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Formerly chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Valenti served as special assistant to President Johnson from 1963 to 1966. He was traveling with the presidential party in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Recorded February 24, 2004.
Dr. Anne van Kleeck
Currently a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, van Kleeck was a sixth grade Kennedy supporter living in Upstate New York in 1963. Later, while attending college, she was active in the peace movement. Recorded February 19, 2015.
Ambassador William vanden Heuvel
A distinguished lawyer and former representative to the United Nations, vanden Heuvel was Attorney General Robert Kennedy's assistant in the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration. Recorded November 21 and 22, 2003.
Judge Tom Vandergriff
County Judge in Tarrant County from 1991 to 2007, Vandergriff was mayor of Arlington, Texas (1951-77), and later a U.S. congressman (1983-85). He attended the Fort Worth breakfast for President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Prior to the assassination, Marguerite Oswald was briefly employed in his home. Recorded June 3, 1992.
A campaign secretary for the Boston area during John F. Kennedy's senatorial campaign in the 1950s, Vaughan had personal contact with JFK and arranged several of his appearances and public events, particularly in local African-American communities. He maintained political ties to the Kennedy family and later worked with Ted Kennedy on his early senatorial campaigns. Recorded July 25, 2007.
Vaughn is the grandson of the late Dallas County deputy sheriff Willard Vaughn. As a jailer, Vaughn spent time with Jack Ruby during his incarceration at the Dallas County Jail from 1963 to late 1966. Recorded March 7, 2012.
A railroad switching tower operator from 1952 to 1989, Veal provided extensive information about the structure and operation of the switching tower in the parking lot of the former Texas School Book Depository building. He also knew and worked with tower operator Lee Bowers, an assassination eyewitness who died in 1966. Recorded July 12 and August 30, 2001, and April 16, 2003.
A state trooper assigned to motor vehicle inspection, Veasey drove the national press pool car in the Kennedy motorcade. Following the assassination, he was assigned guard duty for Gov. Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital and was at the hospital when Lee Harvey Oswald arrived following his shooting. Recorded December 1, 2010.
A member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Velasco saw President and Mrs. Kennedy at the organization's annual conference at the Rice Hotel in Houston on November 21, 1963. Recorded May 16, 2013.
Robert and Brian Venner
The widow and son of the late Kennedy supporter Jo Ann Venner, the Venners discussed the color home movie she captured of Senator John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential election, which was donated to the Museum in 2007. On November 22, 1963, son Brian was with his mother at Dallas Love Field and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded October 6, 2009.
Gov. Jesse Ventura
A onetime professional wrestler, media personality, and former governor of Minnesota (1999-2003), Ventura was a political assassinations researcher and co-author, with Dick Russell, of American Conspiracies (2010). Twelve years old at the time of the assassination, Ventura went on to serve in the Vietnam War. Recorded June 30, 2010.
A building engineer and member of the Young Communist League, Vigushin was living in the Russian city of Minsk when Lee Harvey Oswald defected to the Soviet Union. Vigushin was acquainted with both Oswald and his future wife, Marina Prusakova, and he practiced at the same firing range as Oswald between 1960 and 1961. Recorded November 6, 2009.
An actor and co-founder of the Dallas Children's Theater, Vincent visited Havana twice in 2000 and provided impressions of modern-day Cuba under the control of Fidel Castro. Recorded September 27, 2000.
A Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter in 1963, Vinson helped cover the activities at Dallas police headquarters on November 22, 1963, and later observed Oswald's funeral. His late father, Doyle D. Vinson, was news editor for WBAP-TV in Fort Worth and also covered the events of that weekend. Ironically, in 1947, Vinson attended second grade with Lee Harvey Oswald at Lily B. Clayton Elementary in Fort Worth. Recorded March 4, 2005.
A White House correspondent for the New York Post in the early 1960s, Viorst attended press conferences and had contact with President Kennedy. Later he interviewed Marguerite Oswald and Warren Commission chief counsel Lee Rankin. Recorded March 5, 2003.
An attorney with the U.S. Justice Department from 1963 to 1966, Vogelson worked closely with Attorney General Robert Kennedy. During the summer of 1964, he was assigned to review evidence for the Warren Commission investigation. Recorded April 3 and October 11, 2013.
A Dallas native, Vogelson worked as an economist in the Labor Department during the Kennedy presidency. Her husband, Justice Department lawyer Jay Vogelson, was assigned to work with the Warren Commission in 1964. Upon her return to Dallas in 1968, Mary Vogelson became a prominent activist for civil rights, fair housing rights, and women's rights. Recorded March 5, 2008.