Oral History

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Denise Gage

As a five-year-old, Gage saw the Kennedy motorcade on Cedar Springs Road. At the time, her father worked for Delta Airlines at Dallas Love Field. Recorded April 12, 2019.

Barry Gallagher

A fourth grader in Pennsylvania in 1963, Gallagher was inspired in part by the assassination to become a high school history teacher. During his thirty-six years in education, he shared with his students his firsthand memories of the assassination every November. Recorded May 16, 2019.

G. Kim Gallagher

A U.S. history teacher for close to forty years, Gallagher was a sixth grader in Pennsylvania in 1963. He has maintained a lifelong admiration for John F. Kennedy and shared that appreciation with his students over the years. Recorded July 25, 2019.

Chris Gallop

A longtime assassination researcher, Gallop was involved in the 1989 opening of the JFK Assassination Information Center in Dallas. His late grandfather, C.E. Nichols, was a longtime bell captain at the Adolphus Hotel and had many personal encounters with Jack Ruby. Recorded January 14, 2014.

Dr. Norman F. Gant

Currently the executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gant was a senior medical student at Methodist Hospital in Dallas at the time of the assassination. On that afternoon, he participated in the retrieval of a bullet from the body of Officer J.D. Tippit. He also knew many of the doctors who treated both President Kennedy and Gov. Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded February 6, 2008.

Scott Garbe

A songwriter and drama teacher in Toronto, Canada, Garbe has had a lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination. After visiting Dealey Plaza for the first time in 1993, he wrote a series of songs about the tragedy, which was produced with the Cowboy Junkies as a concept album, The Kennedy Suite (2013). Recorded June 24, 2014, and October 16 and 17, 2015.

Hector Garcia

A native Cuban who fled his homeland when Fidel Castro came to power, Garcia became an active community leader in Dallas. Recorded September 27 and October 29, 2000.

Richard Gardner

Gardner’s Waltrip Senior High School marching band performed for President Kennedy during his trips to Houston, Texas, on September 12, 1962, and November 21, 1963. Gardner and his brother, Gary, filmed home movies of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson between 1962 and 1964, which were donated to the Museum in 2012. Recorded February 4, 2013.

Tom Garner

A World War II veteran, Garner was serving in the U.S. Air Force in Bermuda at the time of the Kennedy assassination. November 22, 1963, was his fortieth birthday. Recorded February 11, 2015.

John Garner, Jr.

A native of Louisiana, Garner observed the Kennedy motorcade near the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Lemmon Avenue. He later witnessed a Ku Klux Klan rally in Dealey Plaza in the 1970s. Recorded August 2, 2019.

Guy & Betty Garrett

The Garretts were Methodist missionaries living and working in Malaysia at the time of the assassination. Recorded October 25, 2016.

Mr. Guy Garrett passed away on November 30, 2019.

Dr. Ronald F. Garvey

A friend of Kennedy aide Kenny O’Donnell, Garvey went to Parkland Memorial Hospital and was with O’Donnell immediately following the shooting. His late brother, Dr. Jim Garvey, worked at Parkland in 1963 and assisted in the treatment of Gov. Connally and the surgery of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded July 6, 2004.

Dr. Garvey passed away on March 15, 2012.

Glen Gatlin

A stock market research analyst in 1963, Gatlin observed the Kennedy motorcade from the twelfth floor of the Mercantile Bank building on Main Street. As a longtime business leader, Gatlin knew many of the political figures and law enforcement officials involved in the assassination story.  Recorded on April 17, 2003, June 17, 2008, August 12, 2009, February 21, 2012, April 5, 2013, February 21, 2014, May 12, 2015, February 11, 2016, and December 18, 2017.

Virginia Gatlin

A Dallas housewife in 1963, Gatlin was caring for her one-month-old infant at the time of the assassination. Unable to leave her home, she experienced that weekend through the incessant radio and television coverage. Recorded June 17, 2008, April 5, 2013, February 21, 2014, May 12, 2015, February 11, 2016, and December 18, 2017.

Maureta Dillard Gauen

Gauen was a sophomore at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, at the time of the assassination. The following year she volunteered for President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign. Recorded October 26, 2018.

Peter N. Geilich

An administrator at Woodlawn and Parkland Memorial hospitals from 1962 to 1969, Geilich helped coordinate media relations and arrangements with the Connally and Oswald families in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. He also spent time with Jack Ruby during his stay at Parkland in late 1966. Recorded April 17, 2007, December 4, 2009, and November 19, 2013.

Dr. Paul Geisel

Professor emeritus at the School of Urban/Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, Geisel was a consultant to the Dallas County Historical Foundation during the planning of The Sixth Floor exhibit. In the months after the exhibit opened, he conducted a visitor reaction survey. Recorded September 5, 2008.

Robert Gemberling

An FBI agent stationed in Dallas, Gemberling was put in charge of the local investigation into the assassination in March 1964. Recorded July 30, 1997.

Mr. Gemberling passed away on December 4, 2004.

Eugene George

George served as the restoration architect for The Sixth Floor exhibit and was charged with ensuring the historical integrity of the former Texas School Book Depository building during the design and construction of the exhibit. He remained an active member of the project team from 1978 to 1989. Recorded September 11, 2008.

Mr. George passed away on January 16, 2013.

Dr. Alice George

An author, historian and former newspaper editor, George was eleven years old in 1963. She is the author of Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis (2003) and The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Political Trauma and American Memory (2013). Recorded August 17, 2018.

Judge Garvin Germany

As president of the Junior Bar Association in Dallas in 1959, Germany hired exotic dancers from Jack Ruby for a stag party for the 1959 annual meeting of the American Bar Association. Supposedly among the distinguished guests at the party was Sen. John F. Kennedy. Recorded November 1, 2005.

Judge Germany passed away on August 21, 2010.

Kenneth Giannoules

As a longtime U.S. Secret Service agent, Giannoules served on the White House Detail for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. He worked the midnight shift at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on November 22, 1963, and was in Austin when the assassination took place. Recorded July 8, 2014, and May 8 and 9, 2015.

Ellen Gibbs

The daughter of Kennedy supporters, Gibbs was a fourth grader in Georgetown, Texas, in 1963. Years later, working with a group of friends, she contributed artwork for the Dallas guidebook, Conspiracy A-Go-Go (1988). Recorded January 10, 2020.

Harry Gibson

A Dallas leader with the AFL-CIO for decades, Gibson worked on the local 1960 Kennedy campaign. On the day of the assassination, he attended the Dallas Trade Mart luncheon. Recorded May 30, 2018.

Doris Giddens

Eighteen years old in 1963, Giddens saw President Kennedy speak in front of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth. Recorded November 4, 2013.

Dr. Adolph Giesecke

An anesthesiologist on the staff of Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Giesecke was briefly in Trauma Room One with President Kennedy before actively participating in the treatment of Governor Connally. Giesecke was with the wounded governor throughout his surgery on November 22, 1963. Recorded June 11, 2010.

Dr. Giesecke passed away on December 24, 2011.

Rick Gilberti

A Massachusetts native, Gilberti saw President Kennedy in 1962. He has maintained an active interest in the assassination over the years, collecting and reading many books. Recorded August 3, 2012.

Joyce Gill

A native of India, Gill recalls that her late father was deeply impacted by the Kennedy assassination. While on his deathbed in 1966, he said that he had a vision of the late president. Recorded March 21, 2019.

Marlene Glass

A lifelong New Yorker, Glass saw John F. Kennedy speak during the 1960 presidential campaign. She was pregnant with her second child when the assassination took place. Recorded April 15, 2013.

Dr. Brent Glass

A noted author and public speaker, Glass served as Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History from 2002 to 2011. He spoke at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza about his book, 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. (2016). Recorded May 18, 2016.

Stuart Gleichenhaus

A first grade student in San Antonio, Gleichenhaus saw President Kennedy on his visit to the city on November 21, 1963. Recorded April 4, 2014.

Dr. Toni Glover

Standing on a concrete pedestal at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets in Dealey Plaza, eleven-year-old Toni Glover witnessed the Kennedy assassination. Seeing the president’s death, connected emotionally to her abusive childhood, had a traumatic impact on her life. Recorded January 20, 1999, and March 14 and 16, 2012.

Dr. Bryghte D. Godbold

As vice president of the University of Texas at Dallas, Godbold was one of the sponsors of the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. In 1964, he was appointed director of the significant Goals for Dallas program by Mayor J. Erik Jonsson. Recorded October 11, 2007.

Dr. Godbold passed away on October 8, 2013.

Richard Goebel

An employee of Texas Bank and Trust, Goebel was attending a luncheon on November 22, 1963, and observed the Kennedy motorcade from a second-floor window on Main Street. Recorded September 5, 2018.

Harvey Goldberg

Goldberg began collecting political materials in the 1960s, later specializing in John and Robert Kennedy campaign memorabilia. He was a charter member of the Kennedy Political Items Collectors organization, which started in 1975, and has long served as KPIC’s director and newsletter editor. Recorded February 3, 2017.

Dori Golding

A native of Mississippi, Golding had mixed feelings about John F. Kennedy because of his privileged background and the PT-109 incident during World War II. Recorded June 23, 2014.

Eddie Goldstein

Goldstein was the son 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 February 1, 2013.

Mr. Goldstein passed away on August 21, 2013.

Lynn Goldstein

Goldstein’s father passed away on November 21, 1963, the day before the Kennedy assassination, and was buried on Sunday, November 24, shortly after the Oswald shooting. Lynn Goldstein, a Dallas native, was acquainted with the Zapruder family. Recorded September 9, 2013.

Shirley Golub

A mother of three, Golub was shopping at Bloomingdale’s department store in New York City when the assassination took place. The letter she wrote to Jackie Kennedy on November 25, 1963, was selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010).  Recorded August 6, 2010.

Ms. Golub passed away on November 10, 2011.

Yolanda Gomez

Gomez was a seventh grader in Dallas at the time of the assassination. Years later she had the opportunity to work with retired Dallas police detective L.C. Graves and hear his eyewitness account of the Oswald shooting. Recorded November 2, 2016.

Albert González

Gonzalez’s family was active in the Dallas chapter of the Viva Kennedy Club in 1960. Later, as a local funeral home director, he was involved in the 1981 exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded October 28, 2013.

Rene Gonzalez

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

Victor Gonzalez

A U.S. Secret Service agent in 1963, Gonzalez was assigned to guard duty for President Kennedy’s limousine after its arrival in Washington, D.C., on the evening of the assassination. Recorded October 15, 2005.

Mr. Gonzalez passed away on June 16, 2018.

Charles Good

In 1963, Good was an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He drove President Kennedy’s secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, and others to Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination and later drove several people from Parkland to Dallas Love Field. Recorded October 25, 1999.

Mr. Good passed away on April 23, 2012.

Miles Goodwin

A junior at Jesuit High School in Dallas, Goodwin was at Dallas Love Field and Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963. For several hours that day he assisted a CBS cameraman, who was a family friend. Recorded January 31, 2014.

Alice Goodwin

Goodwin was at Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. Her brother, Miles Goodwin, assisted a CBS cameraman following the assassination. Recorded April 11, 2015.

Gene Gordon

As the chief photographer for the Fort Worth Press in 1963, Gordon covered the Kennedys in Fort Worth on November 21 and 22, 1963. Three days later, he photographed Lee Harvey Oswald’s funeral. His images were acquired by The Sixth Floor Museum in 2014 and 2016. Recorded July 23, 2003, June 23 and November 22, 2015, and May 15, 2017.

Dr. Joseph & Eva Golding

The Gouldings were living outside of Houston, Texas, in 1963. Both were Kennedy supporters, though Dr. Goulding was initially hesitant to support Lyndon Johnson as president. Recorded January 11, 2016.

James W. Graham

Seven years old in 1963, Graham was inspired by President Kennedy to pursue a career as a speechwriter and political consultant. He is the author of Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea (2014). Recorded October 1, 2015.

Warren Graham

After developing a research interest in the Kennedy assassination in the 1970s, Graham made numerous trips to Dallas and interviewed many law enforcement officials and eyewitnesses. The author of Touching History: My Journey with the JFK Assassination (2018), his views on President Kennedy’s death shifted significantly over time. Recorded March 19, 2019.

Michael Granberry

An award-winning journalist in Dallas and Los Angeles for more than four decades, Granberry was a Dallas sixth grader in 1963. As a longtime columnist at The Dallas Morning News, he has written numerous stories on the Kennedy assassination and interviewed many key participants.  Recorded June 5, July 30, and August 24, 2015.

Clint Grant

As assistant chief photographer for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Grant traveled with the presidential party from Washington, D.C., to Texas and rode in the Dallas motorcade. Recorded May 4, 1994.

Mr. Grant passed away on April 21, 2010.

Steven Grant

A comic book writer since the 1980s with publishers such as Marvel and DC Comics, Grant celebrated his tenth birthday one month prior to the assassination. He is the author of the Kennedy assassination comic book miniseries Badlands, first published by Dark Horse Comics between July and December 1991. Recorded August 17, 2018.

L. C. Graves

A Dallas police detective, Graves was on Lee Harvey Oswald’s left side when he was shot during his transfer on November 24, 1963. Recorded March 21, 1994.

Mr. Graves passed away on February 11, 1995.

Harold Green

An Oak Cliff seventh grader in 1963, Green saw the motorcade on Main Street and went to the Texas School Book Depository immediately after the assassination. His late father, Dallas attorney Lawrence Green, was acquainted with Jack Ruby and J.D. Tippit. Recorded February 14, 2014.

Jeanette Green

A secretary at the Dallas office of the U.S. Selective Service in 1963, Green saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Later, during the Vietnam War, her office received numerous bomb threats. Green was interviewed with her daughter, Diane Birdwell. Recorded August 11, 2011.

William R. Green

Green observed the Kennedy motorcade on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. He and his family were acquainted with Col. D. Harold Byrd, then owner of the Texas School Book Depository building. Recorded January 28, 2013.

Charlene Green

A Kansas housewife and mother of two in 1963, Green recalls news of the assassination interrupting the broadcast of the soap opera, As the World Turns. Recorded February 15, 2019.

Dr. Martin Allen Greenberg

Greenberg was working as a high school aide in New York in 1963. He was partly inspired by the assassination to pursue a law degree and later became associate professor of criminal justice at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. Recorded March 22, 2013.

Alan Greenberg

As the founder of an educational lecture series in the early 1980s, Greenberg personally interviewed more than one thousand figures from film, sports, politics, and the military. In addition to five U.S. presidents, Greenberg’s subjects included John Connally, Lady Bird Johnson, Edward Kennedy, three members of the Warren Commission, and numerous Kennedy aides and advisors, including Dave Powers, Ted Sorensen, Dean Rusk, and Curtis LeMay. Recorded November 27, 2017.

A. C. Greene

Editor of the Dallas Times Herald‘s editorial page in 1963, Greene was also a columnist, author and noted Dallas and Texas historian. Recorded June 18, 1992.

Mr. Greene passed away on April 5, 2002.

Mary Greene

A longtime Dallasite, Greene served as a Kennedy campaign worker in 1960 and became involved in the civil rights movement locally throughout the 1960s. Later, she was involved in the creation of Sesame Street for PBS and served in the Carter administration. Recorded March 9, 2006.

Ms. Greene passed away on October 28, 2015.

Monica Greene

A successful restaurateur and Dallas community leader, Greene was living in Mexico at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded June 26 and July 12, 2006.

H.D.S. Greenway

A Washington, D.C., reporter with Time Magazine in 1963, Greenway covered the White House immediately following the assassination and President Kennedy’s funeral that Monday. He went on to report on the Vietnam War where he was injured and received a Bronze Star from the U.S. Marine Corps. Recorded October 4, 2017.

Regina Greenwell

Senior archivist at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, Greenwell joined their staff in 1976. As a Dallas school girl, she saw the Kennedy motorcade on November 22, 1963. Recorded April 19, 2013.

Mickey Greer

A lifelong Dallas resident, Greer did not support John F. Kennedy in 1960 for religious reasons but was later inspired by the late president to become more politically and socially active. She and her family attended U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson’s speech in Dallas on October 24, 1963, and recalls how the event was marred by right-wing demonstrators. Recorded August 14, 2003, and August 19, 2014.

Ms. Greer passed away on March 26, 2017.

Philip Greer

Greer saw the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Main and Harwood streets. His late mother, Edith Greer, worked at the Dal-Tex building near Dealey Plaza in 1963 and witnessed the Kennedy assassination on Elm Street. Although she never spoke to authorities, she did a video interview with researcher Larry Howard in the early 1990s. Recorded August 5, 2013.

C. Barry Greer

Greer was serving in the U.S. Air Force in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, in 1963. Recorded July 19, 2019.

Bobby Griffin

An Oak Cliff native, Griffin saw the presidential party arrive at Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. After the assassination he went to Parkland Memorial Hospital and briefly saw the inside of the Kennedy limousine. Recorded July 21, 2010.

Eddie Griffin

A Fort Worth native, Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on November 21, 1963. At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Griffin traveled across the country and became active with the Black Panthers. Recorded January 30, 2013, February 8, 2014, and November 19, 2015.

Frank Griffin

Griffin was working as a bricklayer at a construction site at the corner of Tenth and Denver Streets in Oak Cliff at the time of the assassination. He later heard shots fired nearby and witnessed the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Officer J.D. Tippit. Recorded November 7, 2008.

Judge Burt W. Griffin

Griffin, a onetime Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as Assistant Staff Counsel to the Warren Commission in 1964. He was specifically assigned to the Jack Ruby investigation. Recorded October 11, 2013, October 30, 2018, and September 22, 2019.

Ian L. Griggs

A Ministry of Defence police officer in the United Kingdom from 1971 to 1994, Griggs became interested in the Kennedy assassination in the mid-1960s and made more than a dozen visits to Dallas. The author of No Case to Answer (2005), and a founding member of the international research group Dealey Plaza UK, Griggs was a prolific writer and speaker on the subject for many years. Recorded March 30, 2007.

Mr. Griggs passed away on May 19, 2019.

Robert Groden

A longtime assassination researcher and author of several books, including JFK: The Case for Conspiracy (1976) and High Treason (1989), Groden was a photographic consultant during the development of The Sixth Floor exhibit in the 1980s and was later a consultant to director Oliver Stone on the film JFK (1991). Recorded June 30, 1994.

Paul Groody

As director of the Miller Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Groody served as the undertaker for Lee Harvey Oswald and organized his funeral on Monday, November 25. In 1981, he was involved in the exhumation of Oswald and briefly viewed the body at Baylor Medical Center. Recorded October 23, 2006.

Mr. Groody passed away on October 7, 2010.

Dr. Robert G. Grossman

A neurosurgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Grossman was in Trauma Room One during the treatment of President Kennedy and claims to have examined the president’s head wound; however, he was not called to testify before the Warren Commission. Recorded October 4, 2003.

Martha Grossman

Inspired by President Kennedy, shortly after the assassination Grossman and her husband joined the Peace Corps. They served in Colombia in South America from 1964 to 1966. Recorded April 17, 2018.

John Gudjohnsen

As a U.S. Army photographer, Gudjohnsen was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, in 1963. He later spent more than three decades as a photographer and assignments editor at Dallas ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV, where he covered a number of assassination-related stories. Recorded September 30, 2015.

Richard A. Gump, Jr.

A student at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1963, Gump saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field. His late father, a local attorney, attended the Trade Mart luncheon. Lyndon Johnson called his father’s law office shortly after the assassination. Recorded February 27, 2014.

Bob Gurr

A longtime California designer, Gurr was involved in the development of several attractions for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, including the popular Ford Magic Skyway. Ironically, at the time of the Kennedy assassination, he was working on an Abraham Lincoln exhibit for the State of Illinois pavilion. Recorded October 4, 2011.

Jenyce Gush

A Dallas native, Gush skipped school to see the Kennedy motorcade on Lemmon Avenue. Her mother was a waitress at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club in 1963. Recorded October 3, 2013.

Carol Guzy

An acclaimed photojournalist, Guzy has won the Pulitzer Prize a record four times. Her coverage has included military intervention in Haiti, Kosovo, and the 2010 Haitian earthquake. She participated in a public program to mark the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize. Recorded September 21, 2016.