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

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Nicola Longford, executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum, won't talk to Schutze, no fan of the museum's plans to take over Dealey Plaza two years from today. But she will visit with the Los Angeles Times about those plans, not to mention that Dealey Plaza redo the city's splitting with the museum's fund-raisers. And Longford is quite comfortable speaking for all of us when she says "Dallas is still scarred and wounded" by the assassination of John Kennedy.

"For Dallas," she tells the Times today in a story headlined "Modern Dallas coming to grips with Kennedy assassination," the 50th anniversary event will be "an opportunity to look back and not ignore it, to move through it and be inspired." So, clearly, Stephen King's wrong. Dallas hasn't "put to bed" the killing of Kennedy.

And while you're reading the L.A. paper, might as well dig this: an interview with the great Darwin Payne, who was working on November 22, 1963, for the Dallas Times Herald, whose assassination 20 years ago this December 8 still scars and wounds me. Schutze too.

Bonus: On the New York Times's website this morning, director Errol Morris (maker of, among other films, The Thin Blue Line, about a different killing in Dallas), has this short film starring Tink Thompson, author of Six Seconds in Dallas: A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination. Thompson and Morris discuss "The Umbrella Man" espied at Dealey Plaza on that blue, bright day: "Can anyone come up with a non-sinister explanation for this?"

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whodunnit
whodunnit

JFK and his brother (Bobby, who was Attorney General) hated segregation.  After JFK was assassinated in Dallas, his successor, a Texan by the name of Lyndon B. Johnson forced congress to pass the Civil Rights Bill in 1964. But, nearly 50 years later, Dallas is still clinging to its old ways:

http://www.dallasobserver.com/...

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

Everyone knows it wasn't the gunshots that killed JFK..it was the wait at Parkland!

pak152
pak152

sorry Nicola but this native Dallasite is tired of the annual Camelot pity party. give it a rest. we now know that he wasn't Arthur and she wasn't Guinevere, he was nothing more than the 2nd oldest son of a Boston Irish bootlegger hack who hated the English and long desired to see one of his sons become President

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Well, as director of the 6th Floor Museum, she does have a strong, vested financial interest in keeping the angst on about the Kennedy assassination.  That will get harder to do as time passes and the people who were alive in 1963 die off.  A couple of years ago I was in Buffalo, NY and tried to  find something related to William McKinley's 1901 assassination.  I finally found it; a brass plaque in the middle of the street marking the spot--that was pretty much it.  

Bobby Dobbs
Bobby Dobbs

When I was 16, I journeyed to Dealey Plaza as a runaway and began selling a tabloid style newspaper called "The JFK Today" for a mysterious figure named "Bob Goodman" to tourists. Over the next four years I saved and slowly took over all commerce in Dealey Plaza by publishing a professionally printed magazine called "The Kennedy Chronicle" in 1994. In 1995, Robert moved to Dallas and began selling my magazine as one of my vendors along with selling his own video. I sold the rights to my magazine in July of 1996 and Robert subsequently had a major dispute with the new owner and began his own magazine which quickly became the top one there. I can tell you that even though he worked for me, I viewed the man as an idol and he is absolutely one of the most well respected figures in the JFK case. Even in the 90s I viewed our ability to continue to sell magazines and newspapers in that area to be on borrowed time which is one of the reasons I decided to sell out. There was a considerable effort by the police and the sixth floor to get us out of there. So, I am amazed when when I go visit 15 years later, some of my old employees still haunt that ground and Robert is still giving them hell. I can assure you its not a great living standing on the grassy knoll in the middle of winter. But, that is his life, his livelyhood and I cannot understand why they are harrassing him. We had a little song we liked to sing and joke about: You work all day and whadya get?Another days older and deeper in Sh*t!Bob Goodman don't you call me 'cause I cant go..I owe my soul to the grassy knoll! There are some unsavory "hustler" types out there hawking and creatively panhandling. When I was there we had a code among us that no drinking was allowed, if a tourist said no, we did not ask again, and generally we ran off the ones causing problems. My first Nov 22nd was in 1992. The 30th was one of the most memorable days of my life. In my time in Dealey I met 17 eye witnesses, and did some things that ranged from the sublime to the unbelieavable. I once stood in the basement of the Dallas Police Station where Oswald was shot, holding the pistol Jack Ruby used while "recreating" the famous photo of Oswald being murdered. I was Ruby, the man who owned the gun was Oswald! There arent many left who were in Dealey Plaza that day, my opinions on what happened that date have softened over the years, but I will always be fascinated by the case and the men who work the grassy knoll.

Guest
Guest

Yes. I'm totally still coming to grips with something that happened a decade before I was born.

DallasWatcher
DallasWatcher

Is Nicola Longford new to Dallas?  Bet money that she's not  a native to Dallas.  Don't you love it how most of our White civic leaders are from someplace else?   They get recruited by other non-Dallas natives in the "civic leader circuit", and they spend all their time once they get here avoiding the "commoners" who are not part of the "civic leader circuit".

I would think Nicola has spent a lifetime coming to grips with her parents did to her by saddling her with that name.  Naming any child Nicola is seriously shameful.Dallas right wingers did not shoot the President.  A crazy communist shot the President.  Even Jackie O was miffed that it was just some little communist who killed her husband. 

Paul
Paul

OK enough of the continuation of  a mythology where those in charge are merely trying to maintain their jobs.  Sort of like people who are working to eliminate poverty; 50+ years and trillions of dollars later the poverty rate is worse than what it had been.

Before everyone goes gaga on me and piles on, I saw the President and Governor about 15 minutes before they were shot.

I was a young child.

Now go carry that memory around and then tell me about how to come to grips with it.

The reality: there are mean evil wicked people in this world who will do mean evil wicked things to innocent people.  It was true then and it is true now.

Have a nice day.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Maybe Rick's Cabaret should buy that site as well and put an outdoor strip club.  Call it the Flashy Knolls.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Apparently, the anti-conspiracy theory theorists are gaining traction in the media, as I caught a new special on History or one of those channels the other night with new, digitized versions of various films that capture the little space between the sprocket holes on each frame giving a fuller picture of what happened. And a rifle expert proved that it was a lone gunman after all. And the single bullet did zigzag because it didn't because the car was going down hill and the back seat was higher and the gun was pointing down.I'm glad that's all finally settled.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Did Librio or Longford ever call Shutze back?  If not, that seems extremely unprofessional of them.

Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks

Everyone should definitely click on the link to the short film with Tink Thompson. It's a really interesting subject. http://nyti.ms/rX1Sxt

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I think Dallas is more affected by the Cowboys losing a playoff game or the Rangers not winning the world series than by an assassination that happened 50 years ago. This lady is whack(sp?).But then again, her professional existence is dictated by this event.

Albert
Albert

Great article at the link concerning the column by Frank Rich in the NYT, which plays off the entrenched "Right Wing" myth about the assassination.

Funny how the communist-oriented left wing has never had to "come to grips" with or feel the need to apologize for the actions of a fellow Marxist Fidel supporter.

History very effectively airbrushed.

http://www.realclearpolitics.c...

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The only thing Longford wants to "come to grips with" is your wallet.

Pathetic attempt to cash in on the anniversary.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

"Can anyone come up with a non-sinister explanation for this?"

Ask the Great Gordo. He is quite the voice of reason regarding the Lone Gunman theory. And if you don't agree with him, he'll insult and talk over your side of the debate.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im sick of the conspiracy nuts selling their wares down there, its disrepectful. You dont see the same thing happening in front of Ford's Theatre or the hotel RFK was asssassinated in. I'm a believer in free speech, but have respect for the location. Quit painting an X on the street and playing up the hype.

ericfolkerth
ericfolkerth

I think it does still stand as a scarring thing, for a certain generation. For younger folks? Not so much. But it was, most definitely the defining moment in the city's history for the past 100 years. It would be hard to argue with that assessment. Here's my own thoughts along those lines:http://wheneftalks2.blogspot.c...

Slamminsammysnead
Slamminsammysnead

Folks were in the buildings with cameras.  Umbrella man was signalling his wife that the motorcade was about to turn the corner and to get ready to take pictures.

JackLean
JackLean

Texas, specifically Dallas, will always be known as the place where the dream of Camelot was murdered.

And the environment of right wing hate that made the assassination possible is still thriving.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Back and to the left........back and to the left.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The voice of reason. A Romo interception gets the people more worked up than the JFK assassination. Just like the Cowboys, it's yet another thing I think Dallasites convince themselves the world cares much more about than they actually do.

Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks

Gordon Keith is the biggest effing a-hole I've ever worked with. He is a liar and rude and a very bitter person.

pak152
pak152

Camelot was a Potemkin village perpetrated by the press

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

"Camelot"  might have died, but a tough, shrewd Texas politician named Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who turned Camelot's dreams into reality.

Albert
Albert

It was a communist supporter of Fidel who murdered Kennedy. His assassination had absolutely nothing to do with the "right wing", or even Dallas.

How could you get history so wrong?

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

I have no idea how those crafty right wingers got an unhinged left winger to shoot the President, but I'm more interested in the idea that there's a lot of right wing hate floating around in today's Dallas.  I'm trying to think of even one elected official or high level employee who could be described as conservative.  Jerry Allen?  Ann Margolin?  Not exactly hate mongers of you ask me.

Guest
Guest

"And the environment of right wing hate that made the assassination possible is still thriving."

And here is proof of that:

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co... 

Ironic, these laws governing this matter, were enacted by JFK/LBJ. Sweet Justice! 

RTGolden
RTGolden

I particularly like how it lists "Leadeship Dallas '07' under education (appropriately misspelled) and lists 'historical archaeology" under interests (isn't that redundant?).

Guest
Guest

The second gunman on the Grassy Knoll was totally right wing.

Guesty McG
Guesty McG

Stop trying to confuse people with the facts.

DM
DM

They do their dirty work silently and via documents/paperwork. You the taxpayer never even see it, until it gets exposed. 

DallasWatcher
DallasWatcher

Don Hill and JW Price may be crazy and crooked, but they are not right wingers -- maybe right-wing haters.

Corruption in this town (city or county level) is at the hand of Democrats.

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