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Welcome to Reality

December 29, 1991

So Stone thinks the Warren Commission was wrong. Welcome to the world, Mr. Stone.

As far back as 1979, a House select committee concluded that Kennedy was probably killed as a "result of a conspiracy." Even further back--about the time Stone was getting out of high school--many of us were convinced that the Warren Commission was wrong in its "lone-gunman" theory.

All we really wanted was the truth out of the many theories that abounded at the time: the L.B.J. theory, the Cuban theory, the Mafia theory, the Texas right-wing-radicals theory and, yes, even the Clay Shaw-CIA-secret government theory.

Yet, no matter what theory you liked, it was obvious from wading through the Warren Report that the commission had seized on the "lone gunman" idea and set about to "prove" it. Now it seems that Stone has chosen an equally shaky theory, one already discredited in court, and intends to "prove" it as well.

Unlike the Warren Report, I'm sure Stone's movie will be very entertaining. But, similar to that flawed document, it appears there will still be one thing missing: Respect for the truth.

JOHN SHARPE

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