in 1960 it is acquired by Textron, with the Bell Helicopter Co. of Ft. Worth, Tex. manufacturing the Bell UH-1 "Huey" (originally HU-1) military helicopter (first flight Oct. 20, 1956), which is adopted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War (16K built); Young later goes philosopher, founding the Inst. for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley, Calif. in 1972.
Back to Joe Sr. In 1938-40 he got FDR to appoint him U.S. ambassador to Britain, which gave him a thrill since Irish were 9th class citizens there and now he had a red carpet to the top rungs, imagine the excitement in Vatican City. Too bad, being a rabid anti-Semite with loose lips who admired if not secretly supported Hitler (at least if he can block Jewish immigration he can keep them in Europe long enough to be disappeared perhaps, it's more than just oil, it's liquid engineering?), he bucked up-and-coming cigar-chomping house nudist rabid anti-Nazi PM (1940-5, 1951-5) (Jewish puppet or at least Jewish-backed) Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) by backing Nazi-appeasing PM (1937-40) (old-line WASP, see Chariots of Fire) Arthur Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), then stunk himself up more by acting like a defeatist and fleeing London during the Blitz. Actually, finding a way to avoid a second horrible world war was honorable, how about the U.S. paying to immigrate all European Jews to some federal land in Arizona or New Mexico while working with Hitler to help them establish the Jewish state of Israel as a bulwark against resurgent Islam and dropping the U.S. alliance with Stalin to buffer him off, then letting both dictators die and working to make their personality-regimes melt away like in Spain, no, it's way more complicated, them sinister Zionist world bankers started it, and wanted to force all of Jew-hating Christian Europe to kill itself off then make their pathetic religionless valueless descendants into their slaves, stop in the name of the law, you dropped your squeeze toy, look at the 2008-9 Stimulus, it's all in a dog day's work, I get it now. But the way outclassed Joe Sr. played it he stunk it all up, setting back his program of getting a son into the White House for 20 years. Maybe it would only have been 15 years, but he stunk himself up again by allying with alcoholic rabid anti-Communist Repub. Wisc. Sen. (1947-57) (fellow Irish Catholic) Joseph Raymond McCarthy (1908-57) in 1950, getting him to hire son RFK in 1953, which put brother Sen. JFK in a dilemma when the Senate was about to censure him, choosing to hide in a hospital during the censure vote on Dec. 2, 1954 (he was condemned but not actually censured, first thing we need is a tow wrench from Mancini's). Joe Sr. never repudiated McCarthy, who once dated his daughter Patricia Kennedy. Obviously McCarthy was a front for the Vatican, but later investigations have vindicated him that the U.S. govt. and Hollyweird were indeed infiltrated bigtime by Commies, some of them agents of Soviet Paradise Chairman Stalin, and a large percentage of them er, Jewish, uh-oh, better get Maaco. By Nov. 1954 all 81 of the people on his famous Feb. 20, 1950 List of Communists in the U.S. Govt. had left the govt., and on June 27, 1956 State Dept. security chief (1953-7) Robert Walter Scott McLeod (1914-61) drew up his own list of 847 more suspected security leaks in his dept., firing 300 of them on suspicion of being Comsymps (Commie sympathizers), let's shift this rescue into overdrive. You guessed it, by the time of the JFK assassination the govt. was cleansed of Commies, so if it was a govt. conspiracy it couldn't be by them, could it?
Speaking of conflicted American fatcats with sympathies for Herr Hitler, George H.W. Bush's father Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895-1972) made his fortune by financing Adolf Hitler, along with banking partners William Averell Harriman (1891-1986) and Edward Roland Noel Harriman (1895-1978), who were all members of the infamous Scroll & Key Society at Yale U. (founded 1841). In 1934 they hired atty. John Foster Dulles (1888-1959) (brother of Allen Welsh Dulles) to help them cover up improprieties with their ownership of Consolidated Silesian Steel Corp. and Upper Silesian Coal and Steel Co. Too bad, Prescott got his holdings in the Union Banking Corp. stripped by the U.S. govt. in Oct. 1942 under the 1917 U.S. Trading with the Enemy Act, which didn't stop him from getting it back after the war, using the loot to back Eisenhower and Nixon, then fight against pinko JFK, getting his son George H.W. Bush into the CIA followed by the White House, how convenient that lone gunman Oswald Wabbit got JFK out of the way, while on the day of the assassination GHW was in Dallas but couldn't ever remember it. Speaking of not remembering, Prescott and the Harrimans were powers behind CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System), which went with the govt. side of the JFK assassination coverup to the hilt, supplying ready stooge Dan Rather as needed, see below, and we know what it means to serve, let us serve you.
Meanwhile on Sept. 11, 1941 ground was broken for the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. near Washington, D.C. on Hell's Bottom, an abandoned railyard, and supervised by Gen. Leslie Richard Groves (1896-1970), who later headed the Manhattan Project; it was dedicated on Jan. 15, 1943. Before this, war was managed from 17 different locations around Washington, D.C., then consolidated in Foggy Bottom (built on a swamp known for its vapors), which was too small and ends up as the HQ of the State Dept.; FDR ordered the building of a temporary structure for the duration of the war, but the generals secretly appealed to Virginia's Congressional delegation for permanent funds. Guess what happens exactly 60 years later? The world's largest office bldg. (6.5M sq. ft.), the Pentagon has spawned endless theories of Occult Satanic Illuminati Takeover of the U.S., guess what happened 60 years later, is George Washington rolling over in his monument or what. Speaking of 9/11, on Sept. 11, 1941 American hero Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-74) gave a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, charging that "the British, the Jews and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to drag the U.S. into WWII, saying "Instead of agitation for war the Jewish groups in this country should be opposing it in every possible way, for they will be among the first to feel its consequences... Their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government." The media backlash caused him to go on the defensive and deny that he was anti-Semitic while hampering his efforts to keep the U.S. out of the war, and of course FDR had no problem getting what he wanted after the all-too-convenient Pearl Harbor Attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Speaking of 9/11 again, the post-JFK 9/11 Attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 saw Islamic terrorism come to America bigtime on daytime TV, which later was connected with the Sept. 11, 1683 Battle of Vienna that saw the last major Islamic push to take over Europe beaten back. While the threat of resurgent world Islam is very real, and al-Qaida seems to be the only suspect, if only them Twin Towers were attacked alone, and didn't fall down so easily, and there were no second attack on the Pentagon that might somehow have been staged by the U.S. itself with a missile, check back with me one day when I and Jesse Ventura figure it all out.
With the war as the pretext, FDR had no problem creating the fabled Military-Industrial Complex at jet speed as part of the patriotic war effort, turn in your nylons please. On June 13, 1942 the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was formed by William Joseph "Wild Bill" Donovan (1883-1959) to recruit anti-Hitler elements inside Germany as fifth columnists. After the war it recruited Nazis like Klaus Barbie (who fled to Argentina in 1951, followed by Brazil), Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, and Nazi scientists to help it fight the Soviet Union. On July 26, 1947 Pres. Truman signed the U.S. Nat. Security Act, to take effect on Sept. 18, unifying the Dept. of War (Army), Navy, and newly-formed Air Force into the Nat. Military Establishment (NME), with the Marine Corps staying under the Navy Dept. and the Coast Guard under the Dept. of the Treasury (shifted to the Navy Dept. during time of war). After the abbrevation NME sounded too much like enemy, the name was changed on Aug. 10, 1949 to Dept. of Defense. It also established the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Nat. Security Council (NSC), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Sept. to replace the Nat. Intelligence Authority and the Central Intelligence Group. On May 1, 1949 rear adm. Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetter (1897-1982) became dir. #3 of the CIA (until Oct. 7, 1950), going on to join super-secret Majestic-12 and help run the Roswell UFO coverup?. The CIA hired 1K Nazis for spying and intel during the Cold War? On Sept. 17, 1949 U.S. Navy secy. (since 1944) James Vincent Forrestal (1892-1949), the chief planner of defense unification became U.S. defense secy. #1 (until Mar. 28, 1949), giving it a paranoid dipstick baby-don't-stop-now anti-Communist mentality that spawned the Cold War policies of George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) and Paul Henry Nitze (1907-2004). The conspiracy theorists got more mojo from the strange sacking and death of Forrestal, who allegedly committed suicide at Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 22, 1949. On Sept. 18, 1949 William Stuart Symington Jr. (1901-88) (CEO of Emerson Electric Co., the world's largest manufacturer of airplane armament) became U.S. Air Force secy. #1 (until Apr. 24, 1950). In 1953 the CIA's secret MKUltra mind control project was authorized by new CIA dir. #5 (1953-61) (first civilian and longest serving) Allen Welsh Dulles (1893-1969), which went on to use humans as guinea pigs in an attempt to "crush the human psyche to the point that it would admit anything", "depatterning" and "psychic driving" patients by torturing them with electroshocks and drug-induced comas into a permanent coma etc.; in July 1963 it pub. the KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual; the tortures are run by Scottish-born psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron (1906-67), pres. of the Am. Psychiatric Assoc. (APA) in 1952-3. Meanwhile Dulles rose to the top of the U.S. spy chain.
Getting back to JFK, after graduating from Hahvahd, er, Harvard in 1940, JFK got his freeze-frame moment in the South Pacific, and founded the proud Kennedy tradition of water accidents when on Aug. 2, 1943 the U.S. Navy motor torpedo patrol boat PT-109 of Lt. John F. Kennedy (who was rejected by the U.S. Army in spring 1941 because of his bad back then had his daddy pull strings to get him in the U.S. Navy) sunk near New Georgia in the Solomon Islands after being rammed by Japanese destroyer IJN Amagiri (never recovered). After towing a wounded man to an island then making it to a 2nd island, he met two islanders and got a message out carved on a coconut that read "Eleven Alive Native Knows Port and Reefs Nauru Island", causing a rescue and making him a war hero, prepping his future political career. Maybe the idea of shooting his coconut, naw? In 1961 Robert John Donovan (1912-2003) pub. the bestseller PT-109: John F. Kennedy in World War II, about JFK's 9/11 on Aug. 2, 1943; makes the new pres. a bigger hero; funny how he has a habit of getting into fatal collisions?
On Dec. 30, 1942 Harvard historian Arthur Meier Schlesinger Sr. (1888-1965) gives the pres. address What Then Is the American, This New Man? for the annual meeting of the Am. Historical Assoc.; in 1954 he retires from Harvard U.; meanwhile his son Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. (1917-2007) carries on as a history prof. at Harvard U. in 1954-61 sans doctorate, eating up his daddy's tides theory and talking JFK into believing that it's time for the liberal mood in 1961-2.
On May 6, 1944 after his time in Britain paid off, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.'s Roman Catholic daughter Kathleen Agnes "Kick" Kennedy (1920-48) married British Anglican William John Robert Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington (1917-44), son and heir of the Duke of Devonshire at a local Registrar's office instead of church after both her mother Rose Kennedy and his father were opposed to the "mixed marriage", say it ain't so Joe. Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr. (b. 1915), heir apparent to the Kennedy clan was the only Kennedy family member to attend, and was killed 3 mo. later on Aug. 12 along with his co-pilot in an explosives-laden plane over England that detonated prematurely during a secret air mission to Normandy. Hartington was killed on Sept. 10 by a German sniper in Belgium, after which Kick remained in England and died in a plane crash in 1948. Having wasted all that time grooming Joe Jr. for the White House, Joe Sr. feverishly went to work grooming next-in-line JFK, do tires alone make a winner or does it take a whole lot more?
On Nov. 5, 1946 midterm elections gave the Repubs. control of the U.S. Senate and the House, while guess-who John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.) was elected to the House of Reps., I passed him again now I'm two full laps ahead.
On Nov. 2, 1948 (Tues.) the 1948 U.S. pres. election is held; 51.1% of the electorate votes for pres., and gives Truman 24.2M popular votes to Dewey's 22.0M (49.6% to 45.1%); Truman carries 28 states to 16 for Dewey (303 to 189 electoral votes); the Dems. also win both houses of Congress; Thurmond receives 1.2M popular votes, 4 Southern states and 39 electoral votes; Wallace receives 1.2M popular votes but no electoral votes; the combined third parties receive only 5.75% of the vote; the polls showed Dewey kicking Truman's ass, causing newspapers to be pre-printed with the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman", causing the clever to reply "Thomas E. Who?" as the arrogance of the prognostications causes Truman voters on the West Coast to flock to the polls and throw the election the other way; Gen. Eisenhower votes for Dewey, and later complements Truman for his "stark courage and fighting heart"; on Nov. 3 Pres. Truman gives the first televised pres. address from the White House (no tapes saved); on Nov. 2 despite lagging in the primary by 33.7% to 39.7%, Stonewall, Tex.-born Texas Rep. (since Apr. 10, 1937) Dem. Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) is elected to the U.S. Senate by 66.2% over Repub. Jack Porter after winning the primary over Tex. gov. #35 (since Aug. 4, 1941) Coke R. Stevenson by a suspicious 87 votes out of 988,295 cast, incl. 200 votes cast in alphabetical order in Jim Wells County, and using atty. Abe Fortas to get U.S. Supreme Court justice Hugo Black to overturn a federal district court ruling backed by Stevenson to remove his name from the gen. election ballot, causing him to become known as "Landslide Lyndon".
In 1948 the 81st U.S. Congress is elected, with Dem. majorities in both houses, becoming known for the "Class of 48" of future presidents, all having gone through the war together, fostering a lifelong bipartisan spirit: John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson. A coincidence that Ford's jersey number at the U. of Mich. (playing center) is 48? They all turned on JFK in 1963?
In 1949 after U.S. doctors Walter Freeman and James Watts adopted a technique pioneered in 1935 by Dr. Egas Moniz (1874-1955) of Portugal, who claimed a 30% success rate and became the country's first (only) Nobel Prize in Medicine winner for his barbaric "apple corer" (later ice pick) technique for prefrontal lobotomies, the first-ever U.S. lobotomy was performed on JFK's sister Rosemary (Rose Marie) Kennedy (1918-2005), which left her childlike and in need of institutionalization, sometimes having money backfires. By 1951 more than 18K lobotomies were performed in the U.S. alone, and they were not discontinued in favor of drug treatment until the 1960s.
On June 17, 1950 Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925-68) weds baby factory Ethel Skakel (1928-) of Greenwich, Conn; they have 11 children, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend (1951-) (lt. gov. of Md. 1995-), Joseph Patrick Kennedy II (1952-), Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. (1954-), David Anthony Kennedy (1955-84) (dies of an OD in a Palm Beach hotel), Mary Courtney Kennedy Hill (1956-), Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (1958-97) (dies playing football on skis in Aspen, Colo.), Kerry Kennedy Cuomo (1959-) (marries Andrew Cuomo, son of N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo), Christopher George Kennedy (1963-) (pres. of Merchandise Mart in Chicago), Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy (1965-), Douglas Harriman Kennedy (1967-), and Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy (1968-) (filmmaker).
On Mar. 10, 1952 after taking over in a bloodless coup against pres. Carlos Prio 3 mo. before scheduled elections, Fulgencio Batista (1901-73) becomes pres. #17 of Cuba (until Jan. 1, 1959), and on Mar. 27 the U.S. recognizes his govt.; too bad, Batista opens Cuba up bigtime to U.S. Mafiosi, incl. Meyer Lansky, Santo Trafficante, and Albert Anastasia, who turn Havana into Sin City, featuring fancy nightclubs incl. the Cabaret Tropicana (founded 1939), and bordellos and burlesque clubs featuring live sex, all managed by mobster Joseph "Hoboken Joe" Stassi (1906-2002); Sen. John F. Kennedy is allegedly given a good time by three Cuban hos while visiting late in the decade.
On Jan. 20, 1953 Repub. 5-star gen. Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) became U.S. pres. #34. Anti-Commie poker-playing Quaker Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) became U.S. vice-pres. #36 (youngest so far). Ike was the first U.S. pres. in the 20th. cent. without a double letter in his name, unless you count initials, and the first U.S. pres. to ride in a helicopter. Ike's favorite books were Zane Grey Westerns, since he once considered working as a cowboy in Argentina. Ike's Jehovah's Witnesses background was covered-up. During his administration, the U.S. was the cock of the rock and world policeman, profoundly safe yet suffering from nuclear paranoia and the Red Scare. At least nobody in the U.S. govt. could begin to conspire against the Great White Chief and get to first base.
On Mar. 5, 1953 the 25-year (since 1928) assassination-attempt-free reign of Joseph Stalin ("Koba") (b. 1879) was ended by his death at age 73 (6 weeks after the birth of TLW), four days after having a stroke in his Kremlin apt. during an all-night dinner with Beria, Malenkov, Bulganin and Khrushchev which paralyzed the right side of his body. His death was not announced until Mar. 6, after the piranhas fed. On Mar. 6 he was succeeded as PM by WWII aircraft and tank production chief Georgi Maximilianovich Malenkov (1902-88) (until 1958), with secret police chief Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria (1899-1953) as deputy PM (until July 10). Marshal Klimenti Efremovich Voroshilov (1881-1969) became pres. (until 1960). On Mar. 14 Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (1894-1971) replaced Malenkov as first secy. of the Soviet Communist Party, then moved up to head of the Central Committee on Sept. 7 after Beria put was out of the way.
JFK's regretted marred coitus with Margaret Coit leads directly to his assassination? In spring 1953 after Baruch's friend Joseph P. Kennedy ran her off, recent Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Louise Coit (1919-2003) gave an interview to horndog JFK for a new book about Camden, S.C.-born Jewish banker Bernard Mannes Baruch (1870-1965), and he ends up in her apt. making moves on her, to which she protests "This is only our first date. We have plenty of time", to which he replies "I can't wait, you see. I'm going to grab everything I want. You see, I haven't any time"; the next day she interviewed NYT columnist ("Dean of American Newsmen") Arthur Bernard Krock (1886-1974), a known sycophant of Joseph P. Kennedy who acted as his ghostwriter and as a secret lit. agent for JFK, who uttered the soundbyte: "John Kennedy - what a tragedy that boy is", explaining: "Don't you know he is going to die? His father told me that he had only four years to live."
On June 24, 1953 U.S. Sen. (D-Mass.) John F. Kennedy (b. 1917) and polished finishing school grad. socialite and Washington Times-Herald photographer Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Lee Bouvier (1929-94) announced their engagement. He had been dating feisty well-traveled actress Katherine Hepburn, but she wasn't considered First Lady material despite the great beejays. Jackie is the daughter of wealthy alcoholic stockbroker-socialite John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III (1891-1957) (Roman Catholic) and wealthy Irish-Am. socialite Janet Lee Bouvier (1907-89) (Episcopalian), who divorced the drunken philandering bum in 1940 and in 1942 married wealthy stockbroker-atty. (Standard Oil heir) Hugh Dudley Auchincloss Jr. (1897-1976). Jackie is the sister of Caroline Lee Radziwill (1933-). In 1951 she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in French lit. by George Washington U. On Sept. 12, 1953 (Sat.) the wedding of pure-classy Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929-94) and John Fitzgerald Kennedy (b. 1917) at St. Mary's Church in Newport, R.I. attracted enough internat. publicity to alter the planet's orbit; they honeymooned and saw their first movie (produced by Hearst) in the H-shaped 29-bedroom 40-bathroom Hearst Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., most expensive private home in the U.S., which is later seen in the 1972 film "The Godfather"; they went on to have 2 sons John "John-John" Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. (1960-99) and Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (1963-63) (who died at age 2 days), and 1 daughter Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (1957-), whose photo as a girl on a pony inspired Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.
Meanwhile in 1953 after losing his reelection to John F. Kennedy in a close race because of spending too much time supporting Ike's candidacy, former U.S. Sen. (R-Mass.) (1937-44, 1947-53) Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1902-85), grandson of U.S. Sen. (R-Mass.) (1893-1924) Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. (1850-1924) (who went on a tour of duty in WWII as a senator then was forced to resign to stay fighting) was appointed U.S. rep. to the U.N. (until 1960), with his position elevated to cabinet rank, becoming the longest-serving in that position (until ?). His granddaddy defeated JFK's granddaddy John F. Fitzgerald for the same Senate seat in 1916, and later in 1962 Lodge's son George Cabot Lodge was defeated for the same seat by JFK's brother Ted Kennedy. Lodge Sr. hated the League of Nations, but Lodge Jr. was pro-U.N., uttering the soundbyte "This organization is created to prevent you from going to Hell; it isn't created to take you to Heaven."
On Dec. 15, 1954 Santa-comes-on-Xmas-eve Walt Disney's Davy Crockett, starring Fess Parker (1924-) (a broad horizontal band across a shield?) debuted on TV (until Dec. 14, 1955), starting a children's craze for memorabilia, Coonskin Caps, and Lincoln Logs; "Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,/ Greenest state in the Land of the Free,/ Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree, /Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three./ Davy, Davy Crockett,/ King of the wild frontier". In 1954 JFK underwent major back surgery in New York City after being given last rites by a priest; while recuperating he launched a project to write a book to rival Winston Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, resulting in Profiles in Courage.
1956 was a pivotal year for JFK, starting on Jan. 1, 1956 with the pub. of Profiles in Courage (Pulitzer Prize); the lives of eight key U.S. Senators (JFK being #9?); suggested by a passage about John Quincy Adams in The Price of Union: The Influence of the American Temper on the Course of History (1950) by Am. journalist Herbert Sebastian Agar (1897-1980); forward by Columbia U. historian Joseph Allan Nevins (1890-1971), who joins colleague Henry Steele Commager (1902-98) in organizing Professors for Kennedy during the 1960 U.S. pres. election; ghostwritten by his Jewish-Am. advisor Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen (1928-2010); the jacket photo was taken in 1952 by Philippe Halsman; after lobbying by his daddy's lackey, NYT columnist Arthur Krock, it is awarded the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for biography; later JFK becomes the first U.S. pres. to win a Pulitzer Prize; "Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived."
On June 14, 1956 John F. Kennedy gave a Harvard Commencement Speech, emphasizing the need for scholars as well as politicians, but warning against giving too political power to experts "who ignore public opinion. Nor would I adopt from the Belgian constitution of 1893 the provision giving three votes instead of one to college graduates, or give Harvard a seat in the Congress as William and Mary was once represented in the Virginia House of Burgesses." On Aug. 13-17, 1956 the 1956 Dem. Nat. Convention in Chicago, Ill. nominated the 1952 losing candidate, erudite Ill. gov. #31 (1949-53) Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (1900-65) for pres. on the 1st ballot. After he declined to choose a running mate, coonskin cap-loving Tenn. Sen. (1949-63) Cary Estes Kefauver (1903-63) was chosen for vice-pres., but JFK nearly beat him, with Sen. Lyndon Johnson shouting "Texas proudly casts its vote for the fighting sailor who wears the scars of battle", until Mo. switched from Albert Gore Sr. to Kefauver. Kennedy appeared on the rostrum to make a short but charming concession speech, giving the country a look at handsome him. Starting with this one, a member of the Kennedy family addresses every Dem. Nat. Convention until the year ?. On Nov. 6, 1956 the U.S. pres. election that reelected Repub. pres. Eisenhower saw the voters wisely hedge their bets, and the Dems. gained control of both houses of Congress. After the election, JFK was told that he will easily win the 1960 vice-pres. nomination, to which he replied "I'm not running for vice-president any more, I'm now running for president."
On Aug. 13-17, 1956 the 1956 Dem. Nat. Convention at the Internat. Amphitheatre in South Side, Chicago, Ill. nominates the losing 1952 candidate, erudite Ill. gov. #31 (1949-53) Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (1900-65) for pres. on the 1st ballot; after he declines to choose a running mate, Tenn. Sen. Cary Estes Kefauver (1903-63) is chosen for vice-pres., but John F. Kennedy nearly beats him, with Sen. Lyndon Johnson shouting "Texas proudly casts its vote for the fighting sailor who wears the scars of battle", until Mo. switches from Albert Gore Sr. to Kefauver; Kennedy appears on the rostrum to make a short but charming concession speech, giving the country a look at handsome him; starting with this one, a member of the Kennedy family addresses every Dem. Nat. Convention until the year ?; Harry Truman emerges from retirement in an effort to get N.Y. Gov. W. Averell Harriman nominated, calling Stevenson a "conservative" who lacks "the kind of fighting spirit we need to win", and follows the "counsel of hesitation", succeeding only in making Stevenson all the more sure to lose in Nov.; Ike being untouchable, the Dems. decide to go after vice-pres. Nixon, Stevenson calling him "shifty", "rash", "inexperienced, and a "man of many masks"; after the convention ends, JFK sells his Hickory Hill retreat in McLean, Va. (built in 1840, and purchased in 1955 from Supreme Court justice Robert H. Jackson) to his brother RFK, who raised his family there until his death; on Aug. 20-23 the 1956 Repub. Nat. Convention at the Cow Palace in Daly City (near San Francisco, Calif.) renominates Eisenhower and Nixon; only Terry McGovern Carpenter (1900-78) of Neb. votes against Nixon, casting his vice-pres. vote for a mythical "Joe Smith"; Nat King Cole sings "That's All There Is To That" at the convention to show support for Ike, and later attends the 1960 Dem. Nat. Convention in support of JFK, then attends his inaugural ball; in his acceptance speech Ike berates liberal columnists, bringing the delegates to their feet; the next day newspapers are filled with passionate defenses of freedom of the press, but the Conservative resentment of liberal journalists is finally out in the open; the Repub. campaign slogan is "Peace, Progress, Prosperity", and Stevenson alienates voters by calling for a "new look" at U.S. defenses, incl. nukes, and "ending the draft"; the 1956 Repub. Platform is surprisingly liberal, supporting equal pay for women, the minimum wage, protection for unions, asylum for refugees et al.
In 1957 the U.S. Senate labor industry McClellan (Valachi) Hearings, chaired by U.S. Sen. (D-Ark.) (1943-77) John Little McClellan (1896-1977) began, putting Teamsters leader James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa (1913-75) on trial for corruption and mob connections, with grilling by up-and-coming atty. Robert F. Kennedy. In 1957 the Teamsters were expelled from the AFL-CIO after Hoffa refused to expel criminals and the Teamsters refused to expel Hoffa, who tripled their wages during his tenure and was super-popular. In 1962-3 Joseph "Joe Cargo" Valachi (1903-71) testified, giving the first public evidence of the existence of the Mafia AKA La Cosa Nostra, before which the feds were playing dumb. Although the Kennedy brothers didn't actually go after the Mafia itself with Hoffa, they did go after some mobsters connected with him, pissing the whole mob off, causing mob-connected daddy Joe Sr. to stump like hell. But when they went right at the Mafia with Valachi, the boilerplate blew, although by then they were in the White House and seemingly untouchable. Would they plot to assassinate JFK, or just send a mob hitman to kill Oswald to spare poor Jackie some grief? Hand me a triple hanky. Or maybe just take orders from the CIA to bump their man off, they say glasses make you look smarter.
In June 1958 a Gallup poll showed Richard Nixon leading Adlai Stevenson for the first time in popularity, and in a dead heat with JFK, becoming Nixon's high point of popularity for the entire decade. On Nov. 4, 1958 U.S. nat. elections were a disaster for the Repubs., and JFK won the U.S. Senate race by a margin of 874,608 votes, the largest in any senate race that year. In Sept. 1959 Robert F. Kennedy quit the Senate Rackets Committee to become the pres. campaign chmn. for his bro' JFK.
In 1958 JFK pub. A Nation of Immigrants, which coined the term "a nation of immigrants" for the U.S., and called for liberalization of immigration laws. He was revising it when he was assassinated, and it was republished in 1964, after which his brother Ted Kennedy used his super political powers to get the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act passed, which abolished the 1924 National Origins Formula, and ended up filling the U.S. with tens of millions of poor people, and worse, Muslims who had no desire to assimilate but thought of themselves as the vanguard of an invasion?
On Jan. 1, 1959 Cuban dictator (since 1952) Fulgencio Batista fled, and Fidel Castro (1926-) became ruler (until 2008) of Cuba, "the Paris of the Caribbean", marching into Havana after a 7-day 600 mi. march of triumph down Central Highway, saluting their leader "El Caballo" (the Horse). On Jan. 5 Castro's old chum Jose Miro (Miró) Cardona (1902-74) became PM of Cuba, but on Feb. 13 he unexpectedly resigned, and was replaced by Castro, who appointed him Cuban ambassador to Spain. After rejecting Castro's policies he resigned in July, fled to the Argentine embassy, then to the U.S. in late 1960. On Jan. 7 the U.S. recognized Castro, touting the handsome, dark, cigar-chomping (Montecristo brand, 50 cents each) commandante as the George Washington of Cuba, and undoubtedly anti-Communist when he uttered the soundbyte "Power does not interest me, and I will not take it. From now on the people are entirely free.". On Jan. 21 he named his younger brother Raul Castro (1931-) (a hard-line Communist) as his successor, saying "Behind me are others more radical than I." Of course Castro kicked the mob out, ruining one of their top money-making concessions and causing them to vow to bump him off. The Feb. issue of the John Birch Society's American Opinion exposed Castro as a "vicious, lying, brutal, murdering Communist", which later gained them credibility when he came out of the closet and made a monkey out of the Eisenhower admin., despite a confidential memo from vice-pres. Nixon that he was "incredibly naive about Communism or under Communist discipline."
Well, congratulations everyone for making it to the nincompoop. On Oct. 15, 1959 former U.S. Marine (since Oct. 1956) Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-63), who spent his boyhood in La., New York City, and Tex. with his widowed mother Marguerite Claverie Oswald (1907-81), and allegedly became a Marxist at age 15 before (non-sequitur?) joining the Marines at age 17 and attaining a sharpshooter rating on the M1, then got assigned to Atsugi Naval Air Facility in Japan, a CIA base for U-2 spy planes flying over the Soviet Union (where he was known as Ozzie Rabbit for being undersized and Oswaldskovich for his Communism), then suddenly got a hardship discharge to take care of his mother, visited her for three days in Ft. Worth, Tex., then took off to Back to the U.S.S.R., arrived in Moscow as a tourist, described himself as "Communist to the marrow", and applied the next day for political asylum, announcing that he will never return to the U.S. After they allegedly refused to grant him Soviet citizenship on Oct. 21, he allegedly sliced his left wrist in his hotel room bathtub, then on Oct. 31 went to the U.S. embassy and renounced his U.S. citizenship, handing them his passport, after which in Nov. they flip-flopped and gave him an entry-level job in Minsk, Belarus at the Gorizont (Horizon) Electronics Factory, along with a nice subsidized heavily-bugged studio apt. and extra rubles as a propaganda ploy, assigning 20 KGB agents to his case, all causing the Marines to change his discharge from hardship/honorable to undesirable.
On Jan. 18, 1960 CIA officials, incl. Everett Howard Hunt Jr. (1918-2007) (the mastermind of the 1972 Watergate break-ins) met near the Lincoln Memorial in the office of Cuban Task Force dir. Charles Tracy Barnes (1911-72) (who was fired from the CIA in July 1966 by new CIA dir. Richard Helms), and established Operation 40, consisting of 40 Cuban exiles trained to assassinate Fidel Castro. The group was run by vice-pres. Richard Nixon, and funded by a group of Texas oilmen headed by George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) and Jack Alston Crichton (1916-2007). On Mar. 17 Pres. Eisenhower authorized the program. Operatives included Cuban exile Felix Ismael Rodriguez Mendigutia (1941-), who later was involved with the 1967 interrogation and execution of Che Guevara, and surfaced again with ties to George H.W. Bush during the 1986 Iran-Contra Affair. Its first successful operation was blowing up the Belgian-flagged La Coubre arms ship in Havana Bay on Mar. 4, 1960. Operation 40 members later surfaced as the 1972 Watergate burglars, and were suspected of involvement in the 1963 JFK assassination. Did washed-up Nixon supply the JFK assassination team to get rid of a pinko pres. in return for a political resurrection and future presidency? Stay tuned. After his arms supply ship blew up, Castro held a rally the same day blaming saboteurs, where Castro's official photographer Alberto Korda (Alberto Diaz Gutierrez) (1928-2001) snapped a Photo of Che Guevara, which became an icon, with millions of copies sold and hung on dorm room walls in the U.S. and elsewhere. Meanwhile in Jan. 1960 German-born Marita Lorenz (1939-), who had been hooking up with Fidel Castro since 1959 was involved in an assassination attempt on him by the CIA, run by Frank Anthony Sturgis (1924-93), who allegedly met with Lee Harvey Oswald in Miami, Fla. before the JFK assassination, according to Jim Buchanan. In Aug. 1960 exiled Cuban politician (PM in 1948-50) Manuel Antonio de Varona y Loredo (1908-92) struck a deal with Mafia boss Meyer Lansky to back his CIA-sponsored Cuban govt.-in-exile in return for backing the reopening of his gambling empire. In Oct. 1960 after failing to incite civil war to overthrow Fidel Castro via Operation 40, the CIA sponsored the creation of Brigade 2506, consisting 1,511 Cuban exiles who were trained to invade Cuba in the Bay of Pigs Invasion in Apr. 1961.
On Jan. 2, 1960 JFK announced his candidacy for the Dem. pres. nomination, with the slogan "The New Generation Offers a New Leader", uttering the soundbyte "The presidency is the most powerful office in the free world. Through its leadership can come a more vital life for all of our people. In it are centered the hopes of the globe around us for freedom and a more secure life." He adds that he won't accept the vice-presidency as an option. Liberal Harvard-educated closet-gay columnist Joseph Wright Alsop V (1910-89) calls him an "[Adlai] Stevenson with balls." Frank Sinatra campaigned for him, backfiring when his swinging lifestyle and Mafia connections were used as ammo by Repubs. JFK closes each speech with the Robert Frost quote: "But I have promises to keep,/ And miles to go before I sleep,/ And miles to go before I sleep". That last mile was a doozy? On May 10, 1960 after his 4-1 margin over Hubert Humphrey flopped to 3-2 against when the Wisc. primary brought up the religion issue, and hostility by Eleanor Roosevelt was countered by mailing 50K letters signed by FDR Jr. that claimed that Humphrey avoided military service in WWII, John F. Kennedy won the Dem. primary by 3-2 in supposedly anti-Catholic W. Va., after which Humphrey ran out of money and dropped out of the pres. race. Rich Kennedy went on to win in Md., Ind., and Ore, locking up 550 of 761 delegate votes by June 27. On July 11-15, 1960 (Mon.-Fri.) the 1960 Dem. Nat. Convention was held in Los Angeles, Calif.. Despite a nominating speech for egghead Adlai E. Stevenson by Minn. Sen. Eugene McCarthy, backed by Eleanor Roosevelt, and more opposition from Sen. Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson, on July 13 (167 years after Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday in 1893) 43-y.-o. Mass. Sen. John F. Kennedy was nominated for pres. on the 1st ballot with 806 votes (youngest pres. candidate and 2nd Catholic pres. candidate in U.S. history after Alfred E. Smith in 1928), giving his New Frontier Acceptance Speech, mentioning a "New Frontier - the frontier of the 1960s - the frontier of unknown opportunities and perils - the frontier of unfulfilled hopes and unfilled threats... It sums up, not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them"; "Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. Abroad, the balance of power is shifting. New and more terrible weapons are coming into use. One-third of the world may be free, but one-third is the victim of a cruel repression, and the other third is rocked by poverty and hunger and disease. Communist influence has penetrated into Asia, it stands in the Middle East, and now festers some ninety miles off the coast of Florida. Friends have slipped into neutrality and neutrals have slipped into hostility. As our keynoter reminded us, the President who began his career by going to Korea ends it by staying away from Japan"; he ends with "Give me your help and your hand and your voice." Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger uttersedthe soundbyte that if JFK is elected she will "find another place to live". Kess-than-clean Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for vice-pres. to strengthen the Dem. ticket in the South. Why Johnson accepted a step-down in power to become vice-pres. remains a matter of speculation, unless you subscribe to the conspiracy theory that he waited in the wings at JFK's assassination. LBJ later attacked JFK's father Joseph P. Kennedy (one of the 12 richest men in the U.S., who used his dough to help his son win every primary) at a press conference, saying "My father never carried an umbrella for Chamberlain", which made Robert Kennedy forever hate his guts. Kennedy's campaign theme was that U.S. prestige is slipping and Americans must move ahead. "K-E-Double-N-E-D-Y/ Jack's the nation's favorite guy/ Everyone wants to back Jack/ Jack is on the right track." 7M new Dem. voters were registered vs. only 3M Repub. voters.
In Apr. 1960 Guns mag. pub. the article Know Your Lawmakers, in which lifetime NRA member JFK uttered the soundbyte: "By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia,' the 'security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."
On May 1, 1960 (Sun.) (Mayday) (6 weeks after Lee Harvey Oswald arrived in the Soviet Union) the U.S. Lockheed U-2 spy plane (sortie #4154 of Operation Overflight, commanded by Col. William M. Shelton, leaving at 3:26 a.m. Moscow time) piloted by beefy crew-cut Air Force 1st lt. Francis Gary Powers (1929-77) (salary $30K/year) was shot down at 65K ft. alt. by 14 Soviet S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline) SAMs over the Soviet Union near Degtyarsk (near Sverdlovsk) (the Russian Ruhr) in the Urals (1.3K mi. from the Soviet-Afghan border) on a spy run from Badaber (near Peshawar), Pakistan to Bodo, Norway (1st overflight since Apr. 9, 2nd U-2 overflight since last Oct., and 1st attempt to cross the entire Soviet Union, personally approved by Eisenhower). Powers wasn't shot down but defected? The incident caused the B-70 Valkyrie high altitude Mach 3 nuclear bomber program (begun in 1957) to be cancelled in 1961, causing the B-52 to be forced to keep on keeping on. Powers was flying U-2 #360, known to be a "dog" with faulty fuel tanks, and waits 56 min. on the flight line waiting for final White House approval. He parachuted onto a large state farm and is held by farmers at gunpoint until the KGB arrived. On May 5 (Thur.) after NASA issued a coverup report about an aircraft missing N of Turkey, claiming pilot oxygen difficulties, Khrushchev reported the true incident in a 3.5 hour speech in the Supreme Soviet, calling it a "spy plane", after which the same day the U.S. responded by lying that it was a weather observation plane that may have "strayed" over the Russian border, not realizing that the plane had been captured almost intact along with its photographic equipment after Powers failed to activate the self-destruct mechanism before parachuting out. On May 7 Khrushchev sprung his trap, revealing that Powers was captured "alive and kicking", and had made a "complete confession", calling his mission "an agressive act" by the U.S. "aimed at wrecking the summit", with the soundbyte "Now just look how many silly things [the Amerikanskies] have said", raising a big stink which causes lasting injury to U.S.-Soviet relations. Powers was carrying the "silver dollar" containing an instant-death curare-tipped needle, but whimped out and didn't use it. On May 6 Lincoln White of the U.S. State Dept. issued an official coverup, with the soundbyte: "There was absolutely no deliberate intention to violate Soviet airspace, and there has never been.". On May 9 Khrushchev warned that any country allowing U.S. spy planes will be attacked by Soviet rockets. On May 11 Ike belatedly assumed personal responsibility for all U-2 flights, and K-Shoe responded by displaying the plane wreckage and uttering the soundbyte "The Russian people would say I was mad to welcome a man who sends spy planes over here." On May 15 Ike suspended future U-2 flights. On May 16 the Four-Nation Summit (U.S., U.K., Soviet Union, France) in the Elysee Palace in Paris began, but collapsed after Khrushchev accused Ike of "treachery" and "bandit" acts, demanded an apology, then demanded it be postponed for 6 mo. and walked out on both shoes. On May 17 at 5 p.m. the summit ended after Ike refused to apologize. On May 18 Khrushchev told a press conference attended by 3K that the U.S. is "thief-like", "piratical", and "cowardly". On July 8 the Soviets charged Powers wth espionage, and he pled guilty on Aug. 17, saying "I have a sackful of pride", er, "I am sincerely sorry that I had anything to do with this." On Aug. 19 he was convicted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison, then exchanged on Feb. 10, 1962 after 17 mo. for English-born German-Russian Soviet spy Col. Rudolf Abel (Vilyam Genrikhovich "Willie" Fisher) (1903-71) at the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, Germany, after which he worked for Lockheed as a test pilot until being laid off in 1970. On his way home Ike visits Lisbon to honor Portugal's 71-y.-o. dictator (since 1931) Antonio de Oliveira Salazar (1889-1970). Powers' survival pack, incl. 7.5K rubles plus jewelry to give women ended up on display with the plane wreck at the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow, although a small piece of the plane was returned to the U.S. Did the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) stab Ike in the back to kill the summit by feeding U-2 radar secrets to the Soviets through Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) double-agent Lee Harvey Oswald, who worked at Atsugi U-2 Air base in Japan before defecting to the Soviet Union, and was later allowed to return to the U.S. without arrest and then later used as the patsy when the MIC bumped JFK off?
Meanwhile on July 25-28, 1960 the 1960 Repub. Nat. Convention in Chicago, Ill. nominated 47-y.-o. vice-pres. Richard M. Nixon (a Quaker) for pres., and former Mass. Sen. (1936-44) and U.S. U.N. rep. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. for vice-pres. Nixon gave his 1960 Acceptance Speech, with the soundbye "Let's first examine what our opponents offered in Los Angeles two weeks ago. They claimed theirs was a new program, but you know what it was? It was simply the same old proposition that a political party should be all things to all men, and nothing more than that. And they... promised everything to everybody, with one exception: they didn't promise to pay the bill." Nixon's campaign theme was hard-line anti-Communism, free enterprise, and individual responsibiity (and licking the feet of the Military-Industrial Complex). Lodge was chosen to divert JFK's resources to his home state of Mass., plus to contrast his U.N. experience with JFK's inexperience, but alienated the South by pledging (without his prior approval) that Nixon will name at least one black to a cabinet post. Ike called Kennedy "that boy" (a young upstart), but stabbed Tricky Dicky Nixon in the back by saying "Dick just isn't presidential timber." "Come and click with Dick/ The one that none can lick/ He's the man to lead the U.S.A./ So let's all click with Dick". That's do or don't lick Dick?
On Sept. 12, 1960 pres. candidate JFK addressed the Greater Houston Ministerial Assoc. in Tex., and drew applause when he said that he believes in the complete separation of church and state, and that if he ever felt conflicted he would resign, with the soundbyte: "Because I am a Catholic and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured, perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again, not what kind of church I believe in for that should be important only to me, but what kind of America I believe in. I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be a Catholic) how to act and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote, where no church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him."
On Sept. 26, 1960 candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon (both former WWII naval officers from the Swing Generation) met in Chicago, Ill. in the First Kennedy-Nixon Debate, the first-ever televised U.S. presidential debate, carried by all three U.S. networks, and hosted by Howard Kingsbury Smith (1914-2002) of CBS-TV. "60 Minutes" creator Donald S. "Don" Hewitt (1922-2009) was exec producer. On Sept. 26 Fidel Castro gave the longest speech in U.N. history (4 hrs. 29 min.), during which he called JFK "an illiterate and ignorant millionaire." More debates followed on Oct. 7, Oct. 13 and Oct. 21. 3M out of 4M viewers who were swayed by the debates went with JFK. On Oct. 7 after he refused makeup, the debate showed unpowdered Nixon sweaty and nervous, causing TV viewers to go for JFK for his cool looks and disposition rather than substance, even though radio listeners went with Nixon, setting the model for future debates. Kennedy's Catholicism caused many Americans to vote on religious lines, even though he claimed "I am not the Catholic candidate for president." Kennedy was coached by future "Bonnie and Clyde" dir. Arthur Hiller Penn (1922-2010) to look directly at the camera and keep his responses brief and pithy. to look directly at the camera and keep his responses brief and pithy; too bad, Kennedy, who runs to the right of Nixon when it comes to a hardline stance on the Soviets lies during the debates that there is a U.S-Soviet "missile gap", when actually the Soviets have 300 and the U.S. has 6K; if Ike had announced that there is no missile gap then Nixon would have won the election?; he also lies about his intentions about Cuba without actually lying, with the soundbyte: "The Republicans have allowed a Communist dictatorship to flourish eight jet minutes from our borders. We must support anti-Castro fighters. So far these freedom fighters have received no help from our government."
In Sept. 1960 U.S. Cuba-based Mafia bosses Salvatore "Sam the Cigar" "Momo" "Mooney" Giancana (Giangana) (1908-75) of Chicago and Santo Trafficante Jr. (1914-87) of Fla. are contacted by CIA go-between Robert Aime Maheu (1917-2008) about assassinating Fidel Castro, and after Giancana suggests it they unsuccessfully try getting poison pills slipped into his food - they hadn't invented Pop Rocks yet?
On Oct. 1, 1960 Alan Jay Lerner (1918-86) and Frederic Loewe (1901-88) debut their musical Camelot at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto, followed on Dec. 3 by the Majestic Theatre in New York, closing on Jan. 5, 1963 after 873 perf.; based on the 1958 T.H. White novel "The Once and Future King"; Richard Burton's only appearance in a musical, as King Arthur; also stars Julie Andrews as Queen Guinevere, Roddy McDowell as Mordred, Robert Goulet as Sir Lancelot, and John Cullum as Sir Dinadan in their first Broadway roles; pres.-elect JFK attends a perf., launching the Camelot legend of his admin.
Destiny: Shoes? Shoe Day, 10-12-60 (10/2 x 12 = 60)? On Oct. 12, 1960 (Wed.) (Shoe Day) (15th anniv. session) after Soviet PM Shoechev, er, Khrushchev got away with interrupting a speech by British PM Harold Macmillan twice on Sept. 29 by pounding his fists and shouting in Russian (causing Macmillan to ask U.N. Gen. Assembly pres. Frederick Henry Boland (1904-85) of Ireland that he would like a translation), he ramps it up to the next level by waving and pounding his table with his right shoe during a U.N. Gen. Assembly speech by Filipino delegate Lorenzo Sumulong (1905-97), after he said that the Soviet resolution condemning Western imperialism should be viewed with the shoe on the other foot when it comes to their domination of Eastern Europe, uttering the rejoinder "You're a hooligan and stooge of imperialism", causing an adjournment - Bun-dy, Bun-dy?
On Nov. 8, 1960 (Tue.) after a campaign marked by slogans such as "Nixon Nixon, he's our man, Kennedy belongs in the trash can" (and vice-versa), the 1960 U.S. pres. election saw John F. Kennedy defeat Richard M. Nixon by only 113,057 votes out of 69M cast (34,227,096 to 34,108,546) (303 to 219 electoral votes). Nixon wins Ohio but lost the election, a rarity. Vote tampering was suspected, and rightly so, as the Mafia came through for old man Kennedy in Chicago, Ill., stuffing the ballot box, although Ill. has only 27 electoral votes and Kennedy would win anyway, after which Nixon gamely announced that he would not demand a recount "for the good of the country".
In the early 1960s the Suite 8F Group (Crowd) of powerful conservative Dems. began meeting in the Lamar Hotel in Houston, Tex., forming the power center of the South for right-wing politicians and businessmen; members incl. LBJ and John Connally; if there was a conspiracy to kill JFK they had to be involved up to their necks?
Monday morning couldn't guarantee what? On Jan. 17, 1961 (Tues.) outgoing U.S. Pres. Eisenhower delivers Ike's Farewell Address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., which is broadcast live on radio and TV, coining the phrase "Military-Industrial Complex" (MIC), with the soundbytes: "I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight. Happily, I can say that war has been avoided", and that the Cold War is a "prolonged and complex struggle with liberty at stake"; He then throws conspiracy theorists a bone with "This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience", concluding "In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military-Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist"; the MIC then does just what he warned, and gets away with it?; as Pres. Eisenhower leaves office, there are only 900 "advisers" in Vietnam.
On Jan. 20, 1961 salesman Oscar Deslatte and mgr. Fred Sewell of the Bolton Ford Dealership in New Orleans, La. are visited by two members of the anti-Castro Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the first, Joseph Moore, orders 10 trucks on the condition of a special discount for a nonprofit org., telling Deslatte to put the 2nd man's name on the bid, Oswald; the Jan. 6 articles of incorporation list Oswald, ex-FBI agent W. Guy Banister, and steamship shipping co. owner Gerard F. Tujague, who employed Lee Harvey Oswald as a messenger from Nov. 10, 1955 - Jan. 14, 1956. The trucks were to be used in the Bay of Pigs invasion?
Knocking on Heaven's Door, or Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, or King Arthur and the Days of Camelot come to the White House, only to be defeated by the mean Dragon of the MIC? On Jan. 20, 1961 (Fri.) 43-y.-o. charisma-maximus Mass.-born Harvard-educated WWII Navy PT-boat hero (first to be knocked-off by the Military-Industrial Complex?) John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (1917-63) becomes the 35th U.S. pres. (until Nov. 22, 1963) in the 51st U.S. Pres. Inauguration in Washington, D.C. (youngest pres. until?) (first Boy Scout pres.) (first Gemini pres.) (first pres. with an air-conditioned limo) (continues the tradition of all Mass.-born presidents being born in Norfolk County, incl. John Adams and John Quincy Adams); "from a medical standpoint, he was a mess", having been hospitalized more than three dozen times and given last rites 3x; snowiest inauguration (8 in. of snow) until ?; Robert Frost delivers his poem The Gift Outright ("The land was ours before we were the land's"); Stonewall, Tex.-born U.S. Sen. (D-Tex.) (since Jan. 3, 1949) Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) becomes the 37th U.S. vice-pres. (until Nov. 22, 1963); JFK makes wearing hats uncool for decades to come?; the inaug. theme is "World Peace Through New Frontiers"; JFK's Inauguration Address, mainly written by his "intellectual blood bank" advisor Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen (1928-) (a Nebraskan with a Danish father and Russian Jewish mother), incl. the soundbytes: "The world is very different now, for man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe: the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty"; "Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all minkind? Will you join in that historic effort? In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility, I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for you country"; he adds "I now invite all nations, incl. the Soviet Union to join with us in developing a weather prediction program, in a new communications satellite program), and in preparation for probing the distant planets of Mars and Venus, probes which may someday unlock the secrets of the Universe"; on Jan. 21 JFK's brother Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925-68) becomes U.S. atty.-gen., with JFK explaining that it's "to give him... experience before he goes out to practice law" (which is OK despite nepotism because the Nixon Doctrine says that if the president does it it isn't illegal?); Yale U. grad Burke Marshall (1922-2003) is appointed by RFK as asst. atty.-gen. in charge of the U.S. Justice Dept.'s Civil Rights Div. (until Dec. 1964), initially chosen because he's not a known civil rights leader and turning JFK off, who says "I have nothing in common with that man", but who later distinguishes himself by using the U.S. govt. power to regulate interstate commerce as the tool to force black civil rights on states rather than the more obvious 14th Amendment; Dem. Pierre Emil George Salinger (1925-2004) (Jewish father, French Catholic mother) becomes White House press. secy., continuing with LBJ after JFK's death; Repub. Clarence Douglas (Douglass) Dillon (1909-2003) becomes treasury secy. #57 (until 1965); after turning down the treasury secy. job, Oakland, Calif.-born Repub. Robert Strange McNamara (1916-2009) ("an IBM machine with legs") (whose portrait resembles actor James Stewart crossed with a Scottish Terrier and Giant Poodle?) (pres. of Ford Motor Co. for five weeks, first who wasn't a descendant of Henry Ford, one of the Ford Whiz Kids, known for his slicked-back hair, frameless glasses, and statistical-quoting technocrat approach, who made the decision to dump the Edsel, and takes a $3M pay cut to take the $25K-a-year govt. job after visiting JFK in a snowstorm and telling him he has no experience and isn't qualified, to which JFK responds that he had no experience as pres. either but that didn't stop him) becomes U.S. defense secy. #8 (until Feb. 29, 1968) (first to exert civilian control over the military) (the Defense Dept. soaks up 10% of the GDP, and 50% of the federal budget), going on to see the U.S. and Soviet Union come to the brink of nuclear war 3x; Athens, Ga.-born "Cold War, hell it was a hot war"; Rockefeller Foundation head (a Dem. from Ga., who only takes the job after he gets a partial pension) David Dean Rusk (1909-94) becomes U.S. secy. of state #54 (until Jan. 20, 1969) after JFK snubs his too-liberal campaign foreign policy advisor Chester Bliss Bowles (1901-86) (Conn. gov. #78 in 1941-51) (who becomes undersecy., and is fired before the end of the year) for a conservative figurehead who gives an appearance of not appeasing the Commies, although Rusk is the odd man out in the admin. and a weak secy., and JFK really leans on his 25-year friend William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech (1918-85) (British ambassador to the U.S.) and seems to know more about British than U.S. society and foreign policy, esp. U.S. civil rights, and regards Gore's boss British PM Harold Macmillan as a surrogate father after his own daddy's stroke?; on Jan. 21 Jewish-Am. Dem. Conn. gov. #80 (since Jan. 5, 1955) Abraham Alexander Ribicoff (1910-98) becomes U.S. HEW secy. #4 (until July 13, 1962); JFK goes hatless to his inaguration, and starts the trend toward 2-button suits? (easier to get out of when making out?); JFK favors John Wayne Westerns for White House viewing, and his favorite food is tomato soup with sour cream; he is a sex and drug (methamphetamime?) addict, which the press covers up; his two pet cats are named Kitten and Tom; First Lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier "Jackie" Kennedy (1929-94) (Secret Service codename: Lace) last year hired Paris-born Am. fashion designer Oleg Cassini Loiewski (1913-2006) to create her own look, and he decided that she looks Egyptian, "the Cleopatra of the modern era", making use of her broad shoulders, flat chest, thin hips and long torso, causing her to bite big and spend $100K on haute couture clothes this year alone; she smokes cigarettes even though she is never photographed with one; Des Moines, Iowa-born fashion designer Halston (Roy Halston Frowick) (1932-90) gains fame for designing the pillbox hat work by Jackie Kennedy at JFK's inauguration, going on to redefine Am. fashion for Am. women in the mid-1970s, using cashmere and ultrasuede in relaxed urban lifestyle clothing that can be worn the entire day on any occasion; JFK orders a copy of the Robert Preston exercise song Go, You Chicken Fat, Go sent to every U.S. school; in Nov. 1960 UPI correspondent Helen Thomas (1920-) (Greek Orthodox of Lebanese descent) is assigned to the White House, becoming known as "the Sitting Buddha", sitting in the front row and asking the first question, and beginning the tradition of ending all the conferences with "Thank you, Mr. President"; she resigns from UPI on May 17, 2000 after 57 years a day after News World Communications Inc., owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon acquires it, and joins Hearst Newspapers; after on-camera remarks about Jews needing to leave Palestine and go back to Europe surface, she retires on June 7, 2010. After the assassination, the stages of grief of denial, guilt, anger, and acceptance result in the Oct. 25, 1967 release of the Hollywood musical Camelot, which gets retroactively applied to the fabled JFK years by his sad admirers.
On Jan. 21, 1961 The Economist pub. an article on JFK's inauguration, containing the soundbyte: "He will need, as well as his brave essay in thought-out leadership, sometimes the intuitive personal flair of Roosevelt, sometimes the warm downright sense of Truman and, often, the patient humility of Lincoln. Then, indeed, many hopes may be fulfilled." On Nov. 30, 1963 they pub. "Leader of the West", extolling the virtues of his successor LBJ, with the soundbyte: "John Kennedy has gone Lincoln's way to the end, and the many hopes now rest upon Lyndon Johnson."
It didn't take long for JFK to show his progressive Keynesian side. On Feb. 2, 1961 JRK delivers a Special Message to the Congress: Program for Economic Recovery and Growth, advocating an economic stimulus to revive the economy along with increased anti-poverty spending, causing Congress to pass six laws by June, providing $200M in extra welfare payments to 750K families, $800M in extended unemployment benefits to 3M, $175M in higher wages, and 420K new construction jobs under the new Housing Act. On Feb. 9 he delivers a Special Message to the Congress on Health and Hospital Care, recommending "enactment of a health insurance program under the Social Security system".
On Mar. 1, 1961 Pres. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps, organized by his sister Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) (whom he dreads talking with because she's always promoting some such plan?); Congress authorized it on Sept. 22 with the U.S. Peace Corps Act; Eunice's husband Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. (1915-) became the first dir.; after being proposed by Notre Dame U. pres. #15 (1952-87) Holy Cross Father Theodore Martin Hesburgh (1917-2015), who allows them to be trained at Notre Dame U. in summer 1961, the first volunteers are sent to Ghana; 1K volunteers cost $5M the first year, after which almost 200K serve as volunteers in 139 countries by the end of the cent.
Oh yes, the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Backing up, on Mar. 17, 1960 Fidel Castro rejected a last attempt by the Eisenhower admin. to reach an understanding, causing Ike to approve the use of a Cuban exile army to oust him. In Apr. 1960 the CIA began planning the Bay of Pigs Invasion along with the assassination of Castro (without telling Ike?), with an initial budget of $4.4M, which grew to $46M. On Apr. 15, 1961 six repainted U.S. Air Force B-26 bombers knocked out half of the Cuban air force, but Pres. Kennedy recalled them on Apr. 16 without the 1,511 CIA-trained commandos being informed, and on Apr. 17, 1961 they invaded Cuba in four chartered merchant ships and two landing crafts from Nicaragua in the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cochinos Bay on the S coast of Cuba 90 mi. from Havana, getting pinned down on a swampy beachhead while their supplies were blocked by reefs until the supply ships were sunk; on Apr. 19 the 300K-man Cuban army finished the invaders off, killing 114 and capturing 1.2K POWs (released in Dec. 1962 for $53M in food and medical supplies, privately raised), after which on Apr. 20 Castro announced the defeat of the invasion; on Apr. 22 Pres. Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility", saying "How could I have been so stupid?" for trusting the CIA and Joint Chiefs of Staff, but he actually held CIA dir. (since 1953) Allen Welsh Dulles (1893-1969) responsible, and he was pressured into resigning in Sept., along with deputy dir. USAF Gen. Charles Pearre Cabell (1903-71), brother of Dallas mayor (1961-4) Earle Cabell (1906-75), allegedly saying that he wants "to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds", although his memo to do it is ignored (turning the whole CIA against him with a reason to assassinate him?); E. Howard Hunt uses the cover name Eduardo in the Bay of Pigs operation; after the Cuban V, Khrushchev gets the idea of installing nuclear missiles in Cuba to protect it from another invasion, and vetoes Castro's plan of doing it publicly, preferring to do it in secret before the U.S. can react; on Apr. 21 JFK holds a press conference, accepting responsibility for the fiasco, with the soundbyte: "There’s an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers, and defeat is an orphan"; in Apr.-May the Cuba Study Group, led by retired gen. Maxwell Davenport Taylor (1901-87) performed an "autopsy" of the fiasco, then published a report on June 13 concluding that the invasion was Ike's plan, that JFK's decision to not call in additional air strikes did not doom it, and that the CIA and Joint Chiefs of Staff shared the blame; during this time Taylor became a friend of Robert F. Kennedy, who was wowed by his intellect and named one of his sons after him in Jan. 1965; meanwhile Taylor was recalled to active duty and installed to the new post of military rep. to the U.S. pres., causing him to end up cutting off the Joint Chiefs, until JFK appointed him as chmn. on Oct. 1, 1962 (until 1964). So it is here that the plot to kill JFK, who just approved the execution of a U.S. soldier and stabbed others in the back, began, somebody just bought a new shirt, I told you it was your color?
Pretend I'm not your boss, I'm just some guy you met in a bar. On Apr. 30, 1961 U.S. expatriate Lee Harvey Oswald married 19-y.-o. Leningrad pharmacology student Marina Prusakova Oswald (1942-) (daughter of a KGB col.) (Soviet agent?) six weeks after meeting her. Their first child June Oswald (1962-) was born in Feb. 1962. Despite being a traitor to the U.S. and facing sure execution, Oswald suddenly decided he doesn't like the Soviet paradise after all, and after obtaining a loan from the U.S. embassy in Moscow, he returned to the U.S. with them on June 1, 1962, being met at the dock in Hoboken, N.J. by State Dept.-recommended prominent Bulgarian-Am. anti-Communist Spas T. Raikin, then settling in the Ft. Worth, Tex. area to be with his mother and brother, meeting Russian-born CIA man George de Mohrenschildt (1911-77), who got him a job four days later at a graphics art co. working for the U.S. Army Map Service on maps related to U-2 spy missions over Cuba, and became a father figure; de Mohrenschildt was a friend of Jackie Kennedy, and was a business partner of Aristotle Onassis in oil deals in the Caribbean prior to Castro's takeover of Cuba, while Onassis' brother-in-law was the cover employer of CIA Sukarno coup plotter Al Ulmer (1916-2000), who visited Dallas the week of Nov. 22, 1963; when Oswald moved to New Orleans in Apr. 1963, de Mohrenschildt got a $285K contract to do a geological survey for Papa Doc Duvalier of Haiti (which he never did), introducing Oswald to Ruth Hyde Paine. In 1977 after admitting that he contacted Oswald for the CIA and was set to meet House Select Committee on Assassinations member Gaeton Fonzi (1935-), Mohrenschildt allegedly committed suicide. Was he one of Oswald's handlers at the CIA? Was Oswald in the CIA or ONI before going to Russia, or did they induce him to join it in order to be given safe passage back to the U.S.? If the latter, they must already have decided to assassinate JFK? If the former, they may or may not have already decided to do JFK, but must have eventually decided that Oswald was nearing the end of his life cycle and was to be used, abused, and losed in Dallas? Marina's KGB connections allows Oswald to be portrayed as a KGB agent later by the CIA when they find it convenient? Meanwhile on May 1, 1961 Cuban expatriate Antulio Ramirez Ortiz hijacked a Nat. Airlines Convair 440 flight en route from Marathon, Fla. to Key West to Havana allegedly to warn Castro of an assassination plot, becoming the first hijacking from the U.S. to Cuba. After arrival he became a hero and was nicknamed Numero Uno. The first skyjacking was in 1947, in order to escape a Communist country, with U.S. approval, after which there were 21 more skyjackings by 1956, 18 to escape Communism. So why would Oswald want to kill JFK when the best he could hope for would be to escape to Communism, from which he already fled?
In July 1961 at a Nat. Security Council meeting, Joint Chiefs Chmn. (1960-2) Gen. Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (1899-1988) and CIA Dir. Allen Dulles presented JFK with a plan for "a surprise nuclear attack", causing him to leave the meeting, remarking to Dean Rusk "And we call ourselves the human race"; the MIC begins calling JFK a pinko traitor Commie-appeaser behind his back, who wanted to end the cold war instead of escalating it to a hot war and winning it? On Mar. 13, 1962 Lemnitzer presented his plan for Operation Northwoods to U.S. secy. of defense Robert McNamara, calling for false flag acts of terrorism in the Miami area to create support for military action against Cuba; on Mar. 16 JFK told Lemnitzer that there is no way the U.S. will take military action against Cuba on his watch, after which Lemnitzer was denied another term as JCS chmn., pissing off the Pentagon and causing AF chief of staff gen. Curtis LeMay on Oct. 19 to utter the soundybte "This is almost as bad as the appeasement at Munich" - giving them a reason to get revenge as well as stop a pinko in the White House? In Jan. 1963 Lemnitzer was appointed Supreme Allied Cmdr. of NATO (until July 1969).
On Sept. 17-18, 1961 U.N. secy.-gen. #2 (since Apr. 10, 1953) Dag Hammarskjold (b. 1905) was killed in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia on the way to negotiate a ceasefire in the Congo; meanwhile JFK, who has been working with him to create an independent Congo rejects proposals for direct military intervention, preferring to support the U.N. peacekeepers, pissing-off the multinat. corps. who seek to carve the Congo up for themselves, causing JFK to get into a war with the CIA, which has has been arming the secessionists in order to promote Belgian mining interests.
On Nov. 30, 1961 Pres. Kennedy authorizes aggressive covert operations against Fidel Castro's govt. in Cub, becoming known as Operation Mongoose (the Cuban Project), setting Oct. 1962 for his overthrow, with CIA agent ("America's James Bond") William King "Bill" Harvey (1915-76) in charge; he later masterminds the assassination of JFK?
On Dec. 19, 1961 JFK's daddy Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. suffers a debilitating stroke in Palm Beach, Fla. - who was she?
In 1961 La.-born CBS-TV journalist Howard Kingsbury Smith (1914-2002), who started out under Edward R. Murrow in Berlin in 1940 and interviewed Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels at Berchtesgaden before they threw him out of the country quits CBS after he incl. a quote from Edmund Burke at the end of his documentary "Who Speaks for Birmingham?" that "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing", pissing-off CBS pres. William S. Paley, who orders him to remove it; he moves to ABC-TV, which is running #3 behind CBS-TV and NBC-TV, and helps pump it up while turning into a Vietnam War hawk and earning the love of Richard Nixon, who gives him a rare 1-hour interview in 1971, although he later becomes the first nat. TV commentator to call for his resignation over Watergate; meanwhile Pres. Kennedy appoints Edward R. Murrow to head the new U.S. Info. Agency (USIA) (until 1963), causing him to leave CBS News, where Paley had already cut his See It Now show back; meanwhile after revealing CIA info. about Israel's Dimona nuclear weapons plant to the New York Times last Dec., gaining JFK's attention, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission chmn. (since 1958) John Alexander McCone (1902-91) becomes dir. of the CIA (until 1965); meanwhile CIA agent Richard Lehman (1923-2007) initiates PICL (pr. like pickle) (President's Intelligence Checklist), the first daily memo for a U.S. pres. summarizing global intel news, guiding JFK through the Cuban missile crisis et al.; it is later called the President's Daily Brief; meanwhile at JFK's request a U.S. inspection of Dimona is carried out, finding the facility "within the scope of peaceful character"; after Levi Eshkol replaces Ben Gurion as Israeli PM in 1963, JFK requests another inspection, which is still pending when he is assassinated - giving anti-Semites an opening to accuse Israel of JFK's assassination? William Cornelius Sullivan (1912-77) becomes dir. of the FBI's domestic intel div., putting him in line for J. Edgar Hoover's job; in 1964 he helps arrange for a tape recording of MLK Jr.'s hanky panky with women to be mailed to his wife Coretta Scott King, calling MLK Jr. "a fraud, demagogue, and scoundrel"; too bad, he is "the only liberal Democrat to break into the top ranks of the bureau" (NYT), and after he begins criticizing Hoover about his overemphasis on the Am. Communist Party compared to civil rights violations in the South, and about illegal activities of his COINTELPRO activities, he ends up summarily fired on Oct. 1, 1971, which doesn't stop him from going public with his allegations.
It's time to shop at checkered auto parts? On Jan. 4, 1962 Pres. Kennedy appoints Texas-born Frederick Herman "Fred" Korth (1909-98) as U.S. Navy secy. #56 (until Nov. 1, 1963) after Texas-born John B. Connally Jr. (appointed on Jan. 25, 1961) resigns last Dec. 20 and Texas-born LBJ lobbies him in; within weeks Korth gets the X-22 V/STOL contract switched from Boeing of Seattle, Wash. to Bell Aerospace Corp. of Ft. Worth, Tex.; too bad, after a prototype crashes on Aug. 8, 1966, the program is cancelled; meanwhile the $6.5B joint Navy-Air Force swing-wing TFX/F-111 Aardvark program is up for bids, and with his and LBJ's lobbying, General Dynamics Co. of Ft. Worth, Tex. gets the award on Oct. 24, despite Boeing Co. of Washington state having a better design and bidding $100M lower; Korth served as pres. of the Continental Nat. Bank in Fort Worth, Tex., which financed the Gen. Dynamics plant, and before that he was the lawyer for Edwin A. Ekdahl, hubby of Lee Harvey Oswald's mother Marguerite Frances Ekdahl during their divorce; too bad, on Dec. 12 when LBJ visits GD for their big celebration, Texas Dem. rep. (1955-89) James Claude "Jim" Wright Jr. (1922-), representing the Texas 12th District based in Ft. Worth slips and utters the soundbyte: "You have to have friends and they have to stick with you through thick and thin even if you do have merit on your side", causing the U.S. Senate to begin an investigation. On Nov. 20, 1963 a Senate investigating committee holds hearings on the TFX (Tactical Fighter Experimental) Fighter Plane Scandal where General Dynamics had received a $7B contract in 1962; on Nov. 22, 1963 they hear testimony about an alleged $100K cash payoff to vice-pres. LBJ, but after the assassination of JFK there is no follow-up - hmmm, JFK, Cuba, the U.S.S.R., Oswald, Marcello, General Dynamics, LBJ... let's make a movie?
On Feb. 3, 1962 after sending fellow cigar smoker Pierre Salinger on a mission to get him 1.2K green Petit Upmanns for his personal humidor, JFK ordered the Cuban Embargo, banning all U.S. trade with Cuba on Feb. 7 except for food and drugs; too bad, other countries didn't follow suit.
On Mar. 22, 1962 J. Edgar Hoover lunched with JFK and told him about 70 wiretapped phone calls between him and mob moll Judith Campbell Exner (nee Inmoor) (1934-99), who were introduced in Las Vegas by Frank Sinatra in 1960, after which he breaks off the relationship, and it is covered-up until 1975.
On Apr. 22, 1962 John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance debuts, the last of John Ford's B&W Westerns (the last great film of the Golden Age of Movies?), starring John Wayne as rancher Tom Doniphon of Shinbone, James Stewart as inept Eastern lawyer Ransom "Ranse" Stoddard, Vera Miles as his babe Hallie, and Lee Marvin as badass outlaw Liberty Valance, who Doniphon shoots and kills from a hidden position to make it look like Stoddard did it, causing him to become a hero and rise to gov. and U.S. sen.; the hit Hal David-Burt Bacharach theme song The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by Gene Pitney (1940-2006) is released after the film comes out; first movie where John Wayne uses the word "pilgrim", which becomes a standard for Wayne impersonators; "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes a fact, print the legend"; offscreen Ford needles Wayne for not serving in WWII while Stewart was a war hero, with "How rich did you get while Jimmy was risking his life?"; "When Liberty Valance rode to town the womenfolk would hide, they'd hide/ When Liberty Valance walked around the men would step aside/ 'cause the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood/When it came to shootin' straight and fast - he was mighty good/ From out of the East a stranger came, a law book in his hand, a man/ The kind of a man the West would need to tame a troubled land/ 'cause the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood/ When it came to shootin' straight and fast - he was mighty good./ Many a man would face his gun and many a man would fall/ The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance/ He was the bravest of them all" - gives Lee Harvey Oswald ideas, or LBJ?
On May 19, 1962 (Sat.) aging #1 Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Baker) (1926-62) sung a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday, Mister President to her secret lover Pres. Kennedy at a Dem. fundraiser in Madison Square Garden attended by 17K incl. Jack Benny, Maria Callas, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Durante, and Peggy Lee, while wearing a dress described as "skin and beads" by Adlai Stevenson (her last pubic, er, public appearance); the dress by Jean Louis was auctioned for $1.15M by Christie's auction house on Oct. 27, 1999; after hearing that Marilyn would be at the party, Jackie uttered the soundbyte "Screw Jack" and refused to attend; a photo of Marilyn and JFK taking after the song becomes the only one of the two to survive after the Secret Service confiscated all the others but missed this one because it was left in the negatives dryer; it was not pub. until June 1, 2010 - did she hum it for him again in private? On July 28-29, 1962 she was at the Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe, owned by her former lover Frank Sinatra and Mafia boss Sam Giancana, where she moped that Bobby had dumped her and fantasized that he might divorce his wife for her, then threateneed to tell all to the press about her flings with him and JFK, and after she got too drunk, Sinatra cut her loose and quit protecting her? On Aug. 5, 1962 (Sun.) after telling Peter Lawford "Say goodbye to Pat, to the president, and to yourself, you're such a nice guy", Marilyn Monroe (b. 1926) was found dead in her Brentwood, Calif. deluxe hacienda-style cottage at 12305 Fifth Helena Dr. at the end of a cul-de-sac, with a telephone in one hand and bottle of sleeping pills in the other, according to AP; her pshrink Ralph Greenson finds her dead; neighbors allegedly reported seeing an ambulance in front of her cottage the evening before, along with a heli hovering overhead and loud voices and breaking glass inside; others allegedly hear a hysterical woman in the early a.m. screaming "Murderers, you murderers, are you satisfied now that she's dead?"; Bobby Kennedy visited her that night, and she told him that she had been "passed around like a piece of meat", and he smothered her with a pillow to stop her screams?; an ambulance took her away breathing and brought her back dead?; she spent her last night alive at Frank Sinatra's lodge with Mafia boss Sam Giancana after being picked up and dropped off by hair stylist George Masters?; a plastic yellow duck floats in her pool, beside which hang antique wind chimes donated by Carl Sandburg; Allan Abbot and Ron Hast, the two morticians who prepare her for burial find hairy legs, false teeth, and purple blotches all over her face; a few weeks earlier 20th Cent. Fox studio boss Peter G. Levathes fired her from Something's Got to Give (a remake of the 1940 film "My Favorite Wife", co-starring Dean Martin after Gardner McCay turned down the part), slapped her with a $500K breach of contract lawsuit and replaced her with Lee Remick; after she was fired from the film, Aristotle Onassis offered her the use of his yacht Christina for R&R; she willed 75% of her estate to her acting coach Lee Strasberg, and 25% to her pshrink Marianne Kris, which was contested by her business mgr. Inez Melson due to her being under their "undue influence"; "Over the Rainbow" was played at her funeral; she was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in W Los Angeles, after which ex-hubby Joe DiMaggio sent a half-dozen red roses to her crypt three times a week for 20 years and never remarried; she was buried in Corridor of Memories #24, a pink marble crypt, which Hugh Hefner owns the rights to the crypt next to; after an autopsy by Los Angeles deputy coroner (1961-7) Thomas T. Noguchi (1927-) (who became chief coroner in 1967-82, and performed autopsies on RFK and Sharon Tate, becoming known as "Coroner to the Stars"), her death was ruled a probable suicide from an OD of sleeping pills because a concentration of Nembutal (Pentobarbital) equal to 90+ pills was found in her blood, although no pills are found in her stomach and no drinking glass in her room; in 1972 Veronica Hamel bought her Brentwood cottage, and found sophisticated bugging equipment in every room, probably installed by the FBI, which cost her $100K to remove. Was it really a mob hit ordered by JFK for threatening to rat about their love affair by publishing her diary, which is never found? Or was it caused by her doctor prescribing a chloral hydrate suppository thinking she had been weaned off Nembutal and not knowing that another doctor had refilled her prescription? Her cottage was purchased in 1994 by film dir. Michael Ritchie for $995K. "Sex is part of nature, and I go along with nature"; "A professional amateur" (Laurence Olivier); "Directing her was like directing Lassie" (Otto Preminger); "Anyone can remember lines, but it takes a real artist to come on the set and not know her lines and give the performance she did" (Billy Wilder); "Yes, there was something special about me, and I knew what it was. I was the kind of girl they found dead in a hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand" (Marilyn) - the good die young?
On May 20, 1962 JFK gives a nationally-televised speech before 20K at Madison Square Garden in New York City, advocating a Medicare program for the elderly, with the soundbyte: "The fact of the matter is that what we are now talking about doing, most of the countries of Europe did years ago. The British did it 30 years ago. We are behind every country, pretty nearly, in Europe, in this matter of medical care for our citizens."
In May 1962 Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971) gets the idea of putting intermediate-range nuclear misiles in Cuba to counter the U.S. lead in strategic missiles and protect it from another Bay of Pigs invasion. In July Fidel Castro's hardline brother Raul visits the Soviet Union, receiving a promise of Soviet missiles to be installed in Cuba, and they approve it on Sept. 2, 1962. On June 6, 1962 JFK signs Nat. Security Memorandum 160, ordering the installation of Permissive Action Links (PALs) as safeties in all U.S. nukes in Europe; too bad, out of concern that they might prevent their use when needed, U.S. Minuteman missiles use the code 00000000 (eight zeros) until 1977; it takes until 1987 to install them on all U.S. nukes. On June 6, 1962 JFK gives the Commencement Address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., followed on June 11 by the Commencement Address at Yale U., where he is awarded an honorary doctorate, starting with the soundbyte: "Now I have the best of both worlds, a Harvard education and a Yale degree"; after noting that the federal govt. has not grown as fast as the economy, he argues for a more activist role, with the soundbyte: "The truth about big government is the truth about any other great activity - it is complex. Certainly it is true that size brings dangers, but it is also true that size can bring benefits."
On Sept. 12, 1962 JFK gives his Man on the Moon Speech at Rice U. in Houston, Tex., promising to deliver genuine Yankee astronauts to its surface by the end of the decade to beat the pesky Soviets and prove that Capitalism is better than Communism, causing Socialist NASA and Capitalist Hollywood to work together to film the ultimate simulation on a secret soundstage to push off on the public via the TV networks as a top national security priority? It worked didn't it? The juice from the Sputnik coup was reversed, and Commie bragging rights in the non-Commie world went kaput, leading to the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union in another 20 years, all for only umpteen billion. Naw, they really did it, they wouldn't want to weather the backlash, it's just that no other country has been able to go there since to verify it, a country we can trust to tell the truth like China - check back with me later.
It takes a real guy to wear pink? On Oct. 14, 1962 (Sun.) after wasting three weeks photographing the wrong end of the island despite intel reports indicating the real location, CIA U-2s detect Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba; U.S. Air Force pilot Maj. Richard S. Heyser and CIA contract pilot James A. Barnes Jr. (1929-99) identify missile sites in separate flights; on Oct. 16 Pres. Kennedy is informed of them, beginning the Cuban Missile (Caribbean) Crisis (Scare) on Oct. 16-28 (Tue.-Sun.), forcing nuclear missiles out of Cuba only after bringing the U.S. to DEFCON 2 on Oct. 24 (until Nov. 20), and coming close to World War III; too bad, JFK fails to consult Canadian PM John G. Defenbaker before requesting Canada to put its forces on DEFCON 3 status, pissing him off; on Oct. 16 JFK recites the following verse to the State Dept. after being told of the crisis: "Bullfight critics ranked in rows/ Crowd the enormous plaza full;/ But only one is there who knows,/ And he's the man who fights the bull"; on Oct. 18 JFK meets foreign minister Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko (1909-89); on Oct. 22 (7:00 p.m. EDT) JFK announces an air and naval blockade of Cuba, with the soundbyte: "It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union"; on Oct. 23 U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (1961-5) Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (1900-65) speaks at the U.N. about the Cuba crisis; on Oct. 24 (7:06 p.m. ET) JFK signs Proclamation 3504, officially beginning the U.S. blockade of Cuba (ends ?); on Oct. 25 mouse-turned-lion Stevenson presents photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council, demanding that Soviet ambassador Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin (1902-86) answer regarding Cuban missile bases, uttering the immortal mouse-that-roared soundbyte: "I am prepared to wait for my answer until Hell freezes over"; on Oct. 26 JFK warns Russia that the U.S. will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba, causing Khrushchev to send a private message offering to remove them in return for a U.S. pledge not to invade; on Oct. 27 (a.m.) Khrushchev sends a public hardliner message to JFK offering to withdraw the missiles if the U.S. closes its bases in Turkey, warning that if the U.S. attacks Cuba they will respond with massive military power, causing RFK and George McBundy to suggest the Trollope Ploy of answering the first note and ignoring the second, while making a private assurance that the bases will be closed; on Oct. 28 after receiving a telegram from Castro reading "We should deliver a nuclear first strike", causing him to tell his son Sergei "That is insane", and a warning from ABC-TV journalist John Albert Scali (1918-95) to Soviet embassy official and KGB station chief (1960-4) Col. Alexander (Aleksandr) Semyonovich Feklisov (1914-2007) that a U.S. invasion is only hours away, Khrushchev informs the U.S. that he has ordered the dismantling of the Soviet missile bases in Cuba, and on Oct. 29 Radio Moscow reports that the Cuban nukes have been deactivated, although they really start doing it on Nov. 1?; the final deal also made the U.S. pledge to not invade Cuba, as suggested by Feklisov?; the missiles were dismantled without Castro's knowledge, later pissing him off?; Khrushchev told JFK that their two countries had knotted the cord between them, and the more they pull the tighter the knot gets, and if the knot has to be cut nobody knows what will happen?; Khrushchev was in a bind, and the U.S. gave him a way out by allowing him to tell his people that he stopped the U.S. from exterminating Cuba?; JFK awards plaques to McNamara et al. with calendars that circle the dates Oct. 16-28; in Nov. Che Guevara utters the soundbyte: "If the missiles had remained, we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S. including New York. The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims"; in Jan. 1992 Fidel Castro tells Robert McNamara: "Of course I knew the missiles were nuclear-armed. That's precisely why I urged Khrushchev to launch them. And of course Cuba would have been utterly destroyed in the exchange"; "My dream is to drop three atomic bombs on New York City" (Raul Castro, Nov. 1960).
On Oct. 24, 1962 John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (B&W), written by Frankenheimer and George Axelrod based on the 1959 Richard Condon novel set in 1952 debuts, starring Frank Sinatra as Maj. Bennett "Ben" Marco, Laurence Harvey as Medal of Honor winner Raymond Shaw, Angela Lansbury as his Commie agent mother Mrs. Iselin, James Gregory as her Commie agent hubby U.S. Sen. John "Johnny" Iselin ("there are exactly 207, er, 104, er, 275 card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the State Dept."), and Janet Leigh as Sinatra's babe Eugenie "Rosie" Rose (Eldorado 5-9970) in an eerie mix of the Korean War, the McCarthy years, brainwashing theory, and the JFK assassination, which hasn't occurred yet, pissing-off both leftist and rightist critics while pleasing conspiracy theorists; Oswald got the idea to assassinate JFK from it?; somebody else did?; Khigh Dhiegh plays Commie pshrink Yen Lo, Henry Silva plays Korean double agent Chunjin, John McGiver plays Sen. Thomas Jordan, Leslie Parrish plays his daughter Jocie; establishes TV dir. Frankenheimer as a film dir.; the Queen of Diamonds sets off Raymond Shaw's assassin programming mode; "Raymond Shaw is the bravest, kindest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life"; "Raymond Shaw, hell, hell" (ending); refilmed in 2004.
On Nov. 6, 1962 (Tues.) JFK's younger brother Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) is elected Dem. U.S. Sen. in liberal Mass. (until 2009). On Nov. 7 after losing the Calif. gov. race to gov. (since 1959) Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown Sr. (1905-96) by 300K votes after revelations that his Washington, D.C. home had been sold under restrictive covenants preventing a black or Jewish buyer, Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) tells reporters "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference", adding "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more"; Howard K. Smith of ABC-TV presents the documentary The Political Obituary of Richard Nixon, which incl. an interview with Nixon's nemesis Alger Hiss, pissing-off sponsors, who cause his show (since 1962) "Howard K. Smith: News and Comment" to be cancelled, and the new show "ABC News Reports" to replace it in 1963-4.
On Nov. 17, 1962 the FBI cracks a plot in New York City by Cuban agents to bomb Macy's, Gimbel's, Bloomingdale's and Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal with 500 kilos of TNT, set to go off the day after Thanksgiving. On Nov. 20, 1962 JFK mandates an end to religious or racial discrimination in federally-funded housing. On Dec. 14, 1962 JFK delivers a speech to the Economic Club of New York, advocating tax cuts to spur business activity.
On Jan. 15, 1963 Floresville, Tex.-born former U.S. Navy secy. (1961) John Bowden Connally Jr. (1917-93) (close friend of LBJ) becomes Dem. Tex. gov. #39 (until Jan. 21, 1969).
On Feb. 5, 1963 JFK sends a Special Message to Congress About the State of Mental Health, introducing legislation delegating the Nat. Inst. of Mental Health (NIMH) to administer community mental health centers for those discharged from state psychiatric hospitals.
On Mar. 29, 1963 Tex. financier Billie Sol Estes (1924-) is convicted of 57 counts of mail fraud for swindling investors and the federal govt. of $24M through false claims of inventory of cotton and anhydrous ammonia fertilizer as loan collateral, and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. His slimy dealings and apparent suicides of associates are the first topic of JFK's May 17, 1962 press conference, the whole affair causing him to decide to drop LBJ as his 1964 running mate. Meanwhile Estes gets his conviction overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court (5-4) in 1965 because TV cameras were allowed in the courtroom, after which he claims that he funneled millions into LBJ's pockets, and that they worked together to murder witnesses, and also that LBJ ordered the murder of JFK; LBJ's associate Malcolm "Mac" Wallace (1921-71) (who had an affair with LBJ's sister Josefa Johnson) iss suspected in the June 3, 1961 murder of Henry Marshall (1909-61), who was investigating Estes; his fingerprint is found in the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository?
An offer so big it can only be called a game day gamechanger? In spring 1963 Jackie Kennedy's younger sister Princess Lee Radziwill (Caroline Lee Bouvier) (1933-), wife (1959-74) of Polish Prince Stanislaw Albrecht "Stash" Radziwill (1914-76) starts hooking up with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates "Ari" Onassis (1906-75), pissing off RFK, who arranges for her to leave Onassis' yacht Christina to accompany JFK on his trip to Berlin, after which she reaffirms her marriage to Stash in a Roman Catholic ceremony, then goes right back to the Christina in early Aug. right before Jackie's premie son Patrick dies, causing Onassis to invite Jackie to join them on his yacht, pissing off the Kennedy brothers, who know his rep for conquering women and are concerned about a U.S. govt. suit against him for fraud. On Sept. 18, 1963 after Jackie gets fed-up with JFK's affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Mary Pinchot Meyer et al. and decides to get even and accepts, the White House announces that she will spend the first two weeks of Oct. vacationing and convalescing in Greece, neglecting to mention Onassis; on Oct. 4 she boards the yacht Christina at Piraeus, joining with her sister Princess Radziwill and hubby, and Suzanne and Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.; meanwhile pissed-off RFK swears to "destroy" Onassis, causing Onassis to respond "My boy, you don't frighten me, I've been threatened by experts"; on Oct. 17 Jackie returns, refreshed, and JFK telephones Onassis to personally thank him (the secret is that we all began spending time together away from the show?); meanwhile Onassis' old news babe Maria Callas returns to Paris to lick her wounds, clinging to him in vain for years as her opera career tanks.
On Apr. 10, 1963 after moving to New Orleans in early Apr. and getting a job at the Reilly Coffee Co., which is owned by CIA man William Reilly and located near the office of Guy Bannister (who supplies and trains anti-Castro paramilitaries), Lee Harvey Oswald (who begins receiving $200 a mo. from the FBI as informant #179) attempts to assassinate right-wing John Bircher U.S. Maj. Gen. Edwin Anderson "Ted" Walker (1909-93) (who had been relieved by JFK from his command in West Germany in 1961 for distributing right-wing lit. blasting Truman, Dean Acheson, and Eleanor Roosevelt for treasonous tendencies and resigned, then lost the Dem. Tex. gov. primary in 1962 to John B. Connally Jr., and finally was arrested for sedition until the charges were dropped on Jan. 21) with an 8 lb. $12.78 mail order Carcano M91/38 (not Mannlicher-Carcano) bolt-action short-barrel 6.5mm carbine (with a 4X scope) that he ordered in Feb. 1963 from Klein's Sporting Goods in Chicago, Ill. through a P.O. box registered in the name of Alek James Hidell, which he practices rapid-firing techniques on at a local shooting range, and which he proudly displays in a Photo of Oswald Holding Rifle in His Backyard that his wife Marina allegedly takes on Mar. 31 and is later discovered, although it has suspicious indications of a forgery; he isn't caught, so he decides to return to the Soviet Union or Cuba, writing letters to their embassies; meanwhile in Aug. Oswald tries to infiltrate the New Orleans branch of the Rev. Students Directorate (DRE), an anti-Castro anti-JFK org. in Miami run by Carlos Bringuier (1934-), and stage-managed by Greek-born CIA agent George Joannides (1922-90), all of which is covered-up for a long time.
On May 6, 1963 the first evidence is claimed by the U.S. that Communists have been parachuting supplies to the Viet Cong guerrillas; meanwhile the U.S. Pacific Command finally gives JFK a plan for withdrawal from Vietnam, but its extended timeline pisses-off defense secy. Robert S. McNamara, who orders them to draw up plans for withdrawing 1K military personnel by the end of the year. On May 8, 1963 JFK utters the soundbyte "We support the security of both Israel and her neighbors", becoming the first U.S. pres. to say so officially, giving them anti-aircraft rockets to back it up.
On May 22, 1963 U.S. wheat farmers defied the Kennedy admin. and vote to defeat their program of production controls and price supports, ending the 30-year govt. program of controlling surplus production, causing a huge surplus next year. On May 23, 1963 Pres. Kennedy denied Repub. allegations that the U.S. might abandon Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, saying "It will not be done"; meanwhile 125K cheering Commies in Moscow bid farewell to Fidel Castro, who has been visiting the Soviet Union for four weeks, and warns that any blockade or attack on Cuba by the U.S. would provoke a graver crisis than the one last Oct.; Khrushchev accepts Castro's invitation to visit Cuba in the near future. On May 23, 1963 (eve.) JFK attended a pre-birthday party in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, attended by 600 people who had each given at least $1K to the Dem. Nat. Committee; too bad, no Marilyn?
On June 4, 1963 after the U.S. Silver Purchase Act of 1934 is repealed, Pres. Kennedy issues Executive Order 11110, allowing the pres. to bypass the Federal Reserve and issue currency, and empowering the U.S. Treasury to issue $4.3B in silver certificates against silver bullion, although the last silver certificates were issued in 1957, and thanks to JFK being conveniently put out of the way 5 mo. later, and LBJ and Nixon not continuing his program, no more are issued until Pres. Reagan rescinds this order by his own Executive Order 12608, amending Executive Order 10289. The day of govt. fiat coins has arrived, threatening the end of the Federal Reserve System and pissing-off the Rothschild family so much that they begin to arrange for JFK's assassination, as proved by LBJ rescinding the executive order on the Air Force One flight from Dallas to Washington, D.C.? One of many strings leading from the JFK assassination to the hands of godfather David Rockefeller (1915-), CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr.? In 1964 LBJ utters the soundbyte: "Silver has become too valuable to be used as money." On July 23, 1965 the 1965 U.S. Coinage Act eliminates silver from the quarter and dime, and reduces the content in the half-dollar from 90% to 40%; another law makes U.S. Treasury certificates no longer redeemable in silver after June 28, 1968, and on Dec. 31, 1970 the U.S. Bank Holding Co. Act (BHCA) Amendments clarifies the 1956 BHCA, withdrawing silver from the dollar coin and replacing it with copper and nickel, requiring the Federal Reserve Board to regulate bank holding cos., and establishing permissible and non-permissible non-bank activities.
On June 6, 1963 JFK addresses San Diego State College in Calif., slamming "the de facto segregation of the North as well as the proclaimed segregation of the South"; meanwhile union spokesmen in New York City pledges to end discrimination in building trades unions, and on June 8 the U.S. Army begins an effort to hire more black and Puerto Ricans in the New York City area. On June 9 JFK addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii, uttering the soundbye that in this "moment of moral and constitutional crisis", "the time for token moves and idle talk is over", calling for elimination of local segregation ordinances and replacement with equal opportunity ordinances and other positive actions. On June 10 JFK delivers his Peace Speech at American U., announcing his intention of ending the Cold War, with the soundbyte: "I have, therefore, chose this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceived, yet it is the most important topic on Earth: world peace. What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war... I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on Earth worth living, the kind that enables man and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children, not merely peace for Americans, but peace for all men and women. Not merely peace in our time but peace for all time." Followed by the soundbyte "I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all of the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by the wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations unborn." Followed by the soundbyte "Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament, and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must reexamine our own attitude, as individuals and as a nation, for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward, by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace... Too many of us think it is impossible... But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control." After this speech, his ass was grass and the MIC had the lawnmower? On June 11 after deploying 825 law enforcement officers, and ignoring pleas from JFK and 46 Philly attys. not to interfere, Ala. gov. George C. Wallace makes his famous Stand in the Schoolhouse Door at Foster Auditorium of the U. of Ala. in Tuscaloosa against federal troops to block school integration by the federal govt.; after turning the Justice Dept. back 4x, Wallace is escorted by Nat. Guard Gen. Henry V. Graham (1917-99), and Vivian Malone Jones (1942-2005) and James A. "Jimmy" Hood (1943-) are peacefully admitted, embarrassing racists with their dignity, even though at the time Wallace gets the TV cameras to make it look like he had caused them to back down, declaring "I stood eyeball to eyeball with them and they turned back"; that evening JFK delivers his Civil Rights Address on nat. TV, calling segregation morally wrong, saying that black discontent has produced a "moral crisis", adding that it's "time to act", promising to send sweeping legislation to Congress to speed up school desegregation, with the soundbyte: "Next week I shall ask the Congress of the United States to act, to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law"; meanwhile MLK Jr. assails JFK's civil rights record, and the Am. Jewish Congress calls the policy of gradualism in achieving racial equality a "folly and a failure"; in 1996 Wallace apologizes to Jones and Hood and gives them an award - don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyeballs? On June 11 as the action blazes in Ala., troops are withdrawn from the peaceful integrated U. of Miss. campus.
On June 19, 1963 Leslie H. Martinson's PT 109 debuts, based on the 1961 book by Robert J. Donovan, starring Clifford Parker "Cliff" Robertson III (1923-2011) as JFK, who has a personal 9/11 on Aug. 2, 1943; 5 mo. later JFK's coconut gets knocked off again?; he is later assigned PT 59; does $3.5M box office on a $4M budget.
On June 26, 1963 (Wed.) during a 4-day visit to Western Germany, JFK visited the Berlin Wall and made his famous Ich Bin Ein Berliner Speech ("I am a jelly doughnut" - he should have left out the "ein"); after his visit East Germany begins selling antiques and prisoners in an effort to acquire hard currency - he did become a jelly doughnut, on Nov. 22? On June 27, 1963 Pres. Kennedy began a 4-day visit to Ireland, starting with his ancestral home in Dunganstown, 4 mi. from New Ross in Wexford County, Leinster, where his great-grandfather came from, becoming the first U.S. pres. of Irish stock to visit Ireland. The cat's away allowing the mice to play? In summer 1963 JFK sent a written demand to Israel to dismantle their nukes and permit U.S. inspection; they never respond?; ever since Israel intel refuses to warn the U.S. of pending terrorist attacks even though it has infiltrated them, incl. the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing and 9/11?
On July 26, 1963 JFK gave a radio-TV address announcing the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, drafted by MIT scientist Jerome "Bert" Wiesner (1915-94), which was signed in Moscow on Aug. 6 by the U.S., U.K., and Soviet Union after eight years of negotiations, banning above-ground nuclear testing, also underwater and in outer space; too bad, on July 29 Charles de Gaulle announced that France will not sign it; with the help of a public campaign, JFK prevailed on the Senate to ratify it; within a few mo. 100+ other govts. also sign it, except France and the People's Repub. of China; meanwhile JFK engaged in secret negotiations with Cuba seeking an accomodation.
Speaking of mice playing, in July 1963 the Lake Pontchartrain Training Camp on the N shore near Lacombe, La. for Cuban expatriate guerrillas was run by Cuban expatriate Richard Rudolph Davis; JFK ordered the FBI to shut it down? On Aug. 7, 1963 4 lb. 10 oz. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, the youngest child of Pres. Kennedy and Jackie was born 5-1/2 weeks prematurely at Otis AFB Hospital in Falmouth, Mass.; Jackie requires two units of blood after giving birth via Caesarean section; he died on Aug. 9 after 1.5 days of hyaline membrane disease (respiratory distress syndrome), sparking public awareness and research, and reducing the overall mortality to 15%; after hearing the news, Lee Harvey Oswald sobs, according to his wife Marina. In Aug. 1963 Oswald tried to infiltrate the New Orleans branch of the Rev. Students Directorate (DRE), an anti-Castro anti-JFK org. in Miami run by Carlos Bringuier (1934-), and stage-managed by Greek-born CIA agent George Joannides (1922-90), all of which was covered-up for a long time. On Aug. 12, 1963 after one-sidedly joining (not waiting for a reply to his application) the Fair Play for Cuba Committee on May 26, 1963 (founded in 1960 by Vincent T. Lee), then renting an office at 544 Camp St. in New Orleans, La., where he prints out 1K flyers and begins handing them out on Aug. 9 (along with Ted Cruz's father Rafael Cruz?), Lee Harvey Oswald was accosted on the street by Cuban-born anti-Castro leader Carlos Bringuier (1934-) and members of his militant CIA-financed anti-Castro anti-JFK Cuban exile group Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE), causing a publicized street fight which got him arrested, a $10 fine on Aug. 12, and mucho publicity, along with a jail visit by FBI agent John Lester Quigley (who destroyed his interview notes), and resulted in a radio interview on Aug. 17 on the Bill Stuckey Radio Show, where Oswald debated Bringuier (who shared Oswald's office and was later found in possession of Oswald's Marine guidebook) and claimed that he's not a Communist but a Marxist-Leninist. Funny, Oswald's and Bringuier's office at 544 Camp St. was across a hallway from 531 Lafayette St. (same bldg.), the offices of La.-born right-wing racist ex-FBI agent William Guy Banister (1900-64), causing later suspicions of a plot between all three to assassinate pinko JFK. George E. Joannides (1922-90) is the CIA case officer overseeing the DRE, after which in 1978 Joannides was made the CIA liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations without telling them of his role, and later in 2003-? the CIA fights in federal court to keep hundreds of documents about its dealings with the group secret, the empty-belly defense. In Aug.-Sept., 1963 Oswald was seen in cahoots with New Orleans gay businessman Clay Laverne Shaw (1913-74) and gay pilot David William Ferrie (1918-67) in Clinton, La.? After his arrest in Dallas, Ferrie's library card was allegedly found by the police on Oswald according to Jack Martin, but an investigation comes up with nada until after Ferrie's death, when Oswald's landlady and a former neighbor told investigators working for Jim Garrison that Ferrie had visited them after the assassination and asked about his library card.
On Sept. 26, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald travels to Mexico on a Continental Trailways bus, checking into the Hotel del Comercio in Mexico City (a HQ for pro-Castro activities) for five nights on Sept. 27, visiting the Cuban embassy in Mexico City on Sept. 27 (11 a.m.) and asking for a visa to Cuba for Sept. 30, after which he planned to move back to the Soviet Union, using newspaper clippings of his arrest in New Orleans to back him up, after which he is sent to the Soviet embassy to get an official clearance for travel to the Soviet Union, is told it will take several mo., and when he returns to the Cuban embassy he lies and tells them he was already cleared, is found out and expelled; did the CIA tell Oswald he was to go to Cuba to assassinate Castro?; Oswald has a brief affair with consulate employee Silvia Duran; the CIA station chief in Mexico City (since 1956) is Winston Scott (1909-); David Atlee Phillips (1922-88) is #3 there, and is fingered by E. Howard Hunt in his 2007 deathbed statement as a JFK assassination plotter; on Nov. 25 23-y.-o. Nicaraguan-born Gilberto Alvarado (1940-) tells Scott that when Oswald visited the Cuban embassy he received $6.5K-$7K from a red-haired black man, which causes J. Edgar Hoover to tell his good friend, Washington, D.C. neighbor for 19 years, and fellow Freemason LBJ about it on Nov. 29 and surmise that the JFK assassination was a Cuban plot, but decide that Oswald must be proven to be a lone nut too explain why he, er, the FBI couldn't protect JFK; CIA counter-intel chief James Jesus Angleton (1917-87) (known for his thick black eyeglasses) suspects that Oswald was in Mexico City to meet with his KGB handlers to finalize his plans for assassinating JFK; it was really an Oswald impersonator?; after the assassination the CIA begins a disinfo. campaign to link Oswald with Castro, causing LBJ to get J. Edgar Hoover to help him shut them down?; either way the affair shows that Oswald wasn't just a lone nut, but was a VIP with the CIA?
In Sept. 1963 Cuban exile Antonio Veciana allegedly met in Dallas with Lee Harvey Oswald and intelligence agent "Maurice Bishop". On Mar. 3, 1964 CIA dir. (1961-5) John Alexander McCone allegedly sent a confidential memorandum to U.S. Secret Service dir. (1961-73) James Joseph Rowley (1908-92) confirming that Oswald is a CIA agent. Meanwhile in Sept. after she was introduced to the Oswalds at a party in Feb. by CIA man George De Mohrenschildt, and her hubby suddenly decided to leave her and move into an apt. in Dallas, liberal Quaker Russian student Ruth Hyde Paine (1932-) drove from the Va. home of her sister Sylvia (who works for the CIA) to pick up Marina Oswald and her daughter and drive them to her home in Irving, Tex. to live with her, claiming she will help her Russian studies. Oswald allegedly stores his Carcano rifle in her garage. Ruth's father also worked for the JFK-hating CIA. Her hubby Michael Paine (1928-), whose stepfather Arthur Young invented the Bell helicopter worked for Bell Helicopter in Ft. Worth since 1958. Ruth's mother is related to the Forbes family in Boston, Mass., and her lifelong friend Mary Bancroft (1903-97) was a WWII spy and the mistress of Allen Dulles, after which Dulles became the one to question the Paines in front of the Warren Commission to avoid asking revealing questions, and their income tax returns were classified as secret. Meanwhile in late Sept. Lee Harvey Oswald (a CIA double?) took a bus to Mexico City, where he attempted to get a visa to Cuba, and returned on Oct. 3 after being rebuffed, then returned to Dallas, getting a job on Oct. 16 at the Texas School Book Depository through Ruth Hyde Paine (a CIA agent who is later magically protected from her name becoming mud?), where he filled orders for books by publisher Scott-Foresman; the depository had been owned since the 1930s by Tex. oil baron David Harold "Dry Hole" Byrd (1900-86), cousin of explorer Richard E. Byrd and his brother Harry F. Byrd, "the leader of conservative opinion in the United States", who founded the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) six days before the Dec. 6, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack; in early Nov. just before JFK's assassination Byrd left for a 2-mo. safari in Africa with USAF U.S. Gen. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (1896-1993), and when he returned in Jan. his good buddy LBJ was in the White House, and in Feb. his Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) aircraft co. (founded 1961) was awarded a large defense contract to build A-7 Corsair II fighter planes, paid out of the 1965 budget not yet approved by Congress; in May 1964 Byrd had the "Oswald window" removed and kept as part of his estate.
On Oct. 3, 1963 "Dean of American Newsmen" Arthur Bernard Krock (1886-1974) pub. The Intra-Administration War in Vietnam With High Frequency Disorderly Government in the New York Times, with the soundbyte: "The CIA's growth was 'likened to a malignancy' which the 'very high official was not even sure the White House could control... any longer.' 'If the United States ever experiences [an attempted coup to overthrow the government] it will come from the CIA and not the Pentagon. The agency 'represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone.'"
On Oct. 7, 1963 Lyndon B. Johnson protege Robert Gene "Bobby" Baker (1929-) (AKA Little Lyndon), majority secy. of the Senate, who started as a page boy from S.C. at age 14 then became a millionaire through his Senate connections incl. casinos in the Dominican Repub., kickbacks from mob-owned (Sam Giancana, Meyer Lansky) vending machines for federally-granted programs, and who is being investigated by U.S. atty. Robert F. Kennedy despite his procurement of babes, incl. suspected Soviet spy Ellen Romesch (1936-) of East Germany for his brother JFK resigns amid charges of influence peddling by the press; his secy. Nancy Cole Tyler (-1965) dies in a plane crash near Ocean City, Md. on May 10, 1965; her roommate is Mary Jo Kopechne of Chappaquiddick fame; in 1967 Baker is found guilty of seven counts of fraud, theft, and income tax evasion, and is sentenced to 3 years in federal prison, serving 16 mo.; in 1978 he pub. Wheeling and Dealing: Confessions of a Capitol Hill Operator; "The Baker scandal then is truly the hidden key to the assassination, or more exact, the timing of the Baker affair crystallized the more or less vague plans to eliminate Kennedy which had already been in existence. The threat of complete exposure which faced Johnson in the Baker scandal provided that final impulse. He was forced to give the go-ahead signal to the plotters who had long been waiting for the right opportunity." (Joachim Joesten)
On Oct. 9, 1963 Pres. Kennedy announced that the U.S. govt. will approve export licenses for selling wheat and other agricultural products to the Soviet Block; next Jan. 3 the Soviet Union buys wheat from the U.S. for the first time. On Oct. 9 FBI agent Marvin Gheesling conveniently decided to remove Lee Harvey Oswald from the FBI surveillance watch list. On Oct. 11 after Robert S. McNamara returned from a trip to South Vietnam, JFK signed Nat. Security Action Memorandum 263, calling for withdrawal of 1K U.S. military personnel by the end of the year, followed by training the Vietnamese to take over completely by the end of 1965; JFK sent McNamara on the trip in order to recommend what he already wanted?
On Oct. 18, 1963 the Cuban embassy in Mexico City approved Oswald's visa, and on Nov. 9 Oswald wrote a typed Letter to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., which is unusual, because all his previous letters were handwritten (Ruth Hyde Paine typed it?).
On Oct. 19, 1963 JFK delivered a speech at the U. of Maine, reviewing the crises of the last 12 mo. and concluding that although there can be no coexistence with the Soviets in the field of ideology, coexistence without war is possible, with the soundbyte: "In times such as these, therefore, there is nothing inconsistent with signing an atmospheric nuclear test ban, on the one hand, and testing underground on the other; about being willing to sell to the Soviets our surplus wheat while refusing to sell strategic items; about probing their interest in a joint lunar landing while making a major effort to master this new environment; or about exploring the possibilities of disarmament while maintaining our stockpile of arms. For all of these moves, and all of these elements of American policy and allied policy towards the Soviet Union, are directed at a single, comprehensive goal, namely, convincing the Soviet leaders that it is dangerous for them to engage in direct or indirect aggression, futile for them to attempt to impose their will and their system on other unwilling people, and beneficial to them, as well as to the world, to join in the achievement of a genuine and enforceable peace" - goodbye, parting is such sweet sorrow? On Oct. 19 (eve.) JFK attended a New England Salute to the President in Boston, Mass., with the soundbyte: "This is the chance that we have, and it depends on two things: first, that this country move steadily ahead economically, that we do not limp from recession to recession, denying so many of our people an equal chance, a fair chance, a job, an opportunity. So what we need, in the first place, is to make sure that the United States does what other free countries have done for a decade, and which we did not do in the late fifties, and that is, enjoy a steadily rising economy, a steadily increasing standard of living, a steadier, richer, and wealthier country. That is within our grasp." On Oct. 22 JFK welcomed Bolvian Pres. Victor Paz Estenssoro at the White House. On Oct. 24 JFK gave an interview to Algerian-born French Jewish humanist leftist journalist Jean Daniel (Bensaid) (1920-), with the soundbyte: "I approved the proclamation Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will go even further. To some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we will have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries, that is perfectly clear."
On Oct. 25, 1963 JFK: Wanted for Treason handbills by Robert A. Surrey (associate of Gen. Edwin Walker) began to be handed out in Dallas, Tex., containing a list of inflammatory allegations that JFK was pinko, anti-Christian (really anti-white supremacist), etc.; the DPD compiled a List of 23 Subversives, of which Lee Harvey Oswald was #1, causing all of them to be followed by the DPD except him - trick or treat, sucker?
On Oct. 26-27, 1963 (Sat.-Sun.) JFK and his family spent the weekend together at their new home in the Va. countryside built by Jackie, which she calls Wexford; on Oct. 27 he attended church with his family.
On Oct. 28, 1963 JFK issued a statement honoring recently deceased Tex. Dem. Sen. (1929-53) Thomas Terry "Tom" Connally (b. 1877), who was instrumental in creating the U.N. On Oct. 31, 1963 (Halloween) JFK had his last meeting with J. Edgar Hoover - trick or treat, sucker?
Who Killed JFK Day Minus 21 - the Cui Bono Day? On Nov. 1-2, 1963 the U.S.-backed Diem Coup in Saigon, led by gen. Duong Van "Big" Minh (1916-2001) (known for the soundbyte "They had to be killed... Pres. Diem was too much respected among simple, gullible people in the countryside") overthrows the Diem govt., causing pres. (since 1955) Ngo Dinh Diem (b. 1901) of South Vietnam and his younger brother Ngo Dinh Nhu (b. 1910) (the brains of the outfit) to escape to the suburb of Cholon, where they are offered safe conduct out of the country, then murdered in the back of an armored personnel carrier by capt. Nguyen Van Nhung (1919-64), after which the pop. goes wild with joy, tearing down the statues and photos of Diem and his BBQ-loving sister-in-law Madame Ngo Nhu; "The name I would write under his portrait is the Patriot Ruined by the West" (Graham Greene); the Diem brothers were adamantly opposed to full-scale U.S. military involvement beyond the 16K combat advisers already there?; from now on the U.S. owns Vietnam, and pesky JFK can finally go? On Nov. 2-3, 1963 JFK met with Defense Dept. and State Dept. officials to discuss the situation.
On Nov. 2, 1963 New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello is acquitted of his crimes; Robert F. Kennedy later claims that he was behind the murder of his brudder JFK - payback for some dirty work for the govt.?
On Nov. 2, 1963 a Cuban plot to assassinate JFK in Chicago, Ill. is aborted after the Secret Service receives a teletype from the FBI, according to Secret Service agent Abraham Wendell Bolden Sr. (first African-Am. SS agent, personally brought into the White House detail by JFK in 1961, calling him the "Jackie Robinson of the Secret Service"), after which he is framed, er, found guilty of accepting a bribe and spends six years in prison to shut him up?
On Nov. 9-10, 1963 (Sat.-Sun.) Pres. Kennedy and his family spent their last weekend at Wexford, along with Newsweek editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Toni, who had been neighbors of JFK and Jackie in Georgetown when JFK was in the Senate, and Jackie's friends Paul and Eve Fout; they scheduled the next visit for Nov. 24 (Sun.) afternoon.
On Nov. 11, 1963 (Mon.) (Veteran's Day) JFK took his son John Jr. to Arlington Nat. Cemetery to watch his speech.
On Nov. 12, 1963 Pres. Kennedy signs a top secret memorandum to CIA counterintel chief James Jesus "Jim" Angleton (1917-87), AKA "the Kingfisher", telling him to begin sharing CIA UFO intel data with the Soviets through NASA; meanwhile he order NASA chief #2 (1961-8) James Edwin Webb (1906-92) to begin a peace overture to the Soviets via joint space exploration.
On Nov. 15, 1963 JFK has his last love tryst with White House intern Marion Fay "Mimi" Alford (nee Beardsley) (1943-) at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.
On Nov. 16-17, 1963 (Sat.-Sun.) JFK visits Md., N.Y., and Fla., where he inspects Cape Canaveral and watches the firing of a Polaris missile.
On Nov. 18, 1963 JFK visited Tampa, Fla., where an assassination attempt involving Cuban patsy Gilberto Lopez was uncovered by the Secret Service. On Nov. 18, 1963 Secret Service agents Winton G. Lawson (1929-) and Forrest V. Sorrels (1901-93) along with two DPD reps. staged a dry run of the final dogleg turn in Dealey Plaza where JFK was killed on Nov. 22 - should be no problem to set him up? After Lawson ordered the motorcycle cop escorts to redeploy from the JFK's sides to the safe rear (to make it easier to hit him?), Lawson and Sorrels rode the lead car ahead of JFK's (so they could have a nice alibi?); on Nov. 22, 2003 Lawson gave an interview to Michael Granberry of the Dallas Morning News with the soundbyte "I must have thought a million times, what could I have done to prevent it?... From Love Field to Dealey Plaza, there were 20,000 windows. How could we possibly check them all?" - he should have said 19,999 times - I'm sure he never missed a retirement check? On Nov. 19, 1963 the Dallas Times Herald and other Dallas newspapers published JFK's motorcade route - as if to advertise to all assassins he's yours? On Nov. 19, 1963 (100th anniv. of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address) JFK told his personal secy. (1953-63) Evelyn Maurine Norton Lincoln (1909-95) that he was going to replace LBJ as his vice-pres. for his 2nd term with N.C. Dem. gov. (1961-5) James Terry Sanford (1917-98), a former FBI agent known for higher education reform and for Research Triangle Park, who became pres. of Duke U. in 1969-85. Too bad JFK went to LBJ's town for a 3-hour tour, a 3-hour tour? On Nov. 19, 1963 JFK also had a conversation with RFK about his reelection and Vietnam, saying "Monday? Well, that's a tough day", to which RFK replied "It's a hell of a day, Mr. President." On Nov. 19, 1963 did I mention that the parade route for JFK's upcoming visit was announced, showing him driving right by the Texas School Book Depository despite there being no reason the motorcade had to make this final detour before getting on the Stemson Freeway other than a 1-in. concrete divider built into the road to force traffic to take the detour through this "historic area", which could have easily been taken care of for, ahem, security? Duh, this points a big finger at the Secret Service as being in on the assassination?
On Nov. 21, 1963 JFK and Jackie began a 2-day tour of yee-haw Texas, making love aboard Air Force One aboard the short flight from San Antonio to Houston in the afternoon, where they were booked into Rice Hotel in the evening in separate bedrooms; JFK failed to rehearse for a press conference the next day because his mind was on Vietnam, telling asst. press secy. Malcolm MacGregor "Mac" Kilduff Jr. (1927-2003), "I've just been given a list of the most recent casualties in Vietnam. We're losing too damned many people over there. It's time for us to get out. The Vietnamese are not fighting for themselves. We're the ones who are doing the fighting. After I come back from Texas that's going to change. There is no reason for us to lose another man over there. Vietnam is not worth another American life"; at 9 p.m. JFK gave a speech at the Rice Hotel in Houston at a gala given by the League of United Latin Am. Citizens (LULAC), where they were filmed on 8mm film by Roy Botello (1922-), who kept the film in his drawer for almost 47 years before releasing it to the public; Jackie gives a speech in Spanish; LBJ says "But I know I speak for all of you when I say that we are very proud and very happy that we have our beloved president and our lovely First Lady here with us tonight." On Nov. 21, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald gets co-worker Wesley Buell "Wes" Frazier (1944-) (his trainer at the Depository) to drive him to Irving, Tex., and on the morning of Nov. 22 returns with him with a paper package of "curtain rods" after leaving his wedding ring and $170 in cash with his wife; he allegedly stored his rifle in the Paine garage without their knowledge, since after the Big Brain Blow Ruth Hyde Paine passed the photo of him allegedly holding the rifle plus info. to the investigators linking him with the attempted assassination of right-wing Gen. Walker, then after the JFK assassination delivered a blanket that allegedly was used to store the rifle to the police, and that clears her of all suspicion (of disloyalty to the new world order?); too bad, the blanket was tied with a granny knot, which no Marine would make?; Frazier and his sister later express doubts that the package was long enough to contain the rifle, or that he could carry it tucked into his armpit with the base cupped in his hand; Frazier later expresses doubts that Oswald did the shooting at all. On Nov. 21, 1963 (night) Lyndon B. Johnson allegedly met in Dallas, Tex. with Dallas millionaire H.L. (Haroldson Lafayette) Hunt Jr. (1889-1974), Tex. oil tycoon Clint Williams Murchison Sr. (1895-1969) (whose son Clint William Murchison Jr. (1923-87) later bought the Dallas Cowboys NFL team), other right-wing businessmen, Richard Nixon, and FBI dir. J. Edgar Hoover, and after leaving allegedly told his mistress Madeleine Duncan Brown (1925-2002) "After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again, that's no threat, that's a promise"; she later claimed that Johnson and Hunt hatched the assassination plot during the 1960 Dem. Convention, telling her "We have lost a battle but we're going to win a war", and after the assasination gloating "We won the war", meeting in a lodge outside of Dallas with Hunt for two years first; LBJ couldn't have been in Dallas since he was in Houston with JFK? After the assassination, May Newman, family maid of Clint Murchison Sr. says: "The mood in the Murchison family home was very joyous and happy. For a whole week after like champagne and caviar flowed, every day of the week. But I was the only one in that household at that time that uh felt any grief for his assassination."
On Nov. 22, 1963 (a.m.) Cuban intel officer Florentino Aspillaga is ordered to "stop all your CIA work" and "put all of my equipment to listen to any small detail from Texas", as he later alleges after defecting. On Nov. 22, 1963 (a.m.) the Dallas Morning News, pub. by Edward Musgrove "Ted" Dealey (1892-1969) (son of George Bannerman Dealey, namesake of Dealey Plaza) carried an ominous black-bordered full-page ad associating JFK with Communism, personally approved by Dealey, pub. by the John Birch Society-affiliated Am. Fact-Finding Committee, which incl. H.L. Hunt and his son Nelson Bunker Hunt (1926-), and Jewish wannabe-John Bircher Bernard W. Weissman (1937-), who placed the $1,465 ad in the paper after allegedly meeting with Jack Ruby and J.D. Tippit at the Carousel Club on Nov. 14. So assuming that Lee Harvey Oswald could read, he would never plot to bump-off a fellow Commie like JFK, would he, but the Hunt brothers sure would? Also on Nov. 22 JFK had originally been scheduled to receive an honorary degree from Texas Christian U. in Ft. Worth in the morning, then fly to Dallas for a midday luncheon, but on Nov. 1 the Board of Trustees changed their minds and cancelled the offer.
If the government's so perfect, why did it send me a license saying I'm a woman?
The You Always Remember Where You Were Day? The Day the U.S. Constitution Died Like That, 1-2-3?
The first fully televised tragedy?
A turning point in U.S. history, as the most forked-up official coverup in Illuminati history
offers the old One Lucky Plucker Theory, which seems on closer inspection like one of them
Japanese magic shows with black ninjas?
The JFK Assassination is like a dark alley, with a stand in front holding a voluminous
official story, which you are told to accept by the government, while if you try to go
in the alley to see for yourself, you will end up dead, and all historyscopers can do
is hope to shine a little light in the alley while looking downstream and seeing who
had the power to do it, who benefitted, and who had the power to cover it up?
The Mighty U.S. comes to a stop for a month, during which who knows what's going on behind
the scenes during the nonexistent coup d'etat?
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed;
and all the world wondered after the beast" (Rev. 13:3)?
On Nov. 22, 1963 (11-22-33, er, 11-22-63) (6+3=9 and 22-11=11, thus the first real 9/11?) (Fri.) U.S. pres. (since Jan. 20, 1961) (34 mo., 2 days) (64 press conferences, avg. viewership 18M, max 65M) after approving a probe to see whether relations with Fidel Castro can be improved earlier this mo., John Fitzgerald Kennedy (b. 1917), visiting the 2nd of three Tex. cities (San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Dallas) with his wife Jackie leaves the Texas Hotel during a light rain after accidentally leaving his St. Jude and St. Christopher medals hanging on his Texas Hotel Suite 850 shower head, and asking Jackie to wear her pink suit, and commenting "We're heading into nut country today", stopping to give some brief remarks on a platform set up outside: "There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth. I appreciate your being here this morning. Mrs. Kennedy is organizing herself. It takes longer, but, of course, she looks better than we do when she does it", adding a remark about "the willingness of the citizens of the United States to assume the burdens of leadership"; he then leaves from Carswell Air Force Base (in operation 1942-94) 5 mi. NW of Ft. Worth, Tex., then 13 min. later lands in Love Field in Dallas on Runway 31 at 11:39 a.m., leaving in his 22-car motorcade and touring downtown Dallas (250K spectators) in his 1963 Blue Lincoln Continental (license plate GG-300), chauffeured by Irish-born 10th grade-educated William Robert Greer (1909-85) (one of three special-built cars), with the non-bulletproof bubbletop left in the trunk (JFK's idea, so people could see Jackie, or ordered removed by the Secret Service to make it easier for the shooters to see?), and with no motorycle cops riding in the usual flanking positions, as ordered by the Secret Service; the usual flat-bed truck for reporters to ride in front of the limo is cancelled; vehicles were in the wrong order, with Kennedy's limo in front, when it should been in the middle; Mafia-connected Dallas County sheriff (since 1949) James Eric "Bill" Decker (1898-1970) (who rides in the backseat of the motorcade's lead car) withdraws all police protection for the motorcade; as they leave Love Field, Secret Service agent Emory P. Roberts in the SS car behind JFK's car (taking orders from their new pres. LBJ in the car behind that, as they quit protecting soon-to-be dead pres. JFK in favor of him to keep their jobs?) orders agent Henry J. Rybka (standing on the back bumper of the pres. limo) to jump off and remain at the airport, with only Clint Hill on the bumper on Jackie's side, after which he too is gone by the fatal turn onto Houston St.; Jackie sits next to JFK wearing a (brain-colored?) pink suit and pillbox hat, designed by gay Am. fashion designer Halston (Roy Halston Frowick) (1932-90) (first worn at JFK's 1961 inauration), which ends up stored in the Nat. Archives until the year 2103; in the front seat next to driver Greer is Secret Service agent Roy Herman Kellerman (1915-84), in the 2nd row are the Connallys, and in the 3rd row the Kennedys; the 1956 Cadillac 9-passenger convertible behind it contains eight Secret Service agents, and the rented 1964 Lincoln 4-door convertible behind that contains shining Teflon LBJ and his left-wing Texas. Dem. Sen. buddy Ralph Yarborough (1903-96), who had been feuding with Connally and had believed LBJ was leaning towards his side, causing him to snub LBJ and refuse to ride in the same car with him in San Antonio on Nov. 21, but had been quickly reconciled; this is the first time that the Secret Service has allowed both the pres. and the vice-pres. to ride in the same motorcade, why why why ask the sky?; LBJ's driver is Texas Highway Patrolman Hurchel D. Jacks (1929-95); Secret Service Agent Rufus Youngblood (1924-96) sits in the front passenger seat of LBJ's car, and throws himself on top of him to protect him during the shooting (later getting promoted by LBJ to #2 in the Secret Service), while Kellerman only turns around and stays seated, but is later promoted, while later claiming to believe there was a can-you-spell-conspiracy that he wasn't in; the agents protecting LBJ's cars react instantly after the shooting starts, opening the left rear door, while JFK's agents stand around doing nothing; photos of LBJ's car in the motorcade later seem hard locate; the usual military aide with the telephone suitcase, as well as JFK's physician are not in the limo; meanwhile loose cannon Jack Ruby, owner of the Carousel strip joint is placing ads in the Dallas Morning News, and British "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley (b. 1894) is dying of cancer, going down high by taking 100 micrograms of LSD intramuscularly at 11:45 a.m. before croaking at 5:21 p.m.; English writer C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (b. 1898) also croaks at 5:33 p.m. of renal failure; "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polka Dot Bikini" singer Brian Hyland (1943-) is touring with Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" in Dallas, and sees the motorcade passing by but forgets to remove the lens cap from his camera; after driving through downtown Dallas through 250K cheering onlookers, where the 112th Military Intelligence Group at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio is mysteriously told to not show up to protect him like they're supposed to, and the usual four motorcycle cops are called off each side of the pres. limo and told to ride in the back of the motorcade, it reaches its end (where JFK's cheering supporters can't help him anymore, since he's now in copland, the oldest part of Dallas, where the cops control every square centimeter?), and about 12:00 instead of continuing on Main St. to the Triple Underpass (built 1936) (which allows a railway to pass over Commerce, Main and Elm Sts., where there are some railroad cars parked), it turns right from Main St. onto S Houston St. in front of the 1895 Romanesque Pecos Red sandstone 3-story Dallas Criminal Courts Bldg. ("Old Red") on the right, with the 1913 Dallas County Jail (where Bonnie and Clyde were once held) on the left; after passing the Dallas County Records Bldg. on the right and going one block N, it turns left in front of and away from the 7-story Dal-Tex (Dallas-Textiles) Market Bldg. (built 1902) at 501 Elm St., and passes in front of the 7-story red brick Texas School Book Depository at 411 Elm St. (built 1893, rebuilt 1903) (which sports a Hertz Rent-a-Car and Chevrolet sign on the roof and incongruous open windows on the 5th and 6th floors) onto Elm St. into Illuminati-friendly Devil's, er, Dealey Plaza (Lat. "rule of the goddess"?) in W Dallas, named after Dallas Morning News founder (1885) George Bannerman Dealey (1859-1946), located in the birthplace of Dallas (also home to its first Masonic Temple), just S of deg. 33 lat. near the Trinity River; going against all the usual Secret Service rules, the naked hearse, er, limo then slowly enters the Kill Zone, passing the Grassy Knoll, a term coined by UPI correspondent Albert Merriman Smith (1913-70) (who rides in the press pool four cars behind JFK and later sends the message on his radiotelephone "Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade in Dallas") on the way to the Triple Underpass, then to the N Stemmons Freeway, where JFK is scheduled to attend a luncheon at the Dallas International Trade Mart and deliver a speech to 2.6K which includes the soundbyte: "If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help"; the excuse for the end-route diversion is that there is a 3-in. concrete divider preventing crossing from Main onto the freeway on-ramp to force traffic into the plaza for commercial reasons, although for a president removing it would have been no problemo, as if they couldn't all easily drive over it?; around 10:30 a.m. after some early rains, Julia Ann Mercer claims to see a pickup truck parked next to the curb beyond the Triple Underpass, and a man remove a rifle wrapped in brown paper and carry it toward the Grassy Knoll; on Nov. 23 she IDs Jack Ruby as the driver for the FBI, who treat her like merde, mama said there'd be days like this; at 12:19 Dallas Morning News mail room employee Jerry Boyd Belknap (1940-), who was hit by a car several years earlier, requiring 3x a day medicine for fainting spells forgets it and faints while lined up to watch the motorcade on the W side of Houston St. (100 N. Houston), causing an ambulance to be dispatched from Parkland Memorial Hospital, after which he is given his medicine and walks out of the hospital without registering; a diversion to allow the shooters to get into place?; at 12:30 p.m. after the limo stops at the foot of Elm St. after making a wide turn in front of the Texas School Book Depository, then passes the "Stemmons Freeway" sign on the right (270 ft. from the 6th floor window in the Depository), U.S. Pres. John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (b. 1917) is assassinated with three shots from some kind of gun during a 5.6 sec. shooting window (8.6 sec.?), becoming the 7th straight victim of the Zero-Year Presidential Curse (after W.H. Harrison, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Coolidge, and FDR); the distance from the Magic Window to JFK is 88 yards, and Oswald had been rated as a sharpshooter who can accurately and rapidly hit targets at 200 yards, albeit with an M1; Texas gov. #38 (Jan. 15, 1963-Jan. 21, 1969) John Bowden Connally Jr. (1917-93) (key aid to LBJ in his congressman days, who switches to the Repub. Party after LBJ dies in 1973), riding in JFK's limo in the front seat is seriously wounded; JFK's driver William Greer suddenly slows down and stops after JFK's neck is wounded, then hits the gas only after the shots stop, and speeds to Parkland Memorial Hospital (founded 1894) at 5201 Harry Hines Blvd., Oak Lawn, later claiming to glance over his shoulder, see Connally shot, get told by Kellerman to "Get out of here fast", then step on the gas, while "a flurry of shells come into the car"; Greer later claims there was a conspiracy (which doesn't incl. him); some later claim to see photographic proof that Greer pulls out a pistol and plugs him right between the eyes, then puts the gun away quick and speeds up to the freeway, and others claim that the pistol is gas-powered and has an exploding bullet, all supplied by the CIA; too bad, it turns out to be a reflection from the top of Connally's head, although he still might have been in on it because of hitting the brakes; Connally's wife (since 1940) Idanell "Nellie" Connally (1919-2006) is not hurt, and later becomes the last living person that was in the car, claiming that the last words she said before the shots were "Mister President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you"; Jackie Kennedy sees JFK raise his right hand before falling, saying "He raised his hand just like that, it was neat, it was beautiful", and shouts out "Oh, no, they've shot Jack"; she then climbs out on the trunk to retrieve a piece of her hubby's skull (brain?), and later turns it over to the surgeon at the hospital, asking "Will this help?"; the photo of Jackie on the trunk by Dallas-born photojurnalist James William "Ike" Altgens (1919-95) becomes iconic; motorcycle cop Bobby Harkiss, riding to JFK's left rear is hit by a spray of brain matter, at first believing he has been shot, and later says "When I turned back to look, that's when the president was shot in the face"; there were two head shots, the first from the rear, the 2nd a half sec. later from the front, which blows out a piece of his skull along with brains, which is what Jackie reaches for?; during the shooting, Secret Service agent George Hickey (1923-) rises to his feet in the follow-up car with his AR-15 machine gun, but doesn't fire it?; he accidentally shot JFK, causing the big coverup?; Dallas policeman Dallas policeman Joe Marshall Smith races to the Grassy Knoll and meets a mysterious Secret Service agent in the parking lot, who flashes his credentials; the first radio announcement is by Edwin Newman (1919-2010) of NBC; at 12:36 the first nat. news bulletin of the shooting is aired by ABC Radio, with Don Gardiner (-1977) interrupting a recording of Doris Day's "Hooray for Hollywood"; the first TV announcement comes at 12:40 p.m. as CBS journalist Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. (1916-2009), who had broadcast various warnings of danger to JFK in Dallas files an audio report after "As the World Turns" is interrupted, along with several others, later breaking up with emotion over the assassination, viewed by up to 70M Americans plus viewers in 23 other countries, causing Charles Collingwood (1917-85) to be called in to replace him during the day, and Harry Reasoner to anchor the CBS Evening News; Cronkite later reads the Soviet reaction to the JFK assassination by Valentin Alexandrovich Zorin (1902-86), containing the soundbyte "Those who know how the security of President Kennedy is organized know that it is not possible for a fanatic to commit such an assassination. A political crime, thoroughly prepared and planned has taken place.... It is not accidental that it took place in the Southern states, which are well known as a stronghold of racist and other fascist scum. It is precisely here that Goldwater, who is one of the contenders for the presidency gets his support"; the govt. sticks to the 3-shot lone gunman theory from the get-go despite 58 of 90 witnesses interviewed (out of 400 total), incl. William Eugene "Bill" Newman and his wife Frances Gayle Newman, who are interviewed by WFAA-TV Channel 8 by 6'9" actor-journalist-organist Theodore Crawford "Ted" Cassidy (1932-79) (later Lurch in "The Addams Family"), claiming they thought the shots came from between the Depository and Grassy Knoll, and medical student Evalea Glanges (1940-99) claiming to see a bullet hole in the front windshield, and Earl Jack "Jay" Watson (1926-2001), mgr. of WFAA-AM, who was in the Book Depository and saw a man run out of the bldg. shortly after the shooting, then hiked back to the station, becoming the first to break the news of the assassination (but was snubbed by the police?); Orville Nix Sr. (1920-88) takes a 24.5 sec. video of the assassination from the far side at the corner of Main and Houston Sts., and the first public viewing isn't until the year 2000; Dallas Jewish dress manufacturer Abraham Zapruder (1905-70) (whose office is in the Dal-Tex Bldg.) takes an 8mm color home movie of the final moments from the Grassy Knoll side using a 1962 Model 414 Bell & Howell Zoomatic and Kodak Kodachrome II film, showing JFK's head exploding out the front, spewing a halo of vaporizing brain tissue as his body lurches back sharply and to the left at 2g acceleration, even though no witnesses in Dealey Plaza reported the body motion, and a motorcycle cop to the left rear was hit by his brains wich such force that he thought he himself had been shot; instead of showing the film, small-time Tex. newscaster Dan Rather (1931-) describes the film on CBS-TV, brazenly lying that JFK's head jerked forward rather than backward, after which he makes a meotoric rise at CBS, while the film is purchased for $150K by Time-Life and kept from the public for 14 years; how convenient that Clare Boothe Luce (1903-87), wife of Time and Life magazine founder Henry Robinson Luce (1898-1967) was not only a supporter of the anti-Castro movement, but a friend of suspected JFK assassination plotters David Atlee Phillips and Gen. Edward Lansdale? (see below); some later find evidence that the Zapruder film was faked or altered or manufactured to bolster the lone gunman theory; spectator (USAF vet) James Thomas "Jim" Tague (1936-) is struck on the right cheek by a bullet ricochet from the curb 23.5 ft. from the E edge of the Triple Underpass railroad bridge, after which an unidentified man in a suit is seen picking up a bullet in the grass on Elm St. in the company of deputy sheriff Eddy Raymond "Buddy" Walthers (1929-) and Dallas policeman Joe W. Foster; after they can't coverup Tague's story, the problem of too many bullets causes the Magic (Single) Bullet Theory (bullet CE399) to later be manufactured, calling this the 2nd bullet, although later investigators suspect it came from the 2nd floor of the Dal-Tex Bldg.; too bad, there is also a large oak tree in the way that makes shooting at JFK from the Depository difficult for the first two shots; on the S side of Dealey Plaza is the white 5-story U.S. Post Office Terminal Annex Bldg. (built 1937), where Oswald rented P.O. Box 6225 on Nov. 1; to the W of Dealey Plaza is parking lot and a railroad tower, where signalman Lee Edward Bowers Jr. (1925-66) is working, later testifying to seeing two men behind the stockade fence W of the Grassy Knoll, along with a flash of light and smoke, after which on Aug. 9, 1966 his new car crashes into a bridge in Midlothian, Tex., killing him (drugged?); Norma Jean Lollis Hill (1931-2000) (AKA "the Lady in Red" because of her long red raincoat) stands next to JFK's car during the assassination, and later claims to see a white man in a brown overcoat and hat running W from the Depository toward the railroad tracks, IDing him as Jack Ruby; Hill stands with friend Mary Ann Moorman (1932-), who takes a photograph of the Badge Man behind the Grassy Knoll less than 1/6 sec. after JFK's head exploded; is Badge Man none other than J.D. Tippit, making the reason he ends up assassinated later clear, to cover the tracks to the DPD?; across from the Grassy Knoll "Umbrella Man" Louie Steven Witt stands at the curb in Dealey Plaza holding an opened umbrella, which he later claims is a protest against JFK's appeasement of Commies, mimicking umbrella-loving Neville Chamberlain; it's really a parting message to JFK from the CIA that they're getting even for him not providing an umbrella of protection at the Bay of Pigs?; a fake Secret Service agent is seen on the Grass Knoll by DPD officer Seymour Weitzman (who discovers the rifle in the Depository, calling it a 7.65 Mauser before changing his story to the official version), who later IDs him as Bernard Leon Barker (1917-2009), a former member of the Batista Cuban secret police, who was later one of the 1972 Watergate burglars, incl. Eugenio R. "Musculito" Martinez (1924-) (Cuban), Frank Anthony Sturgis (Frank Angelo Fiorini) (1924-93) (Va.-born Am. who worked in Cuba), and Virgilio R. Gonzalez (1926-) (Cuban); three tramps are taken out of one of the three railroad cars on the nearby tracks after the shooting, and photographed being led around by police in Dealey Plaza, two of them resembling E. Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis; the bums later turn out to really be bums named Harold Doyle, Gus Abrams, and John Forrester Gedney?; some witnesses later claim to see known CIA operative Gerald Patrick "Gerry" Hemming (1937-) carrying a rifle case near the scene; meanwhile after all the careful solo planning, hiding plenty of ammo and weapons in his nest for days in advance, then shooting at JFK while he's heading straight at him so that he can get him right between the eyes, and having an easy time shooting the driver first to stop the car, then taking out LBJ's driver, LBJ, a bunch of Secret Service agents and a few cops, maybe Connally for extra points, plus that French Marie Antoinette bitch in the pillbox hat, er, taking out LBJ since he's the right-winger not JFK, or maybe waiting until they swing around and start heading toward the freeway, leaving JFK alone and losing him behind the big oak tree, then finally getting a good shot at LBJ, er, after killing them all, lone gunman Oswald, knowing he will be made in minutes because of his background and job there goes on to take several hostages and hole-up in the Depository, demanding a press interview, where he crows that he did it in the name of Communism to prove that Capitalism is weak and Marx rocks, and demands a plane to Cuba, where he will be welcomed as a hero, er, 74-90 sec. after the assassination Dallas motorcycle cop Marion L. Baker sees Oswald in the 2nd floor lunchroom drinking a Coke, where he is ID'd by bldg. suptd. Roy S. Truly, the same man who had hired him, who later testifies he is "calm, cool, normal and not out of breath in any way", after which Oswald quietly leaves the bldg. at 12:33 through the front door carrying the Coke bottle, then boards a bus at Field St. and Elm St. to his rooming house, later switching to a taxi; Oswald actually made his getaway from the Depository in a light-colored Rambler station wagon belonging to Ruth Hyde Paine?; meanwhile a police search of the Depository finds three spent shells lying in a row by the open window on the SE corner, a paper bag containing a pop bottle and chicken bones, and a 7.65 Mauser bolt-action rifle hidden among the book boxes at the head of the stairs, which later turns into a British Lee Enfield .303 Rifle (Tom Whelan on NBC-TV), and finally a Carcano; initially David Brinkley of NBC-TV reported that the rifle has no fingerprints; three days later a photo of the 6th floor window from the inside shows cartons piled up to look like a sniper's nest, although they are piled differently on the day of the assassination, arranged to block access so that nobody could have fired shots from the window?; two black men are looking out of a window on the 5th floor right beneath the Oswald window, incl. Harold "Hank" Norman (1938-), who claims to hear the three shots being fired plus the bolt working and the shells hitting the floor, along with James "Junior" Jarman Jr. (1930-), while Bonnie Ray Williams (1944-) (who ate his chicken, Fritos and Dr. Pepper lunch on the 6th floor at 12:10-12:15) is looking out an adjacent window, after which they all run up to see who did the shooting, er, go down and exit the building; "The second and the third shot was closer together than the first shot and the second shot... And it sounded, it even shook the building, the side we were on cement fell on my head" (Williams); deputy sheriff Harry Weatherford, best shot in the dept., who was assigned to the top of the County Records bldg. claims to see pigeons fly from the top of the Depository bldg. after the first shot, a muzzle flash from the 2nd shot, and to have fired at Oswald's window a microsecond before the 3rd shot, causing it to go high over Jackie and hit the curb on the S side of Elm St.; he was the real assassin?; Billy Lovelady, AKA Doorway Man is photographed standing on the ground floor of the Depository during the shooting wearing a plaid shirt and V-necked undershirt remarkably similar to that being worn by Oswald that day; at 12:45 after the genius police take a statement from eyewitness steamfitter Howard L. Brennan (1919-83), who claims to have seen Oswald in the Depository window from across the street, without knowing his name, and put two and two together at jet speed, a description is broadcast on the police radio, "Attention all squads, the suspect in the shooting at Elm and Houston is reported to be an unknown white male approximately 30, slender build, thought to be armed with anything but a 30-caliber rifle, no further description or information") (a description matching thousands of men, despite Oswald being the only Depository worker to flee and was duly reported by his boss?), after which no police are dispatched to any specific location other than Parkland Hospital and Dealey Plaza, and there is no manhunt or roundup?; the witnesses claiming to see him in the Depository window claim he has light colored hair and shirt, when Oswald has brown hair and is wearing a rust-brown shirt); at 1:00 p.m. Kennedy is pronounced dead in Trauma Room 1 of Parkland Memorial Hospital, given last rites by Roman Catholic priest Oscar L. Huber (1910-75), and after a confrontation at 2:00 between Dallas police and Secret Service agents, where Dallas County coroner Earl Rose attempts to enforce a state-mandated autopsy law, only to be overruled by district atty. Henry Wade, at 2:08 the corpse is whisked to Air Force One (so that the corpse of J.D. Tippit can be whisked in?); meanwhile a bullet is found in the hospital, and later U.S. rear adm. David P. Osborne (retired surgeon) claims that he saw a bullet roll out of sheets wrapping JFK's body at the military autopsy in Bethesda, Md., and handled it; surgical intern Charles Andrew Crenshaw (1933-2001), who placed JFK in a coffin later claims that he had four gunshot wounds, incl. one-two from the front, and that the neck wound was later tampered with (via a tracheotomy on a non-breathing corpse?) to make it look like an exit wound; in 1998 testimony to the Warren Commission is first released that a 2nd set of photos was taken at the military autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md. and covered-up; the military autopsy is performed at 8 p.m. to midnight by Navy chief pathologist James J. Humes (1925-99), who burns his autopsy notes in his fireplace on Nov. 24 then makes up new improved ones, claiming that "the bullet penetrated the rear of the president's head and exited through a large wound on the right side of his head"; in 1973 the federal govt. purchases Trauma Room 1 and places it in a locked vault in Ft. Worth; at 1:00 p.m. neighbors near Red Bird Airport (later Dallas Executive Airport) in the Dallas suburb of Richardson 6 mi. SW of downtown Dallas call police to report a noisy twin-engine Comanche-type airplane revving its engines at the end of the airstrip on a grassy area near a fence, with airport employee Louis Gaudin reporting that about 2:00 p.m. three men in business suits boarded it, and it took off then returned with two passengers, being met by DPD officer ? Haake; J.D. Tippit is killed near R.L. Thornton Freeway, the route to the airport; that was where Oswald was headed to fly to Houston, where David Ferrie would fly them to Mexico then South Africa, which has no extradition treaty with the U.S.?; at 1:03 or 1:04 p.m. after arriving at his rooming house at 1026 N. Beckley St. in Oak Cliff (W of Dealey Plaza), Oswald Wabbit is seen leaving fast by diabetic widowed landlady Earlene Roberts (-1966), who says there was a mysterious police car parked outside on the street with two cops in it, which honks its horn twice and drives away first (Tippit's car, and if so, who is the other guy, Tippit's killer?); at 1:07 p.m. Dallas police officer (JFK lookalike?) J.D. Tippit (b. 1924) is murdered at E 10th St. and Patton Ave. in the Oak Cliff area 3/4-mi. from his rooming house by Oswald or somebody in front of several conflicting witnesses, incl. Acquilla Clemmons, who told police that she saw two men, a short heavy gunman and a tall thin man in khaki trousers and white shirt, and cop favorite Mrs. Helen Markham, who claimed to see the whole thing, and later IDs him in a lineup after seeing him on TV, but later goofed up when being interviewed by Mark Lane, describing him as "short", "a little on the heavy side", with "somewhat bushy hair", and makes other mistakes; at 1:16 civilian Domingo Benavides, who claims to see Oswald kill Tippit while driving in his pickup stops and uses Tippit's police car radio to call it in; R.C. Nelson is the only other officer assigned to the southwest Dallas area that day, and Tippett has Oak Cliff all to himself; after JFK dies at 1:00, his asst. press secy. Malcolm MacGregor "Mac" Kilduff Jr. (1927-2003) walks up to LBJ and addresses him as "Mr. President", causing Lady Bird Johnson to utter a short scream, after which LBJ tells him not to announce it until he leaves the hospital, later saying "I asked that the announcement be made after we left the room... so that if it were an international conspiracy... they would destroy us all"; shortly after JFK's death, John Connally's wife Nellie Connally hands a note from her hubby to his press secy. Julian Read to give to Jackie at Parkland Hospital, reading: "My thoughts have been with you constantly since being told the full truth today. I am overwhelmed beyond words. Nellie and I grieve for you and your children and pray that God will sustain you and give all of us the courage and wisdom we need in this dark hour in our nation's history"; at 1:33 Kilduff announced the death of JFK to the press in the Nurse's Room, with the soundbyte "President John F. Kennedy died at approximately 1:00 CST today here in Dallas. He died of a gunshot wound in the brain. Dr. Berkeley tells me that it was a simple matter of a bullet right through the head. I have no other details regarding the assassination of the president""; at 1:50-55 (51 min. after the assassination?) suspected not single but double assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (b. 1939) is arrested with mucho publicity in the Texas Theater at 232 W. Jefferson after he sneaks in without paying the 90-cent admission and Johnny Calvin Brewer, asst. mgr. of Hardy's Shoe Store made him from a radio description, alerts the ticket clerk Julia Postal (who is distracted by passing police sirens, and claims that Oswald had a panicked look on his face), then waits at the back and points him out for the cops after the lights are turned on; the theater is showing the 1963 B&W Korean War film "War is Hell", dir. by Burt Topper (one of two B war movies on the bill), and it had just started when Oswald is arrested amid the sound of onscreen gunfire, shouting "Well, it's all over now", then punching in the nose and pointing his .38 pistol at officer Nick McDonald (1928-2005), who catches the hammer in the web of his fingers, after which police detective Paul Bentley (1921-2008) jumps over several rows and arrests him, cutting Oswald's eye with his Masonic ring, causing him to cry police brutality; (JFK is dead for 2 hours, and the patsy is already in jail while the real culprit is making his getaway in Air Force One?) at 2:05 Oswald arrives at the police station in the custody of five DPD officers, and takes Dallas Police Mugshot #54018; at 2:30 p.m. he is interviewed in the office of DPD homicide and robbery chief Capt. John Will Fritz by Dallas FBI agent James P. Hosty (1928-), who had visited his wife Marina on Nov. 1 and Nov. 5, after which Oswald walked into his FBI office on Nov. 12 and gave a note to him, which he later claims is a complaint about the harassment but he conveniently destroyed, the secret taking until 1975 to come out, which Hosty pub. a book about in 1996; at 2:05 as Oswald is being brought in, Hosty tells the DPD criminal intel squad chief, lt. Jack Revill that he knew that known Commie Oswald is a likely candidate for a pres. assassination, which the DPD later twists into he was capable of committing the assassination, which Hosty later hotly denies, thinking the DPD is trying to blame the FBI for it; Marina Oswald (1941-) is taken into custody by the Secret Service and held at the Inn of the Six Flags in Arlington (near Ft. Worth), Tex. for 2 mo., during which time she is probably threatened with deportation if she doesn't cooperate by regurgitating the coverstories they're feeding her, after which she claims to have locked her hubby in the bathroom once to keep him from shooting Richard Nixon, although it locks from the inside; at 2:18 Jackie Kennedy arrives on Air Force One (Boeing 737) in her blood-soaked pink dress, which Lady Bird Johnson suggests she change out of, to which she replies "No, I want them to see what they have done to Jack"; at 2:38 p.m. 6'2" Tex.-born horse-trading backroom-dealing super-politician (obsessively watches the evening news on multiple TVs, has a button panel installed in the Oval Office reading "Coffee, Tea, Coke, Fresca", and enjoys high speed drives around his Texas ranch) Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) (who did-I-mention rode in the limo behind JFK's and didn't get a scratch?) becomes the 36th U.S. pres. (until 1969) in the 52nd U.S. Pres. Inauguration as federal judge (1961-82) Sarah Tilghman Hughes (1896-1985) (first woman to do it) gives him the oath of office before takeoff on a Roman Catholic missal found in near JFK's bed on the plane, with grief-stricken Jackie Kennedy standing at his left, becoming the first U.S. pres. sworn-in on a Catholic missal, after which there is a rumor that it was Hughes' personal Bible, or that it was lost or stolen by LBJ; she mistakenly makes him add "so help me God" to the oath; Kilduff makes the only audio recording of the event using a Dictabelt Dictaphone from JFK's desk on the plane; future House speaker (1971-77) Carl Bert Albert (1908-2000) winks at smiling LBJ after he is sworn-in; JFK's classmate Theodore Harold White (1915-86) gets an exclusive interview with stoic Jackie shortly after the assassination, and becomes the first to compare JFK's short-lived presidency with the British legend of Camelot; Jackie Kennedy comments: "He couldn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights... it had to be some silly little Communist"; Jack Valenti (1921-2007), who rode in the motorcade ends up with LBJ on the plane, and becomes his advisor; First Lady is Claudia "Lady Bird" Alta Taylor Johnson (1912-2007) (Secret Service codename: Victoria), who utters the soundbyte "I feel like I am suddenly onstage for a part I never rehearsed"; LBJ, known for his in-your-face intimidating Johnson Style soon becomes known for sleeping through most movies shown in the White House (his mental movies being far more interesting?); William Allen Harper finds a piece of JFK's skull, which the govt. denies is from the lower occipital (back) area, later losing it; Oswald is interrogated for approx. 12 hours by 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 24; CBS reporter Bob Schieffer (1937-) drives Oswald's mother Marguerite Claverie Oswald (1907-81) to see him in jail, where he is not permitted to talk to him, claiming an FBI man threatened to kill him, after which he says the JFK affair "turned us into a cynical people"; there is worldwide mourning, with writer John Steinbeck (1902-68), in Poland on a cultural mission for the State Dept. comments that he'd never seen so much mourning; the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. drops 21 points (3%), then recovers within a week; at 7:05 p.m. Oswald is charged with Tippit's murder by known corrupt justice-for-the-police Dallas DA (1951-87) Henry Menasco Wade (1914-2001), and at 7:55 p.m. he is trotted out bearing bruises and cuts in front of TV cameras by Texas lawmen wearing Stetson hats, giving him his big chance, where he utters the immortal soundbyte "I'm a Communist, and I killed your president all by myself, despite all your Dallas Police, FBI, Secret Service, CIA and military could do, which proves that your degenerate system is weak and Khrushchev and Castro rock, and that's why I did it, to make myself a big man and win one for Marx and Lenin, eat me", er, "They're taking me in because of the fact I lived in the Soviet Union", and "I'm just a patsy", and "I didn't shoot anybody, no sir"; he is then is told by a reporter that he's being charged with JFK's murder too, which seems to surprise him, and he is officially charged at 11:26 p.m. (state charges only, since it's not a federal offense to kill a U.S. pres. yet); after Dallas police put out an APB on a '57 Ford, Donald Wayne House (1941-) of Ranger, Tex. is arrested in Ft. Worth (30 mi. W of Dallas) 90 min. after the assassination, then after he says he didn't do it he is released, although the TV reporter slips and says that Tippit was shot by a man in a car; Mormon missionary Robert Earl "Bob" Croft of Wyo. takes four photos of the assassination, the most famous showing Jackie looking directly at him, which the FBI and Secret Service later claim had a malfunction on the frame coinciding with the head shot; at 8:15 after JFK's body is delivered to Bethesda Naval Hospital in two different caskets at two different times (6:35 p.m. in a body bag in a plain shipping casket, and 8:00 p.m. in white sheets in a bronze casket), the military autopsy of JFK begins; as JFK is being assassinated, his press secy. Pierre Salinger is on a plane to Tokyo with six of nine cabinet members incl. state secy. Dean Rusk to set up an economic conference next Feb., which would make JFK the first U.S. pres. to visit Japan since WWII; LBJ retains Salinger as his press secy., after which which he serves as Dem. Calif. Sen. from Aug. 4-Dec. 31, 1964, then becomes RFK's pres. campaign mgr., witnesses his assassination, and moves to France to become a correspondent for L'Express. On Nov. 22, 1963 (afternoon) Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. (1954-) was picked up early from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., and told about what happened to Uncle Jack, while Justice Dept. atty. Dean Markham picked up his little brother David at Our Lady of Victory and did ditto. RFK Jr. later blames right-wingers for the assassination. JFK was really assassinated for having too much interest in UFOs? :)
On Nov. 23, 1963 (Sat.) (dawn) a fire at the Golden Age Nursing Home near Fitchville, Ohio kills 63, most while sleeping. On Nov. 23, 1963 after Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine mistakenly points his submachine-gun at him in early morning darkness at his home, new Pres. Johnson declares Nov. 25 a Nat. Day of Mourning, his first official act of office - except for him and his friends, who party hearty, you can't go without the green bean casserole? On Nov. 23, 1963 a mysterious Clay Bertrand contacts New Orleans, La. atty. Dean Andrews and asks him to go to Dallas to represent Lee Harvey Oswald; New Orleans DA Jim Garrison later connects him to Clay Laverne Shaw. On Nov. 23, 1963 Backyard Photos of Lee Harvey Oswald Holding a Rifle in One Hand and a Commie Newspaper in the Other are found at the home of Ruth Hyde Paine and released by Dallas police, cinching the lone nut gunman theory for the public; one of the photos is shown on the cover of Life mag. in Feb. 1964; when Oswald is shown the photos he says it's his face posted on somebody else's body, and the black shirt and pants in the photo are never found; a shadow on his chin stays in the same place even when his head is tilted; his real chin has a cleft, but the photo shows no cleft, since it's at the line where a photo cut would have to have been made; the photo shows him wearing a watch, although he never wears one. On Nov. 23, 1963 a 3 in. German-made Minox Spy Camera is found in Oswald's sea bag by detectives Gus Rose and Richard Stovall; it is not available to the public at this time?; on Nov. 26 the DPD turns it over to the FBI, who attempt a coverup, calling it a light meter. On Nov. 23, 1963 after being whisked from Methodist Gen. Hospital to Parkland Hospital on Nov. 22 right after JFK is whisked to Air Force One, then processed and never seen by kin, the body of DPD officer J.D. Tippit is buried in a sealed casket because his wounds allegedly disfigure his face; he is later described as being shot in the right temporal area in the same place as JFK, and since his photos bear a striking resemblance to JFK, were their autopsy X-rays switched, esp. the Death Stare Photo and the Devil's Ear Photo, causing the existence of a massive govt. conspiracy to stare us in the face? On Nov. 23, 1963 (Sat.) (5:25 p.m.) the long-running campy sci-fi series with a catchy musical theme in the opening (the best thing about the show?) Doctor Who (a Timelord from the planet Gallifrey who travels in a spaceship that looks like a London police call box on the outside and an Edwardian mansion on the inside) debuted on BBC-TV with An Unearthly Child, dir. by Indian-born Cambridge-educated Waris Hussein (1938-); the cool Doctor Who Theme is more interesting than the campy show? On Nov. 23, 1963 (eve.) Lee Harvey Oswald makes a call from jail to John David Hurt, an atty. who had been in counterintel during WWII; he later claims that he got drunk and called Oswald as a prank. On Nov. 23, 1963 (Sat.) (night) after Cuban exile students pub. a broadsheet with photos of him and Oswald together under the headline "The Presumed Assassins", Fidel Castro gives a Speech on JFK's Assassination 30 hours after the assassination, denying any connection with it, denying he ever heard of Oswald, and calling it a CIA provocation; CIA agent Brian Latell later claims that "Castro a nd a small number of Cuban intelligence officers were complicit in Kennedy's death but that their involvement fell short of an organized assassination plot"; instead they "exhorted Oswald," and "encouraged his feral militance"; CIA man George Joannides (1922-) paid for the broadsheet in an effort to destabilize Castro and prep the public for another U.S. invasion?
On Nov. 24, 1963 (Sun.) (11:21 a.m. CST) (47 hours after you know what) while being transported to the county jail, Lee Harvey Oswald (b. 1939) is neatly assassinated with a snub-nosed Colt Cobra .38 revolver to the guts in the Dallas police station basement parking lot by local strip club owner and suspected Mafia made man (Jewish) Jack Leon "Sparky" Ruby (Rubenstein) (1911-67) in front of nat. TV cameras (first murder seen live on U.S. TV), with the Dallas police standing idly by doing nothing to stop him and leaving the cameras good angles so that everybody knows who did it this time (now he can't be given a r outine 2-3 day murder trial with a good lawyer and easily convicted, ha ha); press photographer Robert "Bob" Jackson, who witnessed a rifle in the 6th floor window of the Depository takes an iconic photo of the shooting of Oswald by Ruby; after being rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, Oswald dies in Trauma Room 1 at 1:07 p.m., 48 hours 7 min. after JFK died; Ruby tells reporters he did it to zoom zoom prove that "Jews have guts", that he is helping the city of Dallas "redeem" itself, and that he wanted to spare Jackie Kennedy the ordeal of appearing at Oswald's trial, although after having time to think he changes his story and says he did it on the spur of the moment (he was taking the diet pill Preludin (Phenmetrazine), which raises the metabolism) (how convenient that this case never sees the inside of a courtroom?); Ruby's gun was purchased at Ray's Hardware and Sporting Goods in Dallas, run by Lawrence Brantley (1921-96); Ruby had previously wired money to a friend/employee, and left his dachshund Sheba in his car, and has no trouble getting let into the garage (by police confidants?), and afterward the govt. does nothing to officially establish Ruby's Mafia ties; Stetson hat-wearing Dallas police detective James R. "Jim" Leavelle (1920-) is handcuffed to Oswald when he gets the lead, becoming a celeb, while detective L.C. Graves (-1995) (brother-in-law of Paul Bentley) wrenches the pistol from Ruby's right hand; on Nov. 24 J. Edgar Hoover writes a memo stating "The thing I am most concerned about... is having something issued so that we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin", I guess the investigation was already over; Oswald's mother Marguerite begins her own investigation, later claiming that her dear son, whom she knew better than anybody, was a govt. agent and a patriotic hero, and would one day be cleared, while the press treats her like merde; the three major networks (all liberal) paint JFK's assassination as the result of a "climate of hate" caused by conservatism, despite Oswald's Commie past, stinking conservatism up until Reagan in 1980?; the Hollywood movie "The Manchurian Candidate" is withdrawn from theaters because of its similarity; meanwhile U.S. TV screens become boring to kids with no network shows, only dreary mourning (a nat. security alert and news blackout in case of a revolt?); on May 8, 1964 (after he earns it by running the Federal Bureau of Uninvestigation to keep his regime stable?) J. Edgar Hoover is appointed FBI dir. for life by new pres. LBJ.
On Nov. 24, 1963 (Sun.) one of the greatest high school football games in yee-haw-we-killed-JFK Texas history was played between Lee and Brackenridge in San Antonio as running back Linus Baer led Lee in a last-second 55-48 win over Brackenridge and future U. of Houston star Warren Douglas McVea (1946-).
On Nov. 25, 1963 (Mon.) after Robert Kennedy fails to show up for work, acting (deputy)U.S. atty. gen. Nicholas deBelleville "Nick" Katzenbach (1922-2012) sends a memo to LBJ's aide Bill Moyers, detailing a coverup plan, incl. suggestions for influencing the FBI and setting up a special hand-picked commission to circumvent a congressional investigation, with the soundbyte: "The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin,that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial"; LBJ makes Katzenbach atty.-gen. (#65) in Feb. 11, 1965-Oct. 2, 1966. On Nov. 25, 1963 (Mon.) after Jackie Kennedy acts as de-facto pres. for two hours in the Red Room of the White House, receiving eight dozen internat. delegations solo, the John F. Kennedy State Funeral in Washington, D.C. sees his body laid to rest at Arlington Nat. Cemetery (in "the most beautiful spot", picked by Robert S. McNamara) in a cathartic nationally-televised event that features the caissons, the funeral march, Jackie leading the delegations on foot like a female pres., and his son John Fitzgerald "John-John" Kennedy Jr. (1960-99) (his 3rd birthday) saluting him while his mommy in a veil plays Madonna with Child; the bronze casket in which JFK was flown from Dallas to Washington, D.C. is dropped into a 9K-ft. military dump site off the Md.-Del. coast; JFK had set Nov. 25 as the date for a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam to relieve him from his duties in preparation for a gradual diminishing of the U.S. presence in Vietnam.
On Nov. 26, 1963 Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin (1930-) pub. an article on the man who dug JFK's grave. On Nov. 27, 1963 as Americans mourn the late Pres. Kennedy, Pres. Johnson delivers LBJ's First Address to Congress, calling for "the earliest possible passage of the Civil Rights Bill and a tax cut as the best way of honoring" him, with the soundbyte: "All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today. The greatest leader of our time has been struck down by the foulest deed of our time. Today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy lives on in the immortal words and works that he left behind. He lives on in the mind and memories of mankind. He lives on in the hearts of his countrymen", receiving a 2-min. ovation after 32 bursts of applause; Johnson mentions global warming, with the soundbyte that industrial emissions had "altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale". On Nov. 28, 1963 the Crusher defeats Verne Gagne in St. Paul, Minn. to become NWA champ. On Nov. 28, 1963 the Beatles single She Loves You returns to #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart, becoming their first million-seller before "I Want to Hold Your Hand". On Nov. 28, 1963 Pres. Johnson announces that the NASA Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. will be renamed after JFK; it is changed back in 1973 after a local vote.
On Nov. 29, 1963 Pres. Johnson signs Nat. Security Action Memorandum 273, reversing JFK's pullout of U.S. troops from Vietnam, or at least advisers. On Nov. 29, 1963 Pres. Johnson issues Executive Order 11130, establishing the Warren Commission, headed by chief justice Earl Warren, and incl. a motley crew of suspects, er, members, incl. former CIA dir. (1953-61) Allen Welsh Dulles (1893-1969), Sens. Richard Brevard Russell Jr. (1897-1971) (D-Ga.) and John Sherman Cooper (1901-91) (R-Ky.), U.S. Reps. Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (1914-72) (the only one who disagrees with the Magic Bullet Theory, after which he has a mysterious fatal airplane crash in Alaska in 1972) and Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. (1913-2006), U.S. Treasury secy. #57 (1961-5) Clarence Douglas (Douglass) Dillon (1909-2003) (overseer of the Secret Service), and JFK adviser John Jay McCloy (1895-1989) (known for opposing the payment of German reparations after WWI, the bombing of the railways leading to Auschwitz in WWII, the atomic bombing of Japan, the compensation of Japanese-Am. POWs, and for his pardoning of Nazi war criminals) to coverup, er, investigate the assassination, which hears its first witness on Feb. 3, 1964, followed by 551 more. On Nov. 29, 1963 an evening episode of Route 66 titled I'm Here to Kill a King is cancelled because of the JFK assassination; it was aired on Mar. 20, 1964.
On Nov. 29, 1963 Jackie Kennedy gives the Camelot Interview to T.H. (Terence Hanbury) White (1906-64) in Hyannisport, Mass., which was partly pub. in the Dec. 6 Life mag., the rest in White's 1978 posth. memoir In Search of History: A Personal Adventure, containing the soundbyte: "I'd get out of bed at night and play it for him, when it was so cold getting out of bed... on a Victrola 10 years old. And the song he loved most came at the very end of this record, the last side of Camelot, sad Camelot... 'Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot'... There'll never be another Camelot again...", launching the JFK Camelot myth. Bzzz! Gotcha! Terence Hanbury White is the author of "The Once and Future King", about, er, Camelot. This White is Theodore Harold White (1915-86), a former classmate of JFK, this White is Right.
On Nov. 30, 1963 the body of Karyn Kupcinet (b. 1940) is found in Los Angeles, Calif. two days after death; a few days before JFK's assassination she tried to place a long distance call, and the operator allegedly heard her scream that JFK was going to be killed. This is just one of 100+ suspicious deaths related to the JFK assassination - you know what I think of averages?
On Dec. 1, 1963 Jackie Kennedy writes a letter to Khrushchev, with the soundbyte: "The danger which troubled my husband was that war might be started not so much by the big men as by the little ones. While big men know the needs for self-control and restraint, little men are sometimes moved more by fear and pride. If only in the future the big men can continue to make the little ones sit down and talk, before they start to fight."
On Dec. 4, 1963 Malcolm X (1925-65) gives his Chickens Come Home to Roost Speech, where he philosophizes that the white violence against blacks that JFK failed to stop came back to haunt him.
On Dec. 7, 1963 a videotaped instant replay is used for the first time in a live sports telecast of the Army-Navy Game (originally scheduled for Dec. 1, which JFK was planning on attending, and which is played at Jackie's request in his honor) as CBS-TV replays a 1-yard TD run by Army QB Rollie Stichweh. Navy defeats Army 21-15; should have had a replay two weeks earlier, in Dallas?
On Dec. 10, 1963 Walter Cronkite reairs a CBS News report from London on the Beatles that had been originally scheduled for the CBS Evening News of Nov. 22, launching the Beatles craze in the U.S.; meanwhile Capitol Records signs a right of first refusal agreement with the Beatles.
On Dec. 22, 1963 after the Nat. Christmas Tree at the White House is left dark, the 30-day mourning period for dead president Kennedy ends, and a Minute For Peace was broadcast, sponsored by John McConnell (1915-). On Dec. 22 (after suspecting CIA involvement in JFK's assassination?) former Pres. Harry S. Truman pub. an article in the Washington Post early ed. (excised from later eds.), warning about the dangers of the CIA, with the soundbytes: "For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas", and "We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel we need to correct it." On Dec. 23, 1963 William Mann in the London Times calls John Lennon and Paul McCartney "the outstanding English composers of 1963". On Dec. 24, 1963 New York's Idlewild Airport is renamed JFK Airport. On Dec. 26, 1963 the Beatles waste no time releasing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" to bored Yankee teenie girls. On Dec. 29, 1963 the 11-1-2 Chicago Bears defeat the 11-3 New York Giants on a freezing day by 14-10 to give "Papa" Bear George Halas his last of six titles (first 1921); he retires in 1967. On Dec. 30, 1963 the U.S. Congress authorizes the Kennedy $1 bill, er, half-dollar coin, which is issued next Mar. 24.
Later in 1963 Pres. Johnson attends the dedication of the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Austin, Tex., where they thank him for saving 400-500 Jews during WWII; LBJ tells an Israeli diplomat "You have lost a very great friend [JFK], but you have found a better one." White English TV personality David Frost (1939-) (known for having an affair with African-Am. actress Diahan Carroll) holds a tribute to JFK on "That Was the Week That Was", causing his fame to spread to the U.S., after which Frost began interviewing all British PMs since 1964 and U.S. presidents since 1969. Black Beat poet Bob Kaufman (1925-86) takes a Buddhist vow of silence until the end of the Vietnam War in 1973, which he breaks by reciting his poem All Those Ships That Never Sailed.
Lincoln-JFK Coincidences: Lincoln was first elected to Congress in 1846, JFK in 1946; Lincon was elected as pres. on 11-6-60, JFK on 11-8-60; both are succeeded by Southerners named Johnson, one born in 1808, the other in 1908; both are shot in the back of the head on a Fri. while their fashion plate wives (who die around the age of 64) are present; John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839, Oswald in 1939, and both are shot before they can come to trial; Booth did it in a theater and ran to a warehouse, while Oswald did it in a warehouse and ran to a theater; Lincoln is shot in Ford's theater, and JFK is shot in a Ford Lincoln; JFK's secy. (since 1963) was Evelyn Maurine Norton Lincoln (1909-95), who advised him against going to Dallas, and made a list of suspects after the assassination that included LBJ, Richard Nixon, the CIA, Communists, and the KKK. Hours before his assassination, Lincoln told White House guard William Henry Crook (1839-1915): "I believe there are men who want to take my life... And I have no doubt they will do it... If it is to be done, it is impossible to prevent it"; hours before his assassination, JFK tells his wife Jackie and personal adviser Ken O'Donnell: "If somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?"
On Jan. 24, 1964 Warren Commission gen. counsel (U.S. solicitor gen. in 1956-61) James Lee Rankin (1907-96) admitted in a secret meeting that Lee Harvey Oswald had been on the payroll of the FBI until the time of the JFK assassination, receiving $200 per mo.; it takes 10 years and a lengthy court battle by JFK researcher Harold Weisberg to make it public.
In June 1964 after meeting him in the early 1950s in Harlem, Warren Commission staffer William "Bill" Coleman (only African-Am. atty. on the commission) visited Fidel Castro in Cuba, who denied any involvement in the JFK assassination, claiming to admire him; the meeting was first revealed by the London Times on Jan. 7, 2006.
In June 1964 the Warren Commission finally got around to interviewing Jack Ruby, who told them "Gentlemen, I want to tell the truth, but I cannot tell it here. If you want a fair shake out of me, you have to take me to Washington", which Earl Warren answers by "No, it could not be done, it could not be done. There are a good many things involved in that, Mr. Ruby." Ruby kept fingering LBJ, writing a Letter from Jail, with the soundbyte: "You must believe me that I know what is taking place, so please with all my heart, you must believe me, because I am counting on you to save this country a lot of blood-shed. As soon as you get out you must read Texan looks at Lyndon [A Texan Looks At Lyndon by J. Evetts Haley], and it may open your eyes to a lot of things. This man is a Nazi in the worst order." It also contained the soundbyte: "Isn't it strange that Oswald who hasn't worked a lick most of his life, should be fortunate enough to get a job at the Book Building two weeks before the president himself didn't know as to when he was to visit Dallas, now where would a jerk like Oswald get the information that the president was coming to Dallas? Only one person could have had that information, and that man was Johnson who knew weeks in advance as to what was going to happen, because he is the one who was going to arrange the trip for the president, this had been planned long before the president himself knew about, so you can figure that one out. The only one who gained by the shooting of the president was Johnson, and he was in a car in the rear and safe when the shooting took place. What would the Russians, Castro or anyone else have to gain by eliminating the president? If Johnson was so heartbroken over Kennedy, why didn't he do something for Robert Kennedy? All he did was snub him."
It's our turn to get some Honkin Tonkin joy in Vietnam? On July 30-31, 1964 (midnight) the U.S. Navy fires on the North Vietnamese islands of Hon Ngu and Hon Me; on Aug. 2 (afternoon) destroyer USS Maddox is allegedly attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin by three Vietnamese PT boats from Hon Me, who score one bullet, after which it retreats, then returns on Aug. 3 accompanied by the USS C. Turner Joy, after which on Aug. 3-4 (night) U.S. ships from Danang shell two points on the North Vietnamese mainland; on Aug. 4 (night) both destroyers fire after radar blips indicate a 2nd torpedo boat attack, after which on Aug. 5 carrier USS Ticonderoga helps them sink one gunboat and chase two others, while Operation Pierce Arrow, a bombing of North Vietnam by planes from USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation takes out a major petroleum storage facility in Vinh; too bad, Navy Lt. Everett Alvarez Jr. (1937-) is shot down and captured in beautiful Ha Long (Chin. "Descending Dragon") Bay, becoming the first U.S. naval aviator captured by the North Vietnamese, and the 2nd longest-held POW in U.S. history (released in 1973 after 8.5 years); on Aug. 5 in response to the 2nd Tonkin Gulf Incident, LBJ gives a U.S. Policy on Southeast Asia Speech at Syracuse U., with the soundbytes "The attacks were deliberate, the attacks were unprovoked, the attacks have been answered", and "There an be no peace by aggression, and no immunity from reply"; on Aug. 7 after U.S. defense secy. Robert Strange McNamara strangely deceives LBJ about the nature of the attack, and the North Vietnamese are characterized as the aggressors despite a report from USS Maddox Capt. John J. Herrick that "freak weather effects" caused false radar readings and that no North Vietnamese patrol boats had been sighted, the U.S. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is passed 414-0 in the House and 88-2 in the Senate, giving Pres. Johnson virtually unlimited war powers; it is repealed on Jan. 13, 1971; the no votes are from Sens. Wayne Lyman Morse (1900-74) (D-Ore.) (1945-69) and Ernest Henry Gruening (1887-1974) (D-Alaska) (1959-69); in 1971 it is revealed that the U.S. boats violated Vietnamese territorial waters and were the real aggressors; the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is LBJ's payback to the CIA for helping him take out JFK?; in 2001 NSA historian Robert J. Hanyok finds that there was no 2nd attack, and that NSA officers deliberately distorted intercepts (the NSA covers this up until 2005); on Jan. 28, 1973 Turner Joy becomes the ship to fire the last official shot of the Vietnam War for the U.S.
This is the Age of Aquaverups? Another case of history being written by the winning side? On Sept. 24, 1964 (Thur.) the Warren Commission delivered to LBJ the 888-page, 296K-word Warren Commission Report (published in paperback by Bantam Books), concluding that dead Lee Harvey Oswald acted good enough to win the Oscar, but had no supporting cast, crew, writer, dir. or producer, er, acted alone, and there was no conspiracy anymore, because the coverup is now complete, hold it in your hands, with the immortal soundbyte that if there was a conspiracy, it is "beyond the reach of all the investigative agencies and resources of the United States"; 26 vols. of supporting evidence (20K pages, 10M words) are also provided, with no index; the records are sealed in the Nat. Archives for 75 years (until the year 2039), but the 1966 U.S. Freedom of Info. Act causes all but 1% to be released, after which the 1992 U.S. JFK Records Act changes the date to 2017 (25 years after 1992) (after the conspirators are all dead?). The report claiming that lucky dog Oswald Wabbit did it all alone with three bullets contains the Magic (Single) Bullet Theory of Philly Dem. atty., commission junior counsel and future U.S. Repub. Sen. (1981-2011) Arlen Specter (1930-2112), the first shot, which hits both JFK and Connally and does a little too much work for one bullet, with a total lapse of all presidential security and all the wheels coming up cherries just clearing Oswald's way by luck, incl. the fact that the bullet needs to enter JFK's back at the base of the neck, no lower than the first thoracic vertebra (T1), when the JFK Death Certificate, signed by JFK's personal physician (since July) Rear Adm. George Burkley (1903-91) (who goes on to become LBJ's personal physician, and is promoted to vice-adm.), along with other reports place it lower at T3?; the Carcano has a muzzle velocity of 2K fps, when for the Magic Bullet Theory to work it has to have a velocity of at least 2.6K fps?; if the bullet entered the neck, it would have severed the spinal chord, making it impossible for him to reach for his throat, etc.?; there is no need for a Magic Bullet after accurate computer simulation takes account of Connally sitting on a jump seat 6 in. to the left of and 3 in. lower than JFK?; the Magic Bullet has been proved to have come from Oswald's rifle?; JFK's head was turned leftward and downward, putting only Oswald in a position to make a wound in the top right back of his skull?; Gerald R. Ford changes the final draft of the Warren Commission Report to have the bullet enter "the base of the back of his neck slightly to the right of the spine", which he later admits, saying "My changes had nothing to do with a conspiracy theory. My changes were only an attempt to be more precise"; in 2013 James Fetzer declares that he's solved the assassination, and that it was done by six shooters, not incl. Oswald; Tippit's widow receives $647,579 from sympathetic Americans, incl. $25K from Zapruder from the sale of his film; the assassination was really plotted in the Pentagon with Howard Hunt of the CIA by Gen. Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. (1924-2010)?
The government starts out with the high ground in the national media, case closed? On Sept. 27, 1964 (6:30 p.m. EDT) CBS-TV aired a 100 min. (plus commercials) Special on the Warren Report, hosted by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, the first public airing of the contents of the Warren Commission Report, sticking to the report as gospel in an overt attempt to sell it to the public, focusing on the burning question of whether magic man Oswald could have possibly been able to do it all by his little self without help from the angelic Dallas Police, who are sanctimoniously excused for their little security lapses, while leaving wild card Jack Ruby dangling; features Dan Rather trying to explain how a high school dropout who can't learn to drive a car can teach himself Russian, get a job on the parade route after JFK's visit is announced but before the route is decided on, and avoid all of the massive security to set up a sniper nest in plain sight and do all the crack shooting and score two bullseyes with three, count them three shots, then attempt an escape with no escape plan and no tickets booked to anywhere, plus a great interview with mystery woman Ruth Hyde Paine, another with Oswald's doting mother Marguerite claiming he's a govt. agent acting under orders while being treated like she's nuts, and gov. John Connally saying there was no way the bullet that went through JFK's neck was the one that hit him, plus a jailer telling how calm, cool, and collected Oswald was in jail, and police chief Jesse E. Curry saying he wouldn't let the media inside city hall if he had to do it over.
In Sept. 1964 British genius Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) pub. 16 Questions on the Assassination, which questions the Warren Commission version of the JFK assassination; "The official version of the assassination of President Kennedy has been so riddled with contradictions that it is been abandoned and rewritten no less than three times. Blatant fabrications have received very widespread coverage by the mass media, but denials of these same lies have gone unpublished. Photographs, evidence and affidavits have been doctored out of recognition. Some of the most important aspects of the case against Lee Harvey Oswald have been completely blacked out. Meanwhile, the F.B.I., the police and the Secret Service have tried to silence key witnesses or instruct them what evidence to give. Others involved have disappeared or died in extraordinary circumstances"; "We view the problem with the utmost seriousness. U.S. Embassies have long ago reported to Washington world-wide disbelief in the official charges against Oswald, but this has scarcely been reflected by the American press. No U.S. television program or mass circulation newspaper has challenged the permanent basis of all the allegations - that Oswald was the assassin, and that he acted alone. It is a task which is left to the American people."
On Oct. 12, 1964 blonde blue-blooded liberal Vassar grad. Mary Pinchot Meyer (b. 1921) (JFK's lover up to his assassination, which pissed off the CIA) was professionally murdered on a walking path by the Potomac River. Her ex-hubby Cord Meyer (1920-2001) worked for the CIA since 1949 and founded the United World Federalists who want a OWG, with members incl. Walter Cronkite. On his deathbed Cord said "The same sons of bitches that killed John F. Kennedy" killed her. He ran LBJ's operation to kill JFK? FBI agent Don Adams investigated States Rights Party and KKK member Joseph Adams Milteer shortly before the assassination, claiming that he bragged about how the best way to kill JFK was "from an office building with a high-powered rifle", and later claimed he's the true assassin and that the FBI covered it up.
On Oct. 14, 1964 pesky Khrushchev was removed in a bloodless coup.
Speaking of genius. Did we mention that a govt. conspiracy and govt. coverup are suspected by anybody with an IQ higher than a jelly doughnut (except Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi (1934-2015), writer Norman Mailer (1928-) et al.), but only after a small group of independent investigators begin digging, including Mark Lane (1927-), Sylvia Meagher (1922-89) (who produces a subject index for the Warren Report in 1966), USAF Col. Leroy Fletcher Prouty (1917-2001), Vincent J. Salandria (1926-), and Harold Weisberg (1914-2002), who don't get much media attention until 1966, after which by 2007 1K+ books are pub. on the subject, with the gen. public believing that Oswald didn't act alone, while the pro and anti-conspiracy experts are well entrenched, smug and intransigent; the first in a chain of State Crimes Against Democracy? Speaking of state crimes, Col. Prouty was a specialist in pres. security who was sent off on a wild goose chase assignment out of the U.S. during the assassination by USAF Maj. Gen. Edward Geary Lansdale (1908-87) ("General Y" in the 1991 Oliver Stone film "JFK"), whom he claimed to recognize in the famous Three Tramps Photo walking away from them. Speaking of coverup, Am. physicist Luis Walter Alvarez (1911-98) (designer of the exploding bridgewire detonator for the Fat Man A-bomb) proposes the Jet-Recoil Theory to explain why JFK's body jerks backwards if the shot is coming from behind, although Newton's Laws of Motion require the body to go in the direction of the bullet, no matter how it flies apart (unless he's attached to a rubber band), and a jet recoil effect could only come from an exploding bullet, although the fact that JFK's neuromuscular reaction could make him jerk in any direction makes it all academic; the Ramsey Clark Panel meets in Washington, D.C. in 1968, and concludes that JFK was hit by two bullets from above and behind him; by 1978 118 of 1.4K witnesses die, 83 of them from officially unnatural causes, causing a statistical anomaly that proves a conspiracy?; in 1979 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concludes that Oswald killed JFK "probably... as the result of a conspiracy", pointing to a dictabelt recording allegedly from DPD motorcycle cop H.B. McLain, who denies being in Dealey Plaza during the assassination, and no surprise, the U.S. Justice Dept. gets the Nat. Research Council of the Nat. Academy of Science to review the dictabelt evidence, and on May 14, 1982 the 12-scientist Norman F. Ramsey Panel concludes that "reliable acoustic data do not support a conclusion that there was a second gunman"; in 2008 the Discovery Channel claims to have proved that Oswald did it using blood spatter analysis (no account taken of a possible exploding bullet?); Century 6, Quatrain 37 of Nostradamus is later dredged up as predicting the assassination, incl. the Grassy Knoll shooter and Oswald Patsy parts: "The ancient work will be accomplished,/ And from the roof evil ruin will fall on the great man:/ They will accuse an innocent, being dead, of the deed:/ The guilty one is hidden in the misty copse." Meanwhile "What's My Line?" TV star Dorothy Mae Kilgallen (1913-1965) interviews Jack Ruby and gets his Warren Commission testimony ahead of LBJ, and publicly doubts the commission's findings, claiming to be about to break the case wide open by connecting Ruby with Tippett and David Ferrie, plus a rich Texas oilman, before suddenly Marilyning in her townhouse on Nov. 8, 1965, after which the show chills, er, folds within 15 mo.
Speaking of nuts, the nut of the serious Who Killed JFK Conspiracy Theory is that Oswald must have been made to look like he could have possibly done it all by himself in an official DPD investigation, because Oswald is the only one who's officially supposed to be in the Depository, i.e., can't have his presence there covered up, and whoever really did it got away without a trace under the nose of the DPD despite a massive follow-up U.S. govt. investigation, and therefore had to be working for those who were put in the position of doing the investigation, viz., the DPD and the U.S. govt., who really uninvestigated it, i.e., set up and stuck to the Oswald-did-it theory to always keep themselves from becoming suspects by covering up all tracks to the ones on the ground, because uncovering their identies would lead straight to themselves, and they always have the problem that if it was a Commie conspiracy, why they didn't they go after much more anti-Commie LBJ, but knock out left-leaning JFK to put him in the White House? Of course, one must always forgive the DPD, Secret Service, FBI, CIA, MIC, etc. for not stopping little bitty lone gunman Oswald the Wabbit, what a collective lapse, make that two for not stopping little fat lone gunman Ruby the Rabbit, chuckle, hey smart, book your room yet? Suspects for the food chain incl. E. Howard Hunt (1918-2007) (later head of the Watergate Burglars) (paymaster for the assassination?), Richard Nixon (who later shocks Repubs. by appointing Dem. John Connally to his cabinet), George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) (who was in the CIA since the 1950s, and was in Dallas on the day of the asssassination, and called the FBI from Dallas on Nov. 22 to frame an innocent person although he later claims not to remember where he was when JFK was assassinated), et al.; "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" (Sir Walter Scott); years later the 1991 Oliver Stone film JFK crystallizes public opinion that there was a conspiracy and coverup, and calls it "a military-style ambush from start to finish... a coup d'etat with Lyndon Johnson waiting in the wings"; U.S. mob figures Santo Trafficante Jr. (1914-87) and Carlos Marcello (1910-93) are believed to be involved (either with the killing of JFK, Tippit or Oswald) by some because the Mafia had been working with the CIA to oust Castro before JFK pulled the plug, and turned them against him; Tippit is suspected of having contacts with Oswald and Ruby prior to the assassination.
In Mar. 1965 a year after his conviction Jack Ruby gives a short TV news conference containing the soundbyte: "Everything pertaining to what's happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred, my motives. The people who had so much to gain, and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I'm in, will never let the true facts come above board to the world." When asked by a reporter "Are these people in very high positions Jack?", he responded "Yes." On Jan. 3, 1967 Ruby (b. 1911) died in Parkland Hospital of cancer, which he suddenly contracted while in jail, and his secrets died with him; the govt. injected cancer cells into him to shut him up into Camp Sleepaway?
On July 4, 1966 the Yad Kennedy memorial to JFK near Jerusalem opens.
On Sept. 17, 1966 the TV series Mission: Impossible debuts on CBS-TV, wising-up the American people to the existence of govt. agents who go on missions that they officially disavow knowledge of, as if crookedness and lying is cool, hich it is, the way they portray it, since they always target foreigners, not our own, there go Cinnamon and Rollin Hand taking off their rubber masks in the dressing room.
On Jan. 4, 1967 a CIA Memo to Press Assets is pub., warning them of "conspiracy theorists", esp. those who try to implicate LBJ and/or the Warren Commission, giving them ammo to discredit them - the smoking gun?
On Apr. 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929) is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., allegedly by escaped white convict James Earl Ray (1928-98), causing conspiracy theorists to go to town again, maybe MLK-hater Hoover was getting his payback for covering up the JFK thing. On June 4, 1968 the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 index (founded 1957) closes above 100 for the first time (100.38). Then in the distance I heard the bulls? On June 4, 1968 U.S. pres. candidate (D.-N.Y.) Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (b. 1925) wins the Calif. Dem. pres. primary, beating Eugene McCarthy (Hubert Humphrey was not entered) and giving him a total of 174 delegate votes, incl. those won in Ind. and Neb., and his loss in Ore.; too bad, on June 5 (Wed.) (12:50 a.m. PDT) he iss shot as he exited through the kitchen after a campaign speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. (opened in 1921) (where he stands beside UFW leader Dolores Huerta, and utters the soundbyte "Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it") by Jerusalem-born Jordanian Christian Sirhan Bishara "Sol" Sirhan (1944-), who lived in the U.S. since the 1950s; he dies 26 hours later on June 6 in Good Samaritan Hospital; singer Andy Williams (a friend of the Kennedy family) is present at the speech, and Bobby had asked him to be a delegate for him even though he is a Repub.; RFK's bodyguards incl. Rafer Johnson and Rosey Grier; Sirhan uses a snub-nose 8-shot .22-cal. Iver-Johnson revolver (Model 55SA), given him by his big brother Munir "Joe" Sirhan, an employee at Nash's Dept. Store, originaly purchased for $31.95 in Aug. 1965 by a Los Angeles resident for protection during the Watts Riots; Sirhan receives the death sentence, which is commuted to life in priz in 1972 when the Calif. Supreme Court invalidates the death penalty; in 2006 he comes up for parole at a time when gov. Arnold "Terminator" Schwarzenegger is married to Maria Shriver (1955-), daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, RFK's sister, and is denied; singer Rosemary Clooney is present at the assassination; ABC-TV journalist Howard K. Smith is anchoring coverage of the Calif. pres. primary at 3 a.m. as the closing credits are airing when word comes in of the shooting, causing him to leave the camera showing a wide shot of the newsroom for several min. while he goes backstage to confirm the story and return with a special report, continuing to air reports of RFK's condition for several hours; was the CIA behind the assassination because the fatal shot came from behind RFK, perhaps from security guard Eugene Cesar, while Sirhan was standing in front, and they couldn't let RFK become pres. and figure out that they were behind the muddah of his bruddah?; how did Sirhan know that RFK would be sneaking through the pantry?; Bobby's brother Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) became the target of constant death threats, incl. a $1M reward offered by Sirhan Sirhan to a jailmate to kill him (which he declines), causing him to delay his run for U.S. pres. for 12 years; liberal Jewish-Am. U.S. rep. (D-N.Y. (1969-71) Allard Kenneth Lowenstein (1929-80) later exposed the anomalous forensic evidence on William F. Buckley Jr.'s PBS-TV show Firing Line in 1975.
On Oct. 25, 1967 Joshua Logan's Camelot (Warner Bros. - Seven Arts) (179 min., cut down to 150) debuts, based on the 1960 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical, starring Richard Harris as King Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Guinevere, and Italian hunk actor Franco Nero as Lancelot, who hooks up with her on the set, resulting in son Carlo Nero in 1969; they finally get married in 2007; meanwhile fading Warner Bros. Studio head Jack Warner tries in vain to keep Richard Burton and Julie Andrews in the leading roles, and proves right after the film flops; JFK admirers later apply the Camelot myth to the entire JFK era after Jackie Kennedy reveals to Life mag. that JFK loves the line: "Not might makes right, but might for right"; "Don't let it be forgot/ That once there was a spot/For one brief shining moment/that was known as Camelot"; does $31M box office on a $13M budget; watch trailer.
The RFK assassination turned Jackie Kennedy against the U.S.: "I hate this country. I despise America and I don’t want my children to live here anymore. If they’re killing Kennedys, my children are number one targets... I want to get out of this country." On Oct. 20, 1968 after he dumped opera diva Maria Callas for her, widow Jackie Kennedy married Greek oil magnate Aristotle Sokatris (Socrates) "Ari" Onassis (1906-75) on the privately-owned island of Skorpios; after pre-negotiations with Ted Kennedy, he offered her in advance $3M plus $1M for each son, plus $150K a year for life, beware Greeks bearing gifts. Too bad, Onassis' daughter Christina poisoned his mind against Jackie, which considering the double assassination curse wouldn't have been hard. When he croaked Jackie got $10M-$26M, which was turned into $100M+ by her new late-life love (1980-), mature, cultured Antwerp-born Jewish diamond merchant Maurice Tempelsman (1929-).
In 1968 Dion Francis DiMucci (1939-) releases the hit song Abraham, Martin and John (Abraham Lincoln, MLK Jr. and JFK) (#4 in the U.S.), with lyrics by Richard "Dick" Holler.
Well chap my hide, or, Heat makes a true Kennedy horny? On July 18, 1969 a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 sedan driven from a party at moonlight, er, midnight by inebriated astronaut, er, Sen. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) (D-Mass.) (JFK's younger brother) takes a wrong turn and plunges off 10.5-in.-wide railless Dike Bridge at 20 mph on Chappaquiddick Island ("separated island") off the E end of Martha's Vineyard, and his 28-y.-o. passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (b. 1940) (former RFK campaign worker and secy.) is killed in 8 ft. of water; too bad, he gets out of the car and leaves the scene and doesn't report it for 8-11 hours, launching the Chappaquiddick Scandal, causing his career to go down the toilet just as the first men walk on the Moon; Scottish-born Pulitzer Prize-winning pro-Kennedy journalist James Barrett "Scotty" Reston (1909-95), who is summering at Martha's Vineyard files the first account of the incident for the New York Times, and stinks himself up with the opening line "Tragedy has again struck the Kennedy family", to which managing ed. A.M. Rosenthal replies "This story isn't about the Kennedy family, it's about this girl"; on July 25 Ted Kennedy appears on the three major U.S. networks to explain himself, and nobody buys it?; the truth is that he made that turn intentionally to have sex with her in a secluded place and went over the bridge too fast?; he receives a 2-mo. suspended sentence, but gets it overturned in Apr. 1970 - Geico, 15 minutes can save you on car insurance?
Meanwhile New Orleans district atty. (1961-73) Earling Carothers "Jim" Garrison (1921-92) began a brave independent inquiry into the JFK assassination from a conspiracy angle, claiming in Feb. 1967 "My staff and I solved the assassination weeks ago." Canadian Jewish comedian Mort Sahl (1927-), a friend of JFK who hurt his career by criticizing his policies joined Garrison's staff, hurting his career worse? Garrison connected the assassination to cancer-suffering gay pilot David William Ferrie (1918-67), who suffered from alopecia and wore bright red wigs and painted eyebrows, and also to gay "import-export" (New Orleans Internat. Trade Mart founder) businessman Clay Laverne Shaw (1913-74) (AKA Clay Betrand), who was arrested and tried for conspiracy to kill JFK on Jan. 29, 1969. Garrison linked Shaw to Permindex (Permanent Industrial Expositions), a CIA front co. founded in 1958 by Canadian Jewish atty. Louis Mortimer Bloomfield (1906-84), that was also implicated in the 1962 assassination attempt on Charles de Gaulle, that's right, the one with the exploding bullet, at least in the 1973 fantasy film version The Day of the Jackal. Too bad, on Feb. 22, 1967 Ferrie was found dead in his room in the Fontainebleau Hotel in New Orleans hours before his testimony in the JFK assassination was scheduled. The official cause of death is a Berry Aneurysm, despite a note found in his apt. reading "To leave this life is, for me, a sweet prospect." Hours after Ferrie's death, his Cuban exile friend Eladio del Valle (1967-) was found murdered; in 1975 Cuban-born pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee member Harry J. Dean (1927-) claimed to have infiltrated the John Birch Society in 1962, and learned that Gen. Edwin Walker had hired del Valle and Cuban-born gunman Loran Eugene Hall (1930-) (who turned on Castro) to kill JFK in Mexico City in June 1962, and that they framed Oswald; too bad, he provided no evidence. On Mar. 1, 1969 two years after being arrested, Shaw was acquitted of conspiring to assassinate JFK, becoming the only person tried for it until ? In 1979 former CIA dir. Richard Helms admitted under oath that Shaw had contact with the CIA, contradicting Shaw's testimony at the trial. Meanwhile former New York City detective Ralph Francis Salerno (1925-2003), a leading expert on the Mafia cleared them of involvement in the JFK assassination. The coverup is complete? Garrison's maybe-valiant-maybe-paranoid work is made hay of in the 1991 film JFK by dir. Oliver Stone (1946-), which was widely criticized, a little too widely, he hit a nerve in the establishment? It contains a great monologue by Donald Sutherland: "After I came back I asked myself, why was I, the chief of Special Ops sent to the South Pole to do a job many others could have done? I wondered if it could've been because one of my routine duties, if I'd been in Washington, would've been to order additional security in Texas. I checked it out and found that someone told the 112th Military Intelligence Group at Fort Sam Houston to stand down that day, over the protests of Colonel Reich. I believe it's a mistake. It's standard procedure, especially in a known hostile city like Dallas to supplement the Secret Service. Even if we hadn't let him ride with the bubble-top off we would've put 100 to 200 agents on the sidewalk without question. A month before, in Dallas, UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson was spit on and hit. There had been attempts on De Gaulle's life in France. We'd have arrived days ahead, studied the route, checked all the buildings. Never would've allowed open windows overlooking Dealey. Never! Our own snipers would've covered the area. If a window went up, they'd have been on the radio! We'd be watching the crowd: packages, rolled-up newspapers, coats. Never would've let a man open an umbrella. Never would've let the car slow down to ten miles an hour, or take that unusual curve at Houston and Elm. You'd have felt an Army presence in the streets that day. But none of this happened. It violated our most basic protection codes. And it is the best indication of a massive plot in Dallas. Who could have best done this? Black Ops. People in my business. My superior could've called Col. Reich and said, 'We have another unit coming for security. You'll stand down.' That day, some Army Intelligence people were in Dallas. I don't know who or why. But they weren't protecting clients. And Oswald. Army Intell had a Lee Harvey Oswald on file. Those files have been destroyed. Many strange things were happening. Oswald had nothing to do with them. The entire Cabinet was in the Far East. A third of a combat division was returning from Germany in the air above the United States, at the time of the shooting. At 12:34 p.m. the Washington telephone system went out for an hour. On the plane back to Washington word was radioed from the Situations Room to Johnson that there was only one assassin. Sound like coincidences to you? Not for one moment. The Cabinet was out of the way. Troops for riot control were in the air. Telephones were out to stop the wrong stories from spreading. Nothing was left to chance. He could not be allowed to escape alive.... No one said, 'He must die.' No vote. Nothing's on paper. There's no one to blame. It's as old as the crucifixion. Or the military firing squad. Five bullets, one blank. No one's guilty. Everybody in the power structure has a plausible deniability. No compromising connections except at the most secret point. But it must succeed. No matter how many die or how much it costs, the perpetrators must be on the winning side and never subject to prosecution for anything by anyone. That is a coup d'état." It also contains the soundbyte "Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up?" Too bad, Stone never 'gets' how the Dallas Police Dept. had to be stage-managing the whole affair. In 1993 leftist Jewish-American brain man Avram Noam Chomsky (1928-) published Rethinking Camelot, which claims that anybody "holding that JFK's plans for withdrawal from Vietnam (or some other broader policy claims) provide the motive for the cabal" is "entirely without foundation", and that a govt. coverup "would have to involve not only much of the government and the media, but a good part of the historical, scientific, and medical professions. An achievement so immense would be utterly without precedent or even remote analogue." What can I say but thank you and we support you. On Aug. 21, 1993 deep-cover CIA officer Trenton Parker allegedly told noted FAA investigator Rodney Stich (1923-) that his Pegasus Group had tape recordings of plans to assassinate JFK, implicating LBJ, J. Edgar Hoover, Allen Dulles, George H.W. Bush, and Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-79), who was LBJ's choice for pres. in 1968 and was picked by Gerald Ford as his vice-pres. running mate in 1974; in 1970 Newsweek called Rockefeller the CIA's man in Congress.
On Jan. 20, 1969 Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) became Repub. U.S. pres. #37 (until Aug. 9, 1974), winning by a landslide then blowing it with the Watergate Scandal and being forced to resign to avoid impeachment. On May 2, 1970 an interview with LBJ was shown on CBS-TV (Coverup B.S. TV), which included the message that certain material had been deleted at his insistence, which later was revealed to be his misgivings about the Warren Commission finding that Oswald acted alone, because he "suspected that a conspiracy had been involved", chuckle, groan. On Oct. 10, 1973 his U.S. vice-pres. #39 (since 1969) Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-96) resigned after pleading nolo contendere to one count of federal income tax evasion for failing to report $29.5K in income received in 1967 while gov. of Md. and paying a $10K fine, becoming the 2nd U.S. vice-pres. to resign; he blames it on Nixon, who needs to divert attention from the Watergate scandal. On Oct. 12, 1973 Pres. Nixon nominated Goody Two-Shoes Dudley Doright House minority (Repub.) leader Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (Leslie Lynch King Jr.) (1913-2006) of the Mich. 1st District to succeed him. Since Ford was a member of the Warren Commission that covered-up Nixon's involvement in the JFK thang, was this a payback? Speaking of paybacks, Repub. George Herbert Walker Bush (1946-) became CIA dir. #11 in 1976-7, U.S. vice-pres. #43 in 1981-9, and U.S. pres. #41 in 1989-93, must have had a key role in the JFK thang, and his Repub. son George Walker Bush (1946-) became U.S. pres. #43 in 2001-9, make it an ever bigger role.
Hollyweird gets some credit, for channeling the issue via fiction. On Mar. 15, 1972 The Godfather, dir. by Francis Ford Coppola (1939-) exposed and dramatized the American Sicilian Mafia almost a decade after JFK was sleeping with the fishes. On Dec. 12, 1974 The Godfather: Part II added the Cuban Mafia connection, Meyer Lansky, etc., but skirted JFK completely. On Nov. 7, 1973 the David Miller film Executive Action was released, written by Mark Lane, Donald Freed, and Dalton Trumbo, and starring Burt Lancaster as CIA black ops agent James Farrington, Robert Ryan as shady Texas oil baron Robert Foster, and Will Geer as oil magnate Ferguson; it suggests a MIC conspiracy to kill JFK, but claims that the DPD etc. were all innocent lame ignoramuses who were outsmarted and bypassed, triggering a firestorm of controversy and causing it to get pulled from theaters after 1-2 weeks, that is, before Nov. 22, of course. On Apr. 2, 1978 the prime time TV series Dallas debuted for 357 episodes (until May 3, 1991), portraying the wealth, sex, intrigue and power struggles of oilmen, and tantalizing viewers with, naw, just imagining things. On Dec. 11, 1992 A Few Good Men debuted, featuring the kind of trial that the govt. crooks never got in the JFK case: "Did you order that Code Red, colonel?"
On Jan. 8, 1975 after a Dec. 1974 article in the New York Times claims that the CIA had conducted illegal domestic activities incl. experiments during U.S. citizens in the 1960s, Pres. Ford appointed the Rockefeller Commission (U.S. President's Commission on CIA Activities within the United States) to investigate domestic abuses by the CIA, headed by vice-pres. Nelson Rockefeller; former JCS chmn. (1960-2) Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (1899-1988) (whom JFK got fired) was appointed to the commission, which (un)investigated allegations that E. Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis of Watergate fame were involved in the assassination of JFK; on June 2 Rockefeller said they found no widespread pattern of illegal activities, and on June 10 they issued their report, recommending a joint congressional oversight committee on intelligence - the JFK coverup is complete?
On Mar. 6, 1975 ABC-TV's Good Night America shows the Abraham Zapruder film of JFK's Nov. 22, 1963 assassination for the first time, throwing the official coverstory of a lone gunman in the Texas School Bush, er, Book Depository on its ear as JFK clearly lurches back and to the left; after a public outcry, the U.S. House of Reps. on Sept. 14, 1976 begins setting up the House Select Committee on Assassinations to review what's left of the facts of JFK's assassination finally; the Report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations is pub. on July 29, 1979, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three of four shots, and therefore JFK was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy", pointing to a dictabelt recording allegedly from DPD motorcycle cop H.B. McLain, who denies being in Dealey Plaza during the assassination; no surprise, the U.S. Justice Dept. gets the Nat. Research Council of the Nat. Academy of Science to review the dictabelt evidence, and on May 14, 1982 the Norman F. Ramsey Panel concludes that "reliable acoustic data do not support a conclusion that there was a second gunman".
On Dec. 15, 1975 The Village Voice pub. an interview of Repub. Sen. Richard Schweiker, member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, containing the soundbyte: "We do know Oswald has intelligence connections. Everywhere you look with him, there're fingerprints of intelligence"; too bad, Schweiker points the finger at Castro.
In 1977 U.S. Chief Justice #14 (1953-69) Earl Warren (1891-1974) pub. The Memoirs of Chief Justice Earl Warren, containing the soundbyte: "Practically all the Cabinet members of President Kennedy's administration, along with Director J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI and Chief James Rowley of the Secret Service, whose duty it was to protect the life of the President, testified that to their knowledge there was no sign of any conspiracy. To say now that these people, as well as the Commission, suppressed, neglected to unearth, or overlooked evidence of a conspiracy would be an indictment of the entire government of the United States. It would mean the whole structure was absolutely corrupt from top to bottom, with not one person of high or low rank willing to come forward to expose the villainy."
On Mar. 6, 1978 Larry Flynt (1942-), white sex-addict publisher of Hustler mag. (which is known for going beyond "Playboy" and "Penthouse" with "open pussy" photos, lesbianism, B&D, etc.) was shot outside a courtroom in Lawrenceville, Ga. along with atty. Gene Reeves Jr., allegedly by white supremacist assassin Joseph Paul Franklin (1930-), who got pissed-off at an ed. of Hustler portraying interracial sex, and who escaped and later attempted to assassinate civil rights leader Vernon E. Jordan on May 29, 1980; the .44 caliber rifle shot paralyzes Flynt from the waist down; Flynt had begun offering a $1M reward for info. on JFK's assassination, and had allegedly been converted to evangelical Christianity last year by Ruth Carter Stapleton, sister of Pres. Jimmy Carter; since Franklin was also a Christian, he didn't attempt to kill Flynt for the porno mag. but really to keep him from finding out the truth about JFK? - who changes his diapers?
After being arrested on Aug. 5, 1991, alleged ex-CIA/Mafia hit man James Earl Files (1942-) claimed to be the Grassy Knoll shooter who took JFK out via a head shot, right next to the alien refueling station.
On Nov. 22, 1991 the KGB completed a study of Dossier No. 31451, its file on Lee Harvey Oswald in the Soviet Union in Oct. 1959 to June 1962, which shows they believed he worked for the CIA, and claims that his wife Marina didn't work for the KGB; it also talks about his numerous misses during hunting expeditions.
On Oct. 26, 1992 the U.S. Pres. John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (U.S. JFK Act) became effective, creating the Assassinations Records Review Board, and directing the Nat. Archives to make all its records on JFK's assassination publicly available by Oct. 26, 2017.
On July 16, 1999 (inebriated?) pilot John F. Kennedy Jr. (b. 1960), along with wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette died in a single-engine plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard; conspiracy theorists point to the Prophecies of Nostradamus as seeming to predict it. In 2001 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette received $15M from his estate. A conspiracy, or just another Irish on poteen?
On Jan. 23, 2007 Everette Howard Hunt Jr. (b. 1918) died of pneumonia in Miami, Fla. after giving his son Saint John Hunt a Deathbed Confession, which is pub. in the Apr. 5, 2007 issue of Rolling Stone, claiming that LBJ ordered a CIA-led hit team to do JFK, incl. Cord Meyer, William Harvey, Antonio Veciana, Frank Sturgis, David Morales, and Lucien Sarti; the Los Angeles Times calls it "inconclusive".
On May 15, 2007 Hibbing, Minn.-born Manson Family prosecutor Vincent T. Bugliosi Jr. (1934-2015) pub. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which claims there is no conspiracy and it's a simple slam dunk case for a prosecutor of his caliber in this 1.5M-word 1,612-page book, devoting much space attempting to shred conspiracy theorists; "The case is a very simple case" - or your mind is a very simple case?
Speaking of job. On Apr. 14, 2008 a grainy silent 16mm B&W film of Marilyn Monroe giving a beejay on her knees in the 1950s was sold to a private buyer in New York City for $1.5M, resurrecting speculation that the john is JFK, like J. Edgar Hoover once tried in vain to prove - by restaging it personally a thousand times with his boyfriend?
On Aug. 8, 2011 tapes recorded by Jackie Kennedy Onassis months after JFK's assassination were released by the JFK Library in Boston, revealing that she believed that LBJ and other "influential individuals" orchestrated it; too bad, that was only an advance report; when the tapes come out in Sept., they only talk about how JFK thought LBJ shouldn't becomes pres. but still was going to keep him on the ticket.
On Oct. 24, 2013 Lee Harvey Oswald's ex-wife Marina Oswald sold her wedding ring for $90K at auction in Boston, Mass.; the one he left before the JFK assassination, inscribed with a tiny hammer and sickle.
On Nov. 4, 2013 veteran GOP "hitman" Roger J. Stone Jr. (1952-) pub. The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, revealing new info. incl. LBJ's alleged complicity in 6+ other murders incl. his own openly bisexual sister Josefa Johnson, and an alleged personal remark by Richard Nixon in 1989 that "Both Johnson and I wanted to be president, but the only difference was that I wouldn't kill for it", adding when pressed that it was "Texas" that killed Kennedy.
On Nov. 15, 2013 a Gallup Poll reveals that 61% of Americans don't believe the Lone Gunman Theory about JFK. On Nov. 22, 2013 (Fri.) the 50th Anniv. of Who Killed JFK is marked by a solemn ceremony in Dallas, Tex.
On Oct. 26, 2017 on Pres. Trump's order, the Nat. Archives releases the long-secret JFK files; too bad, he bows to the CIA and withholds some files for a 6-mo. review; Trump made a deal with them to drop the Russian collusion investigation?
Speaking of what kind of organization could handle such a massive conspiracy, there's the good ole Roman Catholic Church-hating Freemasons/Illuminati. JFK was killed in George Dealey Plaza, site of the first Masonic lodge in Dallas, Texas. His Gaelic name Kennedy means deformed head, and this is what he got before entering the triple underpass which cuts off the pyramid-shaped plaza much like the symbol on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the U.S. as seen on the $1 bill. Ugly Head was invited to speak at the International Trade Mart, an overtly Masonic-designed building with 33 floors and three winged sections run by connected NWO types like Clay Shaw/Bertrand, a Freemason with connections to Edgar Miles Bronfman Sr. (1929-) and CIA front co. Permindex, which was used in conjunction with George H.W. Bush's Zapata Oil offshore drilling co. to run guns for the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. His death was covered up by an LBJ-appointed commission of mainly high-level Freemasons including Allen Dulles and Earl Warren. So calling conspiracy theorists kooks is like calling African-Americans the n-word, calm down, I know that this is not your job. The key Freemason figure Hiram Abiff, chief architect of Solomon's Temple who was murdered by three assassins with a head wound for refusing to divulge the Master Mason secret password may have something to do with it all, ask me after Pres. XYZ is assassinated.
We the People, in order to form what? Lone gunman, case closed, not so fast? The too-easy murder of a lone gunman Dallas police officer throws the lone gunman assassin theory into question, and brings the corrupt Dallas Police Dept. (DPD) into the spotlight as key conspirators, sacrificing one of their own so he couldn't talk? If there was a conspiracy, the DPD had to be the stage managers of the assassination and patsy-making process, since they controlled the streets of Dallas where it all took place, didn't they, pick up the flag, you're the zebra, it's way better than fast food, it's Wendy's? If Oswald really was doing it alone, then why wasn't the Secret Service the first to get on his trail? Why did Oswald never have to worry about them, only about the DPD? Duh, the DPD were the stage managers? There was not just one patsy, but three, Oswald, Tippit and Ruby, the three actors who had an official presence on the stage, and who had to be sacrificed to cut the strings to the puppetmasters, the first layer of the onion? First the DPD and Secret Service unprotected JFK to crown their new king LBJ, and made sure he was dead while LBJ was well protected then sworn in as president as quick as possible so he could run the coverup from the top, then made sure that everybody in the conspiracy except lone gunman Oswald got away second, that their vulnerable DPD man Tippit (one of the JFK shooter team members, perhaps the spotter in the Grass Knoll?) was killed third, that patsy Oswald had no escape route and was picked up with major publicity fourth, and that patsy three killed patsy two on national TV fifth, with the Mafia made man background ensuring that he'll never talk in jail or else they'll torture his family in Sicily, after which they spent all their effort proving that Oswald did it, see him dance like a puppet in a marionette show after his strings are cut? Duh, if the govt. didn't want to take any chances, Oswald was the best man for the job, since he could be relied on to always follow orders? Duh, if Oswald were really doing it alone, why would he even expect to be able to get out of the Depository?
Oswald was like a clown in a circus, allowed to run around in the spotlight in the ring harmlessly, and do all kinds of tricks, but the crowd isn't supposed to notice the circus operation around him? So, even if Oswald did kill JFK all by himself, the real question is who was running the circus that let him do it, then made sure he didn't talk? Answer: the Dallas Police Dept., the stage mangers? They've always been the nut to crack, but alas, it would require making police break the code of silence of the men of blue and put other officers on death row, so don't expect anything soon? One thing for sure, Oswald could be counted on to always follow orders, oh, already said that?
Wouldn't a real lone assassin use a pistol and jump out of the curb somewhere, say, the Grassy Knoll? The real shooters were probably Cuban exile assassins from staunch anti-Commie Richard Nixon's CIA Operation 40, probably dressed in police uniforms, and the police drove them in, allowed them to do the job, then gave them a ride out of Dallas in police cars, where they were then picked up by CIA pilots and flown out of the country, and later murdered so they couldn't get drunk and brag about it in a bar in Costa Rica? Why would lone nut Oswald, with such a great eagle's nest shoot three, count them just three shots at JFK, when he could have stockpiled a thousand rounds of ammo and rigged his body with dynamite so that he could shoot LBJ, Secret Service agents, police, everybody, and take hostages and demand a plane trip to Cuba on TV, crowing how great he and Communism are, and how weak Capitalism is? Why does he act like he's got magic protection after the shooting, until the murder of Tippit, then lose it instantly and fall faster than a falling star? Duh, because his protection was the new president LBJ, whom he and all the other team members, incl. the Dallas PD, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and Pentagon had already switched allegiance to, but they all had to have a patsy, him? He did he have an escape route, Tippit, who was Oswald's ride and was sent by the stage managers to rendezvous with him, except somebody made sure Oswald lost his ride, then flushed him like a grouse amid screaming sirens to the Texas Theater (to get further instructions from his CIA handler, who never showed up, or was it just a convenient hiding place at the time, better than the library or a random home?), where half the force arrived with mucho reporters to arrest their patsy and drive the official police investigation to closed quick by smuggling their second patsy Ruby into the police station, where everybody could see he was the lone assassin of Oswald, with their help like the first two times, what a nice touch that Ruby left his dog in his car?
Tippit was Oswald's lone contact with the DPD, hence he had to be sacrified before Oswald could be arrested alive, just in case he decided to talk and implicate him? Oswald was told to kill Tippit to sever the last link to his CIA, and also in case Oswald decided later to flop and talk? That's why the rest of the force was held in check until Tippit got knocked off, else why not have half the force assist Tippit, and start by circling his rooming house? Why would Oswald kill off his only ride out of Dallas, did he have another? No, but Tippit's partner who rode in the car with him did, after he offed him?
Or maybe Oswald did kill Tippit on orders from his CIA handlers, because he was the only visible link between the DPD and the whole CIA, then went to the theater waiting for instructions to get another ride when he was suddenly attacked by the police, and said "It's all over now", meaning he just thought he was found out as a cop killer and the cops may be trying to get even before he can get back to the station and receive higher protection? Like he later said in the police station, he didn't even know he was to be charged with the murder of JFK?
The DPD uninvestigated the real shooters and helped them get past the Texas state line out of their jurisdiction, then after Oswald ran into War is Hell, where they could stage-manage his arrest with the proper publicity for the blacked-out nat. TV to make him the only suspect in the public mind, the DPD then made sure that their official investigation kept Oswald as the only suspect, that he was the only one charged and forced to have a day in court, and also that he never got his day in court, while making sure nobody else could ever prove who really did it in any court, after which the FBI ran the federal-level uninvestigation, making sure no new official suspects were created and no evidence was obtained that could be used against them in a state or federal court, while the Secret Service and DPD go on to clean up any loose ends like the bullet hole in the windshield, the fact that JFK's brain was blown out by an explosive bullet, or that more than three shots were fired, but I was there and heard shots from the Grassy Knoll, no you didn't, next witness? Poor Mission: Impossible team member Oswald had to be set up as the only official suspect, despite the incongruous appearance of a leftist instead of a rightist killing leftist JFK, since he was all the CIA had (and was just a storefront leftist?), and had outlived his usefulness, so he was stage-managed via the DPD-supplied contact man Tippit and the CIA-Mafia-supplied contact Ruby? Maybe Oswald shot three times out of the 6th floor window, no, not maybe, for sure, because the DPD made sure he did, they bent over backwards to give him every opportunity, while making sure that nothing was left to chance and JFK was killed no matter how poor a shot the loser was by having some extra shooters firing explosive bullets that don't need a high velocity charge but can be shot from a silenced or even gas powered gun to keep the acoustics of three shots from da window? Not that Oswald was a bad marksman, it was just that JFK was a moving target, how convenient that the Secret Service man hit the brakes to take care of that problem for him?
Why did the stage managers not have the patsy arrested right away, but allow him to leave the Depository untouched, making the DPD look worse than they already did? First, they needed all their available cops to control the scene of their own crime, to make sure the real culprits all got away invisibly to the official police investigation while JFK was certified dead so he couldn't come back to catch them, and two, so they could set him up as a hated sacred cow cop killer to take away possible public sympathy? Oswald really did kill Tippit, but only after Tippit drew on him first and told him he wasn't going to give him a ride anywhere but to the police station to take the rap for everything, because the DA was in the pocket of the stage managers, and would rush to charge the bum with the trainload and then never charge anybody else with a peanut butter sandwich, especially a cop (and especially since Oswald Wabbit is never going to leave the police station alive, hehe?), causing a panic situation, poor dumb cop, I'm outta here and back to spookland, what this city needs is more cops than people, tada, what movie is on today? Not necessary, if the whole affair was being stage-managed and there would be no room for improvisation? Maybe Oswald was given orders by his handlers to kill Tippit by shooting him in the right side of the head under orders just like JFK for later use? The fact that Tippit looks like JFK and that his corpse could be doctored up at will for fake JFK autopsy photos is just a coincidence in the complete absence of any conspiracy, as is the lack of an escape plan for Oswald and the way he was allowed to run around like a flushed wabbit until everything was set, if it's on the 1-yard line he might kick it? Funny how when interviewed in the police station Oswald was more surprised by being charged with killing JFK than Tippit, and how during his arrest he allegedly tried to shoot the cops arresting him? Alas poor Greek tragic figure JFK, it's all his fault, he turned the Mickey Mouse Industrial Complex, CIA, FBI, DPD and Secret Service against him in his desire to be true to the People, esp. the large leftist element in the Dem. Party whose only power was numbers, and of course as a Commie-appeasing pinko was deeply hated by the right-winger Dems. and Repubs., who thought the public couldn't be trusted to elect who they wanted, and former world ruler Britain's rulers wouldn't shed a tear for an Irish Catholic Mick, hence forget 007 saving the world this time, so Mr. Haavaad had nobody left to protect him, and before he could win reelection with a new running mate and wreak another four years of pink underwear hell, it was time for a regime change, yes, he had to go, he really had to go, and he made the mistake of going to LBJ's town, where the DPD were in his pocket, so why not give him what's coming to him, so what if the U.S. has some more dirty laundry, he's just one man and look what we got away with with the Indians, Socialists and Communists, Japanese, etc.?
LBJ, Nixon, Ford and George H.W. Bush were promised the presidency for doing their part, as long as they kiss the feet of Emperor Mickey Augustus Mouse while in office, and Mad Hatter Goldwater is later set up as an unelectable stooge to shoe-in LBJ later, while Humphrey was sandbagged at the 1968 Dem. Nat. Convention by Mayor Daley so that he couldn't win, and McCarthy was either a stooge or somebody lucked out, and Reagan and Carter went with the program, showing that both the Dem. and Repub. Parties are run behind the scenes by a common group, the amorphous Military-Industrial Complex (a tiny number of rich and/or powerful fatcats who like to remain nameless), no different than any non-democratic country, but one big difference, they have to hide and tolerate the People and their processes from time to time and take their chances, being stuck in a women' s prison is every man's fantasy? Members of the same assassination team are later used to kill JFK's brother RFK to stop him from becoming president and getting in a position to catch them, as well as MLK Jr. to reward MLK-hater J. Edgar Hoover for running all the uninvestigations, and now all the regime has to do to stay in power is quell some possible revolts by the left, while continuing the fight against global Communism and its threat to corporate profits with the well-financed MIC, which is what the "Silent Majority" wants, right, duh, gotta fly?
LBJ, having been forced to watch how his owners and trainers could kill a president and remain above the law, knew who owned him, and could be counted on to do what they wanted and never talk? The coverup is complete, play the M:I Theme? Even Obama has to pass the test of ownership by the CIA and MIC, after it switched its scope sights from Communism to Islam?
Too bad, Science will never be able to see back in Time and prove independently who killed JFK and how, but the network is fast to see the commercial possibilities, a little too fast, read on? The only way the case can be cracked now is for one of the men in blue who was involved to leave a diary in a safe deposit box with instructions to open it 25-50 years after his death? You don't have to be a genius to see that Owls Bold was just too lucky a lone gunman, and all those powerful guys with reasons to bump JFK off weren't too stupid to reserve space in Dealey Plaza for their guys, they knew they would never have as good a chance later? If Oswald hadn't existed, wouldn't they have had to invent him? Why does something keep telling me that JFK could not be allowed to leave Dallas alive that day, thus a lone gunmen could not have been trusted with such an important M:I? Why did the FBI not officially alert the DPD to Oswald's background and place him in custody before JFK arrived, and why did somebody at the Pentagon level (the same level that lets out contracts to major defense contracts such as Bell Helicopter) call off the military guard (filled with low-level patriotic grunts that might not go with a conspiracy, although the top brass ordered them too), and why was the presidential limo left bare naked of blocking bodies unless they all wanted their Manchurian Candidate to have a free hand to appear like he coulda done it owl bodly alone, and if people didn't buy that, they could conjure up a shooter in any direction with ease, which indicates that the conspiracy was to let him act alone all he wanted because he couldn't stop them himself? Why would JFK's enemies, the suspects in future conspiracy investigations want Ruby to kill Oswald when it gives them a chance to prove he's a lone gunman in court, and why did LBJ's DPD just let him waltz in and do it on TV, play fill in the blanks and check back with me later, oink oink?
What's TLW's conclusion? It was a govt. coup d'etat, with LBJ waiting in the wings, and the people who did it got away with it and are still in power today, if they haven't died of old age. Obviously they are above partisan politics, and have puppet strings up the backs of both major parties. Too bad, I can't prove it in court. The only hope is for the hard nut of the Dallas Police Dept. to crack, maybe one of the conspirators to leave a diary in a safe deposit box with instructions to open it 25-50 years after his death so his fellow men in blue get away with it too before the world finally knows the truth. Once the DPD is proved to have been stage-managing the assassination, logic inevitably points to the top of the federal govt., doesn't it? Oh, I already said that, so I'll stop here for now.