Interviews by NameOral Histories
Dr. Norman F. Gant
Currently the executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gant was a senior medical student at Methodist Hospital in Dallas at the time of the assassination. On that afternoon, he participated in the retrieval of a bullet from the body of Officer J.D. Tippit. He also knew many of the doctors who treated both President Kennedy and Gov. Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded February 6, 2008.
A native Cuban who fled his homeland when Fidel Castro came to power, Garcia became an active community leader in Dallas. Recorded September 27 and October 29, 2000.
Gardner's Waltrip Senior High School marching band performed for President Kennedy during his trips to Houston, Texas, on September 12, 1962, and November 21, 1963. Gardner and his brother, Gary, filmed home movies of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson between 1962 and 1964, which were donated to the Museum in 2012. Recorded February 4, 2013.
Dr. Ronald F. Garvey
A friend of Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, Garvey went to Parkland Memorial Hospital and was with O'Donnell immediately following the shooting. His late brother, Dr. Jim Garvey, worked at Parkland in 1963 and assisted in the treatment of Gov. Connally and the surgery of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded July 6, 2004.
A longtime Dallas businessman, Gatlin was working on the twelfth floor of the Mercantile Bank building in 1963 and provided vivid memories of the motorcade passing by on Main Street. Recorded on April 17, 2003, June 17, 2008, August 12, 2009, February 21, 2012, and April 5, 2013.
A Dallas housewife in 1963, Gatlin was caring for her one-month-old infant at the time of the assassination. Unable to leave her home, she experienced that weekend through the incessant radio and television coverage. Recorded June 17, 2008, and April 5, 2013.
Peter N. Geilich
An administrator at Woodlawn and Parkland Memorial hospitals from 1962 to 1969, Geilich helped coordinate media relations and arrangements with the Connally and Oswald families in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. He also spent time with Jack Ruby during his stay at Parkland in late 1966. Recorded April 17, 2007, and December 4, 2009.
Dr. Paul Geisel
Professor emeritus at the School of Urban/Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, Geisel was a consultant to the Dallas County Historical Foundation during the planning of The Sixth Floor exhibit. In the months after the exhibit opened, he conducted a visitor reaction survey. Recorded September 5, 2008.
An FBI agent stationed in Dallas, Gemberling was put in charge of the local investigation into the assassination in March 1964. Recorded July 30, 1997.
George served as the restoration architect for The Sixth Floor exhibit and was charged with ensuring the historical integrity of the former Texas School Book Depository building during the design and construction of the exhibit. He remained an active member of the project team from 1978 to 1989. Recorded September 11, 2008.
Judge Garvin Germany
As president of the Junior Bar Association in Dallas in 1959, Germany hired exotic dancers from Jack Ruby for a stag party for the 1959 annual meeting of the American Bar Association. Supposedly among the distinguished guests at the party was Sen. John F. Kennedy. Recorded November 1, 2005.
Dr. Adolph Giesecke
An anesthesiologist on the staff of Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Giesecke was briefly in Trauma Room One with President Kennedy before actively participating in the treatment of Governor Connally. Giesecke was with the wounded governor throughout his surgery on November 22, 1963. Recorded June 11, 2010.
A Massachusetts native, Gilberti saw President Kennedy in 1962. He has maintained an active interest in the assassination over the years, collecting and reading many books. Recorded August 3, 2012.
A lifelong New Yorker, Glass saw John F. Kennedy speak during the 1960 presidential campaign. She was pregnant with her second child when the assassination took place. Recorded April 15, 2013.
Dr. Toni Glover
Standing on a concrete pedestal at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets in Dealey Plaza, eleven-year-old Toni Glover witnessed the Kennedy assassination. Seeing the president's death, connected emotionally to her abusive childhood, had a traumatic impact on her life. Recorded January 20, 1999, and March 14, 2012.
Dr. Bryghte D. Godbold
As vice president of the University of Texas at Dallas, Godbold was one of the sponsors of the Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. In 1964, he was appointed director of the significant Goals for Dallas program by Mayor J. Erik Jonsson. Recorded October 11, 2007.
Goldstein was the son of the late Rueben "Honest Joe" Goldstein, a legendary pawn shop owner in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. "Honest Joe," an acquaintance of Jack Ruby, advertised his business on November 22, 1963, by driving up and down Main Street prior to the presidential parade. Recorded February 1, 2013.
A mother of three, Golub was shopping at Bloomingdale's department store in New York City when the assassination took place. The letter she wrote to Jackie Kennedy on November 25, 1963, was selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick's book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded August 6, 2010.
A member of Assault Brigade 2506, Gonzalez served as part of the Bay of Pigs invasion force. Recorded October 29, 2000.
Victor J. Gonzalez
A U.S. Secret Service agent in 1963, Gonzalez was assigned to guard duty for President Kennedy's limousine after its arrival in Washington, D.C., on the evening of the assassination. Recorded October 15, 2005.
In 1963, Good was an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He drove President Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, and others to Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination and later drove several people from Parkland to Dallas Love Field. Recorded October 25, 1999.
As the chief photographer for the Fort Worth Press in 1963, Gordon photographed the Kennedys in Fort Worth and Lee Harvey Oswald's funeral three days later. Recorded July 23, 2003.
As assistant chief photographer for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Grant traveled with the presidential party from Washington, D.C., to Texas and rode in the Dallas motorcade. Recorded May 4, 1994.
A Dallas police detective, Graves was on Lee Harvey Oswald's left side when he was shot during his transfer on November 24, 1963. Recorded March 21, 1994.
A secretary at the Dallas office of the U.S. Selective Service in 1963, Green saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Later, during the Vietnam War, her office received numerous bomb threats. Green was interviewed with her daughter, Diane Birdwell. Recorded August 11, 2011.
William R. Green
Green observed the Kennedy motorcade on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. He and his family were acquainted with Col. D. Harold Byrd, then owner of the Texas School Book Depository building. Recorded January 28, 2013.
Dr. Martin Alan Greenberg
Greenberg was working as a high school aide in New York in 1963. He was partly inspired by the assassination to pursue a law degree and later became associate professor of criminal justice at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. Recorded March 22, 2013.
Editor of the Dallas Times Herald's editorial page in 1963, Greene was also a columnist, author and noted Dallas and Texas historian. Recorded June 18, 1992.
A longtime Dallasite, Greene served as a Kennedy campaign worker in 1960 and became involved in the civil rights movement locally throughout the 1960s. Later, she was involved in the creation of Sesame Street for PBS and served in the Carter administration. Recorded March 9, 2006.
A successful restaurateur and Dallas community leader, Greene was living in Mexico at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded June 26 and July 12, 2006.
Senior archivist at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, Greenwell joined their staff in 1976. As a Dallas school girl, she saw the Kennedy motorcade on November 22, 1963. Recorded April 19, 2013.
A lifelong Dallas resident, Greer did not vote for JFK in 1960 because he was Catholic but grew to support and admire him. In October 1963, she attended the Adlai Stevenson event on U.N. Day, which was marred by right-wing protests. Recorded August 14, 2003.
An Oak Cliff native, Griffin saw the presidential party arrive at Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. After the assassination he went to Parkland Memorial Hospital and briefly saw the inside of the Kennedy limousine. Recorded July 21, 2010.
A Fort Worth native, Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on November 21, 1963. At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Griffin traveled across the country and became active with the Black Panthers. Recorded January 30, 2013.
Griffin was working as a bricklayer at a construction site at the corner of Tenth and Denver Streets in Oak Cliff at the time of the assassination. He later heard shots fired nearby and witnessed the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Officer J.D. Tippit. Recorded November 7, 2008.
Ian L. Griggs
A former Ministry of Defense police officer in England, Griggs has been an active assassination researcher since 1970. The author of No Case to Answer (2005), he was one of the founders of the British organization Dealey Plaza UK, which formed in 1995. Recorded March 30, 2007.
A longtime assassination researcher and author of several books, including JFK: The Case for Conspiracy (1976) and High Treason (1989), Groden served as an advisor during the planning of the original Sixth Floor exhibit. Recorded June 30, 1994.
As director of the Miller Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Groody served as the undertaker for Lee Harvey Oswald and organized his funeral on Monday, November 25. In 1981, he was involved in the exhumation of Oswald and briefly viewed the body at Baylor Medical Center. Recorded October 23, 2006.
Dr. Robert G. Grossman
A neurosurgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Grossman was in Trauma Room One during the treatment of President Kennedy and claims to have examined the president's head wound; however, he was not called to testify before the Warren Commission. Recorded October 4, 2003.
A longtime California designer, Gurr was involved in the development of several attractions for the 1964 New York World's Fair, including the popular Ford Magic Skyway. Ironically, at the time of the Kennedy assassination, he was working on an Abraham Lincoln exhibit for the State of Illinois pavilion. Recorded October 4, 2011.