November 22, 2013 |
I am one of those who can easily answer the most singular question of my generation: “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was assassinated?” On this day exactly 50 years ago, I was a seventh-grader at R.H. Thomson Junior High School in Seattle. I was walking from the band room to another class when I saw a boy running in my direction through the crowded hallway. He was shouting something like, “They got him! They shot that bastard Kennedy!” I remember the kid's face was filled with a menacing glee.
June 9, 2007
Re "Arrests made in alleged JFK plot," June 3 I think we need to address why we have terrorists or terrorist organizations within our hemisphere. We have managed to alienate people in our own backyard. This is a dangerous precedent that should not be overlooked. The Monroe Doctrine stated that we oversee this hemisphere, yet we have failed, allowing the doctrine to become nothing more than an empty policy. TRAVIS GREEN Memphis So much for the Republican mantra: "If we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight them over here."
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February 19, 1992
The cynical tone of Art Pine's article on the secret John F. Kennedy files is hard to stomach ("Film Launches Call to Open Secret J.F.K. Files," Feb. 12). He smugly asserts that I have "bent facts" and "spread misinformation" in my film "JFK" without really bothering to investigate the claims of the film. His only specific example of my "misinformation" is a quote from a National Archives official saying that the President's brain is not missing from the archives, that they never had possession of it. The truth is the autopsy materials, including the brain, were turned over to the archives in 1966, whereupon it was discovered that several items on the inventory list, including the brain, were missing--they never reached the archives.
January 20, 1992
Oliver Stone's response to Richard M. Mosk (" 'JFK' Is Not Irresponsible--Choosing to Ignore the Evidence Is," Jan. 6) carefully skirted the central issue raised by Mosk and others regarding "JFK." What has drawn the sharpest criticism is the film's strident assertion that during the 1960s a far-flung conspiracy captured the main instruments of power in our country so that, as stated by Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), real democracy was supplanted by fascism. Tom Hayden, quick to recognize this as the heart of the film, enthusiastically embraced it as a validation of his own '60s radicalism ("Shadows on the American Storybook," Metro, Dec. 30)
July 12, 1996 |
Frank Ray Perilli's "Last Call" at the Gardner Stage is a brief but anecdotally juicy account of a fictional encounter in 1962 between President John F. Kennedy and notorious Chicago gang boss Sam Giancana. Trapped at a boring Malibu function, a hungry JFK slips away from his Secret Service guards and heads for Matteo's, a popular Italian eatery owned and operated by his friend Matty Jordan. (The very nonfictional Jordan is still alive today, as is his Westside establishment.
June 1, 1997
George C. Herring's review (Book Review, May 11) applauds Robert Schulzinger's attack on my film "JFK" as "grotesquely fictionalized" and asserts "There is not one shred of evidence that JFK planned to extricate the United States [from Vietnam]." Not true. Whether it is the stark difference between John F. Kennedy's National Security Action Memorandum 263, ordering the first withdrawal of 1,000 American advisors and Lyndon Johnson's reversal of that order in NSAM 273; or career military historian John Newman's well-researched book, "JFK and Vietnam"; or Robert McNamara's recent apologia, there is ample evidence that Kennedy was prepared to reverse course and extricate the United States from Vietnam.