Sunday, January 27, 2013

Military Channel debunks JFK conspiracy story

For some reason unknown to me, last night the Military Channel ran an hour long program aimed at debunking the JFK assassination conspiracy theory linking Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.

If you didn’t know, I was operating one of nine in the basement that morning – two video, two still cameras and five movie film cameras. I didn’t realize there were only nine of us. Several times, they showed my film of Ruby shooting Oswald.

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I was a 24-year-old cub reporter who had been on my first job as a reporter for about six weeks.

Not only was I green, I was clumsy. And a little dumb. This was Dallas. And I was fresh outta Lubbock.

The week before the assassination, I almost got a ticket for driving the KRLD mobile news unit the wrong way on a one-way street in front of Neiman’s. The cop who pulled me over said, “Son, do you want to report the news – or make it?”

A couple of weeks later, I goofed again. This time I left 50-feet spool of cable and a microphone on the roof of the news wagon. A civilian found it in the middle of an intersection on Lemon Ave. Fortunately, our engineers were able to repair it. Had duct tape been invented?

Not satisfied with such an auspicious start, a few weeks later, I left the big 16mm Auricon camera mounted on a tripod on the taxiway at Love Field and a departing jet blew my rig over. The insurance company said the lens I snapped was worth $1,500.

During the ensuing months, I got punched out three times while on assignments: Gen. Walker knocked me down three times, Ruby’s brother took a swing and so did the sister of an escaping convict.

Some say my personality is flawed.


The South Plainsman said...

It is not shameless to plug your book. It is a great book. I will plug it as well.

Ken Martin said...

George, I wish these blunders had been in the book, but I'm glad to hear about them at long last. Self-effacing humor is always fun to read.

I'm with The South Plainsman: it's a great book.

sph said...

Oh no....another illusion blown all to hell! I thought you were so cool, even suave. As I was reading this post I was thinking surely these stories can't be true. This is 'ole George making up stories. Alas, another image of the 1960's blown to smitherins. Gee, thanks for positng.

George said...

But I WAS suave -- in a Peter Sellers kind of way.

I wish I had put these tidbits in the book, too. Funny thing is, I didn't remember them until talking with the Mystery Woman last night, trying to impress her.

Not sure it worked.

The South Plainsman said...

Suave and deboner, that's George!

Escaped Waco Alive said...

The book needs to be updated ASAP for the 50th anniversary with a publisher who will plug the hell out of it (you know, ads and bucks for promotional tours). It is an important book and more people need to know about it and possess it for their home libraries. (Yeah, I know. "Home libraries." What a joke. Most folks these days don't read to begin with. And book buying is a passion for but a few of us.) The publisher should even be (Lord, I hate the use of the term that refers to a "book" that ain't a book) promote the hell out of the revised "eBook" edition.

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