Never-before-seen personal documents and correspondence preserved for fifty years from my journal and collection of original Warren Commission documents. I have used these documents and my journal as a primary source in my book about the Warren Commission.

Single Bullet: Arlen Specter & the Warren Commission, Investigation of the JFK Assassination

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I was honored to speak at the Philadelphia University for the first exhibition of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy, held at the Paul J. Gutman Library on Oct. 17, 2013. The exhibition, entitled “Single Bullet: Arlen Specter & the Warren Commission, Investigation of the JFK Assassination“, will run until April 2014.

The event  was very interesting for several reasons.

First, the exhibit regarding the Warren Commission and its single bullet conclusion was built largely by students from three different fields of study, who worked on the project with “teacher mentorship” over some 18 months. The display of the presidential vehicle, with a rotating figure of Governor Connally, enabled the viewers to understand more clearly what the controversy is all about. Deanne and I had dinner after the event with the students and faculty members most actively involved in the project, and were impressed by the clear focus of the school on training students in fields where there are real opportunities for employment after their graduation.

Second, this exhibit was produced and sponsored by the new Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy. The former senator, a classmate of mine from law school, left some 3000 boxes of documents and other materials spanning his entire life to Philadelphia University and the University of Pittsburgh. The two institutions will collaborate in organizing and scanning these materials with the ultimate objective of making them available for researchers and members of the public.

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Philadelphia University event, exhibit at the entrance to the main hall.

Third, the event was attended by Senator Specter’s wife, Joan, and many close friends of the family. I had the opportunity to speak to them about the work of the commission and the senator’s major contribution to that effort. It was a very enjoyable experience in a friendly environment, although I expect that there were a few listeners who were not fully persuaded that history has validated all the conclusions of the Warren Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

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