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From Debra Conway:

Jim Olivier, a retired broadcaster and well-known singer and businessman, died Sunday morning in Lafayette, Louisiana. Olivier was 57.

Jim, a Louisiana-based television journalist, has been researching the assassination for more than 30 years. He has produced and hosted television and radio interviews with many well known researchers and authors such as Jim Garrison, David Lifton, Mark Lane, Mary Ferrell, Robert Mayheu, Joe West, David Belin, Jack Anderson, John Davis, John Newman, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, Penn Jones, Jr., and a host of Dealey Plaza eyewitnesses. His primary focus in the Kennedy assassination has been events in New Orleans and the Garrison investigation. Jim Olivier spoke at several November in Dallas Conferences, presenting interviews with individuals not formerly on record which confirm the presence of Lee Oswald in Clinton, La. with Clay Shaw and David Ferrie, as well as information confirming the pre-assassination remarks of Rose Cherimie as to a conspiracy to kill the President.

In addition to being a frequent NID speaker, Jim was the long time Master of Ceremonies of the JFK Lancer Novemnber in Dallas Awards Banquets. With his quick wit and friendly manner, Jim entertained the conference attendees while keeping the program moving forward. Most JFK Lancer members are familiar with the smooth voice and easy smile of this gentle man, but may not be aware he was also a well known radio and television host.

For 25 years, Olivier hosted Passe Partout, an early-morning news and music program held weekdays on KLFY-TV10. The former country music DJ at KXKW promoted Cajun music and zydeco and reported news and weather in his native Cajun French. He also hosted the Meet Your Neighbor show each weekday at noon. In 1980, Olivier began a music recording career with Swallow Records of Ville Platte. Olivier's first 45-rpm single, Brasse le couche-couche, began an immediate hit. His follow-up hits included If You'll Give Me Another Chance, Comme Un Cadien (Just Like A Cajun), I Love My Saturday Night, Good Hearted Man and La Marriage a Pic et Poc. He eventually released five albums during his music career. Last year, Swallow Records released 20 of Olivier's songs on an Essential Collection CD. The disc contained a new song, Nothing New, Same Old Thing, a blues tune done in French.

In 1995, Olivier left the Passe Partout morning show. Three years later, he partnered with his wife Anna to start Jim Olivier's Home Improvement Co., a Lafayette-based business specializing in insulated vinyl siding and windows.

Jim Olivier was an outstanding reseacher, but more importantly, he was a friend... and we shall miss him dearly. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to his family and loved ones.

Debra Conway and Sherry Fiester

JFK Lancer Productions & Publications

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From The Daily Advertiser

Former KLFY broadcaster Jim Olivier dies at 57

Businessman also was Cajun music recording artist

Herman Fuselier

hfuselier@theadvertiser.com

Jim Olivier, a retired broadcaster and well-known singer and businessman, died Sunday morning in Lafayette. Olivier was 57.

The death was confirmed by Olivier's wife, Anna. Funeral arrangements are still pending. No other details were available.

For 25 years, Olivier hosted the Passe Partout, an early-morning news and music program held weekdays on KLFY-TV10. The former country music DJ at KXKW promoted Cajun music and zydeco and reported news and weather in his native Cajun French. He also hosted the Meet Your Neighbor show each weekday at noon.

In 1980, Olivier began a music recording career with Swallow Records of Ville Platte. Olivier's first 45-rpm single, Brasse le couche-couche, became an immediate hit.

His follow-up hits included If You'll Give Me Another Chance, Comme Un Cadien (Just Like A Cajun), I Love My Saturday Night, Good Hearted Man and La Marriage a Pic et Poc. He eventually released five albums during his music career.

Last year, Swallow Records released 20 of Olivier's songs on an Essential Collection CD. The disc contained a new song, Nothing New, Same Old Thing, a blues tune done in French.

In 1995, Olivier left the Passe Partout morning show. Three years later, he partnered with his wife to start Jim Olivier's Home Improvement Co., a Lafayette-based business specializing in insulated vinyl siding and windows.

Olivier was also known throughout the nation for his research on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He also helped organized reunions of retired professional wrestlers and announcers.

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