Oral History

All Oral Histories

John Yanko

Yanko was working at an insurance company in Indiana at the time of the assassination. He later moved to Dallas. Recorded November 9, 2010.

Gen. Chuck Yeager

The U.S. Air Force test pilot who first broke the sound barrier in the experimental Bell X-1 aircraft on October 14, 1947, Yeager was serving as first commandant of the United States Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded January 11, 2007.

J. Robert Yeargan

An employee of J.P. Awalt & Company in Dallas, where he worked with assassination eyewitness Charles Brehm, Yeargan filmed the Kennedy motorcade from the corner of Main and Market streets. Recorded May 22, 2007.

Mr. Yeargan passed away on January 15, 2014.

Alan Young

A longtime radio and television personality, Young was the star of the popular Mister Ed situation comedy series from 1961 to 1966. The program was reportedly a favorite of the Kennedy children. Recorded June 7, 2010.

Mr. Young passed away on May 19, 2016.

Dr. Louise Young

A longtime women’s rights and gay rights activist, Young was profoundly influenced and inspired by President Kennedy. She served as a young campaign volunteer in the 1960 election and was attending high school in Oklahoma at the time of the assassination. Since the late 1970s, Dr. Young has been an active leader with the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Recorded July 12 and September 22, 2006.

Terry Young

As the South Texas bureau chief for United Press International in 1963, Young secured an interview with Parkland Hospital physician Malcolm Perry within days of the assassination. Later, as a public relations executive, Young worked with the Lyndon Johnson and John Connally families. Recorded April 10, 2015.

Mr. Young passed away on October 1, 2018.