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Biography: John Joerg

John Joerg

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I was born in Chicago in 1933, the year beer came back. My family has been in the brewery business for generations. I was sent to France for my tour of duty in the US Army, and I married a French girl there. When we got back to the States, we went to New Orleans, and I went to Tulane where I got the BA, the MA and then the Ph.D in literature. I started teaching lit at Loyola University after my masters, and I remained at Loyola for 18 years. Because I had a growing family, I also taught lit in the Evening Division. The second year, as luck would have it, New Orleans decided to educate its police force, and I taught a large number of policemen over the years. The day after Oswald was gunned down the cops said it was a setup. They said they're trained to go for the gun. One of my students was Louis Ivon, who became Jim Garrison's Chief Investigator. I rememeber telling Louis about a Ramparts Magazine article or articles questioning the findings of the

Warren Report. Louis scooped it up and gave it to Garrison. Later I wrote a review of Harold Weisberg's Whitewash 1, 2 and 3 for the New Orleans Review. I wrote a thriller about a guy who knew too much about the assassination. I covered the Clay Shaw trial for the New Orleans Review, even though I didn't write an article about it. The novel I had written was rejected because Clay Shaw was found "not guilty." Later, Helms identified Shaw as a CIA operative, and Dean Andrews was found guilty of perjury. If the jury had known that Shaw was CIA, and that Dean Andrews was lying, the outcome would surely have been different.

I retired from Loyola in 1980. In 1983 we came to Florida to take care of my parents, and we've been here ever since.

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