Oral History

All Oral Histories

Harry Kabler

A Boston native, Kabler was serving in the U.S. Air Force in California at the time of the assassination. Recorded January 13, 2015.

Andrew Kadin

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.

Ed Kadleck

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.

Bob Kafka

A noted civil rights activist, Kafka co-founded the ADAPT of Texas disability rights organization in 1984. His memories were recorded during a public program at The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded October 25, 2006.

Malahat Kahnamoui-Zadeh

Living in her native Iran in 1963, Kahnamoui-Zadeh was deeply impacted by the Kennedy assassination. She was interviewed with her husband, Mohammad-Ali Atarod. Recorded May 14, 2018.

Roger Kallenberg

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.

Mr. Kallenberg passed away on September 25, 2011.

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.

Col. Herbert & Mary Fae Kamm

During the Cuban missile crisis, Col. Kamm was a B-2 Radar Navigator stationed in Montgomery, Alabama. The Kamms were living on Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma at the time of the assassination. Mary Fae Kamm is the longtime executive director of the International Museum of Cultures in Duncanville, Texas. Recorded August 8, 2016.

Col. Kamm passed away on November 10, 2020.

Eleanor Kamperman

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.

Ms. Kamperman passed away on February 28, 2014.

Seth Kantor

A Washington, D.C., correspondent for several Texas newspapers in 1963, Kantor rode in the Dallas motorcade and recalled speaking with Jack Ruby at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963. Kantor went on to research Ruby and the Kennedy assassination, authoring Who Was Jack Ruby? (1978). Recorded September 30, 1988.

Mr. Kantor passed away on August 17, 1993.

Dr. Norman Kaplan

A faculty member at UT Southwestern Medical School for more than fifty years, Kaplan was at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963. As one of Dallas’s leading voices for education reform in the 1960s, he helped organize the League for Education Advancement (LEAD) and later served on the education panel of the Goals for Dallas program. Recorded May 3, 2006, and January 20, 2016.

Dr. Kaplan passed away on April 5, 2020.

Jerry Kasten

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, and September 19, 2015.

Abe Katz

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.

Mr. Katz passed away on November 6, 2018.

Shelly Katz

A freelance United Press International photographer and later a contributing Time-Life andPeople 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 Lifeteam that investigated the findings of the Warren Commission. Recorded January 24, 2012.

Mr. Katz passed away December 15, 2017.

Ferd Kaufman

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.

Mr. Kaufman passed away on February 3, 2016.

Tom Keene

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.

Mr. Keene passed away on December 4, 2013.

Tom Keener

Eight years old in 1963, Keener saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field. Over the years he has met or interviewed a number of individuals connected to the assassination story, including Lady Bird Johnson, Gov. and Mrs. Connally, Sen. Ralph Yarborough, and Dr. Malcolm Perry. Recorded January 26, 2015.

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.

John Kelin

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.

Gisse Keller

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.

Ms. Keller passed away on November 13, 2020.

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.

Mr. Kelly passed away on October 2, 2015.

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.

Phil Kelly

A composer/arranger for more than four decades, Kelly was the primary arranger for the Fort Worth Symphony Pops series for twenty-five years. In 1988, he composed the soundtrack for The Sixth Floor Museum’s exhibit films. Recorded January 29 and February 15, 2016.

Stacy Kelso

Kelso was born in California on Friday, November 22, 1963. This unique connection has prompted a lifelong interest in President Kennedy and the assassination. Recorded October 18, 2016.

Katherine Kendrick

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.

Owen P. Keenan III

A Massachusetts native, Kennan’s earliest childhood memory is watching the Kennedy funeral on television at age three. He has maintained a lifelong interested in the Kennedy family. Recorded June 19, 2017.

Debbi Kennedy

A fourth grader in Sacramento, California, in 1963, Kennedy wrote a letter to Mrs. Kennedy following the assassination. At the time she also collected newspapers and other memorabilia. Recorded February 3, 2016.

Billy Kennedy

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.

Charlotte Kennedy

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.

Eamon Kennedy

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, and May 16, August 1, and November 18, 2014, February 6, 2015, January 14 and March 21, 2016, and January 27, 2020.

Bud Kennedy

As an eight-year-old Fort Worth native, Kennedy saw the presidential party on their way from Carswell Air Force Base to the Hotel Texas on November 21, 1963. He later had a brief encounter with Marguerite Oswald. As a noted columnist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1987, Kennedy has written several assassination-related stories about Fort Worth. Recorded August 3, 2018.

David Hume Kennerly

A photojournalist for more than half a century, Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his images of the Vietnam War. Previously he had covered Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, when Kennedy was shot.  Recorded September 21, 2016.

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.

Jean Kerr

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.

Ms. Kerr passed away on January 27, 2017.

Rick Kervin

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.

Salah Kfoury

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.

Wendy Khan

The daughter of Kennedy supporters, Khan was a seventh grader in St. Louis at the time of the assassination. Recorded December 14, 2017.

David Kilbourn

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.

Mr. Kilbourn passed away on August 16, 2016.

Malcolm Kilduff

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.

Mr. Kilduff passed away on March 3, 2003.

Barbara Kimberling

A Dallas manager for Western Union in 1963, Kimberling briefly assisted investigators the day after the Oswald shooting. Her late husband observed the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Recorded August 10, 2017.

Ms. Kimberling passed away on December 13, 2020.

Jane Kinch

A native of Great Britain, Kinch immigrated to the United States following World War II.  She was living in Dallas at the time of the assassination. Recorded June 19, 2015.

Sonia King

King is the daughter of the late H. Warner King, who photographed the Kennedy motorcade on Turtle Creek Blvd. and on Stemmons Freeway following the assassination. His surviving images were published for the first time in Time magazine in November 2013. Recorded June 2, 2015.

Vicki King

A senior at Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas, King was preparing for her school’s homecoming on November 22, 1963. All activities were canceled following the assassination. Recorded September 24, 2018.

Glen King

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.

Mr. King passed away on November 20, 2000.

Ina 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.

Ms. King passed away on August 30, 2019.

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.

Mr. King passed away on July 25, 2005.

Stephen King

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 Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Recorded November 10, 2011.

Travis King

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.

Mr. Kivett passed away on June 26, 2010.

Peter Klages

A five-year-old native of Munich, Germany, in 1963, Klages began collecting Kennedy memorabilia at the age of eighteen. His collection now includes approximately 20,000 items. Klages, who named his son after President Kennedy, was interviewed with his friend, researcher Peter Engels. Recorded June 7, 2017.

Riki Klapper

A native of Czechoslovakia, Klapper immigrated to the United States in 1960. Her husband was stationed at England Air Force Base in Louisiana at the time of the assassination. Recorded July 25, 2019.

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.

Rabbi Klein passed away on March 3, 2007.

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.

Ms. Kline passed away on February 12, 2014.

Dr. Peter Knight

A leading academic in the study of conspiracy theories, Knight is professor of American studies at the University of Manchester. His books include Conspiracy Culture: From Kennedy to The X Files (2001) and The Kennedy Assassination (2007). Recorded June 21, 2021.

David Koenig

A noted Disney historian and author, Koenig detailed the November 23, 1963, closing of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in memory of President Kennedy–the first unscheduled closing in the theme park’s history. It was the only such closing until September 11, 2001. Recorded August 7, 2007.

Samuel Kogutt

A foreman at a Dallas factory in 1963, Kogutt recalled that several women on his assembly line went to see the Kennedy motorcade and were distraught following the assassination. Recorded January 13, 2015.

Mr. Kogutt passed away on December 9, 2020.

Beverly Kosco

Six years old in 1963, Kosco was in the first grade at St. Pius X Catholic School in Dallas at the time of the assassination. Recorded August 21, 2018.

Halee Kotara

A Texas native born more than a decade after 1963, Kotara has been actively interested in the Kennedy assassination since the early 1990s. She was a Dealey Plaza extra during the production of the miniseries 11.22.63 (2016), based on the Stephen King novel. Recorded July 10, 2017.

Morine Kovich

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.

Ms. Kovich passed away on April 20, 2018.

Denys Koyle

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.

Sharlene Kranz

As a high school student in Washington, D.C. in 1963, Kranz became active with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, attended the March on Washington, and visited the Capitol Rotunda to pay her respects during the assassination weekend. She continued to work for SNCC in the New York and Washington offices and in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1965. As part of the National Welfare Rights Organization, she participated in the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. Recorded August 30, 2021.

Arlene Kreloff

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.

Andy Krieger

As a student at Stanford University, Krieger was inspired by a speech given by Sargent Shriver to join the Peace Corps. He served in Ethiopia from 1966 to 1968 and vividly recalls the local reaction to the assassination of Robert Kennedy. Recorded January 27, 2021.

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.

Bill Krueger

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.

Jerry Kunkel

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.

James Kurtz

A sixth grade student in 1963, Kurtz was inspired to become a funeral director after watching President Kennedy’s funeral on television. As a funeral historian for more than forty-five years, he has researched and collected documentation on hundreds of high-profile funerals, including those of Kennedy, Oswald, Ruby, and Tippit. Recorded June 28, 2007, and January 26, 2018.

Dr. Michael L. Kurtz

As a longtime history professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, Kurtz taught a course on the Kennedy assassination for forty-five years. He is the author of Crime of the Century (1982) and The JFK Assassination Debates (2006). As a college student in New Orleans, Kurtz recalls meeting Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. Recorded July 26, 2018.

Jonathan & 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.

Todd Kwait

A former Ohio attorney, Kwait is an independent filmmaker and record producer. He co-wrote, produced and directed the feature-length film, Truth is the Only Client (2019), about the Warren Commission investigation. Recorded September 20 and 22, 2019.