Interviews by NameOral Histories
Dr. Dolores Tadlock
An educator and author, Tadlock served in the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966 and was part of the first group assigned to work in West Bengal, India. Upon her return to the United States, Tadlock and her husband became active Vietnam War protestors. Recorded July 30, 2008.
A bystander standing near the triple underpass, Tague was slightly wounded on the cheek by a bullet fragment or a chip of concrete during the shooting. He later wrote the books Truth Withheld: A Survivor's Story (2003) and LBJ and the Kennedy Killing (2013). Recorded March 30, 1999, and May 4, 2012.
A native of India, Tailor was living in Baltimore at the time of the assassination. His boss threatened to fire him if he missed work to attend the Kennedy funeral, but Tailor and his pregnant wife drove to Washington, D.C., regardless to witness the procession. Recorded February 2, 2009.
Tasby saw President Kennedy outside of Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. In 1970, he became a local champion for civil rights as the lead plaintiff in the controversial court case to integrate the Dallas Independent School District. Recorded March 16, 2011.
The daughter of Dallas Times Herald women's editor Vivian Castleberry, Tate was a seventh-grader in Dallas and watched the motorcade on November 22, 1963. Recorded August 16, 2004.
Tatum is the son of the late C.A. Tatum Jr., former CEO of Texas Utilities and a noted Dallas civic leader. C.A. Tatum served as chairman of the board of governors at Southern Methodist University and was a longtime member of the Dallas Citizens Council. Henry Tatum joined the Dallas Morning News in 1967 and retired in 2004 as associate editor of the editorial page. Recorded September 15, 2006.
As an Arkansas delegate to the American Legion Boys Nation, Taunton saw President Kennedy at a White House reception on July 24, 1963. Taunton's roommate at the time, who famously shook hands with Kennedy that day, was future President Bill Clinton. Recorded January 23, 2014.
Twelve years old in 1963, Taylor saw the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Main and Houston Streets and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. The assassination had a traumatic impact on her life. Recorded February 22, 2013.
A young campaign volunteer for John F. Kennedy in 1960, Taylor was attending Texas Christian University at the time of the assassination. Later, as a longtime museum professional, he was part of an early conversation about an exhibit inside the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded March 10, 2014.
The managing principal of Datum Engineers Inc. in Dallas, Taylor served as the structural engineer for the John F. Kennedy Memorial and later the Texas School Book Depository during its Dallas County renovation and the construction of The Sixth Floor exhibition. Recorded May 21, 2014.
Warren W. Taylor
A U.S. Secret Service agent in 1963, Taylor was assigned to Vice President Johnson's detail and was riding in his follow-up car in the Dallas motorcade. After the assassination, Taylor was assigned to protect Lady Bird Johnson. Recorded October 14, 2005.
Standing on the north side of Elm Street, Templin was an eyewitness to the Kennedy assassination. Recorded June 28, 1995.
A longtime Texas novelist, Terry began teaching at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1954 and has long been considered an expert on Dallas and SMU history. Recorded June 18, 2003.
A notable criminal lawyer in 1963, Tessmer was a friend of Jack Ruby's and turned down the opportunity to represent him at his trial. Recorded March 31, 2000.
An employee at the Iran desk in the U.S. State Department, Thomas served as an interpreter at a White House dinner honoring the king of Afghanistan in September 1963. He was later assigned as an escort to the Iran representative attending President Kennedy's funeral. Recorded July 17, 2007.
A seventh grader in North Carolina, Thomas vividly recalls going to school on Monday, November 24, 1963, despite it being a national day of mourning. From 1976 to 1980, he served on the staff of Congressman L.H. Fountain and attended hearings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Recorded September 26, 2013, and March 27, 2014.
A prominent assassination researcher, Thompson was a consultant with Life magazine and wrote the book Six Seconds in Dallas (1967). Recorded November 21, 1998, November 19, 2007, and June 15, 2011.
A high school student living in Paris, Texas, in 1963, Thompson recalled two military jets flying low over his home in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded July 1, 2010.
J. Garland Threadgill
Threadgill was the surveyor for the Kennedy Memorial in Dallas and donated the original site survey maps to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded August 6, 1998.
The Rev. Tom Tickner
An Illinois native, Tickner was a freshman in high school in 1963. One of his teachers, vocally opposed to President Kennedy, frightened her students about the Cold War. Recorded April 26, 2013.
B.H. Timmins, Jr.
As Assistant U. S. Attorney in 1963, Timmins worked directly with the FBI and reported to the Justice Department after the assassination. In 1966, he argued the Mannlicher-Carcano forfeiture case in federal court. Recorded September 18, 2003, and March 15, 2004.
Standing at the intersection of Harwood and Main streets, Tindel filmed the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. He later donated both his film and his camera to The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded on May 14, 2003, and May 2, 2008.
A reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tinsley covered the events of that weekend. His memories were recorded during a Fort Worth Press Club event. Recorded November 19, 1998.
The nephew of slain Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, Brad Tippit was inspired by his late uncle to begin a career in Texas law enforcement in 1994. Recorded February 5, 2009.
The youngest brother of slain Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, Ronald Tippit was 15 years old at the time of the assassination. He and his family traveled to Dallas for Officer Tippit's funeral on Monday, November 25. Recorded January 19, 2007.
A Dallas County deputy sheriff in 1963, Todd observed the Kennedy motorcade and was then involved in the initial search of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded November 28, 2011.
A junior at Sunset High School in Oak Cliff, Tole observed the Kennedy motorcade at the corner of Main and Houston streets and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. She and her friends lingered for over an hour in front of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded August 28, 2013.
One of Jack Ruby's defense attorneys, Tonahill remained loyal to Ruby even after the Ruby family dismissed him from the case. Recorded August 9, 1996.
Owner of a national millinery company based in Dallas, Tonkon attended the Adolphus Hotel luncheon on November 4, 1960, where Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson were heckled by bystanders on the street. On November 22, 1963, Tonkon observed the Kennedy motorcade on Cedar Springs Road. Recorded July 23, 2013.
Vance and Dee W. Torbert, Jr.
Vance Torbert was a PT boat captain during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific with Lt. John F. Kennedy. He was later offered the position of White House architect. Dee Torbert, who in 1963 was married to the late Rep. James M. Collins, was present at the Trade Mart luncheon with her husband on the day of the assassination. Recorded November 17, 2004.
James, Pat and Tina Towner
The Towner family were eyewitnesses to the assassination. James Towner took a still photograph while 13-year-old Tina filmed with her father's home movie camera as the limousine turned onto Elm Street. Recorded March 30 and November 22, 1996, November 21, 2000, February 1, 2008, and September 25, 2010.
Travis joined the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1961. During his efforts, he was shot and wounded by members of the Ku Klux Klan. His memories were recorded with those of other civil rights activists. Recorded February 28, 2006.
Dr. Saul Trevino
In 1963, Trevino was a second-year student at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He waited with fellow students outside of the emergency entrance to Parkland Memorial Hospital to hear word of the president's condition. Recorded May 30, 2008.
Troup's late parents were part of the local arts community in the early 1960s and owned the Gallery Trohafole, later named the C. Troup Gallery, in Dallas. The Troups sold art to many prominent residents, including Tom Landry, Henry Wade and Abraham Zapruder. Recorded July 18, 2011.
Mark A. Troy
An Assistant Dallas District Attorney in 1963, Troy saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. As part of the prosecution team during the Jack Ruby trial in 1964, Troy prepared witnesses and sat in on every day of the trial. Recorded June 11, 2013.
A Dallas high school student, Tullius took photographs at Love Field and along the motorcade route. Following the assassination, he met other amateur photographers and collected a number of slides, which he later donated to The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded October 7, 2013.
Between 1969 and 1970, Turman lived in the room at 1026 North Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff that was occupied by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. Turman heard interesting stories about Oswald and the rooming house from owners A.C. and Gladys Johnson. Recorded May 23, 2008.
Turner was production manager at local independent KTVT-TV in 1963. He directed their pool coverage of President Kennedy's breakfast speech in Fort Worth and, for NBC from outside the Dallas county jail, the transfer of Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot. Previously, Turner documented John Connally's run for Texas governor in 1962. Recorded October 20, 2008.
Lee J. Turner
An officer in the Navy Ceremonial Guard in 1963, Turner helped unload President Kennedy's casket from Air Force One on the evening of the assassination. On Monday, he marched in the funeral procession to Arlington National Cemetery. Recorded November 23, 2005.
Turner's wife was employed at the Old Red Courthouse near Dealey Plaza in 1963, and as a result, he was able to watch the presidential motorcade from the courthouse's second-floor balcony. Turner heard shots fired and observed part of the assassination and later went to Dealey Plaza to briefly speak with eyewitnesses. Recorded July 18 and August 3, 2007.
William W. Turner
A former FBI agent, Turner co-authored the 1981 book The Fish Is Red, later republished as Deadly Secrets: The CIA-Mafia War Against Castro and the Assassination of JFK. Recorded October 23, 1992.