(as of 13 March 1999)
Here is the list of confirmed speakers for the conference, grouped by broad topic.
Kenneth A. Rahn
Ken Rahn, co-convenor of this conference, is a professor of atmospheric chemistry in the Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies, a unit of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. At URI, he regularly offers a course in the assassination. This semester it is being offered in the Political Science Department as PSC482G: Political Science Seminar: The JFK Assassination. As part of their course, Ken's students will be giving talks at the conference. Ken's talk is designed to challenge everyone to reassess their views about the importance of thinking carefully and critically about the assassination. It is entitled Toward An Epistemology Of The JFK Assassination. To view the abstract, click here.
Stewart Galanor is a multimedia consultant and technical writer for financial institutions who lives in New York City. A former mathematics teacher, he has written the two textbooks Calculus: A Visual Approach and The Paradox of Tristram Shandy. In 1998, he published Cover-up, a book on the Kennedy Assassination that has already received favorable reviews. We are pleased to have Stewart attending the 1999 conference. He will be speaking on A History of the Medical Evidence. To read the abstract, click here.
Rex E. Bradford
Rex Bradford is from Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he is actively engaged in reading and research on the JFK assassination and the Cold War. He is currently producing a CD-ROM archive of documents relating to the medical evidence in the JFK assassination. In a talk entitled New Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination, he will share with us some of the materials that will be included on the CD-ROM and discuss a few of the important medical issues that they raise. To see his abstract, click here.
W. Anthony Marsh
Tony Marsh, while still young, is a long-time JFK researcher who lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and regularly attends regional JFK conferences. He is also one of the most generous and helpful researchers whom I know. Recently, he has taken a strong interest in the debate over the validity of the Zapruder film and has posted a series of articles, replies, and rebuttals on his web page, The Puzzle Palace. His talk, which is sure to stimulate a lively discussion, is entitled The Zapruder Film Is Authentic. To view his abstract, click here.
Martin J. Kelly, Jr.
Martin Kelly is a professor of psychology in the Psychology Department of Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He is interested in visual perception, Freud and psychoanalysis, intellectual history, and how unfounded ideas can prevail for long periods in the popular culture. His recent work has focused on the psychology of believing in conspiracy in the JFK, RFK, and MLK assassinations and on the popular belief in UFOs, alien abductions, and the recovery of repressed memories of systematic abuse. His paper, entitled To Bury JFK, critiques the JFK critical movement . To read his abstract, click here.
John McLoughlin's interest in the assassination of JFK originated in his hometown of Miami, Florida, where he was influenced in the 1950s and 1960s by events in that hotbed of political activity and turmoil: the Castro Revolution, the Bay of Pigs, which was partially planned by his high school Chemistry teacher, the Cuban Missile Crisis, when all his friends were asked by Civil Defense authorities to watch for vapor trails appearing in the sky, the building of the Berlin Wall, the draping of the Iron Curtain over the Soviet Union, the constant barrage of anti-Castro and anti-Kennedy activities discussed by local Cuban exiles, and, of course, the obligatory elementary school air-raid drills and the aborted construction of a bomb shelter by his father in his backyard during the heyday of McCarthyism, the Cold War, and anti-Soviet sentiment. In John's opinion, the plot to kill JFK originated within this nexus of characters and events. John's paper at the conference is entitled "Little" Orphan "Annie" and "Big Daddy" Warbucks: New England's Fascists and the JFK Assassination. To read his abstract, click here.
Truth, justice, and the means to achieve them
Charles R. Drago, co-convenor of this conference, is a professional writer and has published numerous articles relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He created and was first managing editor of the Lancer Independent News Exchange (LINE), and served as senior contributing editor for the "Kennedy Assassination Chronicles." Charlie is a nationally renowned jazz critic, commentator and educator. He produced "Newport Jazz '79" and the 1985 "Queen Mary Jazz Festival." Currently he is president of Armstrong, Ellington & Parker, a full-service advertising/public relations/marketing agency. George Michael Evica has called Charlie "the philosophical and moral conscience of the JFK research community." Charlie's talk is entitled Sinful Harvest: The Reaping and Marketing of Lies in the Field of JFK Assassination Inquiry. To read his abstract, click here.
The continuing relevance of the assassination
Laurel S. King (Withdrawn 12 April 1999)
Laurel King is an systems analyst from San Lorenzo, California, who has been interested in the JFK assassination for nearly a decade. Her background in history has led her to focus on broader aspects of the assassination such as how governmental institutions reacted immediately after it, and the continuing relevance of the assassination. She will speak here on the question of continuing relevance. To view her abstract, click here.
We are particularly happy to be able to confirm that Andrew Winiarczyk of The Last Hurrah Bookshop, known to most of us simply as "Andy" because we don't even try to spell his last name, has agreed to not only come and sell books but also to give us a formal talk as well. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that Andy has spoken at a JFK conference. The title of his talk is The Kennedy Assassination: Crime of the (20th) Century or Endless Wound? To view his abstract, click here. Please come and buy lots of books from Andy because rumor has it that the day before the conference, Charlie Drago will give him a VIP tour of his favorite used-book haunts in Cambridge and Boston. That means that Andy will return rich in books but poor in the green stuff!
William Cheslock teaches history in Chatham High School in Chatham Massachusetts, on beautiful Cape Cod. He teaches a course on the assassination in high school and adult education. He is currently studying how the assassination is depicted in high school history texts, and will give us a progress report on his findings: How Books on American History Report the JFK Assassination to High-School Readers. To read the abstract, click here.