Interviews by Name

Oral Histories


Bertha Farrington

Farrington was the nurse stationed at the triage desk in Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency room when President Kennedy, Gov. Connally, and Lee Harvey Oswald were admitted to the hospital. It was her decision to take Vice President Johnson and his wife to Minor Medicine for safety. Recorded March 15, 2000.

Max Farris

A Dallas police officer in 1963, Farris was at Parkland Memorial Hospital when the motorcade arrived, and he saw President Kennedy's body. On Saturday, he guarded the Homicide and Robbery Bureau doorway at Dallas police headquarters. An acquaintance of Jack Ruby, he was later involved in the production of Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK. Recorded September 7, 2007.

Ellen Feibel

Feibel saw Sen. John F. Kennedy in Dallas during the 1960 campaign. When she and her family toured Mexico in 1964, they were fearful to reveal that they lived in Dallas. Recorded January 13, 2015.

Jane Fennig

Fennig, a nurse at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, helped escort President Kennedy's casket out of the hospital. In December 1966, she treated Jack Ruby when he arrived at Parkland. Recorded May 8, 2014.

Mike Fenton

A senior at Oklahoma State University in 1963, Fenton defiantly walked out of his classroom following the Kennedy assassination when his professor refused to cancel class for the day. As a result, Fenton failed the course. Recorded January 23, 2009.

Linda Ferguson

A 14-year-old schoolgirl in 1963, Ferguson was standing with friends on Lemmon Avenue to watch the motorcade. In 1964, she campaigned for the re-election of President Lyndon Johnson. Recorded April 26, 2002.

Lance Ferraro

A longtime photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Ferraro extensively photographed Senator John F. Kennedy's brief campaign visit there in October 1960. After the assassination, Ferraro compiled his images into a memorial booklet entitled One Hour in Our History (1964). Recorded April 7, 2010.

Ivonne Figueroa

Figueroa was 13 years old and living in Puerto Rico at the time of the assassination. That weekend, she and her family attended a wake for President Kennedy. Recorded August 7, 2007.

Bonnie Fisher

Fisher and her mother saw President Kennedy speak in front of the Hotel Texas on November 22, 1963. The shock of the assassination inspired in her a lifelong interest in the Kennedy family. Recorded September 20, 2012. 

Charles Fisher

Art director at KRLD-TV in 1963, Fisher processed film from all over the world the weekend of the assassination. In 1964, he was a sketch artist for the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded April 8, 2004.

Raymond Fisher

The only full-time Tarrant County deputy sheriff on horseback in 1963, Fisher was stationed outside the Hotel Texas on the morning of the assassination. There he met President Kennedy, who was photographed petting Fisher's horse, Snuffy. Recorded September 1, 2009, June 15, 2010, and June 8, 2012.

Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick

A noted media personality and professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Fitzpatrick saw President Kennedy at Amherst College in October 1963. Years later, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, she examined thousands of letters mailed to Jackie Kennedy following the assassination.  The result of her research was the book Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded March 11, 2010.

Joan Flanders

Interviewed with her son, Kip, and son-in-law, Bob Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Flanders was a Dallas housewife in 1963 with two schoolchildren. Recorded April 19, 1995.

Jack Fletcher

An Oak Cliff postal worker in 1963, Fletcher was a longtime member of the John Birch Society and an acquaintance of Gen. Edwin Walker. Recorded September 6, 2012.

Dr. Lenora Follett

Follett was a student nurse in California at the time of the assassination. Although her sister later joined the counterculture of the 1960s, Follett was opposed to the social movements of the decade. Recorded January 7, 2015.

Robert Folsom

Mayor of Dallas from 1976 to 1981, Folsom was a longtime real estate developer and served as president of the Dallas School Board during the racial integration of the 1960s. Recorded September 5, 2001.

Carlos Fonts

A longtime Dallas businessman, Fonts was a Cuban native living in exile in Florida when he joined the Bay of Pigs invasion force. Recorded November 27, 2000.

Janet Fordham

A Dallas high school student in 1963, Fordham saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field. She was interviewed with her friend, Carolyn Roderick. Recorded June 25, 2010.

Charlotte Foreman

Foreman was a junior in high school and went with friends to see the motorcade--particularly Jackie Kennedy--on November 22, 1963. Foreman recalls a feeling of intense sadness after the assassination, when the city completely shut down. Recorded July 27, 1999.

Judy Foster

Foster was a junior at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth in 1963. From her classroom, she heard the sirens of the presidential procession as it made its way to Carswell Air Force Base for the flight to Dallas. Recorded December 8, 2008.

Claire Fowler

Fowler was the widow of Dallas attorney Clayton Fowler, a longtime friend of Jack Ruby and his legal consultant from immediately following the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald until Ruby's death in January 1967. Recorded July 11, 2008.   

Doug Fox

During his twenty-nine years as a reporter with Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV, beginning in the mid-1970s, Fox covered a number of Kennedy assassination-related stories, particularly during the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation. Recorded April 24, 2013.

Diane Francis

Six years old in 1963, Francis watched the Kennedy motorcade from the steps of the Old Red Courthouse near Dealey Plaza. For her, the assassination prompted a lifelong interest in Jacqueline Kennedy and her children. Recorded January 22, 2009. 

Juan Perez Franco

A member of Assault Brigade 2506, Franco served as part of the Bay of Pigs invasion force. Recorded October 29, 2000.

Ron Frank

An award-winning documentarian, Frank has written, directed, and edited programming for television networks including PBS, ABC, Discovery Channel, and History Channel.  He produced and edited The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination (2009) for National Geographic Channel.  Frank was interviewed with two of his documentary associates.  Recorded November 17, 2009.

Jeff Franzen

Six-year-old Franzen witnessed the assassination alongside his parents in Dealey Plaza. The Franzens, who can be seen in the Zapruder film, were interviewed that day by the FBI. Recorded July 8, 2014.

Buell Wesley Frazier

An employee of the Texas School Book Depository in 1963, Frazier drove Lee Harvey Oswald to work occasionally. He did so on November 22, 1963. Frazier also witnessed the assassination and was detained and questioned by Dallas police. Recorded June 19 and 21, 2002, and July 13, 2013.

Robert L. Fredland

A longtime employee of Union Switch and Signal and Rock Island Railroad, Fredland provided extensive knowledge on the inner workings of railroad switching tower mechanisms. Recorded April 30, 2004.

Linda Freeman

A resident of Idaho in 1963, Freeman was without access to radio or television while visiting family during the weekend of the assassination. As a result, she felt disconnected from the event. Recorded June 23, 2014.

Joe French

A Dallas attorney, French saw the Kennedy motorcade on Harwood Street. Prior to the assassination, he represented Jack Ruby in a tax-related matter. French visited at length with Ruby at the Carousel Club and in French's law office. Recorded April 16, 2009.

Les French

A teenager in 1963, French saw the presidential motorcade on Houston Street and ran toward the Triple Underpass after shots were fired. After briefly lingering outside the Texas School Book Depository building, he boarded a bus to return to school. French was interviewed with his friend, Phill Brown. Recorded November 5, 2008.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes

A respected feminist, author and lawyer, Fuentes began to actively participate in women's rights activities in 1963. She was the first female attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and was later a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Recorded August 23, 2010. 

Kay Fuhrman

Fuhrman was a Fort Worth housewife in 1963. Although not a Kennedy supporter, she was emotionally impacted by the assassination. Recorded June 23, 2014.

Mark Fuhrman

A bestselling author and former Los Angeles police detective best known for his involvement in the O.J. Simpson investigation, Fuhrman is the author of the 2006 Kennedy assassination book A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963. Recorded May 12, 2006.

Paul Fuller

A senior at W.W. Samuell High School in 1963, Fuller worked part-time as a messenger for Western Union in downtown Dallas. With his messenger credentials, he visited Dallas police headquarters on the evening of the assassination. Recorded March 2, 2015.

Jody Furnish

A Dallas social worker in 1963, Furnish saw the Kennedys arrive at Dallas Love Field Airport. Throughout the 1960s, she was locally active in the civil rights movement. Recorded August 21, 2008.