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I am sure some of you old-timers may remember the old JFK Assasination Information Center in Dallas and the late Larry Howard. Any memories of them to share? What would Larry think of the case today and today's researchers and also the ARRB revelations and books by David and Larry?

Wasn't there another guy working with him named Robert Johnson?

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I am sure some of you old-timers may remember the old JFK Assasination Information Center in Dallas and the late Larry Howard. Any memories of them to share? What would Larry think of the case today and today's researchers and also the ARRB revelations and books by David and Larry?

Wasn't there another guy working with him named Robert Johnson?

Okay Stephen,

I was there, though not as much as some who were there almost all the time, like Robert Johnson.

For as long at the JFK AIC in Dallas was there, that's where you went when you got to town to see what the was the latest news.

It was located in the then relatively new West Side district behind the TSBD, a series of old wharehouses they made into a restaurant and shopping district, with mainly brass and glass franchises like TGIFridays.

The AIC was located near the back of the dozen or so buildings, on the third floor of a three story retail mall.

The front part was a retail store that sold books, posters and memorabilia, and had a table out front where there was usually a published writer/researcher signing copies of their book. Jean Hill was there one day I was there.

The back room was offices, files and computers, and where I met Larry Howard, Larry Harris and Robert Johnson. Larry Howard was the brains and the brawn behind the operation, Larry Harris was a Tippit specialist who also worked as a mailman in Oak Cliff, and Robert Johnson was a black dude who hung out there so much they gave him a job answering phones and selling the retail stuff.

While I talked with both Howard and Harris, I got to know Robert Johnson best. A namesake of the great blues guitarist, Robert was a good researcher who kept me posted, via snail mail, of any important development at a time where there were important developments happening weekly - just like today.

I don't know the origins or the fate of the center, except that it was tied up in legal disputes when Larry Howard died, which is what happens with commercial ventures in private hands.

Although I haven't seen or heard from Robert Johnson in years, the last time I did see him he was driving a cab in Dallas and gave me a ride to the airport.

My Dallas friends say that I'm a "good Yankee," the kind that eventually goes home.

I'm sure some real old timers, like Jack White and others with local ties to Dallas have more and better memories.

Bill Kelly

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I met Larry Howard briefly toward the end of his life. He did not look well, but held his own at the ASK conference that year.

As for the AIC "store" in the West End mall/emporium: I first visited during the year that bullets fired from Jack Ruby's auctioned Oswald pistol initially were being sold. If memory serves, the revolver was on view there, too.

I also recall a drop-dead gorgeous clerk behind the counter. She was blonde, flirtatious, and the daughter of infamous DPD officer Patrick Dean -- or so I was told.

I took one shot. Unlike Jack, I missed.

But I do have a black, long-sleeve T-shirt imprinted with the logo of Stone's JFK. It was a one-off left-over from a supply originally created for invitees to one of the film's wrap parties.

She talked me into it.

I couldn't talk her out of hers.

Charles

P.S. -- Watch that "old-timers" jazz, pally!

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I am sure some of you old-timers may remember the old JFK Assasination Information Center in Dallas and the late Larry Howard. Any memories of them to share? What would Larry think of the case today and today's researchers and also the ARRB revelations and books by David and Larry?

Wasn't there another guy working with him named Robert Johnson?

Okay Stephen,

I was there, though not as much as some who were there almost all the time, like Robert Johnson.

For as long at the JFK AIC in Dallas was there, that's where you went when you got to town to see what the was the latest news.

It was located in the then relatively new West Side district behind the TSBD, a series of old wharehouses they made into a restaurant and shopping district, with mainly brass and glass franchises like TGIFridays.

The AIC was located near the back of the dozen or so buildings, on the third floor of a three story retail mall.

The front part was a retail store that sold books, posters and memorabilia, and had a table out front where there was usually a published writer/researcher signing copies of their book. Jean Hill was there one day I was there.

The back room was offices, files and computers, and where I met Larry Howard, Larry Harris and Robert Johnson. Larry Howard was the brains and the brawn behind the operation, Larry Harris was a Tippit specialist who also worked as a mailman in Oak Cliff, and Robert Johnson was a black dude who hung out there so much they gave him a job answering phones and selling the retail stuff.

While I talked with both Howard and Harris, I got to know Robert Johnson best. A namesake of the great blues guitarist, Robert was a good researcher who kept me posted, via snail mail, of any important development at a time where there were important developments happening weekly - just like today.

I don't know the origins or the fate of the center, except that it was tied up in legal disputes when Larry Howard died, which is what happens with commercial ventures in private hands.

Although I haven't seen or heard from Robert Johnson in years, the last time I did see him he was driving a cab in Dallas and gave me a ride to the airport.

My Dallas friends say that I'm a "good Yankee," the kind that eventually goes home.

I'm sure some real old timers, like Jack White and others with local ties to Dallas have more and better memories.

Bill Kelly

Of those associated with the JFKAIC I knew Gary Shaw, Larry Harris and Larry Howard best. Also knew

Robert Johnson, who was very friendly and helpful. Thru some of the above, I learned of the shenanigans

of Dave Perry, a "volunteer" at the center. One of the above told me that Perry was definitely an "agent".

I was not well acquainted with Bud Fensterwald, the "silent partner" and financier of the center. One of the

most helpful persons was Daryll Howard, Larry's wife...a very nice person.

Jack

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I wonder what Dave Perry thinks of the case and David's book now... Has he changed in any way?

Doe he really want to find and know the truth, no matter where it would lead to?

Wherever they are, I hope Robert Johnson and Daryll Howard would have something to say now and are more than welcome to come to the forum.

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