Oral History

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Jan Taborsky

Taborsky was a seventh-grade student in Fort Worth in 1963. She recalls her class watching live coverage of President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth on the morning of the assassination. Her late father was acquainted with Gov. John Connally. Recorded September 24, 2018.

Dr. Dolores Tadlock

An educator and author, Tadlock served in the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966 and was part of the first group assigned to work in West Bengal, India. Upon her return to the United States, Tadlock and her husband became active Vietnam War protestors. Recorded July 30, 2008.

Eric Tagg

A Kennedy assassination researcher since 1988, Tagg is the author of Brush with History (1998). His late mother, Carol Tagg, was a Dallas music teacher in 1963. Her memories of cheering schoolchildren following news of the assassination inspired part of a controversial sermon preached by the Rev. Bill Holmes on Sunday, November 24, 1963. Recorded February 19, 2016.

James Tague

A bystander standing near the triple underpass, Tague was slightly wounded on the cheek by a bullet fragment or a chip of concrete during the shooting. He later wrote the books Truth Withheld: A Survivor’s Story (2003) and LBJ and the Kennedy Killing(2013). Recorded March 30, 1999, and May 4, 2012.

Mr. Tague passed away on February 28, 2014.

Thakor Tailor

A native of India, Tailor was living in Baltimore at the time of the assassination. His boss threatened to fire him if he missed work to attend the Kennedy funeral, but Tailor and his pregnant wife drove to Washington, D.C., regardless to witness the procession. Recorded February 2, 2009.

Mr. Tailor passed away on August 3, 2013.

David Talbot

A longtime journalist and founder of the online magazine, Salon.com, Talbot is the author of the best-selling books, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years (2007) and The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (2015).  Recorded February 15 and 23, 2016.

Sam Tasby

Tasby saw President Kennedy outside of Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. In 1970, he became a local champion for civil rights as the lead plaintiff in the controversial court case to integrate the Dallas Independent School District. Recorded March 16, 2011.

Mr. Tasby passed away on August 16, 2015.

Carol Tate

The daughter of Dallas Times Herald women’s editor Vivian Castleberry, Tate was a seventh-grader in Dallas and watched the motorcade on November 22, 1963. Recorded August 16, 2004.

Henry Tatum

Tatum is the son of the late C.A. Tatum Jr., former CEO of Texas Utilities and a noted Dallas civic leader. C.A. Tatum served as chairman of the board of governors at Southern Methodist University and was a longtime member of the Dallas Citizens Council. Henry Tatum joined the Dallas Morning News in 1967 and retired in 2004 as associate editor of the editorial page. Recorded September 15, 2006.

Larry Taunton

As an Arkansas delegate to the American Legion Boys Nation, Taunton saw President Kennedy at a White House reception on July 24, 1963. Taunton’s roommate at the time, who famously shook hands with Kennedy that day, was future President Bill Clinton. Recorded January 23, 2014.

Jenny Taylor

Twelve years old in 1963, Taylor saw the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Main and Houston Streets and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. The assassination had a traumatic impact on her life. Recorded February 22, 2013.

Lonn Taylor

A Texas writer and historian, Taylor was a young campaign volunteer for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and was a teaching assistant at Texas Christian University at the time of the assassination. Years later, as a longtime museum professional, he was part of an early conversation about a potential exhibit inside the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded March 10, 2014.

Mr. Taylor passed away on June 26, 2019.

Thomas Taylor

The managing principal of Datum Engineers Inc. in Dallas, Taylor served as the structural engineer for the John F. Kennedy Memorial and later the Texas School Book Depository during its Dallas County renovation and the construction of The Sixth Floor exhibition. While serving on the DART board in the 1980s, Taylor argued against a subway portal in Dealey Plaza. Recorded May 21, 2014.

Warren W. Taylor

A U.S. Secret Service agent in 1963, Taylor was assigned to Vice President Johnson’s detail and was riding in his follow-up car in the Dallas motorcade. After the assassination, Taylor was assigned to protect Lady Bird Johnson. Recorded October 14, 2005.

Carol Sullivan Taylor

During her twenty-year career in journalism, Taylor was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1962 to 1964. Assigned to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce breakfast on November 22, 1963, she had a brief personal encounter with Jackie Kennedy in the kitchen of the Hotel Texas. Taylor worked extensively that weekend in the Star-Telegram newsroom. Recorded March 10, 2017.

Bob Taylor

While serving in the U.S. National Guard, Taylor was called up for service during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. By the time of the assassination, he was working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Recorded April 21, 2017.

Ramona Taylor

Taylor was personal assistant to Dallas political leader Jess Hay for more than half a century. She saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street and later worked on fundraising for The Sixth Floor exhibit in the 1980s. Taylor also recalled significant racial strife during desegregation when her children were attending Bryan Adams High School in Dallas. Recorded May 16, 2018.

Dr. Benjamin Taylor

Taylor is an award-winning writer and faculty member at The New School in New York City. A Fort Worth native, he shook hands with President Kennedy outside the Hotel Texas on the morning of November 22, 1963. He wrote about this experience in his memoir, The Hue and Cry at Our House (2017). Recorded August 10, 2018.

John Templin

Standing on the north side of Elm Street, Templin was an eyewitness to the Kennedy assassination. Standing next to his friend, Ernest Brandt, Templin can be seen in the Zapruder film. Recorded June 28, 1995.

Mr. Templin passed away on May 31, 2013.

Marshall Terry

An award-winning Texas novelist, Terry was a professor and administrator at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for more than sixty years. His book, Dallas Stories (1987), includes a short story about the Kennedy assassination. Recorded June 18, 2003.

Mr. Terry passed away on December 24, 2016.

Charles Tessmer

A notable criminal lawyer in 1963, Tessmer was a friend of Jack Ruby’s and turned down the opportunity to represent him at his trial. Recorded March 31, 2000.

Mr. Tessmer passed away on July 3, 2003.

Darrell Test

A student at the University of South Dakota in 1963, Test recalls that his accounting professor held afternoon class as usual on November 22, 1963, despite news of the assassination. Recorded June 26, 2019.

Marian Themer

A housewife and mother in Forney, Texas, Themer does not recall following news of the assassination on November 22, 1963. She did not learn of President Kennedy’s death until the following day. Recorded August 14, 2019.

Don Themer

As a nine-year-old, Themer was a young Nixon volunteer during the 1960 presidential campaign. He was a sixth grader in Forney, Texas, at the time of the assassination. Recorded August 14, 2019.

Edward Thomas

An employee at the Iran desk in the U.S. State Department, Thomas served as an interpreter at a White House dinner honoring the king of Afghanistan in September 1963. He was later assigned as an escort to the Iran representative attending President Kennedy’s funeral. Recorded July 17, 2007.

Mr. Thomas passed away on October 2, 2015.

Gordon Thomas

A seventh grader in North Carolina, Thomas vividly recalls going to school on Monday, November 24, 1963, despite it being a national day of mourning. From 1976 to 1980, he served on the staff of Congressman L.H. Fountain and attended hearings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Recorded September 26, 2013, and March 27, 2014.

Dr. Josiah Thompson

While working as a philosophy professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Thompson became a prominent Kennedy assassination researcher and worked as a consultant with Life magazine. His book, Six Seconds in Dallas (1967), is considered one of the seminal works on the subject. Recorded November 21, 1998, November 19, 2007, June 15, 2011, February 28 and March 1, 2017.

Maurice Thompson

A high school student living in Paris, Texas, in 1963, Thompson recalled two military jets flying low over his home in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded July 1, 2010.

Candace Thompson

An award-winning community activist and former administrator with the Dallas Housing Crisis Center, Thompson served in AmeriCorps in Florida. She experienced racism and prejudice attending schools in the Dallas area in the 1980s and 1990s. Recorded November 7, 2018.

Stephanie Marie Thornton

A longtime high school history teacher as well as a bestselling novelist who explores the lives of women in history, Thornton is author of And They Called It Camelot (2020), a novel of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Recorded June 25, 2021.

Martha Joe Thrasher

An Oak Cliff housewife, Thrasher vividly recalls news of the assassination interrupting her viewing of the soap opera, As the World Turns. Recorded August 10, 2017.

J. Garland Threadgill

Threadgill was the surveyor for the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas and donated the original site survey maps to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded August 6, 1998.

Mr. Threadgill passed away on January 19, 2002.

The Rev. Tom Tickner

An Illinois native, Tickner was a freshman in high school in 1963. One of his teachers, vocally opposed to President Kennedy, frightened her students about the Cold War. Recorded April 26, 2013.

Martha Tiller

As a young employee with CBS Television, Tiller attended President Kennedy’s birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. She later served as press secretary and social secretary for Lady Bird Johnson. Recorded June 27, 2019.

B. H. “Tim” Timmins, Jr.

As an Assistant U. S. Attorney in Dallas, Timmins worked directly with the FBI and reported to the Justice Department following the assassination. In 1966, he argued the Mannlicher-Carcano forfeiture case in federal court. Recorded September 18, 2003, and March 15, 2004.

Mr. Timmins passed away on April 2, 2013.

Carl Tinch

Tinch, a longtime businessman in Richardson, Texas, worked with a variety of local companies including Texas Instruments and General Dynamics. Although not a Kennedy supporter, he was deeply impacted by the assassination. Recorded September 5, 2018.

Jackie Tindel

Standing at the intersection of Harwood and Main streets, Tindel filmed the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. He later donated both his film and his camera to The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded on May 14, 2003, and May 2, 2008.

Margaret M. Tinker

As a college student, Tinker saw President Kennedy in Vienna, Austria, in 1961. She joined the Peace Corps in 1963 and was training in New York at the time of the assassination.  Tinker served in Colombia, South America, from 1964 to 1965.  Recorded May 22, 2015.

Jack Tinsley

A reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1963, Tinsley later served as the paper’s executive editor (1975-86). His memories of the Kennedy assassination were recorded during a Fort Worth Press Club event. Recorded November 19, 1998.

Mr. Tinsley passed away on October 12, 2004.

Brad Tippit

The nephew of slain Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, Brad Tippit was inspired by his late uncle to begin a career in Texas law enforcement in 1994. Recorded February 5, 2009.

Ronald Tippit

The youngest brother of slain Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, Ronald Tippit was 15 years old at the time of the assassination. He and his family traveled to Dallas for Officer Tippit’s funeral on Monday, November 25. Recorded January 19, 2007.

J. D. Tippit Family

Widow Marie and children Brenda and Curtis share thoughts and stories about the late Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, who was shot and killed in Oak Cliff on November 22, 1963. Their memories were recorded during a Museum public program. Recorded September 18, 2014.

Mrs. Tippit passed away on March 2, 2021.

Dr. David Tobolowsky

As a young child in the 1930s, Tobolowsky ran a Dallas Times Herald paper route in the Dealey Plaza area. In 1963, he was a pediatrician in Oak Cliff. Recorded September 4, 2014.

Isaac Todd

A Dallas County deputy sheriff in 1963, Todd observed the Kennedy motorcade and was then involved in the initial search of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded November 28, 2011.

Marion Toews

A Catholic schoolgirl in 1963, Toews was living in a small village in Saskatchewan, Canada. An admirer of President Kennedy, she was impacted by his assassination. Recorded November 17, 2016.

Lemma Tole

A junior at Sunset High School in Oak Cliff, Tole observed the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Main and Houston streets and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. She and her friends lingered for over an hour in front of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded August 28, 2013.

Joe Tonahill

A longtime attorney in Jasper, Texas, Tonahill served as one of Jack Ruby’s defense attorneys during his 1964 trial and the subsequent appeal process. He remained loyal to Ruby even after the Ruby family dismissed him from the case. Recorded August 9, 1996.

Mr. Tonahill passed away November 6, 2001.

Max Tonkon

Owner of a national millinery company based in Dallas, Tonkon attended the Adolphus Hotel luncheon on November 4, 1960, where Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson were heckled by bystanders on the street. On November 22, 1963, Tonkon observed the Kennedy motorcade on Cedar Springs Road. Recorded July 23, 2013.

Vance & Dee W. Torbert, Jr.

Vance W. Torbert, Jr., was a PT boat captain during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific with Lt. John F. Kennedy. He was later offered the position of White House architect. Dee Torbert, who in 1963 was married to the late U.S. Rep. James M. Collins, was at the Trade Mart luncheon with her husband on the day of the assassination. Recorded November 17, 2004.

Mr. Torbert passed away on May 6, 2006. Mrs. Torbert passed away on June 13, 2021.

Charlene Torchiana

Torchiana became a Kennedy supporter after hearing his inaugural address on January 20, 1961. She was a sixth grade teacher in Arizona at the time of the assassination. Recorded September 4, 2014.

James, Pat & Tina Towner

The Towner family – Jim, Pat, and daughter Tina – were eyewitnesses to the assassination. James Towner took still photographs while 13-year-old Tina filmed with her father’s home movie camera as the limousine turned onto Elm Street. Tina Towner Pender, who donated her family’s images to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2015, wrote the book, Tina Towner: My Story as the Youngest Photographer at the Kennedy Assassination (2012). Recorded March 30 and November 22, 1996, November 21, 2000, February 1, 2008, and September 25, 2010.

Mr. James Towner passed away on November 13, 2002.  Mrs. Patricia Towner passed away on August 29, 2005.

Jimmie Travis

Travis joined the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1961. During his efforts, he was shot and wounded by members of the Ku Klux Klan. His memories were recorded with those of other civil rights activists. Recorded February 28, 2006.

Mr. Travis passed away on July 28, 2009.

Dr. Saul Trevino

In 1963, Trevino was a second-year student at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He waited with fellow students outside of the emergency entrance to Parkland Memorial Hospital to hear word of the president’s condition. Recorded May 30, 2008.

Richard Triplett

Triplett is the son of the late Elizabeth Triplett, an active 1960 Kennedy campaign volunteer in Grayson County, Texas. As a result of her efforts, she was invited to attend the 1961 inauguration. Richard Triplett was interviewed with his sister, Marianne Howells. Recorded August 24, 2018.

Alexander Troup

Troup’s late parents were part of the local arts community in the early 1960s and owned the Gallery Trohafole, later named the C. Troup Gallery, in Dallas. The Troups sold art to many prominent residents, including Tom Landry, Henry Wade and Abraham Zapruder. Recorded July 18, 2011.

Mark A. Troy

An Assistant Dallas District Attorney in 1963, Troy saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. As part of the prosecution team during the Jack Ruby trial in 1964, Troy prepared witnesses and sat in on every day of the trial. Recorded June 11, 2013.

Mr. Troy passed away on December 7, 2017.

Charlotte Tucker

Tucker was a junior at Garland High School in Garland, Texas, in 1963. She recalls half the school being absent on the day of President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas. Recorded January 29, 2018.

Edward Z. Tucker

As a U.S. Secret Service agent, Tucker served on the White House Detail for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. He was working in the Chicago field office at the time of the assassination. Recorded May 6, 2015.

Mr. Tucker passed away on June 20, 2020.

Richard Tullius

A Dallas high school student, Tullius took photographs at Love Field and along the motorcade route. Following the assassination, he met other amateur photographers and collected a number of slides, which he later donated to The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded October 7, 2013.

W. Michael Tumlinson

Six years old in 1963, Tumlinson stood with his grandparents in front of the Dal-Tex building at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets when the assassination took place. Recorded April 28, 2017.

Pauline Tuohy

A Dallas housewife, she and her family saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field and then witnessed the motorcade immediately following the assassination. Recorded August 11, 2014.

Peggy Norvell Turlington

A longtime private school teacher, Turlington was a first grader in Dallas in 1963. Her uncle passed away on November 22, 1963, so she was not able to follow any assassination news coverage that weekend. In the early 1980s, she and several friends developed a private Dallas tour called “Conspiracy A-Go-Go,” which was later adapted into an iPhone application. Recorded June 27. 2016.

Jerry Turman

Between 1969 and 1970, Turman lived in the room at 1026 North Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff that was occupied by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. Turman heard interesting stories about Oswald and the rooming house from owners A.C. and Gladys Johnson. Recorded May 23, 2008.

Clayton Turner

Turner was production manager at local independent KTVT-TV in 1963. He directed their pool coverage of President Kennedy’s breakfast speech in Fort Worth and, for NBC from outside the Dallas county jail, the transfer of Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot. Previously, Turner documented John Connally’s run for Texas governor in 1962. Recorded October 20, 2008.

Mr. Turner passed away on March 18, 2021.

Lee J. Turner

An officer in the Navy Ceremonial Guard in 1963, Turner helped unload President Kennedy’s casket from Air Force One on the evening of the assassination. On Monday, he marched in the funeral procession to Arlington National Cemetery. Recorded November 23, 2005.

Tom Turner

Turner’s wife was employed at the Old Red Courthouse near Dealey Plaza in 1963, and as a result, he was able to watch the presidential motorcade from the courthouse’s second-floor balcony. Turner heard shots fired and observed part of the assassination and later went to Dealey Plaza to briefly speak with eyewitnesses. Recorded July 18 and August 3, 2007.

Mr. Turner passed away on August 1, 2014.

William W. Turner

A former FBI agent, Turner co-authored the 1981 book The Fish Is Red, later republished as Deadly Secrets: The CIA-Mafia War Against Castro and the Assassination of JFK. Recorded October 23, 1992.

Mr. Turner passed away on December 26, 2015.

Margaret Turner

On the morning of November 22, 1963, nine-year-old Turner was a featured dancer on Dallas children’s program, Officer Friendly, which aired on CBS affiliate KRLD-TV. Recorded May 14, 2018.

Judge Ryan Turner

Born nine years after the Kennedy assassination, Turner is an associate judge and director of education at the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center in Austin, Texas. He has maintained a lifelong interest in the assassination, interviewing several key figures and utilizing evidence in the classroom. Recorded July 8, 2019.

James Turney

A student at Woodrow Wilson High School in 1963, Turney saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field. He later participated in peace movement activities while attending college. His late father, Frank M. Turney, had been an associate of Lyndon Johnson in the 1940s and 1950s.  Recorded August 13, 2014.