City Hall: One Unfortunate Afternoon Shouldn't Overshadow Dealey Plaza's Decades of Not Murdering Presidents

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The powers that be have made it abundantly clear that they plan on tightly controlling the message around the November anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. They've made it equally clear that they are going to do it in incredibly clumsy fashion, hiding the blood that still tints the city's hands rather than rinsing it away, which would require acknowledging that it's there. And so, they're calling it The 50th.

In the same vein, the city of Dallas would like to remind everyone that Dealey Plaza existed long before Kennedy so much as thought of coasting past the grassy knoll. It just released a video featuring Parks Director Willis Winters and City Archivist John Slate doing the best they can to downplay the significance of that unfortunate November afternoon.

"When people come to Dallas, and also for the citizens of Dallas, Dealey Plaza is always and foremost known as the site of the Kennedy assassination, but it is so much more than that," Slate says. "There are many things that happened here of historical note, and a lot of Dallas cultural history occurred here long before that."

The Indians and early settlers forded the Trinity River there, and John Neeley Bryan likely pitched his log cabin at the head of Elm Street. Railroads, buildings and cars followed. Slate seems particularly excited that the plaza connected to the light manufacturers and warehouses that populated the West End.

Winters, on the other hand, is transfixed by the "miraculous public works project" that created the head-scratching trident of streets funneling under the railroad bridge. "I think it really turned around the image of Dallas in its eventual development into a major public green space on the west side of downtown," he says.

Which is sort of like saying Ford's Theater should be famous for producing good plays, which doesn't appear to be in the cards.

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Myrna tells us that Life published a story, "The Shame of Dallas", (I believe in 1963/64).  The Shame of Dallas today is they put a museum for the public (to pay of course) to see all about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and see what a great shooter Oswald must have been.  He fired one  bullet that produced 7 wounds on 2 individuals and yet looked "pristine", was about 97% intact and could rightly be called a "magical" bullet.  Now on the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, the Dallas mayor is acting like a secret squirrel and keeping all the nuts for himself.  Let him keep all the nuts, he deserves them all.  Is the mayor going to cut the 24/7 cam of Dealey Plaza too, for some subversive may be watching without the proper credentials? 


The *last* thing the Dallas elite want to talk about is WHO murdered John Kennedy and WHY he was murdered. That is because Lyndon Johnson and Dallas, TX oil executives used their friends in military intelligence, CIA and the mafia to murder John Kennedy. Kind of embarrassing for today's city leaders who were so close to Lyndon Johnson and the CIA Bush family. However, I think the truth is purifying.

If you want to get quickly “up to speed” on the JFK assassination, here is what to read:

1) LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination by Phillip Nelson

1) The Man Who Killed Kennedy by Roger Stone

2) JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters by James Douglass

3) Brothers: the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot

4) The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh

5) Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty by Russ Baker

6) Power Beyond Reason: The Mental Collapse of Lyndon Johnson by Jablow Hershman

7) Operation Cyanide: Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III by Peter Hounam (LBJ engineered the attack on the USS Liberty)

8) Inside the Assassinations Records Review Board Volume 5, by Doug Horne

9) Watch "The Men Who Killed Kennedy - the Guilty Men - episode 9" at YouTube -

best video ever on the JFK assassination; covers well Lyndon Johnson's role

10) Google the essay “LBJ-CIA Assa ssination of JFK” by Robert Morrow

11) Google “National Security State and the Assassination of JFK by Andrew Gavin Marshall.”

12) Google “Chip Tatum Pegasus.” Intimidation of Ross Perot 1992

13) Google “Vincent Salandria False Mystery Speech.” Read every book & essay Vincent Salandria ever wrote.

14) Google "Unanswered Questions as Obama Annoints HW Bush" by Russ Baker

16) Google "Did the Bushes Help to Kill JFK" by Wim Dankbaar

17) Google "The Holy Grail of the JFK story" by Jefferson Morley

18) Google "The CIA and the Media" by Carl Bernstein

19) Google "CIA Instruction to Media Assets 4/1/67"

20) Google "Limit CIA Role to Intelligence" Harry Truman on 12/22/63

19) Google "Dwight Eisenhower Farewell Address" on 1/17/61

20) Google "Jerry Policoff NY Times." Read everything Jerry Policoff ever wrote about the CIA media cover up of the JFK assassination.

mcdallas topcommenter

The part about John Neely Bryan is actually kinda cool.  To think, long ago we had John Neely Bryan.  Now we have John Wiley Price.  Where did we go wrong?


Yo oh ohder dan dat, Mrs. Lincoln, how did’ya likes oh da’play?


NO F'ING Cartoons all That Week end !

That's what I remember.

JimSX topcommenter

This stuff is all driven by the people whose name is on the plaza. What if I were to offer to let them change it to "Jim Schutze Plaza?" Would that take some of the sweat off this deal?

JimSX topcommenter

When John Ford opened his theater in 1863, it was considered one of the grandest in the nation. On April 14, 1865, the theater was presenting "Our American Cousin," a farce by British playwright, Tom Taylor, about a loutish American rube who goes to London to meet his aristocratic English relatives. Also on that day, a guy got shot there. 


I don't think it is 'clumsy' or 'downplaying' for those people who actually know, and care, about the ENTIRE history of Dealey Plaze to make an attempt to educate those that don't.

However, this is the Dallas Observer, so everything has to have a nefarious or hidden meaning behind it. Jeez.....

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Fifty years ago.  I remember sitting in Study Hall and being told by the Principal that JFK had been shot.  We were sent home.  It was a horrible, life-changing event.  In New York, we never looked at Dallas as having had any part to play in the assassination, nor looked upon the city negatively for anything related to it.  Too many native Dallasites are very tough on themselves about the event having happened here.  It could have happened anywhere.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ObummerHistory, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou


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RTGolden1 topcommenter

@stupidisasstupiddoes As is pointed out in the story and in Jim's comment, the ENTIRE history of Dealey plaza is irrelevant, just as the entire history of Ford's Theater is irrelevant.  When a pivotal even occurs, one which captures the world's attention, everything surrounding that event becomes somewhat defined by the event itself.  Of course, in places of great historical significance, such as New York City, this phenomena is less pronounced, but still it persists.

Dallas really didn't have much historical significance up until the assassination.  In the 1930's it even appeared as if Kilgore might be the regional center of North Texas.  Then the oil boom petered out and now Kilgore is mainly known for the KFC murders that took 20 years to solve.  So if Dealey plaza is to be known for something, it is going to be known as the place Kennedy was assassinated.  It is either that or not be known for anything, because nothing of any significance (to the world) has ever happened there, other than the assassination.

Do I think the city of Dallas itself must be stained with the blood of Kennedy?  I'm on the fence, but I come down more against it than for it.  But the Plaza, indeed the stain there is indelible.


@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz"Too many native Dallasites are very tough on themselves about the event having happened here."

Maybe it's because Life Magazine ran a big splashy headline that read "The Shame of Dallas". Not "The Shame of The Lone Gunman", or "The Shame of the Warren Commission", or "The Shame of Jack Ruby", but "The Shame of DALLAS".  

RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@Obummer 'You voracious man-eating son of a bitch, there was seven Democrats in Hinsdale County and you ate five of them. God damn you! I sentence you to be hanged by the neck until you are dead, Dead, DEAD, as a warning against reducing the Democratic population of Hinsdale County. Packer, you Republican cannibal, I would sentence you to Hell but the statutes forbid it.' -allegedly uttered by Judge Melville Gerry at the sentencing of Alferd Packer.



Yo Tom Bodett said, "In skoo, you taught uh lesson an' then given uh tess. In life, you given uh tess dat teaches you uh lesson."


ruddski topcommenter

To an outsider, it's just an attraction, get over it all, Dallas.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


Apparently you didn't grow up with this:

Where are you from?


Isn't that where Kennedy was shot?

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