Oral History

All Oral Histories

Mary Waddell

Waddell was a teacher at Abington Junior High School in Pennsylvania in 1963.  One of her students, whose father was a white supremacist, made a cryptic comment on the day of the assassination which later prompted an FBI interview. Recorded May 3, 2016.

Henry Wade

The district attorney for Dallas County from 1951 to 1987, Wade was extensively involved in the local Kennedy assassination investigation and later served as chief prosecutor during the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded July 20, 1992.

Mr. Wade passed away on March 1, 2001.

William Kim Wade

Ten years old in 1963, Wade saw the Kennedy motorcade from the steps of the Old Red Courthouse and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. His late father, longtime Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade, was extensively involved in the local assassination investigation and served as chief prosecutor during the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded August 15, 2013.

Ralph Wadsworth

As a member of the Texas Highway Patrol, Wadsworth drove the fourteenth vehicle in the Dallas motorcade, carrying five U.S. congressmen, including Reps. Jim Wright of Fort Worth and Albert Thomas of Houston. From November 23 to December 5, 1963, Wadsworth was assigned to protect Governor John Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded July 30, 2021.

Boyd Waggoner

A Dallas attorney in 1963, Waggoner saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. In March 1964, as the guest of an assistant district attorney, he observed closing arguments in the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded May 1, 2013.

Ken Wagoner

Eight years old in 1963, Wagoner was attending Catholic school in Colorado. His late father, an employee of RCA, was in Washington, D.C., that weekend and witnessed the Kennedy funeral procession. Recorded September 8, 2014.

Kent Waldrep

After a football accident left him paralyzed in 1974, Waldrep founded the Kent Waldrep Paralysis Foundation and helped draft the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. His memories were recorded during a public program at The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded October 25, 2006.

Allen D. Walker

A member of the White House Communications Agency from 1962 to 1964, Walker was stationed in Paris and coordinated direct telephone communication from the White House to European leaders. He was alone in the office when the assassination took place and lost contact with the White House for more than an hour. Recorded July 12, 2007.

Dr. Robert V. Walker

A medical researcher and doctor of oral surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Walker was briefly inside Trauma Room One as an observer during the treatment of President Kennedy. Recorded March 18 and July 26, 2009.

Dr. Walker passed away on April 28, 2011.

Jim Walker

A mail sorter at the Terminal Annex building in Dealey Plaza, Walker photographed the presidential motorcade from the corner of Main and Market Streets. On the afternoon of the assassination, he photographed the scene at Dealey Plaza and the Texas Theatre. Walker donated his photographs to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2006. Recorded June 6, 2006, and September 2 and December 16, 2016, and May 2, 2018.

Breck Wall

An entertainer in Dallas in 1963, Wall was one of Jack Ruby’s best friends at the time of the assassination. He spoke to Ruby on the phone the day before Oswald’s shooting and was one of the only individuals allowed to visit him in jail. Later, Wall was almost implicated in Jim Garrison’s controversial investigation. Recorded December 28, 1993.

Mr. Wall passed away on November 15, 2010.

Gerald Wall

In February 1963, Wall successfully completed a 50-mile hike in twelve hours as part of President Kennedy’s popular physical fitness program. He was a first-year high school teacher in Fort Worth at the time of the assassination. Recorded April 8, 2015.

Dr. David Wallace

Traveling with a group of fellow high school seniors on November 22, 1963, Wallace saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field and again on Stemmons Freeway moments after the assassination. With his friends, Wallace waited outside Parkland’s Emergency Room in the aftermath. Recorded June 29, 1989, and September 11, 2014.

John Wallace

An Oak Cliff high school student, Wallace went to Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination and briefly saw the inside of the Kennedy limousine. Recorded July 21, 2010.

Dinkie Wallach

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wallach was deeply impacted by the Kennedy assassination. She immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s. Recorded July 19, 2019.

Nadine Wallentine

Wallentine’s daughter observed the Kennedy motorcade in Dallas. She called her mother shortly after the parade passed her location and learned of the assassination. Recorded September 4, 2014.

Ms. Wallentine passed away on August 4, 2020.

Jim Warlick

A producer of presidential campaign buttons and posters for more than three decades, Warlick is the owner of White House Gifts, a souvenir store located within one hundred feet of the White House in Washington, D.C. Warlick, a longtime collector of Kennedy and presidential memorabilia, maintains several touring historical exhibitions across the United States. Recorded June 13, 2018.

James Warner

Born ten years after the Kennedy assassination, Warner is an active collector of memorabilia associated with presidential assassinations. His interest extends to personal model-making projects, including an intricate scale replica of the sixth floor “sniper’s nest” of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded March 9, 2017.

Leslie Warnock

A Dallas firefighter in 1963, Warnock was sent to the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository immediately after the assassination. His memories of the sniper’s perch differ from those of police investigators. Recorded May 24, 2001.

Mr. Warnock passed away on May 18, 2017.

William Ward Warren

A sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1963, Warren captured a color home movie of the presidential party’s arrival at Dallas Love Field. His film gained international attention after it was donated to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2010. Recorded January 22, 2010, and August 3, 2016.

John Warren

Warren was city editor at the Mandan Pioneer in Mandan, North Dakota, at the time of the assassination. He was inspired by news coverage of the Kennedy assassination to pursue a career in radio and television. Recorded February 15, 2019.

Neysa Strauss Warren

As a twenty-year-old, Warren moved to Dallas from Brooklyn, New York, in 1963. She was working in the Purse Building at 601 Elm Street at the time of the assassination. Recorded August 29, 2019.

Maxine Warsaw

A mother of three in 1963, Warsaw was attending college in Chicago at the time of the Kennedy assassination. She moved to Dallas in 1975. Recorded January 27, 2016.

Ms. Warsaw passed away on January 26, 2021.

Doris Wasserman

A native of London, Wasserman moved to Texas in 1946. She saw the Kennedy motorcade outside the entrance to Dallas Love Field. Recorded August 11, 2014.

Harold Waters

A Dallas photographer for the Associated Press, Waters covered the Kennedys’ arrival at Dallas Love Field and, following the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald at Dallas police headquarters. He also covered the Jack Ruby trial and later interviewed Marguerite Oswald. Recorded July 9, 1999, and September 16, 2013.

Ann Watley

A junior at North Dallas High School in 1963, Watley caught a brief glimpse of the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. She was interviewed with two of her high school classmates. Recorded July 20, 2016.

Jack Watson

Watson was the radio dispatcher for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department on November 22, 1963. He observed the presidential parade from his office window and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. Following the assassination he relayed information from the Dallas Police Department, coordinated the movements of deputy sheriffs, and announced the death of President Kennedy. Recorded August 22, 2008.

Jan Watson

The daughter of Kennedy supporters, Watson’s third grade class was aboard a school bus on their way to see the president when the assassination took place. She spoke with a grief counselor at school the following week. Recorded February 15, 2013.

Gladys Barron Watt

A relief cashier at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, Watt was across the street when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. She watched police escort him from the theater’s entrance. Recorded April 17, 2008.

Ms. Watt passed away on December 27, 2009.

Jeanine Watters

While attending Ohio State University in 1960, Watters volunteered for the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign. She has volunteered for every Democratic presidential candidate for over half a century. Recorded February 25, 2013.

Sharon Webb

Webb was a seventh grader in Neptune Beach, Florida, in 1963. Although her parents were not Kennedy supporters, she was emotionally impacted by the Kennedy assassination. Recorded July 25, 2019.

Charlotte Webberman

A resident of Arkansas in 1963, Webberman and her children were visiting family for Thanksgiving and saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field on the day of the assassination. Recorded November 9, 2010.

Sharon Weber

Weber’s mother worked at the Dallas Trade Mart in 1963 and got special permission for her children to observe the luncheon from the second floor balcony. Following the assassination, Weber took yellow roses from the head table, one of which she donated to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2010. Recorded March 19, 2010.

Judge Garry A. Weber

Weber attended the Dallas Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. As a member of the Dallas City Council (1969-76), he voted to spare the Texas School Book Depository building from demolition in 1972. Later, as Dallas County Judge (1979-82), Weber presided over the dedication of the Depository building as the seat of local government on March 29, 1981. Recorded June 5, 2018.

Dr. Cyril Wecht

A well-known forensic pathologist, consultant, and author, Wecht has researched the Kennedy assassination since 1965. He served on the forensic pathology panel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the 1970s and was a consultant on Oliver Stone’s JFK (1991). Wecht remains an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission investigation. Recorded November 19, 2016, and April 11, 2017.

John Weeks

An editorial assistant at the Dallas Times Herald, Weeks received a letter from Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination. Recorded July 31, 1998.

Dr. Howard Weiner

Weiner shook hands with President and Mrs. Kennedy at Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. During the 1960 presidential election, he was harassed by some of his classmates because his family supported John F. Kennedy. Recorded April 1, 2014.

Betty Weinman

A Pennsylvania housewife in 1963, Weinman recalls having a premonition of the Kennedy assassination. She unsuccessfully tried to call the White House on the morning of November 22, 1963. Recorded July 25, 2019.

Abe Weinstein

Weinstein was the owner of the Colony Club, a burlesque establishment two doors down from Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club on Commerce Street. Considered the most reputable burlesque establishment in Dallas, the Colony Club was the chief rival of Ruby’s club. Recorded August 16, 1994.

Mr. Weinstein passed away on January 4, 2000.

Dr. Dan Weiser

A longtime mathematician and political analyst, Weiser served as president of the Dallas County Young Democrats in 1963. In 1960, he worked locally on the Kennedy campaign, and a month before the assassination, he attended the Adlai Stevenson event on U.N. Day. In the early 1970s, Weiser was the key political expert in the Texas redistricting trials, advocating single-member voting districts for the state. Recorded April 24, 2006.

Dr. Weiser passed away on June 20, 2015.

Bart Weiss

An award-winning producer/director and co-founder of the Dallas Video Festival, Weiss is currently an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Working with filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell in the late 1980s, Weiss served as editor of the documentary films seen in The Sixth Floor exhibit. Recorded November 30, 2015.

Bernard Weissman

A conservative activist, Weissman briefly lived in Dallas in November 1963. During that time he associated with right-wing organizations, including the John Birch Society, and ultimately co-wrote and signed his name to the black-bordered, anti-Kennedy advertisement published in The Dallas Morning News on November 22, 1963.  Weissman later testified before the Warren Commission.  Recorded April 5, 2016, and September 22, 2019.

Dorothy Weitz

Eighteen-year-old Weitz was living in Washington, D.C., in 1963. She and friends witnessed the Kennedy funeral procession on Pennsylvania Avenue. Recorded February 3, 2015.

Steven Weitz

Weitz and his late mother, a school teacher, were living in Guam during the 1960 election. At the time of the assassination, he was a high school student in Tacoma, Washington. Recorded February 3, 2015.

Bob Welch

A reporter and cameraman for Dallas NBC affiliate WBAP-TV, Welch covered the attempted shooting of Maj. Gen. Edwin Walker. On November 22, 1963, Welch was at Dallas Love Field, the Trade Mart, and Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he captured the only known sound recording of the announcement of President Kennedy’s death. In 1964, he covered the Jack Ruby trial. Later, as an NBC News photographer, he covered the Civil Rights Movement and spent six months in Vietnam. Recorded September 28, 1994, November 19, 1998, February 5 and May 2, 2014, and April 18, 2015.

Mr. Welch passed away on December 19, 2016.

Frank Welch

An award-winning Dallas architect, Welch was the author of Philip Johnson & Texas (2000), which explored the legendary architect’s Texas projects, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial dedicated in 1970. Recorded June 15 and 18, 2010.

Mr. Welch passed away on June 22, 2017.

Carol Wells

A 1960s Dallas restaurateur, Wells owned the La Pigalle club, a popular nightspot among the Dallas gay community. Among her frequent customers were Jack Ruby and several of his strippers. Recorded February 6, 2007.

Ms. Wells passed away on March 5, 2012.

Jim Welsh

A student in Pennsylvania in 1963, Welsh celebrated his eighth birthday two days before the assassination. Recorded January 15, 2020.

Robert Wening

A fourth-grader at the time of the assassination, Wening became a Kennedy admirer later in life and is now a researcher, collector and longtime member of the international group Kennedy Political Items Collectors. Recorded April 19, 2004.

Dr. Hal Wert

A professor of history at the Kansas City Art Institute, Wert is an author and collector of presidential campaign posters. A young Nixon supporter in 1960, he switched sides during the election after a personal encounter with Sen. John F. Kennedy. Recorded February 2 and 3, 2016.

Kathleen Wesley

The daughter of Kennedy supporters, Wesley was a fourth grader at a Catholic school in Ohio in 1963. Recorded January 5, 2015.

Anthony Due West

West is the son of the late Dallas County surveyor Robert West, who heard shots fired at the Kennedy motorcade from his office in the Old Red Courthouse. In 1964, Robert West did survey work in Dealey Plaza for the Warren Commission and later testified at the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans. Recorded January 21, 2011.

Dr. Marjorie Westberry

A longtime social activist and educator, Westberry was a missonary in Africa from 1958 to 1962. Upon moving to Dallas in 1971, she founded a local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Recorded September 8, 2010.

Dr. Westberry passed away on December 22, 2016.

Susanne Westphal

Westphal’s late father operated a first-floor showroom at the Dallas Trade Mart. As a result, she was able to observe the presidential luncheon on November 22, 1963. Recorded November 16, 2016.

Dick Wheeler

A longtime Dallas radio and TV broadcaster, Wheeler was hired by Eddie Barker at KRLD just 11 days before the Kennedy assassination. On that day, he was assigned to cover the Fort Worth breakfast and Trade Mart luncheon for KRLD radio. Following the shooting, Wheeler spent the majority of the weekend at Dallas police headquarters. Recorded September 20, 2006.

Mr. Wheeler passed away on July 1, 2015.

The Rev. Paul Whipple

An Ohio minister in 1963, Whipple held a memorial service for President Kennedy following the assassination. He then traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the president’s funeral. Whipple and his late wife were peace movement activists in the 1960s. Recorded October 28, 2014.

The Rev. Whipple passed away on May 15, 2020.

Jerry White

An Army presidential helicopter pilot from 1961 to 1964, White flew with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Recorded September 19, 2008, and September 26, 2012.

Leo White

A thirteen-year-old native of Philadelphia in 1963, White developed a research interest in the assassination in the 1970s. Recorded March 21, 2019.

Donna Axum Whitworth

An Arkansas native, Axum Whitworth was crowned Miss America 1964 on September 7, 1963. She was making a personal appearance in Dallas on the day of the assassination. Recorded April 8, 1995.

Ms. Axum-Whitworth passed away on November 4, 2018.

Karen Whyte

A native of British Columbia, Canada, Whyte was seven years old and home sick from school on the day of the assassination. Fulfilling a lifelong goal, she visited Dealey Plaza for the first time in 2018. Recorded July 13, 2018.

Aurora Wible

Wible grew up in the Little Mexico area of Dallas. She saw the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Harwood Street. Recorded October 7, 2014.

John Fitzgerald Wichman

Born in Nebraska in April 1964, Wichman was named in memory of President Kennedy. Recorded June 7, 2018.

David Wiegman, Jr.

As the official White House photographer for NBC News during the presidencies of Eisenhower through Carter, Wiegman had unprecedented access to JFK during his time in office and followed him on numerous trips. In Dallas, he recorded footage at Love Field, along the motorcade route, and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded November 15, 2002.

Pat Wiley

As a fourteen-year-old, Wiley saw Sen. John F. Kennedy during the 1960 campaign. She was a high school senior in Massachusetts at the time of the assassination. Recorded July 25, 2019.

Paul Wilkins

A patrolman with the Dallas Police Department in 1963, Wilkins was involved in the initial search of the sixth and seventh floors of the Texas School Book Depository. He was among those who first discovered the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle in the northwest corner of the sixth floor. Recorded April 15, 2009.

Howard P. Willens

A deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, Willens became Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission in December 1963. As part of the Commission’s supervisory staff, he went on an investigative visit to Mexico City in 1964 and played an extensive role in crafting the Commission’s final report. Willens later wrote the book History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy (2013). Recorded October 11, 2013, April 17, August 6, 7, and 8, October 29, 2018, and September 22, 2019.

Bill Williams

Williams was a city employee who inadvertently found himself on an elevator with Dallas police officers and Lee Harvey Oswald on the afternoon of the assassination. Recorded on July 2, 2003.

David F. Williams

A law student at Southern Methodist University in 1963, Williams saw President and Mrs. Kennedy at Dallas Love Field. The following year he actively followed the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded May 18, 2006, and February 5, 2016.

Dr. Phillip E. Williams

As an intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Williams had a brief interaction with Jackie Kennedy outside of Trauma Room One. Less than two days later, he assisted in the surgery of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded May 22, 2003, July 8, 2008, and April 28, 2016.

Gail Williams

A sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School in 1963, Williams and a classmate watched the motorcade pass by on Main Street. She believes that shortly after the limousine passed her, she heard one of the shots fired in Dealey Plaza. Recorded February 3, 2006.

Sanford Williams

A 16-year employee of The Sixth Floor Museum, Williams supervised Museum facilities from 1990 to 2006. At the time of the assassination, he was a waiter in Detroit, Michigan. Recorded August 10, 2006.

Eileen Williams

Williams was a volunteer server at the Dallas Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. Informally assigned to the head table, she might have been one of President Kennedy’s servers had the assassination not taken place. Recorded November 17, 2016.

Ms. Williams passed away on February 23, 2019.

Billy Joe Willis

A Dallas-based musician and professional wrestler since the 1940s, Willis was the drummer at the Carousel Club in 1963 and spoke with Jack Ruby on the day of the assassination. Willis was later interviewed by the FBI. Recorded May 15, 2012.

Mr. Willis passed away on June 9, 2020.

Harold Willis

A second grade student in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1963, Willis attended perhaps the only high school football game played in the state on the night of the Kennedy assassination. At the time, his late uncle, George Wheeler, lived in the same Oak Cliff rooming house as Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded May 7, 2010.

Marilyn Willis

Willis was in Dealey Plaza with her daughter and husband, the late Phil Willis. Phil Willis took a series of important still photographs, including one during the assassination, that continue to be studied by researchers for possible evidentiary value. Marilyn Willis’ memories were briefly recorded during a group interview with other eyewitnesses. Recorded November 22, 1996.

Ms. Willis passed away on April 16, 2004.

Margaret Wilonsky

An X-Ray Technology School intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Wilonsky was near the emergency room when President Kennedy was admitted to the hospital. She believes that X-rays were made of the president’s body at Parkland, which has long been a point of controversy among researchers. Recorded August 29, 2005.

Billy D. Wilson

Although not a Kennedy supporter, Wilson saw the presidential parade on Main Street. On the evening of the assassination, he drove his family through downtown Dallas to see Dealey Plaza and Dallas City Hall. Recorded June 4, 2008.

Ronald Wilson

One of the few African American U.S. Marines stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C. in 1963, Wilson participated in the funeral services for President Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2009.

Bill Winfrey

A longtime photographer with the Dallas Morning News, Winfrey was heavily involved in covering the events of the weekend from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Dallas City Hall. He later covered the Ruby trial and interacted with many of the key figures. Prior to the assassination, he frequented the Carousel Club and knew Ruby and many of his dancers. Recorded July 15, 2004.

Mr. Winfrey passed away on January 15, 2009.

Edna Winnette

The daughter of Hispanic migrant workers, Winnette was an ardent Kennedy supporter. The late president inspired her later career in social services and education. Recorded December 16, 2011.

Betty Lou Winslow

During the 1970s, Winslow and her husband worked in the Peace Corps administrative offices in Washington, D.C. They traveled to approximately fifty locations around the world to meet and assess volunteers in the field. Recorded February 8, 2016.

Patricia Winston

While on an extended tour of the world in the 1960s, Winston and her friend, Pam Mumford, rode on a lengthy bus trip from Monterrey, Mexico, to Mexico City with Lee Harvey Oswald in September 1963. They were later interviewed by the FBI. Recorded October 15, 2013.

Wes Wise

Mayor of Dallas from 1971 to 1976, Wise in 1963 was a reporter for KRLD-TV in Dallas and president of the Dallas Press Club. He spoke with Jack Ruby in Dealey Plaza the day after the assassination. Previously, in October 1963, Wise captured on film the famous attack on U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson in Dallas. From 1992 to 1997, Wise served as a consultant and primary interviewer for the Museum’s Oral History Project. Recorded January 26, 1993, November 22, 1998, September 22, 2005, November 1, 2007, November 20, 2008, October 19, 2013, and January 31, 2015.

J. W. “Bill” Wiseman

A Dallas County deputy sheriff in 1963, Wiseman was standing at the corner of Main and Houston Streets and heard shots fired at the presidential motorcade. He ran to Dealey Plaza where he spoke with eyewitnesses, including Abraham Zapruder’s receptionist, Marilyn Sitzman. Wiseman then participated in the initial search of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded July 16, 2008.

Mr. Wiseman passed away on January 25, 2011.

Senator Harris Wofford

A onetime civil rights advisor to both President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wofford also served as associate director of the Peace Corps (1962-66) and U.S. senator from Pennsylvania (1991-95). He wrote the book Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties (1980). Recorded September 21, 2010.

Sen. Wofford passed away on January 21, 2019.

Adah Leah Wolf

The first full-time staff member hired by the Dallas County Historical Foundation in 1987, Wolf was assistant project director for The Sixth Floor exhibit. She continued to work for the foundation until 1990. Recorded May 11, 2009.

Paul E. Wolf

A radioman in the U.S. Navy, Wolf was stationed in San Diego at the time of the assassination. His father, the late Wilbur Wolf, was a glass installer at Hess & Eisenhardt in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he installed the windshield in the Kennedy limousine. Recorded May 3, 2006.

Sherry Wolfe

A sophomore at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas, in 1963, Wolfe remembers the Kennedy assassination as the first tragedy in her life. Recorded September 24, 2018.

Helmut Wolff

A native of Germany, Wolff and his family escaped the Holocaust and immigrated to Dallas in 1936. Standing at the corner of Harwood and Live Oak Streets, he took a series of nine photographs of the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. Recorded April 8, 2013, and May 13, 2019.

Mr. Wolff passed away on June 29, 2020.

Rhea Wolfram

An active member of the Dallas Jewish community, Wolfram saw the Kennedy motorcade on Lemmon Avenue. Her late husband, Dr. Julius Wolfram, worked at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963. Recorded August 29, 2013.

Barbara Wolpa

An Illinois housewife in 1963, Wolpa was caring for her two young children at the time of the Kennedy assassination. In 1968, her family fled Washington, D.C., during the riots that followed Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. Recorded December 14, 2017.

Max Womack

A state trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol in 1963, Womack was stationed at the Dallas Trade Mart for the presidential luncheon. A few days later, he was assigned guard duty for Gov. John Connally during his recovery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded June 21, 2010.

Terry Wood

A high school junior in Dallas in 1963, Wood was at Love Field and then drove with a friend toward the Trade Mart, ending up near the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the shooting. He was interviewed with his friend, John T. Puddington. Recorded November 19, 2003.

Richard B. Woodward

An art critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Woodward has written on the Abraham Zapruder film and the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Ten years old in 1963, Woodward and his family had moved to Massachusetts one month before the Kennedy assassination. Recorded March 19, 2012.

Bill Worrell

An executive with the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1963, Worrell saw the Kennedy motorcade in downtown Dallas. He later became friends with the late Waggoner Carr, who was Texas attorney general at the time of the assassination. Recorded October 2, 2007.

David Wright

Wright was a copy editor at the London Daily Mirror in 1963. After joining the staff of the National Enquirer in 1976, he covered numerous Kennedy assassination stories over the next three decades. Recorded May 10, 2013.

Dennis Wright

A 46-year educator and school administrator, Wright was a high school teacher engaged in a debate tournament in Kansas on November 22, 1963. The two-day tournament was not canceled, despite news of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded July 1, 2010.

Speaker Jim Wright

A Democratic U.S. Congressman (1955-89) for more than three decades, Wright was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1989.  In 1963, he was one of the key planners for President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth, and he traveled with the presidential party to Dallas. Recorded February 22, 1996.

Speaker Wright passed away on May 6, 2015.

Lawrence Wright

A staff writer for The New Yorker, Wright is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006). He was a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas at the time of the assassination and later wrote about his experiences in the autobiographical book, In the New World: Growing Up with America from the Sixties to the Eighties (1987). Recorded April 30, 2016.

Milton Wright

A state trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1963, Wright drove Congressman Ray Roberts, Mayor Earle Cabell, and Mrs. Cabell in the Dallas motorcade. Wright was at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas Love Field in the aftermath, and he returned to Parkland the following day to provide security for Gov. John Connally. Recorded September 21, 2017.

Dale Wunderlich

A U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the Protective Research Division in 1963, Wunderlich did an intelligence advance in Fort Worth prior to the presidential visit, coordinating sweeps of the Hotel Texas and conducting background checks on all employees. Following the assassination, he was part of a team that provided security for Marina Oswald for several months prior to her Warren Commission testimony. Recorded October 15, 2005.

Mr. Wunderlich passed away on April 25, 2019.

Bobbie Wygant

An entertainment reporter and critic at Dallas NBC affiliate WBAP-TV (KXAS-TV) for more than seventy years, Wygant started her career there two weeks before the station went on the air in 1948. News of the assassination interrupted her live talk show Dateline multiple times on November 22, 1963, which was also her thirty-seventh birthday. Recorded August 31, 2015, and April 22, 2019.

Charles Wylie

Wylie is Curator of Photography and New Media at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He participated in a Museum virtual gallery talk about how artists manipulate well-known photographs to inspire deeper emotional impact. Recorded September 21, 2020.

George Wysota

A fourth grade student in Brooklyn, New York, in 1963, Wysota wrote a letter to Jackie Kennedy shortly after the assassination. It was later selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick’s Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded May 23, 2011.