Miscellanea, Errata, Et Cetera

This section of Fair Play contains a variety of stuff that didn't quite fit in anywhere else.


New Trask Book

Researcher Martin Shackelford recently posted some information about Richard Trask's new book on the internet --- I think it was to alt.conspiracy.jfk. He was kind enough to let Fair Play reproduce them here, and also to send a few additional comments.

Richard Trask's third book recently came out--I just got it today from Last Hurrah. It is called That Day in Dallas: Three Photographers Capture on Film the Day President Kennedy Died. It is large-format, magazine-sized.

The book is divided into three parts, with the stories of Cecil Stoughton (White House photographer), James Altgens (A.P. local photographer), and James Murray (local Dallas photojournalist). Each section contains a great many of the photographer's pictures, some not previously published. Many of the photos are half or full page.

The Stoughton section includes a photo of Robert Knudsen, the new witness on the autopsy photos, all of Stoughton's November 22 photos, and a still from the rare Jimmy Darnell film.

The Altgens section includes full-frame reproductions of the photos, including contact prints, and several Richard Bothun photos, along with Bob Jackson's photo of Billy Lovelady in the shirt he wore that day, taken in 1971.

The Murray section includes more Murray photos than have been published in one place before, with a William Allen, a couple of Willis photos, a still from the A.J. L'Hoste film, and a photo of James Hosty talking with Assistant D.A. Bill Alexander outside Capt. Fritz's office. There are even four rare Oswald photos.

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...the magazine format version of Robert Groden's The Killing of a President, which includes things not in the book version: the complete Dillard photo showing the west end window (the book included a blowup, but not the complete photo itself); ALL of the "missing" Zapruder frames (154-157, 207-212) in color; a new HSCA photo of Connally's suit, which is clearer than what we've seen before; and a color detail from the Bronson film Elm Street sequence (Trask's other recent book, Photographic Memory, includes a black a white full-frame blowup of the Bronson frame equivalent to Z-313).

Recently, I also posted these new book notes:

For those who don't recall vividly the chaotic and creative atmosphere of 1968, there is
1968: Marching in the Streets by Tariq Ali (former British underground newspaper editor) and Susant Watkins. It provides a month-by-month chronicle of the events of the year, well illustrated, including the protests, the assassinations, etc.

Also of interest is a new reference tome:
Assassination: The Politics of Murder by Linda Laucella. It begins with the assassination of King David's son in 990 B.C., and ends with Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. It covers the familiar, and some unfamiliar, from around the world. Where there is controversy about a particular assassination, the various points of view are summarized.

In the case of the JFK assassination, a brief JFK bio is provided; then a brief bio of Lee Harvey Oswald, noting his reported connection to Guy Banister. A bit of historical background is provided, and the author describes Oswald carrying a "four feet long" package to work. The account of the assassination itself is relatively objective. It says Oswald "reportedly" shot Tippit. There is a discussion of the autopsy, including a summary of comments by Robert Groden. Then the funeral; Oswald's death; a summary of the various investigations; a section on the Warren Commission refers to Gerald Posner's "claims," and notes some of his misleading approaches; many questions are outlined in the discussion of the Garrison investigation; various alternative theories are outlined; and subsequent events relating to Jack Ruby are summarized. A similar approach is taken with Malcolm X, Dr. King, and RFK.

Overall, quite a useful reference.

Martin


Where's the Smiley Face?

I get some strange unsolicited stuff sent to me now and then, usually via email. But a postcard recently arrived by snailmail, bearing the return address label of one Harold Dorland of West St. Paul, Minnesota. The unsigned card appeared to be homemade. Except for my address (mostly covered by one of those yellow "Notify Sender of New Address" stickers the Post Office uses) there was no identifiable handwriting. The card's simple message:

Thanks, Harold!

John Kelin


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