This is my A-material.
I was a skinny, 24-year-old reporter at KRLD-Radio/TV in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
I had been hired only six weeks before, straight out of journalism school, and was likely the greenest reporter in town.
Four of us who were part of the news team that covered the tragedy have written a book about our on-the-job experiences. For example, Jack Ruby was standing right next to me as he stepped out of the crowd and shot Lee Harvey Oswald. I got film of Ruby shooting Oswald.
Our publisher just printed the third hardcover edition of our book, When the News Went Live.
Plus, our new paperback goes to print within the next two days, and it appears that Rowman will get the paperback on the shelves by mid-October, in time for the Sixth Floor Museum's November 1 paperback release. The four of us will present the kick-off event at the Museum's month-long commemoration of the JFK murder. Hope to see you there.
You can buy the book on Amazon for sixteen bucks and change.
We've lost more money than we've made with this book. But that's not why we wrote the book in the first place. We wrote it for history and, hopefully, for journalism schools.
Ask me what I think about Oliver Stone. He ought to be horse-whipped.
Today, more than 75 percent of Americans believe there was more to the murder of President John F. Kennedy than was documented in the Warren Commission Report. Seventy-five percent! And that's due, in large part, to Stone's unfounded assumptions in his twisted film, "JFK." What an injustice to history.
In the first national poll taken after the assassination, the majority of Americans trusted the findings of the Warren Commission. But after 43 years of pounding by conspiracy theorists, that trust has seriously eroded.
Now comes a new book 20 years in the making, 1,612 pages thick, and expensive at $49.95, which proves Oswald did it. Already, conspiracy junkies are lining up to shoot down this new research tool. No surprise.
Buy the book. Read it. Take your time. Then make up your mind.
I can't quite get my head around what I'm about to say next because the subject is just too big for my small brain. But it goes something like this:
America is getting dumbed down. The rich are getting super rich while the middle-class and poor people are allowing themselves to be whipped into a non-thinking boobs easily manipulated by spin-doctors and mugs who shout on television.
Nobody trusts the news anymore. So fewer people read. Nobody trusts government. So we elect power-driven politicians rather than folks who stand on principle.
"Oh, the bloggers will fill the vacuum." I call BS on that one. Some bloggers actually do original reporting and reach spectacular success. But the vast majority of the 94,000,000 blogs are opinion pieces, family stuff, humor -- like this one.
Buy the guy's book. "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" by Vincent Bugliosi.
Buy our book,too. If you have already purchased ours, thanks.