I first heard the President was coming to Dallas thru the radio, and then reading the Dallas Morning Star approximately a week before President Kennedy came. And, like most people, I talked with others in the east Texas town I was living in at the time. I was overjoyed to think that our President was coming to Texas, to actually meet the people and be a part of this state for a day.
Q. On the day Kennedy visited Dallas, one of the major Dallas newspapers featured a full page ad with a "Wanted" poster which presented John Kennedy as a criminal of the state. Did you see this ad?
A. I personally did not see this ad, I believe it ran in publication in the Dallas Morning Star. But it was common knowledge that this paper was a Republican-orientated paper and, remember, President Kennedy was a Democrat...so let your imagination run on this. I do know that people, the common man and woman on the street who saw it and talked with me, were quite upset that a prominent paper would run such an ad as this. I believe they ran it under the heading of "TREASON"...and, Mr., that is going a little too far, even in the political world, if there is no proof.
Q. You obviously knew the route of the motorcade. This information has played a significant role in the debate over whether there was a conspiracy to murder the President. Do you recall how and when you found out about the motorcade route?
Q. Where were you waiting in preparation for the arrival of the Presidential motorcade?
Q. What was the atmosphere in Dealey Plaza? Were people excited about the President's coming? Was there a big crowd? Did you feel anything in the air that wasn't positive?
A. You know I am always surprised at that question about the atmosphere or reading about it in some paper that is recalling the visit. I saw no negative reaction to this visit, people were smiling, happy, talking about how wonderful it was to think that the President was here in Texas. Many had come from far away West Texas, Houston, The Big Bend country, some from Louisiana and Oklahoma, and each showed excitement, not unrest. The streets were lined with people, many shoulder to shoulder. There just was no negative feelings I saw or felt at the time, just pure joy and happiness.
Q. Tell RFFM.org readers what you thought when you first saw the presidential motorcade coming down Houston Street before the motorcade turned down Elm Street, and headed past the Texas School Book Depository.
Q. RFFM.org readers know this must be hard on you. But, in our phone conversation, you told me you saw President Kennedy's wife, Jackie, doing something as the motorcade was passing directly in front of you. What was she doing?
Q. Did you hear any more shots besides the ones that came from behind the fence bordering the grassy knoll?
Q. Were you questioned by any authorities on November 22nd 1963 in Dallas' Dealey Plaza? Did you see anyone else being questioned?
A. No, Dan, I have never been questioned by the authorities. I have made myself as little known to them about this as possible, for I do not trust them or their findings on this matter. I had at one time thought of coming forward until I saw and read of their negative reaction to those who did, and how the events were being twisted and turned, as though they were making a movie and changing the scenario to fit their screen. I did not see anyone being questioned that day as I left, but I did see men taking cameras and film from the people.
Dan, I wonder about these questions everyday of my life and, like most, I would like to know the reason our government has put such a spin on this assassination, so far from the truth of that day and its happening. My prayer now is that God will never let this happen, anywhere in the world. But in truth I know it will and nothing we do will stop it, and nothing we do will keep the government from taking over and make decisions that are so different than the actions. It has made me distrust our structure of leadership in this country. The questions never go away. And I wonder, at the age of 75, will I live to see this happen again and I pray not.