Multiple screenings of the 1991 film by Oliver Stone entitled “JFK” played over and over on several cable stations. The theme of that film was to propose that the assassination was in fact a coup d’etat. The movie itself had a stellar cast headed by Kevin Costner and included such well-known performers as Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Kevin Bacon and Ed Asner. Sutherland’s role was to play the part of a “Deep Throat” type of character that gave Costner, who was playing New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, pertinent information on the many things that went wrong on November 22, 1963.
The real Garrison was foiled in his attempts to link Clay Shaw, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones, to the murder. The most riveting scene in the movie was Garrison’s portrayal of the trajectory of the “magic bullet” that supposedly caused seven wounds in Kennedy’s and Connally’s bodies.
One of the most interesting live interviews last Friday was the one of a fellow worker of Oswald’s who adamantly stated that he did not believe that the accused assassin could have committed such a heinous act.
Among the many archival films shown was one that was most illuminating about the personality of President Kennedy. It documented his deft ability to handle Presidential Press Conferences. He would arrive at the podium with no pre-scripted material. Instead he would take random questions, usually about 40 or more, and would respond with a great deal of humor to the most probing inquiries. You could tell that the President thoroughly enjoyed adlibbing his unrehearsed responses to his most severe critics. His standard deflection of unworkable requests was to say, “I’ll address that situation after I leave office.” If there were ever a local Nevada politician who had that same ability, it would be the late Senator Bill Raggio.
Comparing the Kennedy style at the podium with that of the the befuddled Jay Carney or the stammering Barack Obama makes one yearn for the days of yore.
There were many strange events that happened on that fateful day in Dallas that have proven to be added fuel for the conspiracy theory. Chief among them is the violation of protocol when the body of the President was laid to rest in a coffin and shipped on Air Force One so that the autopsy could be performed in Washington D.C. According to the lawful procedure it should have been performed at the Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Another peculiar event was that when the autopsy was finished, the notes of the doctor performing it were burned. Kennedy’s missing brain is another facet of the so-called “cover up”.
Since the bulk of the sealed information regarding the horrendous event will not be released until most of the people associated with the event are dead, it is unlikely that we will ever know the truth.
Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.