Interviews by Name

Oral Histories


George Packer

A staff writer with The New Yorker Magazine since 2003, Packer was three years old in 1963 and has maintained a lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination. His essay, "Leaving Dealey Plaza," was published in The New Yorker on October 15, 2013. Recorded August 7, 2014.

George Padilla

A Kennedy fan in high school, Padilla did a public impression of the president based upon The First Family comedy album. On November 22, 1963, he briefly saw the Kennedy motorcade as it got on Stemmons Freeway immediately after the assassination. Recorded July 2, 2012. 

Ike Pappas

A reporter with radio station WNEW-New York, Pappas flew to Dallas to cover the assassination story and spent the weekend at Dallas police headquarters. On Sunday, he was one of the closest bystanders to the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded March 1, 1993.

Roy M. Parks

A member of the marketing department at WRR Radio in Dallas, Parks attended the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. Recorded August 21, 2002.

Les Parson

A teenager in 1963, Parson began to study the Kennedy assassination in the early 1970s. During a 1988 flight to San Francisco, he engaged Gov. John Connally in lengthy conversation about the assassination. Recorded September 18, 2014.

Patsy Paschall

Paschall filmed the presidential motorcade before and after the assassination from a window in the Old Red Courthouse. Recorded November 22, 1996, and May 15, 1997.

Maribeth Ford Pate

An Oklahoma native, Pate was nine months pregnant at the time of the assassination. Her late husband, a reporter with the Madill Record, published an extra about the president's shooting. Recorded April 26, 2013.

Sam Pate

A reporter for KBOX Radio, Pate was on Stemmons Freeway in a mobile news cruiser at the time of the assassination and covered the scene at Dealey Plaza and at Dallas City Hall. Several days later, he recorded a re-enactment of his live KBOX bulletins from November 22, including his famous remark, "It appears as though something has happened in the motorcade route." Recorded June 22, 2005.

Robert Patrin

Patrin served under and worked directly with General Edwin Walker while stationed in Hawaii in the 25th Division of the U.S. Army in the mid-1950s. In December 1963, Patrin began to research Walker's possible connection to the Kennedy assassination. Recorded October 28, 2011, and February 24, 2012.  

Barbara Patterson

Living on Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth in 1963, where her late husband was stationed, Patterson saw President and Mrs. Kennedy on both November 21 and 22, 1963. Recorded June 21, 2013.

Patricia M. Patterson

Patterson attended the Trade Mart luncheon on the day of the assassination. Troubled by the atmosphere in Dallas, she moved to New York City in January 1964. As a longtime business executive and civic leader over the years, Patterson became friends with a number of notable individuals including Lady Bird Johnson, Jack Valenti, Raymond D. Nasher, and Stanley Marcus. Recorded August 16, 2011.

Bill Paxton

A popular actor (Titanic, Apollo 13, Twister) and noted director, Paxton was eight years old in 1963. He went with his father and older brother to see President Kennedy speak in front of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on the day of the assassination. Recorded March 23, 2007.

Dr. Darwin Payne

A reporter for the Dallas Times Herald in 1963, Payne was in Abraham Zapruder's office shortly after the assassination and covered the events of that weekend, visiting the Texas School Book Depository and Oswald's rooming house in Oak Cliff. A prominent Dallas historian, Payne is now professor emeritus of communications at Southern Methodist University. Recorded January 20, 1995, November 21, 1999, October 23, 2003, April 20, 2006, July 24, 2012, and January 31, 2015.

Robert B. Payne

A Dallas lawyer, Payne was acquainted with some of the conservative Dallas businessmen who funded the anti-Kennedy ad in the Dallas Morning News. Payne visited Jack Ruby's apartment and met Ruby's sister following the Oswald shooting. Recorded December 18, 2001.

Nancy Pedden

Pedden, an ardent admirer of Jackie Kennedy, was a high school teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1963. Recorded September 4, 2014.

Addie Pauline Pegues

Part of a nurses registry in 1963, Pegues worked at several Dallas-area hospitals. She was assigned to Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22 and 24, 1963, and briefly saw Jackie Kennedy following the assassination. Recorded August 20, 2013.

Adam Peiperl

A native of Poland, Peiperl immigrated to the United States in 1953. He worked as an assistant photographer at the 1959 wedding of Jackie Kennedy's sister, Lee Bouvier, and later captured a color home movie of President-elect Kennedy shortly after the 1960 election. Peiperl donated his film to the Museum in 2008. Recorded July 18, 2008, and July 27, 2009.

Francois Pelou

A reporter with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in 1963, Pelou flew from New York to Dallas after the assassination and covered the scene at Dallas City Hall. He was a close eyewitness to Lee Harvey Oswald's shooting, and he was immediately interviewed by other reporters. In 1964, he covered the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded July 22, 2005.

Eugene Pender

A public accountant in Louisiana in 1963, Pender was attending a tax seminar on November 22, 1963, and recalls several individuals applauding when news of the shooting was announced. Years later, he married assassination eyewitness Tina Towner. Recorded February 1, 2008.

Fred Pendleton

An engineer in Richardson, Texas, in 1963, Pendleton knew many of the individuals involved in the assassination story.  He had personal contacts at the Dallas Police Department, Trade Mart, district attorney's office and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded June 7, 2011.

Yvonne Pendleton

A sophomore in high school in Alabama at the time of the assassination, Pendleton later moved to Dallas to work at the Dallas Times Herald. From 1971 to 1978, she served as the paper's award-winning fashion editor. Recorded October 6, 2006.

D.A. Pennebaker

A noted documentary filmmaker, Pennebaker worked with Robert Drew on the landmark Kennedy films Primary (1960) and Crisis (1963). Later, he directed The War Room, an Academy Award-nominated documentary on the 1992 Clinton campaign. Recorded April 15, 2004.

Dr. James W. Pennebaker

Currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Pennebaker was a social psychologist at Southern Methodist University in the 1980s. In that capacity, he conducted a series of studies in cooperation with the Dallas County Historical Foundation regarding the emotional impact of President Kennedy's assassination. Some of his findings were published in his book Opening Up (1990). Recorded October 17, 2008.

George Perrault

A longtime U.S. Navy sailor, Perrault was part of the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis. Stationed in Washington, D.C., in 1963, he was part of the Ceremonial Guard for President Kennedy's casket at the White House and U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Recorded November 21, 2013. 

Dr. Jerry Perry

A former professor of government at Angelo State University, Perry has worked with the State Bar of Texas - Law-Related Education Program since the 1970s. This Museum lecture on presidential elections, power and succession was recorded during a Library of Congress teacher institute. Recorded July 27, 2011.

Tom Perryman

Assistant news director for WFAA Radio in 1963, Perryman covered the Kennedys in Fort Worth and, following the assassination, reported from Dallas police headquarters. He later covered the Ruby trial. During the 1960 campaign, Perryman twice met Senator John F. Kennedy. Recorded July 7, 2014.

Eric Peschke

A lifelong assassination researcher, Peschke spent approximately three years constructing an intricate model of Dealey Plaza and Dallas Love Field using thousands of LEGO building blocks. Recorded February 16, 2006, and April 11, 2007.

Evadeane Peters

During the 1950s, Peters was chairman of the Republican Party in Rockwall County, Texas. Although not a supporter, she went to Dallas Love Field and shook hands with President and Mrs. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Her political views later changed during the Civil Rights Movement. Recorded April 12, 2005, and January 7, 2015.

Dr. Paul C. Peters Family

The widow, brother and son of the late Parkland Memorial Hospital urologist Paul C. Peters share memories of his observations and treatment of President Kennedy in Trauma Room One. Recorded June 24, 2011.

George Phenix

A news photographer for KRLD-TV, Phenix was at Dallas Love Field and Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963. On Sunday, he filmed the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded July 24, 1995, November 1, 2007, November 20, 2008, February 3, 2012, and October 19, 2013.

Jana Laird Phillips

Five years old in 1963, Phillips saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Her late father, Paul C. Laird, was mayor of Irving, Texas, from 1957 to 1959. Recorded September 25, 2013.

Michael Phillips

Four years old in 1963, Phillips stayed with family in Oak Cliff and Irving, Texas, that weekend. He has maintained a lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination and witnessed some of the filming for Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) in Dealey Plaza. Recorded August 15, 2014. 

Jeffrey Pickens

A New Jersey native, Pickens and his childhood friend Andrew Kadin 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.

Rio Sam Pierce

A Dallas police officer for twenty-seven years, Pierce was in charge of basement security on the day of Lee Harvey Oswald's scheduled transfer to the Dallas County Jail. Pierce drove his vehicle up the Main Street ramp at the same time that some believe Jack Ruby gained access to the basement. Recorded on November 6, 2002, September 27, 2011, and March 1, 2014.

David Pietrusza

An award-winning historian, Pietrusza is the author of 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon (2008), which chronicles the 1960 presidential campaign. This lecture was recorded during a public program at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded September 17, 2008

Kari-Mette Pigmans

A flight attendant for four decades, Pigmans was a Pan Am stewardess aboard the White House press plane in 1963 and traveled around the world with President Kennedy. She was in Dallas on the day of the assassination. Recorded August 1, 2012, and March 28 and 29, 2014.

Michael Jonathan Pike

Pike is the son of the late Roy William Pike, an acquaintance of and onetime bookkeeper for Jack Ruby, who was interviewed by the FBI in 1964. After hearing family stories and conducting research, Michael Jonathan Pike believes his father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Recorded March 5, 2014.

Mary Woodward Pillsworth

A reporter for The Dallas Morning News in 1963, Pillsworth witnessed the assassination from the north side of Elm Street. She can be seen in the Zapruder film. In 1964, Pillsworth joined the Peace Corps. Recorded November 21, 2013.

Nat Pinkston

An FBI agent stationed in Dallas in 1963, Pinkston was a major part of the local investigation into the assassination. Recorded August 5, 1994.

Ann Piper

Piper and her mother attended meetings of the Dallas Unit of the conservative Pro America organization in the early 1960s. At a luncheon on November 21, 1963, some group members suggested wearing black armbands to protest President Kennedy's visit the following day. Recorded March 12, 2013.

John Polanichka

A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant in the 1960s, Polanichka was a security guard on Air Force One for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He had assigned duties at Dallas Love Field and Andrews Air Force Base on November 22, 1963. Recorded September 24, 2013.

John Polites

Polites was a member of the U.S. Navy and served in the Honor Guard outside the White House during President Kennedy's funeral. Recorded November 12, 1998.

Justice Stuart R. Pollak

Pollak was a law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren at the time of the Kennedy assassination. He then served on the staff of the Warren Commission. His memories were recorded during a public program on the work of the Warren Commission. Recorded October 11, 2013.  

Jerry Pollard

A Dallas police patrolman in 1963, Pollard participated in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre. Recorded June 19, 2009.

Dr. Harlan Pollock

A first-year resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Pollock was upstairs in the operating room area when the presidential party arrived. On Sunday, he was part of the anesthesia team during Lee Harvey Oswald's surgery. Recorded July 15, 2005.

Dr. Jeremy Popkin

Currently a professor of history at the University of Kentucky, Popkin was a high school sophomore in 1963. His late father, academic philosopher Richard Popkin, was an early assassination researcher and wrote The Second Oswald (1966). Recorded January 22, 2015. 

Dr. Susan Popkin

Popkin is the daughter of the late academic philosopher Richard Popkin, an early assassination researcher who wrote The Second Oswald (1966). She recalls that her father's obsessive interest in the Kennedy assassination deeply impacted their family. Recorded February 26, 2015.

Bob Porter

A theater critic and columnist for the Dallas Times Herald, Porter was acquainted with Jack Ruby. From 1992 to 2001, Porter supervised the Oral History Project and handled public relations for The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded January 26, 1993.

Stephen R. Porter

Porter was the apartment maintenance man for George and Jeanne de Mohrenschildt in the mid-1970s. In 1977, while working on the Dallas production of the TV movie, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, Porter spent several weeks with Jeanne de Mohrenschildt, who was a consultant on the film. Recorded November 16, 2012.

Bill Poston

A member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in 1963, Poston loaned his Lincoln convertible to Secret Service agents for President Kennedy's use during his brief visit to Fort Worth. The Kennedys rode in the car to and from Carswell Air Force Base on November 21 and 22, 1963. Recorded November 3, 2006.

Ilaya Potash

A Dallas native, Potash was an ardent support of President Kennedy. She was attending Hillcrest High School at the time of the assassination. Recorded January 13, 2015.

Dr. Ralph H. Poteet

Poteet served as superintendent of the Mesquite Independent School District in Dallas County from 1964 to 1986. During that time, he oversaw the desegregation of Mesquite schools. He was assistant superintendent at the time of the assassination. Recorded March 10, 2006.

Charles W. Powers

A longtime Dallas insurance executive, Powers was attending Dr. Pepper's first national sales conference and saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. After retiring in the early 1990s, he became an active local historian and developed a Lee Harvey Oswald tour of Dallas and Oak Cliff in conjunction with the Dallas Historical Society. Recorded July 16, 2009.

James Pratt

A Dallas architect and urban planner, Pratt was a local Democratic Precinct Chair in the early 1960s and attended the Trade Mart luncheon on the day of the assassination. In the 1970s, he became the restoration architect for the Old Red Courthouse in Dealey Plaza. Recorded August 11, 2006.

Jim Pratt

As production manager for WFAA-TV in 1963, Pratt was in charge of camera coverage at Dallas Love Field, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas police headquarters. Recorded May 31, 1994.

Elizabeth Price

An employee of Republic National Bank in downtown Dallas for more than four decades, Price saw the Kennedy motorcade on November 22, 1963. Recorded July 29, 2013.

John Wiley Price

An outspoken community leader and civil rights activist, Price was the first African American elected to the Dallas County Commissioners Court (1985-present). He was involved at the county level in the development of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and filmmaker Oliver Stone's use of the Depository building during the production of JFK (1991). Recorded July 3, 2013. 

The Rev. John Price

A student at Southern Methodist University in 1963, Price attended the October speech in Dallas by U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson and was at Love Field when the Kennedys arrived. Since childhood, he has actively collected presidential and campaign memorabilia. Recorded November 24, 2008.

Willie Price

A former Dallas police motorcycle officer, Price accompanied Vice President Johnson's limousine to Parkland Memorial Hospital and helped move President Kennedy's body onto a gurney. Recorded September 21, 1994.

Jim Pritchett

A student at Cistercian Preparatory School in Dallas, Pritchett received parental permission to go with a group of classmates to see the Kennedy motorcade on Lemmon Avenue. Pritchett kept his original permission slip and donated it to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2010. Recorded July 13, 2010.

Stephen D. Pritchett

Standing with his father on Main Street, Pritchett observed the Kennedy motorcade approximately two minutes before the assassination. His late father was a longtime executive with Mrs. Baird's Bakery in Dallas. Recorded July 13, 2010.

John T. Puddington

A high school sophomore in Dallas in 1963, Puddington was at Dallas Love Field airport and then drove with a friend towards the Trade Mart, ending up near the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the shooting. He was interviewed with his friend, Terry Wood. Recorded November 19, 2003.

Anthony V. Pugliese III

A prominent developer and entrepreneur in Florida, Pugliese was an avid collector of pop culture memorabilia, covering movies, television, music and history. His John F. Kennedy collection included the gun used by Jack Ruby to murder Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as letters, photographs, clothing and other unique materials. Recorded March 5, 2007.

Jack Puterbaugh

An employee with the Department of Agriculture from 1962 to 1973, Puterbaugh was part of the advance team for President Kennedy's visit to Dallas. He rode ahead of the motorcade and was at Parkland Memorial Hospital following the assassination. Recorded June 10, 2014.

Frances Putnam

A Richardson, Texas, housewife in 1963, Putnam recalled that of her two politically opposed neighbors had a physical altercation on their lawns on the day of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded July 1, 2010.