Tag Archive for Sixth Floor Museum

What happened when Oswald was arrested?

Oswald at Texas Theater

Lee Harvey Oswald being arrested at the Texas Theater, November 22, 1963

In a 2013 essay for Time magazine,the late Gary Mack wrote about this photo of Oswald’s. The photo is interesting but the editorial treatment is fascinating Read more

Charles Briggs, retired CIA officer who assisted JFK museum, was accused of deception by a federal judge

Charles Briggs, a retired CIA official who assisted the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas as a researcher and writer, once submitted a “dishonest” sworn affidavit in a high-profile arms smuggling case in Texas, according to a federal judge.
Briggs, who died November 4, served the CIA as a private contractor while assisting in the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas in 1986. The Museum, which commemorates the assassination of President Kennedy, consistently endorses the official theory that one man, alone and unaided, caused Kennedy’s death. The Museum’s exhibits do not depict or make mention of the long-running debate about the causes of JFK’s assassination, and the Museum’s bookstore carries few books by JFK scholars who dispute the official theory.

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CIA man assisted in the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum

Charles Brigss

Charles Briggs, CIA officer and Sixth Floor Museum supporter

His name was Charles Briggs and he served as Executive Director of the Agency, which is the number three position in the agency’s hierarchy. His obituary in the Washington Post states:

A notable contribution was serving as liaison for the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, TX dedicated to the JFK Assassination.

The CIA’s intervention in the creation of popular culture is not unprecedented — witness its support for the Iowa Writer’s Workshop — but this episode of cultural production is especially intriguing. Read more

And a note on Gary Mack

From a faithful reader: “Gary used his expert knowledge with uncommon grace and skill – not only with his co-workers (of higher and lower rank), but with the media (thanks in part to his own radio/TV experience)….. Read more

Gary Mack dies; called attention to JFK acoustic evidence

Gary Mack, curator of The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallasand a nationally known authority on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died.

Mack made two important contributions to the JFK story.

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A revisionist view of the Zapruder film

“Author and journalist Max Holland will trace the tangled history of the most famous yet misunderstood piece of evidence from the assassination: the 26.5-second long film made by Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder.”

via Public Programs | The Sixth Floor Museum.

Four photographers remember November 22

Four young photographers working for the daily newspaper Dallas Times Herald in 1963 were assigned to the team tasked with capturing the President’s much-anticipated visit to Dallas. They’ll be talking about their memories of that day on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 pm at The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

Tickets are $25.

 

One man’s encounter with Oswald

From a faithful reader in Dallas:

“On Saturday October 4, the Sixth Floor Museum’s 2014 Living History Series, presented a talk by Pierce Allman, who was the program director at WFAA Radio in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Allman was in Dealey Plaza at the time of JFK’s assassination, and was one of the first media representatives inside the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) after the shooting.

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Sixth Floor Museum declines to comment on Groden allegation

Yesterday, I asked the Sixth Floor Museum to comment on Robert Groden’s lawsuit against the City of Dallas for “malicious prosecution.” This morning I received this reply:

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Fact check: Did Richard Nixon know Jack Ruby?

Who was ‘Jack Rubenstein of Chicago?’

Paul Hoch begs to differ with me on Roger Stone. I think Stone’s upcoming book on LBJ and JFK’s assassination should be taken seriously because of Stone’s contacts and experience. Hoch finds Stone to be an unreliable analyst who is prone to exaggeration.

Hoch cites one point of fact — about Richard Nixon and Jack Ruby — where he thinks Stone is misinformed. His argument, endorsed by Gary Mack of the Sixth Floor Museum, provides a useful test of Stone’s credibility.

I have tremendous respect for Paul Hoch, who knows the JFK case better than almost anyone and has taught me a great deal about bad evidence. But in this case, I think he his mistaken, and Stone is probably right.

Here’s why:

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Schutze on Dealey Plaza as a free speech battleground

Dealey Plaza is not just the place where President Kennedy was killed 50 years ago. It is also the site of an ongoing struggle over the meaning of the First Amendment in 2013. And nobody has covered the story better than Dallas Observer blogger Jim Schutze.

In his latest dispatch he asks,  “Who Died and Made the Sixth Floor Museum the King of Dealey Plaza?

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Fact check: Was a Mauser found in the Texas School Book Depository?


In this installment of the often excellent “50 Reasons for 50 Years,” Len Osanic says yes. I think the evidence says no. Decide for yourself.  Read more

Fact check: Nitpicking JFK point

Another nit to pick with Wedneday’s JFK story in the WSJ, by Anna Campoy. Read more