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Mark Haley

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  1. Roger and others: Here is the youtube clip of the turn onto Elm.


    About the head shot: It was described as a big white substance going up in the air and then the gory part was

    shown on an Internet radio show. The blood is redder and Jackie is face to face with John Kennedy, her left

    arm over his right shoulder. I will try to find it, but in the frames I saw there was no white (halo). Robert

    Morningstar says he has the missing frames of Zapruder.

    One important thing. The film is shot from behind Zapruder and from a higher area close by. I cannot figure

    where this cameraman was standing.

    Kathy C

    Well, unless all the people lined up waving excitedly on the kerb suddenly ran out of shot and were replaced by a completely different set of onlookers, the brief clip purporting to be the turn onto Elm is a re-creation and not a part of Zapruder's original film.

  2. Re Lovelady's shirt.

    Buttoned or unbuttoned?

    There is a very brief moment in the Martin film where Lovelady moves into a position where you can see his shirt is unbuttoned.

    I'm currently on an iPad and not able to post a frame capture. However there is an article on precisely this subject here:


    I don't believe that 'Prayer Man' could be seen from Altgens position in 'Altgens 6' so it seems clear to me that Lovelady isn't Prayer Man.

    From the footage that is available I think it's highly unlikely that Prayer Man could have seen the President actually get shot. For a few moments whoever it is wouldn't have been aware what was actually happening.

    I think Oswald might have been Prayer Man but don't know how it can ever be proven with 100% certainty. If it was Oswald imagine what must've been going through his mind as the situation dawned on him.

  3. It helps to see other photos from different angles to have a clearer perspective where everybody is. While this frame from the Weigman film isn't exactly the same moment, the President's car has just gone past, a couple of ladies seem to be reacting and a man is looking back over his shoulder obviously distracted by something behind him.


    Clearly Prayer Man wouldn't be seen from Altgens position

    I think the only part of the black man's body visible from Altgen's position would be his head.

    His neck is obscured by the hair of another person standing further along Elm St which also makes it impossible to actually see if Lovelady's arm is crossing in front of the black man. Lovelady is too far away from the black man for that to happen anyway.

    Whoever Prayer Man is, he didn't see the President get shot and wouldn't have been immediately aware of what had happened.

    If it is Oswald, his mind must have begun racing as things started to dawn on him...

  4. From the Independent Newspaper, UK. Sept 2nd.


    "Parkland is the name of the Dallas Hospital to which President John F Kennedy was rushed after he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22nd 1963. “It’s a xxxxty place to die,” we hear one character murmur in Peter Landesman’s new ensemble drama, produced by Tom Hanks and set in Dallas at the time of Kennedy’s assassination.

    The film is very well filmed in a verite style reminiscent of DA Pennebaker documentaries of the early 60s. There is constant use of handheld camera and lots of sweaty close-ups of panicked FBI agents and medical staff. The performances are full blooded and Landesman includes details that are bound to be fascinating to anyone interested in the circumstances in which JFK died.

    Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean Parkland works as a drama. Landesman offers us a sophisticated and meticulously detailed historical reconstruction that, as storytelling, remains disappointingly inert.

    Early in the film, just before the motorcade arrives in Dallas, we are introduced to Abraham Zapruder, getting ready to film the President with his Bell & Howell 8mm camera. As played by Paul Giamatti, he is a sweet natured, Mr Magoo-like man who is utterly traumatised when he ends up recording the famous footage of Kennedy’s death.

    Forrest Sorrels, head of the Secret Service in Dallas and played with grim intensity by Billy Bob Thornton, is desperate to get hold of the footage. In one brilliantly shot sequence in the hospital operating room, we see Dr Jim Carrico (Zac Effron) and a small army of nurses struggling desperately to keep Kennedy alive as blood spattered secret service agents and Jackie Kennedy in that pink dress hover in the background.

    Landesman cross-cuts between police offices, the hospital, Zaprudder’s office and the motel at which assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s deluded mother is staying. There is a poignant sequence in which Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale) meets his brother (Jeremy Strong.) All that Lee Harvey Oswald can think to talk about is that his daughter needs new shoes.

    We learn that the Secret Agents had to rip up the seats in Air Force One to make space for Kennedy’s coffin. (They couldn’t bear to have it stored in the hold as if it was just another piece of luggage.) We see the bitter dispute between the Dallas coroner, who wants to do an autopsy, and the secret agents desperate to get Kennedy’s body back to Washington. There is a reconstruction of Lee Harvey Oswald’s own funeral at which photographers acted as pall bearers because there were no other mourners.

    We see FBI agent James Hosty destroying evidence of Oswald’s communications with the FBI. All this background detail is fine but seems inconsequential given the magnitude of the event at the heart of the film, namely Kennedy’s death. It doesn’t help, either, that with so many characters flitting in and out of the film, there is no time to develop any of them in any depth."

  5. I've been following the debate on goal line technology for sometime.

    Today FIFA have made a decision that they intend to use 'GoalControl' at the next World Cup. An elaborate system of 14 cameras that follow the ball and can signal to the Referee that the ball has crossed the line within a second.

    'Hawkeye' aren't entirely out of the equation. The FA may well decide to use them instead for Premier League games.

    From day one I've been all for the idea. There have been too many instances since Geoff Hurst famously hit the underside of the bar in the 1966 World Cup Final and, nowadays, too much at stake. Michel Platini's nonsensical statement that "it only happens once every 40 years" is entirely that - nonsensical.

    The argument against goal line technology is that football should be a game that is played under exactly the same conditions whether you're on the New Olympic Stadium pitch or Wanstead Flats.

    Clearly not many grounds will be able to afford the estimated £170,000 start up costs. The further down the football pyramid you go, the less likely you'll see goal line technology.

    However, I've come up with an idea that may get round that...

    My suggestion for retro goal line technology:

    A second goal line the width of a ball behind the actual goal line. (Maybe light blue to differentiate it)


    If the ball touches/crosses the second goal line. The Ref (or his assistants )would be better able to judge that it's a goal.

    Let's see how the Referee and his Lino' might have seen things in the last World Cup. (Yes England yet again...)


    The cost ? A tin of paint and a ruler...

  6. This episode is quickly turning into a disaster for the BBC.

    However, their main rivals ITV will be mortified that one of their presenters, Phillip Schofield, committed such an inexcusable faux pax on live television that has been widely and justifiably condemned by journalists, politicians... pretty much everybody.

    In fairness to Cameron, the last thing he could've expected to have been handed by Schofield ( who presents 'Dancing On Ice' and the occasional Quiz Show when he isn't presenting the light and frothy 'This Morning' show) was a list of suspected peadophiles he'd found in a few minutes looking on the Internet.

    Cameron's exact spur of the moment reaction "There is a danger if we are not careful that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly about people who are gay" is understandable given the accuser is a man and the accused also a man. It's also potentially enlightening. We'll see... In every interview I've seen since Cameron has omitted the gay reference.

  7. I'm at the back, second in from the left John.

    Regulars here might be interested to know that John Richardson (first on the left) was officially the first person in the UK to hear that JFK had been shot at.

    John's first job when he left school was as office boy in the Reuters London office. One of his tasks was to watch the 'ticker' machine and take any important breaking news through to the editors.

    He was just finishing up for the day when the ticker tape machine kicked in...

  8. Ralph to Everyone:

    Now let’s compare Doorman to another known picture of Lovelady. This time we are comparing images that were supposedly taken within several seconds of each other.


    The first thing we notice is that Doorman’s t-shirt is much more exposed than Lovelady’s. Lovelady’s exposure looks on par with what we observe in the image from the Dallas PD, but it is much less than on Doorman.

    Next, the gaping quality of the right side of Doorman’s shirt-where it’s billowing like a sail-is completely missing from Lovelady.

    Most of the right side of Lovelady's shirt is obscured by the black man's head. The little we can actually see certainly isn't "billowing like a sail".

    As for the man with the missing face - B, I'm sure most people who have looked at this photo have wondered what happened there. In the stabilised gif that was posted here by Robin Unger (post # 625) and blown up by Duncan MacRae (post # 627), somebody clearly waves a towel/handkerchief as the President's limo turns the corner. Could that person still have been waving (maybe at LBJ) when Altgens took his photo and obscured B's face ?


  9. By co-incidence today I noticed a small paragraph in Anthony Summers 'The Kennedy Conspiracy' book

    In the 'Sources and Notes' chapter on P586 there is a reference to the April 24th edition of the Dallas Times-Herald reporting a speech LBJ gave the previous evening predicting the President would visit Dallas sometime soon.

    It correllates with P262 of the same book.

    The same day as the newspaper article was printed Oswald set off for New Orleans.

  10. McCann benefited more from the re-appointment of Ferguson Jnr than any other player at Posh.

    Ferguson switched him to playing in front of the back 4 where he quickly excelled.

    He also contributed some vital goals, scoring in each of the 3 play off games.

    Moving on, I think Sears showed enough out on the right wing (and scoring a couple of goals) after returning from his loan spells to warrant a run in the side next season. I'm mystified as to why Avram Grant put Hines out there instead of him on several occasions during the run in. But then I'm mystified by a bunch of things...


    Congratulations to Grant McCann and Leon Britton, a couple of ex-hammers who have achieved promotions with Peterborough and Swansea respectively.

    We have tended, in my opinion, to dispose of youth too soon at West Ham. I know John has pointed this out before. It would be a shame if we lost Spence, Tomkins, Hines and Stanislas - Sears and Noble can go.

    Admittedly I follow the youth team less than I once did - but I still recall some of the players still doing well. Some less so, I was convinced Iriekpen would be a star!

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