Interviews by NameOral Histories
The district attorney for Dallas County from 1951 to 1987, Wade was extensively involved in the local Kennedy assassination investigation and later served as chief prosecutor during the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded July 20, 1992.
William Kim Wade
Ten years old in 1963, Wade saw the Kennedy motorcade from the steps of the Old Red Courthouse and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. His late father, longtime Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade, was extensively involved in the local assassination investigation and served as chief prosecutor during the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded August 15, 2013.
A Dallas attorney in 1963, Waggoner saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. In March 1964, as the guest of an assistant district attorney, he observed closing arguments in the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded May 1, 2013.
Allen D. Walker
A member of the White House Communications Agency from 1962 to 1964, Walker was stationed in Paris and coordinated direct telephone communication from the White House to European leaders. He was alone in the office when the assassination took place and lost contact with the White House for more than an hour. Recorded July 12, 2007.
Dr. Robert V. Walker
A medical researcher and doctor of oral surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Walker was briefly inside Trauma Room One as an observer during the treatment of President Kennedy. Recorded March 18 and July 29, 2009.
A mail sorter at the Terminal Annex building in Dealey Plaza, Walker photographed the presidential motorcade from the corner of Main and Market streets. On the afternoon of the assassination, he photographed the scene at Dealey Plaza and the Texas Theatre. Recorded June 6, 2006.
An entertainer in Dallas in 1963, Wall was one of Jack Ruby's best friends at the time of the assassination. He spoke to Ruby on the phone the day before Oswald's shooting and was one of the only individuals allowed to visit him in jail. Later, Wall was almost implicated in Jim Garrison's controversial investigation. Recorded December 28, 1993.
An 18-year-old high school student, Wallace saw the president at Dallas Love Field and later traveled with friends to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded June 29, 1989.
An Oak Cliff high school student, Wallace went to Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination and briefly saw the inside of the Kennedy limousine. Recorded July 21, 2010.
A Dallas firefighter in 1963, Warnock was sent to the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository immediately after the assassination. His memories of the sniper's perch differ from those of police investigators. Recorded May 24, 2001.
William Ward Warren
A high school student, Warren shot a color home movie of President Kennedy at Dallas Love Field, which he donated to the Museum in 2010. Recorded January 22, 2010.
A native of London, Wasserman moved to Texas in 1946. She saw the Kennedy motorcade outside the entrance to Dallas Love Field. Recorded August 11, 2014.
A Dallas photographer for the Associated Press, Waters covered the Kennedys' arrival at Dallas Love Field and, following the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald at Dallas police headquarters. He also covered the Jack Ruby trial and later interviewed Marguerite Oswald. Recorded July 9, 1999, and September 16, 2013.
Watson was the radio dispatcher for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department on November 22, 1963. He observed the presidential parade from his office window and heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. Following the assassination he relayed information from the Dallas Police Department, coordinated the movements of deputy sheriffs, and announced the death of President Kennedy. Recorded August 22, 2008.
The daughter of Kennedy supporters, Watson's third grade class was aboard a school bus on their way to see the president when the assassination took place. She spoke with a grief counselor at school the following week. Recorded February 15, 2013.
Gladys Barron Watt
A relief cashier at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, Watt was across the street when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. She watched police escort him from the theater's entrance. Recorded April 17, 2008.
While attending Ohio State University in 1960, Watters volunteered for the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign. She has volunteered for every Democratic presidential candidate for over half a century. Recorded February 25, 2013.
A resident of Arkansas in 1963, Webberman and her children were visiting family for Thanksgiving and saw the Kennedys at Dallas Love Field on the day of the assassination. Recorded November 9, 2010.
Weber's mother worked at the Dallas Trade Mart in 1963 and got special permission for her children to observe the luncheon from the second floor balcony. Following the assassination, Weber took yellow roses from the head table, one of which she donated to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2010. Recorded March 19, 2010.
An editorial assistant at the Dallas Times Herald, Weeks received a letter from Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination. Recorded July 31, 1998.
Dr. Howard Weiner
Weiner shook hands with President and Mrs. Kennedy at Dallas Love Field on November 22, 1963. During the 1960 presidential election, he was harassed by some of his classmates because his family supported John F. Kennedy. Recorded April 1, 2014.
Weinstein was the owner of the Colony Club, a burlesque establishment two doors down from Jack Ruby's Carousel Club on Commerce Street. Considered the most reputable burlesque establishment in Dallas, the Colony Club was the chief rival of Ruby's club. Recorded August 16, 1994.
Dr. Dan Weiser
A longtime mathematician and political analyst, Weiser served as president of the Dallas County Young Democrats in 1963. In 1960, he worked locally on the Kennedy campaign, and a month before the assassination, he attended the Adlai Stevenson event on U.N. Day. In the early 1970s, Weiser was the key political expert in the Texas redistricting trials, advocating single-member voting districts for the state. Recorded April 24, 2006.
A reporter and cameraman for Dallas NBC affiliate WBAP-TV, Welch covered the attempted shooting of Maj. Gen. Edwin Walker. On November 22, 1963, Welch was at Dallas Love Field, the Trade Mart, and Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he captured the only known sound recording of the announcement of President Kennedy's death. In 1964, he covered the Jack Ruby trial. Later, as an NBC News photographer, he covered the Civil Rights Movement and spent six months in Vietnam. Recorded September 28, 1994, November 19, 1998, February 5 and May 2, 2014.
An award-winning Dallas architect, Welch was the author of Philip Johnson & Texas (2000), which explored the legendary architect's Texas projects, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial dedicated in 1970. Recorded June 15 and 18, 2010.
A 1960s Dallas restaurateur, Wells owned the La Pigalle club, a popular nightspot among the Dallas gay community. Among her frequent customers were Jack Ruby and several of his strippers. Recorded February 6, 2007.
A fourth-grader at the time of the assassination, Wening became a Kennedy admirer later in life and is now a researcher, collector and longtime member of the international group Kennedy Political Items Collectors. Recorded April 19, 2004.
Anthony Due West
West is the son of the late Dallas County surveyor Robert West, who heard shots fired at the Kennedy motorcade from his office in the Old Red Courthouse. In 1964, Robert West did survey work in Dealey Plaza for the Warren Commission and later testified at the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans. Recorded January 21, 2011.
A longtime social activist and educator, Westberry was a missonary in Africa from 1958 to 1962. Upon moving to Dallas in 1971, she founded a local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Recorded September 8, 2010.
A longtime Dallas radio and TV broadcaster, Wheeler was hired by Eddie Barker at KRLD just 11 days before the Kennedy assassination. On that day, he was assigned to cover the Fort Worth breakfast and Trade Mart luncheon for KRLD radio. Following the shooting, Wheeler spent the majority of the weekend at Dallas police headquarters. Recorded September 20, 2006.
An Army presidential helicopter pilot from 1961 to 1964, White flew with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Recorded September 19, 2008, and September 26, 2012.
David Wiegman, Jr.
As the official White House photographer for NBC News during the presidencies of Eisenhower through Carter, Wiegman had unprecedented access to JFK during his time in office and followed him on numerous trips. In Dallas, he recorded footage at Love Field, along the motorcade route, and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded November 15, 2002.
A patrolman with the Dallas Police Department in 1963, Wilkins was involved in the initial search of the sixth and seventh floors of the Texas School Book Depository. He was among those who first discovered the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle in the northwest corner of the sixth floor. Recorded April 15, 2009.
Howard P. Willens
Willens was working at the Justice Department when became Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission in 1964. He wrote the book History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy (2013). His memories were recorded during a public program on the work of the Warren Commission. Recorded October 11, 2013.
Williams was a city employee who inadvertently found himself on an elevator with Dallas police officers and Lee Harvey Oswald on the afternoon of the assassination. Recorded on July 2, 2003.
A young Dallas law clerk in 1963, Williams saw President Kennedy and the first lady at Love Field as they greeted crowds along the fence. He vividly recalls the atmosphere downtown after the assassination. Recorded May 18, 2006.
Dr. Phillip E. Williams
As an intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Williams watched the emergency room scene unfold on November 22 and got a chair for Jackie Kennedy outside of Trauma Room One. Later, he assisted in the surgery of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded May 22, 2003, and July 8, 2008.
A sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School in 1963, Williams and a classmate watched the motorcade pass by on Main Street. She believes that shortly after the limousine passed her, she heard one of the shots fired in Dealey Plaza. Recorded February 3, 2006.
A 16-year employee of The Sixth Floor Museum, Williams supervised Museum facilities from 1990 to 2006. At the time of the assassination, he was a waiter in Detroit, Michigan. Recorded August 10, 2006.
Billy Joe Willis
A Dallas-based musician and professional wrestler since the 1940s, Willis was the drummer at the Carousel Club in 1963 and spoke with Jack Ruby on the day of the assassination. Willis was later interviewed by the FBI. Recorded May 15, 2012.
A second grade student in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1963, Willis attended perhaps the only high school football game played in the state on the night of the Kennedy assassination. At the time, his late uncle, George Wheeler, lived in the same Oak Cliff rooming house as Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded May 7, 2010.
Willis was in Dealey Plaza with her daughter and husband, the late Phil Willis. Phil Willis took a series of important still photographs, including one during the assassination, that continue to be studied by researchers for possible evidentiary value. Marilyn Willis' memories were recorded during a group oral history session with other eyewitnesses. Recorded November 22, 1996.
An X-Ray Technology School intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963, Wilonsky was near the emergency room when President Kennedy was admitted to the hospital. She believes that X-rays were made of the president's body at Parkland, which has long been a point of controversy among researchers. Recorded August 29, 2005.
Billy D. Wilson
Although not a Kennedy supporter, Wilson saw the presidential parade on Main Street. On the evening of the assassination, he drove his family through downtown Dallas to see Dealey Plaza and Dallas City Hall. Recorded June 4, 2008.
One of the few African American U.S. Marines stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C. in 1963, Wilson participated in the funeral services for President Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2009.
A longtime photographer with the Dallas Morning News, Winfrey was heavily involved in covering the events of the weekend from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Dallas City Hall. He later covered the Ruby trial and interacted with many of the key figures. Prior to the assassination, he frequented the Carousel Club and knew Ruby and many of his dancers. Recorded July 15, 2004.
The daughter of Hispanic migrant workers, Winnette was an ardent Kennedy supporter. The late president inspired her later career in social services and education. Recorded December 16, 2011.
While on an extended tour of the world in the 1960s, Winston and her friend, Pam Mumford, rode on a lengthy bus trip from Monterrey, Mexico, to Mexico City with Lee Harvey Oswald in September 1963. They were later interviewed by the FBI. Recorded October 15, 2013.
Mayor of Dallas from 1971 to 1976, Wise in 1963 was a reporter for KRLD-TV in Dallas and president of the Dallas Press Club. He spoke with Jack Ruby in Dealey Plaza the day after the assassination. Previously, in October 1963, Wise captured on film the famous attack on U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson in Dallas. From 1992 to 1997, Wise served as a consultant and primary interviewer for the Museum's Oral History Project. Recorded January 26, 1993, November 22, 1998, September 22, 2005, November 1, 2007, November 20, 2008, and October 19, 2013.
J.W. "Bill" Wiseman
A Dallas County deputy sheriff in 1963, Wiseman was standing at the corner of Main and Houston Streets and heard shots fired at the presidential motorcade. He ran to Dealey Plaza where he spoke with eyewitnesses, including Abraham Zapruder's receptionist, Marilyn Sitzman. Wiseman then participated in the initial search of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded July 16, 2008.
Senator Harris Wofford
A onetime civil rights advisor to both President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wofford also served as associate director of the Peace Corps (1962-66) and U.S. senator from Pennsylvania (1991-95). He wrote the book Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties (1992). Recorded September 21, 2010.
Adah Leah Wolf
The first full-time staff member hired by the Dallas County Historical Foundation in 1987, Wolf was assistant project director for The Sixth Floor exhibit. She continued to work for the foundation until 1990. Recorded May 11, 2009.
Paul E. Wolf
A radioman in the U.S. Navy, Wolf was stationed in San Diego at the time of the assassination. His father, the late Wilbur Wolf, was a glass installer at Hess & Eisenhardt in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he installed the windshield in the Kennedy limousine. Recorded May 3, 2006.
A native of Germany, Wolff and his family moved to Dallas in 1936. Standing at the corner of Harwood and Live Oak Streets, he took a series of still photographs as the presidential parade passed on November 22, 1963. Recorded April 8, 2013.
An active member of the Dallas Jewish community, Wolfram saw the Kennedy motorcade on Lemmon Avenue. Her late husband, Dr. Julius Wolfram, worked at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1963. Recorded August 29, 2013.
A state trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol in 1963, Womack was stationed at the Dallas Trade Mart for the presidential luncheon. A few days later, he was assigned guard duty for Gov. John Connally during his recovery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded June 21, 2010.
A high school junior in Dallas in 1963, Wood was at Love Field and then drove with a friend toward the Trade Mart, ending up near the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the shooting. He was interviewed with his friend, John T. Puddington. Recorded November 19, 2003.
Richard B. Woodward
An art critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Woodward has written on the Abraham Zapruder film and is at work on a book about the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Ten years old in 1963, Woodward and his family had moved to Massachusetts one month before the Kennedy assassination. Recorded March 19, 2012.
An executive with the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1963, Worrell saw the Kennedy motorcade in downtown Dallas. He later became friends with the late Waggoner Carr, who was Texas attorney general at the time of the assassination. Recorded October 2, 2007.
Wright was a copy editor at the London Daily Mirror in 1963. After joining the staff of the National Enquirer in 1976, he covered numerous Kennedy assassination stories over the next three decades. Recorded May 10, 2013.
A 46-year educator and school administrator, Wright was a high school teacher engaged in a debate tournament in Kansas on November 22, 1963. The two-day tournament was not canceled, despite news of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded July 1, 2010.
Speaker Jim Wright
Longtime congressman and former speaker of the House of Representatives, Wright was one of the key planners for President Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth, and he traveled with the presidential party to Dallas. Recorded February 22, 1996.
A U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the Protective Research Division in 1963, Wunderlich did an intelligence advance in Fort Worth prior to the presidential visit, coordinating sweeps of the Hotel Texas and conducting background checks on all employees. Following the assassination, he was part of a team that provided security for Marina Oswald for several months prior to her Warren Commission testimony. Recorded October 15, 2005.
A fourth grade student in Brooklyn, New York, in 1963, Wysota wrote a letter to Jackie Kennedy shortly after the assassination. It was later selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick's Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded May 23, 2011.