Interviews by NameOral Histories
A New Jersey native, Kadin and his childhood friend Jeffrey Pickens shared an interest in the Kennedy assassination. The two made a pact in 1967 to one day visit Dealey Plaza, which was realized when they reunited at the site of the assassination in 2005. Recorded February 17, 2012.
A college student in 1963, Kadleck worked part-time at the Terminal Annex building in Dealey Plaza. Standing at the corner of Main and Houston Streets, he heard shots fired at the presidential limousine. Recorded June 15, 2009.
Kallenberg's family was active in the Dallas Jewish community and knew Jack Ruby and the Zapruder family. After graduating from college in 1967, Kallenberg became locally involved in the civil rights and peace movements. Recorded July 20, 2010.
Willie Kim Kamara
A native of the Republic of Liberia on the west coast of Africa, Kamara had an inspirational encounter with the Peace Corps in 1974. Ten years later, a returned Peace Corps volunteer sponsored Kamara's education in and permanent move to the United States. Recorded April 22, 2011.
Kamperman was the administrative assistant to Dr. M.T. "Pepper" Jenkins at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Jenkins was one of the doctors who worked frantically to save President Kennedy's life. Recorded October 5, 1995.
Dr. Norman Kaplan
A staff member at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Kaplan was in a medical conference upstairs when the presidential limousine arrived. A longtime crusader for local education reform, he was president of the League for Education Advancement in Dallas from 1963 to 1968 and also served on the education panel of the Goals for Dallas program. Recorded May 3, 2006.
Kasten was a social studies teacher at Bryan Adams High School in 1963. As a member of the Dallas Police Reserves, he spent the weekend of the assassination at police headquarters. He was working crowd control on Commerce Street at the time of the Oswald shooting. Recorded April 30, 2013.
Katz briefly saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. At the time, he was forty-six years old, the same age as John F. Kennedy. Katz casually knew Abraham Zapruder for more than twenty years. Recorded June 25, 2014.
A freelance United Press International photographer and later a contributing Time-Life and People Magazine photographer, Katz covered every presidential election from 1960 to 2008. After moving to Dallas in 1965, Katz photographed Jack Ruby and was part of a Life team that investigated the findings of the Warren Commission. Recorded January 24, 2012.
An Associated Press photographer in Dallas from 1957 to 1977, Kaufman was at the Fort Worth breakfast and the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. During his career, he captured images of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and many others. Recorded July 7, 1999, August 3, 2009, and October 12, 2013.
A law clerk and consultant for Dallas attorney Phil Burleson from 1963 to the early 1970s, Keene was involved with the Jack Ruby defense and subsequent appeal process until Ruby's death in 1967. Recorded May 5, 2010.
Dr. Duane and Glenda Keilstrup
A professor at the University of Texas at Arlington for more than three decades, Duane Keilstrup asked his 1963 classes to write essays with their thoughts and feelings immediately following the Kennedy assassination. He and his wife, Glenda, who was also at UTA that day, donated sixty-five student essays to the Museum in 2013. Recorded February 1, 2013.
Seven years old in 1963, Kelin became actively interested in the Kennedy assassination in the early 1990s. He is the author of Praise from a Future Generation (2007), which is a comprehensive study of the earliest assassination critics and researchers. Recorded February 28, 2008.
A native of Denmark who immigrated to Dallas in 1959, Keller was a lab technician at UT Southwestern Medical School in 1963. She and her coworkers were outside the Emergency Room entrance to Parkland Memorial Hospital when President Kennedy's death was announced. Recorded August 5, 2014.
Dee J. Kelly
A longtime Fort Worth community leader, Kelly met John F. Kennedy in 1960 and attended his speech at the Hotel Texas on November 22, 1963. In the following years Kelly maintained close ties to the Lyndon Johnson and John Connally families. Recorded February 8, 2012.
William E. Kelly
An assassination researcher, Kelly was the head of the Committee for an Open Archives organization, which was formed in 1991. Recorded October 24, 1993.
Kendrick was one of only two female school bus drivers in Long Island, New York, in 1963. She recalled that many in the African American community felt that President Kennedy was assassinated because of his views on civil rights. Recorded July 1, 2010.
A junior at North Dallas High School in 1963, Billy Kennedy saw the presidential motorcade on Main Street and had the opportunity to briefly shake hands with the president. On Sunday, he was being treated for a broken wrist in the Parkland Memorial Hospital emergency room when Lee Harvey Oswald arrived. Recorded February 21, 2008.
Born in East Germany, Charlotte Kennedy and her family fled to West Germany and then Canada in the 1950s. At the time of the assassination, she was living and working in Dallas, married to Dallas Times Herald photographer Eamon Kennedy. Recorded January 30, 1997.
A native of Ireland, Kennedy was a photographer at the Dallas Times Herald in 1963. On the weekend of the assassination, he took images at Dallas Love Field, Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Texas Theatre, and Dallas police headquarters. He later covered the Jack Ruby trial and the Warren Commission's visit to Dallas. Recorded October 4, 1996, May 16 and August 1, 2014.
David J. Kerr
A longtime Dallas businessman, Kerr was at the Trade Mart on November 22, 1963. His wife, Jeannie, had been asked to sing the national anthem at the luncheon. Recorded March 17, 2004.
Kerr was scheduled to sing the national anthem at the presidential luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963. Recorded November 23, 2011.
Kervin's late father, Richard J. Kervin, attended the breakfast at the Hotel Texas on November 22, 1963, and obtained one of President Kennedy's last autographs, signed less than two hours before the assassination. Previously, at the height of the Cold War in 1962, Kervin's family built a bomb shelter in their backyard in case of a nuclear attack. Recorded July 30, 2007.
Diana Foster Kfoury
A ninth grader in Oak Cliff in 1963, Kfoury saw the Kennedy motorcade near the corner of Main and Houston streets. Beginning in December 1963, she worked at the Wynnewood Theatre and Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Recorded August 9, 2013.
A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Kfoury was attending aviation school at the time of the assassination. An admirer of President Kennedy, he and his classmates feared a Russian conspiracy and the start of a world war. Recorded August 9, 2013.
A former Colorado deputy sheriff, Kilbourn was among the first employees hired by the Dallas County Historical Foundation. He was a member of the security staff of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza from 1989 to 1998. Recorded June 22, 1998.
Kilduff was the assistant White House press secretary traveling with President Kennedy in 1963. He made the official announcement of the president's death at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded April 16, 1993, and November 21, 1999.
In charge of media relations, Dallas Police Capt. King was part of the inner circle of the investigation the weekend of the president's assassination, working closely with Police Chief Jesse Curry. Recorded February 2, 1996.
Ina B. King
While visiting San Antonio, Texas, for a PTA state convention, King saw the Kennedys on November 21, 1963. The following day, she was headed back home to Dallas on a Greyhound bus when the assassination took place. Recorded July 16, 2007.
O.H. "Karl" King
A newscaster for KBOX radio in 1963, King went live on the air moments after the assassination. Fired that evening from the station, he spent the weekend working for United Press International and witnessed Oswald's shooting. Later, he covered the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded October 19, 1998, and October 2, 2003.
An internationally best-selling and award-winning contemporary novelist, King explored the Kennedy assassination in his book 11/22/63 (2011). His recollections were recorded during a Museum program at the MajesticTheatre in Dallas. Recorded November 10, 2011.
An employee with the State Department, King was working in Guatemala in 1963. He was not impacted by the president's assassination. Recorded June 23, 2014.
Jerry D. Kivett
A U.S. Secret Service agent in 1963, Kivett was assigned to Vice President Johnson's detail and was riding in his follow-up car in the Dallas motorcade. Kivett remained with the Johnsons until the swearing-in ceremony aboard Air Force One and was later assigned to the White House detail. Recorded October 14, 2005.
Rabbi Gerald J. Klein
A longtime religious leader in the community, Klein joined Temple Emanu-El in Dallas in 1952. He attended the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963, and gave a prayer for the late president at services that evening. A friend of the Zapruder family, Klein officiated at Abraham Zapruder's funeral in 1970. Recorded March 10, 2005.
Blanche Connally Kline
The sister of former Texas Gov. John B. Connally, Kline was at the Trade Mart luncheon awaiting the arrival of her brother and President Kennedy when the assassination took place. Recorded February 7, 1998.
A noted Disney historian and the author of four books about theme parks and animation, Koenig detailed the November 23, 1963, closing of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in memory of President Kennedy--the first unscheduled closing in the park's history. It was the only such closing until September 11, 2001. Recorded August 7, 2007.
A newspaper reporter during World War II, Kovich ran a public relations and mailing company out of her home in Dallas during the 1960s. Later in life she was an environmental, mental health, and children's rights activist. Recorded October 28, 2009.
A Utah native, Koyle and her family were active Kennedy supporters during the 1960 campaign. Her conservative community did not observe the national day of mourning, November 25, 1963, declining to cancel school or fly U.S. flags at half-staff. Recorded February 17, 2014.
A thirteen-year-old in New York in 1963, Kreloff has maintained an interest in the Kennedy family for over fifty years, collecting books and other material. In 1970, while attending college, she was active with the peace movement. Recorded October 15, 2013.
Dr. Max Krochmal
Krochmal is an assistant professor of history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. This lecture on the multiracial struggle for civil rights in Texas was recorded as part of a teacher institute at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded July 30, 2013.
A college freshman in 1963, Krueger saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street and lingered with friends in Dealey Plaza for more than two hours after the assassination. His late mother, Mary Krueger, was an active leader with the Dallas Republican Party. Recorded October 21, 2010.
A broadcaster at KBOX Radio in 1963, Kunkel reported from Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas police headquarters. He encountered Jack Ruby that weekend and had a brief exchange with Lee Harvey Oswald during the midnight press showing. Recorded November 2, 2012.
Inspired to become a funeral director after watching the Kennedy funeral on television as a sixth-grader, Kurtz has actively researched and collected documents related to high-profile funerals--including those of Kennedy, Oswald, Ruby, and Tippit--since the early 1970s. Recorded June 28, 2007.
Jonathan and Janet Kutner
In October 1963, the Kutners attended the Adlai Stevenson event on U.N. Day, which was marred by right-wing protests. One month later, Jonathan Kutner saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. His wife, Janet Kutner, attended the Trade Mart luncheon. Recorded August 6, 2013.