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He claims he was a military attache with the Secret Service. Vince Palamara seems skeptical about him. There's an article about a presentation he's going to give in Easton, MA.

A man named Norman Katz is going to talk to a Chamber of Commerce dinner in Easton, MA about the assassination of JFK.

There's an article from Wicked Local Easton.

Easton —

The Easton Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 10th annual Business Appreciation Night at the Easton Country Club Thursday, Jan. 30.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, the chamber will welcome guest speaker, Norman Katz, former U.S. Secret Service Military Attaché. Katz is one of 11 special agents still alive from that fateful day when our nation’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He will give a historic account of what happened that day and in the days that followed. The presentation will include original photographs and memorabilia from the assassination and the swearing in of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the aftermath of the shooting.

The chamber dinner will also feature the presentation of two awards, the 2013 Outstanding Business Citizen Award and the 2013 Community Scholarship Award. The business award will be given to a local businessperson in recognition of their outstanding support of the Easton community and its citizens.

All members of the Easton business community are welcome. There is no charge for members of the Easton chamber and $25 for non-members. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and a cash bar.

Cocktail hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

If interested in attending, call 508-238-2225 or email kerri@easton-chamber.com.

He has a website where he tries to get booking so he can speak.

There's an article about him, with a photo in The Cape Cod Times.

PROVINCETOWN — Norman Katz was sitting in a history class at Northeastern University in Boston when he was told to report immediately to the university president's office.

It was 1961, and Katz was an ROTC student. He thought he was in trouble over his tuition bill.

Instead, two strangers took him to a private room and told him they had a special assignment for him. By the following May, a year after graduation, he was headed to Washington, D.C., with his wife, assigned to be an Army military attache with the Secret Service in the White House.

The job propelled him into the center of one of the century's most memorable events — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. At the Provincetown Public Library today, Katz, 76, will speak about his four years on the job before and after the assassination.

Kennedy was shot shortly after noon Nov. 22, 1963, as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

"I was supposed to go to Dallas that day," Katz said Friday by phone from his home in Sharon.

But the Secret Service was expecting Dallas to be tense, if not dangerous. Because Katz had special training in security that would ensure the continuity of the U.S. government, he was told to stay in Washington.

"(That day) I was in the office. A teletype came right through. We knew immediately."

There are fewer than a dozen Secret Service agents and associates alive from the day of the assassination, he said. He began giving talks about his experiences in 2010, after reporters asked him to tell his story and he checked with the FBI in Boston.

They told him to go ahead but to be careful what he shared since some information was still classified.

"There's always certain things," Katz said.

He will bring anecdotes and memorabilia to his appearance at the library that detail first-hand experiences in White House security. He has a sense of excitement that conveys the drama of the times, even during a phone conversation.

"I was in very often, where he was there," Katz said about the Kennedy White House. "You don't speak unless you were spoken to. We had a job to do. All I can say, as a youngster, it was Camelot. It was really Camelot. It was so wonderful, that family. It reminds me of the family that occupies the White House today."

Back to the meeting with the two strangers on campus, Katz said now he doesn't know why he was chosen.

He was 128 pounds, and a nervous wreck at being summoned.

"I said, 'What's the problem?'" Katz recalled.

The official letter, dated May 3, 1962, invited Katz to a "rather unique assignment" within the U.S. Army Interagency Communications Agency. The letter revealed little about the mysterious assignment, but instructed him, when he arrived in Washington, D.C., to call a certain number or show up at a particular warehouse.

"The White House has more than one address," Katz said with a sort of laugh.

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I don't think it takes too much "reading between the lines" to see that in Washington, they EXPECTED the assassination to occur.

So did he let the Katz out of the bag?...

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This guy Katz reminds me of Paul Kangas. Kangas claimed to be a guard for Kennedy when he was merely just one of the many sailors on a ship Kennedy visited. I never heard of this Katz fellow before.

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Norman was in Dallas in the Presidential Secret Service detail on the day of the
assassination. He was not part of the caravan detail, but was at the Dallas headquarters in
the backup detail ..By Lisa Gibalerio

"I was supposed to go to Dallas that day," Katz said Friday by phone from his home in Sharon.

But the Secret Service was expecting Dallas to be tense, if not dangerous. Because Katz had special training in security that would ensure the continuity of the U.S. government, he was told to stay in Washington.

"(That day) I was in the office. A teletype came right through. We knew immediately." - Katz

Although not tense enough to find a single threat in Dallas at the time...

C'mon Vince... if he's real you'd know it - or we're talking real DEEP stuff... or he is full of it... and making a buck from history..

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Hey Vince...

Send a note to Blaine or Hill with Katz's flyer attached...

"Hey, this guy is stealing your thunder... he worked with you?"

and as Ruby said... sit back and watch the fireworks

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Good idea! Will do

Hey--this past past year I had TWO charlatans (to use a word Blaine loves) contact me out of the blue in the hopes I would run with two (obviously false) stories. The first was a guy claiming an "agent" by the name of Bob Surratt roomed with Clint Hill and believed there was a conspiracy. I never heard of the "agent" and i ran it by Hill (via a friend- he wouldn't respond to me LOL). Hill's reaction? FALSE

Another person---a woman this time---tried to convince me that several of the agents had JFK in a hotel in Georgia and that he is still alive but brain dead (!). She was adamant about it and was hoping I would put that in the second edition of my book.

Still think there aren't disinformation specialists out there?

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I'm intrigued that he mentions the Continuity of Government (COG) which is an issue that deserves much more study than it has been given. Bill Kelly, I think it was Bill Kelly, had something about Dallas being a key communications point for the COG. Bill needs a "search this bog" feature. It's an easy gadget to add to your blog, Bill.

David Josephs picked up on the key contradiction. In one article he's at a communication station somewhere in Dallas, in the other article he's in Washington, D.C. Well, he can't be at both places when the assassination happens. And what the hell is a backup detail supposed to be? Or do? It doesn't make sense.

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Stephen- ask him to NAME the other eleven agents he refers to. Details, details, details :) I am very skeptical but at the same time, if he somehow IS legit (but exaggerating?), what he has to say may hold value...maybe. ALSO- does he have any physical proof- documents, etc.?

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And while we're at it, what about Phyllis Hall?

She came out of nowhere this past fall, and ended up on a number of TV programs. She claims she was in Trauma Room One on 11-22-63. But I think her story smells to high heaven.

For one, she admits she wasn't even a trauma room nurse. She gets around this by claiming she was talking to someone in the ER when Kennedy was brought in and that the SS forced her into service. I'm skeptical right there.

For two, she waits till most everyone who was there is dead before coming forward and claiming she took Kennedy's pulse and examined his head wound with the doctors.

For three, in one of her interviews she throws out that she was SO traumatized by this experience that she NEVER told anyone in her family about it. Yeah, right. That's where she lost me. I mean, HOW CONVENIENT!

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I talked to Katz last October and exchanged emails with him since then and he's the real deal. He told me both Blaine and Hill checked him out too.

Although the reporter got some of the story wrong, Katz was not in Dallas but at the White House at the time of the assassination. He was at Site R during Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was recruited out of college ROTC to be a specially trained COG officer and worked for a previously unknown (to me or PDS) - the Army Inter-Agency Security Agency.

He got special dispensation from DOD to give approved talks about his role.

Katz is not in the imposter category.


Edited by William Kelly
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The NAME sounded familiar, the details did not.

Thanks for clarifying, Bill.

Katz is/ was a friendly guy when he first contacted me, then he disappeared when I wanted proof of his bona fides LOL

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