Interviews by NameOral Histories
Dr. Larry Sabato
An award-winning author and political commentator, Sabato is a political science professor at the University of Virginia and director of its Center for Politics. The author of The Kennedy Half-Century (2013), he was attending a Catholic school in Virginia in 1963. Recorded November 23, 2014.
The nightclub columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in 1963, Safran was an acquaintance of Jack Ruby. Recorded April 21, 1995.
Sager was a first-year teacher at a Fort Worth elementary school in 1963. Her school integrated the following year. Previously, in 1956, Sager attended Arlington Heights High School with Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded June 12, 2014.
Part of a close-knit Hispanic community in Dallas, Saldana worked downtown and saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Recorded July 19, 2013.
President Kennedy's press secretary, Salinger was en route to Japan with a group of Cabinet members at the time of the assassination. Recorded September 9, 1996.
An entertainer at the Theater Lounge in Dallas in 1963, Salos knew Jack Ruby and spent time with him at his club and apartment. As a result, he was interviewed by the FBI. Recorded July 20, 2004.
Dr. Kenneth Salyer
An internationally recognized pioneer in craniofacial surgery, Salyer is the founding chairman and director of the International Craniofacial Institute at Medical City Dallas Hospital. In 1963 Salyer was a first-year surgical resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital and participated in the treatment of President Kennedy in Trauma Room One. His personal memories of the president's head wound do not correspond with subsequently published autopsy photographs. Recorded April 11 and November 18, 2008.
Bob Ray Sanders
A respected longtime newspaper, radio and television journalist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Sanders was attending high school at an African-American school in Fort Worth in 1963. On Thanksgiving Day that year, his marching band performed a memorial tribute to President Kennedy. Sanders was later an active supporter of the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Recorded September 6, 2006, September 19, 2007, June 11, 2008, and January 13, 2012.
Charles and Bonnie Sanders
The Sanders were seated at the head table for the luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963. Charles Sanders was then serving as the Democratic Party precinct chair for Mesquite, Texas, in Dallas County, and during the 1960 presidential election, Bonnie Sanders ran JFK's campaign office in Mesquite. Recorded December 11, 2009.
The wife of Judge Barefoot Sanders and a close friend of Judge Sarah T. Hughes, Sanders was with Hughes at the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963, and later traveled with her to Washington, D.C., for President Kennedy's funeral. A longtime community leader, Sanders was a civil rights and women's rights activist and was also involved in the peace movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Recorded January 31, 2006.
Judge Barefoot Sanders
A prominent member of the Democratic Party and a U.S. Attorney stationed in Dallas in 1963, Sanders played a key role in planning President Kennedy's visit to Dallas. He later was involved in the Warren Commission's investigations in Dallas. Recorded March 8, 1995, November 21, 1999, and May 19, 2004.
Sanders joined the Dallas Police Department in November 1973, retiring thirty-four years later as a homicide detective. Over the years he associated with many of the officers and detectives who worked the Kennedy investigation, particularly his mentor, the late Gus Rose. Recorded August 27, 2009.
An Oak Cliff resident in 1963, Sanders captured a color home movie of the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street, which she later donated to the Museum. Recorded August 27, 2009.
An African American community leader and longtime civil rights activist, Sanders was working at the Dallas YWCA at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded October 13, 2010.
Saunders was the widow of the Rev. Louis Saunders, who performed the funeral services for Lee Harvey Oswald after a last-minute cancellation. Recorded July 2, 2001.
Dr. Kirk Savage
A professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Savage is the author of Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (2009). This lecture, on hero and victim monuments within the context of memorialization, was recorded during a public program at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded October 8, 2009.
A driver with Continental Trailways in 1963, Savage drove the first White House press bus in the motorcade. Recorded November 18, 2003.
A seventh grader in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1963, Savage recalls that some of his classmates cheered the president's assassination. He moved to Dallas in the early 1980s. Recorded January 7, 2014.
Lt. Donald Sawtelle
First lieutenant with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division in 1963, Sawtelle commanded a "Death Watch" rotation at the White House prior to the president's funeral. He was later interviewed by William Manchester for the book The Death of a President (1967). Recorded October 24, 2012, and May 11, 2013.
Dr. Allan Saxe
A political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington since 1965, Saxe has met every U.S. president since Harry Truman. Previously Saxe attended college with Abraham Zapruder's son, Henry. Recorded December 12, 2012.
A sophomore in high school in 1963, Schellenberg watched the motorcade pass and was close enough to Dealey Plaza to hear the shots fired. Recorded July 8, 1999.
The founder of Schepps Diary in Dallas, Schepps attended the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963, and later visited Jack Ruby in jail. An acquaintance of Ruby since the mid-1950s, Schepps manufactured the sign for the Carousel Club. Recorded January 13, 2009.
CBS's chief Washington correspondent and longtime news anchor, Schieffer in 1963 was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and drove Marguerite Oswald to Dallas police headquarters that Friday afternoon. He covered Officer J.D. Tippit's funeral on Monday. Recorded November 21, 2002, and November 15, 2013.
A 10-year-old Dallas schoolgirl in 1963, Schlinger watched the motorcade pass by with her mother while her father attended the Trade Mart luncheon. Recorded July 5, 1995.
As a politically active college student, Schlosser served as a Missouri page during the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Since moving to Texas in the 1970s, she has been a school teacher and administrator. Recorded November 17, 2011.
In 1963, Schneider was a composition editor at the Amarillo Globe Times and Amarillo Daily News in Amarillo, Texas. Her memories were recorded by her granddaughter, Caitlyn Cathleen Lyle, and donated to the Museum in 2005. Recorded circa 2000.
Don and Marjorie Schnurr
Don Schnurr worked in the advertising department at The Dallas Morning News in 1963 and was with Jack Ruby at the time of the assassination. His wife, Marjorie, was a volunteer at the Trade Mart luncheon. Recorded March 15, 2010.
A reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, Schoellkopf was at the Texas Theatre when Oswald was arrested and helped cover the events of that weekend. Recorded June 11, 1996.
Best known as the co-founder of CNN and the Food Network, Schonfeld was an executive with United Press International (UPI) in 1963. He was involved in purchasing the rights to the Marie Muchmore and Orville Nix home movies of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded August 15, 2011.
Schrader served as Dallas city manager during the post-assassination years, a difficult time of transition. Recorded February 9, 1993.
Schwartz is chief film curator of the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. This lecture on recurring themes in presidential campaign commercials (1952-2004) was recorded during a public program at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded September 23, 2004.
The business partner of Abraham Zapruder, Schwartz was with Zapruder throughout that weekend and witnessed his contract with Life magazine. Recorded December 30, 1997.
Lt. Col. Walter Scott
As a captain in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Scott was stationed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda the weekend of the Kennedy assassination and was assigned outside St. Matthew's Cathedral during the funeral. He was the officer standing closest to John F. Kennedy Jr. at the time of his famous salute. Recorded October 16, 2006.
Seale joined the U.S. Secret Service in 1959 and participated in President Kennedy's 1961 inauguration. Assigned to an Alabama field office in 1963, Seale was sent to Dallas following the assassination to assist with the local investigation. Recorded June 3, 2011.
A Fort Worth police officer in 1963, Sears worked the Kennedy motorcade route to the Hotel Texas on November 21. After the assassination, he guarded Lee Harvey Oswald's remains at Miller Funeral Home and later Oswald's grave at Rose Hill Cemetery. Recorded January 21, 2011.
The son of a prominent Dallas real estate developer, Seeligson saw the presidential motorcade on Main Street and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. The next day he traveled to New York City before departing on a three-month tour of Europe. During that trip, Seeligson tried to avoid mentioning that he was from Dallas. Recorded July 24, 2008.
Dr. Ira Seiler
A pediatric resident at Georgetown University Hospital in 1960, Seiler participated in the birth and treatment of John F. Kennedy, Jr. As a result, he was invited to sit on the platform for President Kennedy's inauguration. The letter Seiler wrote to Jackie Kennedy following the assassination was selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick's book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded August 24, 2010.
Capt. Maury Seitz
A former U.S. Air Force captain who later served as a longtime captain for American Airlines, Seitz was co-pilot on numerous chartered flights that backed up Air Force One during the Kennedy presidency. Seitz met the Kennedy family and spent time with Caroline and John Jr. During the Cuban missile crisis, his plane carried a JFK decoy during a top-secret flight. Recorded February 13, 2002, March 7, 2008, July 15, 2009, and June 9, 2010.
The founder and president of Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, Ltd., Sellers provided pro bono restoration services on the John F. Kennedy Memorial in 2000. His recollections were recorded during a Museum public program. Recorded June 15, 2010.
Wade E. Selph
Selph was a nuclear physicist with Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) in 1963. He was working on a top secret missile project at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded June 23, 2014.
On November 22, 1963, Seltzer took her six children to Dallas Love Field to see President Kennedy's arrival. Beginning in 1966, she and her husband, the late Dr. Holbrooke Seltzer, became prominent anti-Vietnam War activists in Dallas and participated in weekly silent protests in Dealey Plaza. Recorded January 10, 2006.
A Dallas native, Selzer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1990 to 1992. Recorded May 18, 2007, and March 5 and April 19, 2011.
A former state legislator and Dallas County commissioner, Semos was a member of a prominent local family and an acquaintance of Jack Ruby. In 1991, he vocally supported Oliver Stone's right to film JFK in Dealey Plaza and use the Texas School Book Depository building. Recorded February 9, 2001.
Shank is the widow of the late Harold Shank, who was Dallas city secretary in 1963. The Shanks were acquainted with Jack Ruby. Recorded April 17, 2008.
Marsha L. Sharp
Education specialist at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Sharp participated in a Sixth Floor Museum panel discussion on presidential education. Recorded April 13, 2012.
An Army presidential helicopter pilot from 1958 to 1973, Shaw flew with four U.S. presidents. On November 21, 1963, he took President and Mrs. Kennedy from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base for their trip to Texas. Recorded September 19, 2008, and August 21, 2009.
J. Gary Shaw
A prominent assassination researcher since the 1960s, Shaw is the author of Cover-Up (1976) and co-author with Dr. Charles Crenshaw of JFK: Conspiracy of Silence (1992). In the 1990s, he served as co-director of the JFK Assassination Information Center in Dallas. Recorded July 23, 2007.
Shaw was living in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite in 1963. Years later, she and her late husband, Bill Shaw, became close friends with eyewitnesses Bill and Gayle Newman. Shaw and Newman served together on the Mesquite City Council. Recorded April 27, 2013.
Shawver filmed the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street and later formed the Dallas Cinema Associates with other amateur photographers. The group produced a compilation film titled President Kennedy's Final Hour, for which Shawver provided a narration track on a few rare copies. Recorded April 12, 2007.
A political reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, Shelton traveled with the presidential party throughout Texas. Aboard a White House press bus in the motorcade, he heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza and went to the Dallas Trade Mart. He also covered the Jack Ruby trial in 1964. Shelton, later a longtime journalism professor at the University of North Texas, donated his assassination-related papers to the Museum. Recorded February 23, 1998, January 12, 2011, and July 12, 2014.
Father Thomas Shepherd
A onetime recruiter with the NAACP, Father Shepherd later founded the civil rights organization, Awareness, Inc. While living in Kentucky in the mid-1960s, he participated in a march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recorded July 21, 2011.
A young Kennedy supporter, Sherman dressed as the president for Halloween 1963. He was inspired by the assassination to pursue a career in journalism and went on to become managing editor for a newspaper group in Buffalo, New York. Recorded September 19, 2013.
A reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, Sherman was one of the first reporters on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building after the assassination. Recorded October 25, 1995.
An Academy Award-nominated documentarian, Sherman produced the film Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination (2011) which premiered at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded November 19, 2011.
Dr. Kenneth Shields
A longtime English professor at Southern Methodist University, Shields was one of the founders of the North Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He encountered Lee Harvey Oswald at a Dallas meeting shortly before the assassination. Recorded November 18, 2004.
A teacher at Lake Highlands Junior High in 1963, Shields heard a group of students cheer when the president's shooting was announced. Her call to a Dallas radio station reporting what she had witnessed brought national attention to her and her school. Recorded October 18, 2004.
Bert N. Shipp
Assistant news director and chief photographer at WFAA-TV in 1963, Shipp was at the Trade Mart luncheon and went to Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination. He remained very active in the local coverage that weekend. Recorded January 7, 1992, November 22, 1996, and October 23, 2003.
C. Judson Shook
Former director of public works for Dallas County, Shook played a crucial role in preserving the former Texas School Book Depository building by having the county purchase it. Recorded August 13, 1992.
Shorrock is an investigative journalist and author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing (2008). The son of missionaries, he visited Vietnam in 1963 and was living in Japan at the time of the assassination. Recorded May 21, 2010.
A longtime journalist, Sidey was the White House correspondent for Time magazine and had frequent contact with President Kennedy. He was traveling with the presidential party in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Recorded November 20, 1995, and November 21, 2003.
A Dallas resident in 1963, Siegel was longtime friends with the late John Sissom, who owned and operated the John F. Kennedy Museum at 501 Elm Street from 1970 to 1982. Recorded October 23, 2014.
Joan Isaacs Siff
Siff is the daughter of the late Martin Isaacs, a Department of Welfare social worker in the early 1960s. Isaacs worked on travel expenses for Lee Harvey Oswald upon his return to the United States in June 1962. As a result, Isaacs was interviewed by the FBI and testified before the Warren Commission. Recorded June 6, 2013.
Thomas Sills, Jr.
Nine years old in 1963, Sills and his late father saw the Kennedy motorcade from the corner of Main and Houston streets. They were crossing Houston Street towards Dealey Plaza when the assassination took place. Currently a high school history teacher, Sills teaches an extended unit on the Kennedy assassination. Recorded June 30, 2008.
Rabbi Hillel Silverman
Silverman led Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas during the 1950s and 1960s. He met Jack Ruby in 1958 following the death of Ruby's father and visited Ruby frequently during his incarceration and 1964 trial. Recorded June 28, 2006.
A thirty-year veteran of Voice of America radio in Washington, D.C., Silvey observed the Kennedy funeral procession on Pennsylvania Avenue on November 25, 1963. Recorded September 24, 2008.
Rose Marie Simmons
A lifelong Texan with a local heritage dating back many generations, Simmons was with her father and friends at Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963, where she watched Air Force One arrive and shook President Kennedy's hand. Less than a month later, she received a letter from Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. Recorded on December 12, 2002, August 5, 2008, and March 30, 2009.
Sixteen years old in 1963, Simmons saw President and Mrs. Kennedy at Love Field Airport. At the time, she worked part-time as a long distance switchboard operator and was occasionally disconnected because she was calling from Dallas. Recorded March 30, 2009.
Assistant managing editor at the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Simmons was present at the Trade Mart luncheon and supervised editorial content of the newspaper throughout that weekend. Recorded July 20, 1994.
Dr. Dennis M. Simon
A political science professor at Southern Methodist University, Simon was a founding member of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. His two Museum lectures focus on the cultural impact of the deaths of U.S. presidents while in office and civil rights in Dallas. Recorded July 27, 2011, and July 29, 2013.
A Dallas native, Simpson was attending college in Mexico in 1963. After seeing the Kennedy motorcade on Friday, she was searched and interrogated at length by officials at the Texas border on Saturday. Recorded September 18, 2013.
The only female Associated Press reporter working in Texas in 1963, Simpson covered the events of that weekend at the Texas School Book Depository building and Dallas police headquarters. On Sunday morning, she was an eyewitness to the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded April 11, 2005.
Sims was photo librarian at The Dallas Morning News from 1984 and 2014. He managed the newspaper's archive of Kennedy-related photography and was actively involved in the donation of those images to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2014. Recorded November 21, 2014.
On November 22, 1963, the day of her wedding shower, Sims saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Previously she had met Jack Ruby when he tried to convince her to audition at the Carousel Club. Recorded January 8, 2013.
A Dallas homicide detective in 1963, Sims was heavily involved in the investigation that weekend, and he served as one of Oswald's primary handlers on Friday and Saturday. After leaving the Trade Mart and Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963, Sims gathered the three empty shells as evidence at the Texas School Book Depository and was then with Oswald during his first interrogations, police lineups, paraffin tests, and the famous midnight press conference. Recorded February 16, 2007.
Dr. S.P. Singh
An eighteen-year-old native of India, Singh was inspired by President Kennedy and asked to speak on behalf of his fellow college students following the assassination. After earning his PhD, Singh taught at Oxford University and is currently a professor at the School of International Studies in New Delhi. Recorded March 25, 2013.
An assassination researcher since the mid-1970s, Sinker examined evidentiary material at the National Archives and interviewed Kennedy advisor Dave Powers. In 1978, he served as an informal staff consultant to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Recorded August 20, 2009.
A receptionist in Abraham Zapruder's office, Sitzman insisted Zapruder retrieve his camera to film the motorcade and then steadied him as he made his famous film of the assassination. Recorded June 29, 1993.
Jay and Erma Skaggs
Standing on the corner of Main and Houston streets, the Skaggs heard shots fired and remained in Dealey Plaza for over an hour after the assassination. Jay Skaggs photographed the motorcade and the aftermath in Dealey Plaza and donated his pictures to the Museum. Recorded March 13, 2002.
Harold T. Slack
A U.S. Marine stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C., Slack participated in the funeral services for President Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2009.
As archivist for the City of Dallas, Slate manages the Dallas Police Department records relating to the Kennedy assassination. This lecture on the city archives was recorded during a Museum public program. Recorded March 7, 2007.
A longtime broadcaster with NBC affiliate WDSU in New Orleans, Slatter interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald on radio and television in August 1963, three months before the assassination. Slatter later covered D.A. Jim Garrison's controversial investigation. Recorded July 14, 2014.
Lee R. Slaughter, Jr.
A longtime conservative business leader, Slaughter was an active supporter of Congressman Bruce Alger and served on the Dallas Citizens Council for twenty-five years. Slaughter saw the Kennedy motorcade on Lemmon Avenue and enjoyed a brief verbal exchange with the president. Recorded August 5, 2010.
W. David Slawson
Slawson worked on the staff of the Warren Commission in 1964. He later served on the faculty of the University of Southern California Law School. His memories were recorded during a public program on the work of the Warren Commission. Recorded October 11, 2013.
A copy editor at the Dallas Times Herald in 1963, Sloan wrote a number of stories on the Kennedy assassination in the 1960s. He later authored The Other Assassin (1989), JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness (1992, with eyewitness Jean Hill), and JFK: Breaking the Silence (1993). Recorded July 31, 2001, and July 11, 2014.
Jo Ann Sloan
Sloan saw the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Harwood Street and Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas. Recorded May 24, 2010.
Lana Henderson Sloan
Sloan was a women's news reporter at the Dallas Times Herald in the early 1970s. Later, during a long teaching career, she became friends with assassination eyewitness Jean Hill. As a result, she witnessed filming for Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), and her husband, journalist Bill Sloan, co-authored Hill's autobiography, JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness (1992). Recorded July 11, 2014.
Recorded with her mother, Mrs. Thomas Suggs, Smith recalls their attendance at the Trade Mart luncheon. Recorded July 11, 1996.
Dr. Thomas H. Smith
A prominent figure in the Dallas history community since 1980, Smith served on the founding board of the Dallas County Historical Foundation. He later worked as project director and executive director of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. Recorded January 24, 2008.
Smith lived in Washington, D.C., at the time of the Kennedy assassination, and she moved to Dallas in 1964 against the advice of friends. She became a prominent local leader in the women's rights movement and remained active throughout the 1970s. Recorded September 10, 2008.
Gary N. Smith
The longtime president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village, Smith was a sixth grader in Fort Worth in 1963. He was released early from school when the assassination took place. Recorded February 27, 2013.
A Kennedy volunteer in the 1960 presidential campaign, Smith was working for a conservative businessman in Dallas at the time of the assassination. In January 1964, he visited and photographed the president's burial site at Arlington National Cemetery. Recorded July 7, 2003.
A longtime conservative, Smith was social psychologist at the Dallas YMCA in 1963. He felt President Kennedy was unwelcome in Dallas and worried about his city's reputation after the assassination. Recorded November 9, 2010.
In 1948, Smith lived next door to the Oswald family in Benbrook, Texas. During that time, she regularly took Marguerite Oswald to work and babysat young Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded November 11, 2013.
As a high school senior, Smith saw the Kennedy motorcade on Lemmon Avenue. In the 1970s and 1980s, while working for The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald, Smith interviewed many notable individuals, including members of the Kennedy family. She covered the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation in 1978. Recorded October 27, 2014.
R. Ted Smith
An executive with IBM in 1963, Smith was acquainted with H.L. Hunt, H. Ross Perot, and other community leaders. Smith saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Recorded April 19, 2013.
Thomas N. Smith
Fourteen years old in 1963, Smith saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. In 1964, he attended one day of the Jack Ruby trial. The letter he wrote to Jackie Kennedy on November 23, 1963, was later selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick's book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded April 9, 2010.
Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.
The son of Deaf parents, Smith is a writer, performer, and founder of Winkshop, Inc. In 2014, he partnered with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to create a full American Sign Language (ASL) translation of the Museum's audio tour. Recorded September 22, 2014.
Larry A. Sneed
A high school U.S. history teacher in Georgia for thirty-five years, Sneed became an assassination researcher in the early 1980s and recorded over sixty hours of interviews with eyewitnesses and law enforcement officials between 1987 and 1992. He published first-person narratives of those oral histories in the book No More Silence (1998). Recorded November 2, 2009.
Robert and Ellen Solender
Robert Solender was the head of the advertising department at the Dallas Times Herald in 1963. Ellen Solender was the vice president of the Dallas chapter of the League of Women Voters. Both of them attended the Adlai Stevenson event on U.N. Day and were at the Trade Mart luncheon on the day of the assassination. Recorded October 27, 2004.
Solomon-Canty was a high school student in New York City in 1963. She later saw Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and actively followed his presidential campaign. Recorded February 7, 2014.
Sparks was a trumpet player in the band at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth in 1963. His band performed "Hail to the Chief" for President Kennedy at the Hotel Texas breakfast on the morning of the assassination. Later, as a producer at WFAA-TV/Channel 8, he saved the station's original Kennedy assassination footage from being destroyed in the early 1980s. Recorded October 6, 2006, and November 18, 2014.
In 1963, Spence was married to the late Sidney Pietzsch, a longtime PR consultant and speechwriter for Earle Cabell, mayor of Dallas (1961-64) and U.S. congressman (1965-73). Recorded September 8, 2004.
A German native who fled the Nazis and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Spiegel filmed the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. He later joined with other amateur photographers to form the Dallas Cinema Associates, which produced the compilation film, President Kennedy's Final Hour. Recorded February 21, 2011.
Spigel attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth at the same time as Lee Harvey Oswald. Working in Mississippi in 1963, Spigel recalled that several people cheered upon learning of the assassination. Recorded January 13, 2015.
A high school student in Mabank, Texas, at the time of the assassination, Squire and her classmates were taken to the gymnasium for a prayer assembly before school was dismissed for the day. Recorded November 9, 2010.
A social worker with the Dallas County Health Department in 1963, Stambaugh was across the street from Parkland Memorial Hospital following the assassination. She knew two of the nurses who treated President Kennedy. Recorded August 11, 2014.
Betty Jo Standridge
Standridge saw the Kennedys in San Antonio on November 21, 1963. She was longtime friends with Dallas residents John and Estelle Sissom, who owned and operated the John F. Kennedy Museum at 501 Elm Street from 1970 to 1982. Recorded August 11, 2014.
In 1963, Standridge was a Dallas police patrol officer stationed at the Trade Mart luncheon. Recorded June 4, 1996.
Dr. Gerald Stanglin
A sixteen-year-old high school student in 1963, Stanglin saw President and Mrs. Kennedy at Dallas Love Field. Moments after the assassination, he and his family saw the motorcade on its way to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded June 24, 2014.
Interviewed with his partner, Barbara Charles, Staples was part of the design team for The Sixth Floor Museum's permanent exhibition, "John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation." Recorded August 30, 1994.
A Kennedy supporter, Starkey was a telephone switchboard operator at the time of the assassination. In the years since she has maintained an interest in the subject and collected numerous books. Recorded May 9, 2014.
Gary W. Starr
Thirteen years old at the time of the assassination, Starr attended the infamous football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, November 24, 1963. Inspired by President Kennedy to enter politics, Starr has served as mayor of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, for more than three decades. Recorded June 20, 2014.
A prominent community leader and member of the Dallas Citizens Council, Stemmons was the co-owner of the Dallas Trade Mart and helped plan the presidential luncheon. Recorded August 11, 1992.
Candace Reed Stern
Stern is a goddaughter of President Kennedy. Her late father, James A. Reed, and John F. Kennedy were longtime friends, having met in the South Pacific during World War II. Reed served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1962 to 1965. Recorded April 2, 2013.
Shari Goldstein Stern
Stern is the daughter of the late Rueben "Honest Joe" Goldstein, a legendary pawn shop owner in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. "Honest Joe," an acquaintance of Jack Ruby, advertised his business on November 22, 1963, by driving up and down Main Street prior to the presidential parade. Recorded March 24, 2014.
An American painter, quilt maker and woodcarver, Stetzel specialized in naive or primitive art. Beginning in 1968, she responded to the Kennedy assassination by creating a series of seventy-one paintings that depict the life and death of President Kennedy. Recorded July 7, 2011.
George Stevens, Jr.
As chief of the United States Information Agency's motion picture division in the 1960s, Stevens produced the celebrated documentary John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums. As the first director of the American Film Institute, he was involved in the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has produced The Kennedy Center Honors since the program's inception. Recorded November 21 and 22, 2003.
A longtime Fort Worth attorney and political leader, Steves was locally involved in the Kennedy campaign during the 1960 presidential election. He attended the Hotel Texas breakfast on November 22, 1963, and was aware of the behind-the-scenes planning of the president's trip to Texas. Recorded March 25, 2011.
Stiles was in the eighth grade on November 22, 1963. While working as a jail guard and ambulance driver in the 1970s, he collected memorabilia and interacted with individuals involved in the assassination story, including Parkland Memorial Hospital nurse Doris Nelson. Recorded December 14, 2009.
William O. Stinson
Texas Gov. John Connally's administrative aide, Stinson was with Connally, who was wounded in the shooting, at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Stinson also worked with Lyndon Johnson for a lengthy period of time. Recorded January 27, 1993.
Dr. Kathleen Stokes
As a student nurse at Georgetown University Hospital, Stokes had several personal encounters with Kennedy family members, including President Kennedy, between 1960 and 1963. Recorded November 2, 2011.
Richard B. Stolley
The senior editorial advisor of Time, Inc., and the founding managing editor of People magazine, Stolley was the Los Angeles bureau chief for Life magazine in 1963. Immediately after the assassination, he traveled to Dallas and negotiated the magazine's purchase of the rights to the Abraham Zapruder film. Recorded November 22, 1996, November 21, 2003, October 15, 2008, November 19, 2011, and October 26, 2013.
A longtime Dallas reporter and sportscaster, Stone became interested in the assassination in the 1970s after meeting prominent researcher Mary Ferrell. He investigated and reported on the assassination throughout the 1970s and interviewed many key participants. Recorded April 6, 1993, and April 5, 2011.
In 1963, Stone was vice president of the W.O. Bankston automotive dealerships in Dallas. He attended the Trade Mart luncheon with Bankston, D.A. Henry Wade, and Judge Lew Sterrett. Following the assassination, Stone spent much of his weekend in the office of his friend, Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker. Recorded August 15, 2008.
An Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated director, Stone produced a series of documentaries for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in the 1990s. In 2007, he wrote, produced and directed the documentary film Oswald's Ghost for the American Experience series on PBS. Recorded November 19, 2007.
Stoughton was the official White House photographer during the Kennedy presidency, and among his many photographs is the signature image of President Johnson taking the oath of office aboard Air Force One. Recorded May 29, 1998.
Stoughton was a cameraman and engineer at WBAP-TV in Fort Worth from 1949 to 1991. During the weekend of the assassination, he processed film in the studio for NBC News. Recorded September 14, 2011.
An advertising salesman and part-time photographer for a newspaper in Greenville, Texas, Strader captured images at Dallas Love Field, on Stemmons Freeway, and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. His photographs were widely distributed by the Associated Press. Recorded October 26, 2012.
Ambassador Robert Strauss
Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1973-76) and U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union (1991-92), Strauss was Gov. John Connally's Dallas representative for the planning of the presidential visit. A close family friend, he comforted Nellie Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital while her wounded husband underwent surgery. Recorded May 24, 1996.
Jamie Kelly Strauss
Strauss was a desk clerk and switchboard operator at the Executive Inn in Dallas in 1963. Following the assassination, the Oswald family briefly stayed at the hotel for security reasons. Recorded June 9, 2011.
A sixth grader at the time of the assassination, Stricker later worked for Lee Harvey Oswald's brother, Robert, in the 1970s. Recorded September 21, 2012.
A physical scientist and wounds ballistics expert, Sturdivan worked with both the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations in analyzing ballistics evidence associated with Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle and the wounds of President Kennedy and Gov. Connally. Recorded on October 4, 1997.
Sugarek served in the Peace Corps in the Gambia from 1971 to 1973. After a career in corporate marketing, she returned as a Peace Corps administrator from 2002 to 2010. Sugarek participated in a Museum panel discussion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Recorded March 5, 2011.
Dr. Wadi Suki
Suki joined the staff of Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1959. He was working at UT Southwestern Medical School on the day of the assassination and donated blood for Gov. John Connally. Recorded April 1, 2013.
A former journalist and broadcast commentator, Sullivan is editorial director of Life Books. He participated in a Museum panel discussion on the 2013 publication, LIFE: The Day Kennedy Died. Recorded October 26, 2013.
An eyewitness to the assassination who can be seen in the Zapruder film, Summers was standing opposite the grassy knoll. Recorded March 7, 2002.
A U.S. Army flight engineer and crew chief from 1958 to 1974, Summey flew aboard White House helicopters during the Eisenhower to Nixon administrations. He had several personal interactions with President Kennedy and his family. Recorded September 19, 2008, and July 8, 2013.
Sutherland's late father, Rusty Sutherland, was stopped downtown by Dallas police officers approximately thirty minutes after the Kennedy assassination because he matched the description of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded May 24, 2010.
A Dallas-based reporter for Life magazine in 1963, Swank is credited with alerting magazine officials that local dress manufacturer Abraham Zapruder had captured the assassination on film. Recorded June 11, 1996.
Sweeney is education specialist at the National Archives Southwest Region in Fort Worth. Her two Museum programs focus on presidential education and civil rights. Recorded April 13, 2012, and July 30, 2013.