Interviews by Name

Oral Histories


Mary Eastwood

Eastwood worked for the U.S. Justice Department during the Kennedy years and attended a reception at the White House two days before the assassination. A distinguished feminist, she was later a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Recorded September 17, 2010.

Longe Edwards

Six years old in 1963, Edwards saw the presidential party arrive at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth on November 21, 1963. A brief interview with him ran in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the following day. In the early 1990s, as the audio-visual manager at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, he coordinated with Oliver Stone for access during the filming of JFK (1991). Recorded March 12, 2010.

Charles Eisemann

An officer in the U.S. Army in 1963, Eisemann was stationed in Germany at the time of the assassination. As Officer of the Day on November 23, 1963, he relayed coded orders while his base was at high alert. Recorded February 26, 2014.

Leah Rae Elewitz

A tenth-grade Kennedy supporter living near Houston, Texas, in 1963, Elewitz responded to the assassination by compiling an extensive scrapbook of the event. She maintained this effort for nine years and donated her volumes to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded March 21, 2012.

Dorothy G. Elliot

A local music teacher in 1963, Elliot wrote a choral piece, "A City Mourns (for John F. Kennedy)," shortly after the assassination. It was never performed publicly, but a copy of the sheet music was sent to Mrs. Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2011.

Stavis "Steve" Ellis Family

Widow Juanita, children Michael, Steve, and Patricia, and granddaughter Stefany share stories and memories of the late Dallas police sergeant Stavis "Steve" Ellis, a lead motorcycle officer in the Kennedy motorcade. Ellis heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza and was at Parkland Hospital before escorting Lyndon Johnson back to Love Field.  Previously Ellis served as motorcycle escort to John F. Kennedy during his 1960 and 1962 visits to Dallas. Recorded February 23, 2009.

Dr. Jerry Elrod

As minister of Lake June Methodist Church in Dallas in 1963, Elrod held a memorial service for President Kennedy on the evening of the assassination. When he was a student at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, he was well acquainted with both the Rev. Bill Holmes, who preached a controversial sermon following the Kennedy assassination, and the Rev. Bill McElvaney, who became a vocal Vietnam War critic in 1967. Recorded May 1 and July 11, 2007.

Charles R. Elwonger

A Dallas police patrolman in 1963, Elwonger was assigned to the entrance to Dallas Love Field and remained at his post from before Air Force One's arrival until after its departure later that afternoon with the newly sworn-in president. Recorded May 5, 2003.

Nat Emery

A U.S. Marine stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C., Emery participated in the funeral services for President Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2009.

Jonnie England

An Oak Cliff native, England and a high school classmate saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. She later wrote CBS commentator Eric Sevareid an angry letter concerning negative remarks he made about Dallas in the aftermath. Recorded February 20, 1998, and August 7, 2013.

Jim English

An engineer for KRLD-TV, English was at the Trade Mart, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas police headquarters on November 22, 1963. On Sunday, he was operating the studio camera that captured Oswald's shooting. During the Jack Ruby trial in 1964, he operated the pool camera during the announcement of the verdict. Recorded April 14, 2006.

Edward Jay Epstein

A significant assassination researcher and author in the 1960s and 1970s, Epstein wrote Inquest (1966), Counterplot (1968) and Legend (1978). He was also one of the last people to speak with George de Mohrenschildt before his controversial death. Recorded April 14, 2004.

J. Elke Ertle

A native of Germany, Ertle was an eyewitness to President Kennedy's historic speech in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. She turned eighteen on the day before the assassination. Ertle later moved to the United States and wrote a book about her early life, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom (2013). Recorded May 6, 2013, and June 6 and 7, 2014.

Ruben Esquivel

Currently a member of the Dallas County Historical Foundation's board of directors, Esquivel was a native Cuban who fled his homeland when Fidel Castro came to power. Recorded September 15 and October 29, 2000.

Tom Evans

Fifteen years old in 1963, Evans lived in the University Park area of Dallas. On Sunday, November 24, he and his sister were driving through Dealey Plaza when the Oswald shooting occurred. Recorded May 7, 2010.

Walter Evans

The news editor at WFAA Radio in 1963, Evans was at the Dallas Trade Mart, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas Love Field on the day of the assassination. Ironically, as a young man, he worked three summers for the Texas School Book Depository Company. Recorded October 12, 1994, and December 11, 2013.

James Ewell

A police reporter at The Dallas Morning News in 1963, Ewell covered the president's arrival at Dallas Love Field. Following the assassination, he was in Dealey Plaza, at the Tippit shooting scene, and inside the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff during the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded December 14, 1993, November 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014.