I'm back from the Crown Plaza
hotel where we held the 2004 November In Dallas JFK Lancer research
conference. We had three days of fantastic information, discussion,
and commaraderie -- what an experience! We had a very moving
tribute to Mary Ferrell last night at the Banquet where Mary's
family attended. Banquet
Mr and Mrs Ianno, Stefania Ianno, and Debra Conway at the NID
04 Banquet. Stefania was awarded the Mary Ferrell Student of
the Year Scholarship for 2004
Beverly Oliver Massegee sings
at the Dealey Plaza ceremony.
Thanks to everyone for their
work and contributions to making this year's conference such
a success. Congratulations to Larry for another tremendous effort.
Hi folks, hopefully some of the
attendees will post here to give their views of the conference
and in particular what they felt was new or educational content.
I'd like to see those who attended the early bird Thursday evening
"where are we now" research overview session with Rex
Bradford, William Law and myself give their impressions on our
remarks about how far we truly have come in 40 years.
For myself, I was more than pleased
by the speakers who exceeded my hopes and were all extremely
cooperative thoughout. I probably learned the most from Stu Wexler
and Tom Pinkston in their updated presentation on Neutron Activation
Analysis and from William Law and Colin McSween on their presentations
about Parkland and Bethusda. There is absolutely no substitute
for William Law's primary research with the witnesses at Bethusda,
especially his ground breaking work with the FBI agents. So many
of the things we could only speculate about for 30 plus years
are now in the historical record thanks to William.
Jeff Morley's update on his findings
in regard to CIA officers and obfuscation was of course interesting
to me but I also enjoyed his objective remarks about the overall
pursuit of truth from the perspective of an investigative journalist.
In the end though perhaps the
most inspirational remarks were from the student researcher,
Stephania Lannis, a most remarkable young lady, who won this
years Mary Ferrell - JFK Lancer Student of the year award. Her
remarks at the testimonial banquet and later at the Plaza ceremony
are what we all need to hear to confirm that the time, energy
and resouces we spend in this quest for historical accuracy and
truth are really worth it.
And, as usual, the most valuable
time I spent personally was the time in the hallways, restaurant,
and other meeting places where the real networking and research
gets done....usually up until about 1AM.
Thanks to all, I hope we see
other posts and I'll let someone else post about Mark Sobel and
his fantastic movie!