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JFK Lancer welcomes filmmaker Brian McKenna as the Keynote Speaker at the November In Dallas Conference Banquet Saturday, November 13, 2010. The event will be held Saturday night at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.

McKenna has won a lifetime Gemini award from the Academy of Canadian Television. Canada's History Society awarded him its gold medal for his innovative ways of bringing history to television. He has three times been honored as Canada's top documentary filmmaker. His films are famous for being provocative, but grounded in profound research. His film on the Holocaust is honored with a place at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. His film on torturers was used by Amnesty International in their campaign against torture. His film on the CIA brainwashing project MK-Ultra won a Gold Medal for Investigative Journalism at the New York International Film Festival. He is the founding chairman of the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists. He is a Penguin Books author. His film on the Second World War bombing campaign in Germany provoked a $500,000,000 lawsuit which he and his producers successfully defended against all the way to the Supreme court. McKenna has written and directed four documentaries on the JFK assassination broadcast in Canada on the nations's top investigative show, The Fifth Estate. The films were also seen around the world. Currently he is planning a 26 hour film series on the 1000 days of the JFK presidency.

Paul Chambers - From his book, "Head Shot, The Science Behind the JFK Assassination "

Drawing on his fifteen years experience as an experimental physicist for the US Navy, Chambers demonstrates that the commonly accepted view of the assassination is fundamentally flawed from a scientific perspective. The physics behind lone-gunmen theories is not only wrong, says Chambers, but frankly impossible. 

Chris Scally - Z Film Chronology (*presented by Randy Owen)

worked in the banking industry in London and Dublin until his retirement in 2003. Scally’s research on the authenticity of the Dallas Police dictabelts has been published on the Internet, and his work has also been published in the Dealey Plaza Echo, the journal of the UK Research Group, Dealey Plaza UK. He has also made a number of presentations at the Group’s annual conference, held each spring in Canterbury, England. His research has been cited by a number of authors, and was also used by NARA in preparing their case for funding for the Dictabelt Restoration Project. Now happily retired, Scally lives with his wife in the southeast corner of Ireland, near the ancestral home of President Kennedy. His presentation addresses the chronology of the Zapruder film in the days immediately after the assassination, and is the first step in a larger project designed to address the question of Zapruder film authenticity.

 

Bob Cochran, Banquet and Dealey Plaza Invocation.

Banquet and Dealey Plaza Invocation. Cochran is based in Washington State and has been an avid JFK enthusiast all of his life. An unusual turn of events put Bob in New Orleans, Louisiana during the JFK assassination and witnessed firsthand the hate for JFK prevalent in that City. Bob also lived in New Orleans in the 1970's where he attended Warren Eastin Senior High School that was the same school Lee Harvey Oswald attended. He is now a collector of JFK and conspiracy oriented items, especially first-hand items of JFK, Jack Ruby, and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Jerry Dealey, TSBD Shooter Issues

Born and raised in Dallas, as a member of the Dealey family that Dealey Plaza was named after and that owned the Dallas Morning News. Was in school in Denver in fall of 1963, but returned every year in the summer to live with his father. Is a Dallas historian, writing a book on the history of Dallas, Dealeys, Dallas Morning News, and Dealey Plaza. Is a Docent at the Old Red Courthouse Museum, and the Dallas Historical Society "Hall of State" in Fair Park. Also gives tours of Dallas, and the Assassination related sites. Specializes in the history and politics of Dallas. An active member and Moderator of the JFK Lancer Forum, where he tries to assist in local information as much as possible. 

Sherry Fiester, Update on Blood Spatter and the trajectory controversy

In 1993 Fiester, a Certified Senior Crime Scene Investigator and Court recognized expert, begin to apply her professional expertise to the Kennedy assassination. By using the same Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and Trajectory Analysis techniques she"s used in court for over 20 years, Sherry answers basic questions concerning the Kennedy assassination. The result has been several NID presentations with new information concerning the fatal headshot, while including blood spatter and trajectory analysis from previous presentations. Fiester has testified as an expert in crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis in over 30 judicial districts in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Her publications include "Bloodstain Pattern Identification and Documentation: a Workbook for Analyst," 1990, "Blood Evidence; What Does the Blood Tell Us?," JFK Lancer Publications, 1997; and "Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the Kennedy Assassination, The Echo," England, 2002. In 2003, Fiester was presented with the "Mary Ferrell - JFK Lancer New Frontier Award" in appreciation for her contributions of new evidence and furthering the study of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Larry Hancock,

  • Oswald’s Role,
  • New Trails in MLK Research,
  • National Security issues on Nov 22

a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of “November Patriots” and author of the acclaimed “Someone Would Have Talked.” Hancock recently published a study of the RFK assassination, “Incomplete Justice ” in conjunction with the Mary Ferrell Foundation and will be issuing a new edition of “Someone Would Have Talked” this October, 2010. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious "Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award" for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the "Mary Ferrell Legacy Award."

William Law, ITEOH & RFK Case Update (On Video)

William Law is the author of the book, "In the Eye of History," (new edition, November 2010) that explores the medical evidence through new witness interviews. He is also currently working new projects, one with Mark Sobel to produce a documentary on the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Randy Owen, Previewing "The Assassination Photo Chronology Website"

was born and raised in Welland, Ontario, Canada just a short distance across the border from Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York. His award-winning broadcasting career began with two consecutive awards for having the top mark in radio class at college. In 1988, he became the first person to win both national Canadian country music awards for on-air personality of the air in the same year. This year, he became the first recipient of JFK Lancer’s “Researcher of the Month” award. Owen’s research into the JFK assassination began at age eleven. In 1970, while researching a school project, he began reading about the assassination and hasn’t stopped since. His collection includes over 350 books and unpublished manuscripts, over 500 hours of video (including live coverage of the assassination), hours of audio (including Dallas Police and Air Force One radio transmissions), over 1,000 newspaper and 800 magazine articles. Owen has served as a consultant to the JFK Assassination Exhibit and Research Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and been a presenter at the 1993 JFK Assassination Symposium in Sudbury, Ontario. He’s been on several radio and television programs including the “Shirley” and “Larry King” talk shows. Owen has also made written contributions to “The Third Decade” and “The Fourth Decade” journals and through several posts on the JFK Lancer website.

John Sanders is an award-winning screenwriter who has spent the last few years researching and writing about the life of mobster Johnny Rosselli and is currently writing a book on his new discoveries relating to this mysterious “emissary to the underworld.” Previously, John has been an international business systems consultant, an industrial psychologist, a marketing executive, and directed quality improvement efforts for the California State University system.

Luellen Smiley is a creative non-fiction writer and award-winning newspaper columnist who writes a bi-monthly column “Smiley’s Dice” and is a regular contributor to MORE Magazine. Her “Growing Up With Gangsters” stories appeared in the New York Post and in the Del Mar Times. Luellen is currently writing a memoir based on her life as the daughter of Hollywood gangster, Allen Smiley, and recently completed a feature-length screenplay with John Sanders based on her story.

Jim Marrs – the Roscoe White Mystery

distinguished journalist and author of the “New York Times” bestseller, “Crossfire-the Plot to Kill Kennedy” and of best-selling books such as “Rule by Secrecy” and his 2008 book, “The Rise of the Fourth Reich.” Mr. Marrs is a fearless and gifted writer and researcher.

Don Thomas, Ph.D – From his book, "Hear No Evil"

a scientist with the U.S. federal government. He received his doctorate from the School of Agriculture at the University of Missouri in 1990 and has held post-doctoral appointments at the University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska. He is currently President of the Coleopterists Society and a subject editor for the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications, including books and book chapters in the field of entomology. Dr. Thomas garnered international attention in 2001 for an article published in the British forensic journal Science & Justice entitled, “Acoustical Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination Revisited.” 

Greg Parker,

  • RFK, A Different Trail (presented by Larry Hancock);
  • CIA spy games in Mexico City (presented by Debra Conway

a former Australian Public Servant who worked in Federal Social Security administration before a stint with the Northern Territory Health Department's Environmental Health Unit working on a project looking into remote Indigenous housing needs. He moved from that into managing an employment agency and currently runs a small family business in rural New South Wales. Greg has been researching and writing about the assassination since 2000 and his work has appeared in books by Joan Mellen, George Michael Evica, Larry Hancock and Lamar Waldren.

Ben Rogers, Baylor University Special Collections

Director of W. R. Poage Legislative, a research facility that houses congressional records and personal papers related to political history.  The Library currently features exhibits: JFK50: Primary, Election, Inauguration and LBJ: Texan, Politician, President. The library began its JFK Assassination Research Collection in 2004 with the papers of Penn Jones, Jr.  There are now papers from not only Penn Jones but also Jack White, John Armstrong, Gary Shaw, John Kelin, Roy Schaeffer, Paul Hoch, Mae Brussells and others.  The collection includes extensive magazines, newspapers and newsletters related to research since 1963.  Most materials are listed online and are open to researchers. See http://www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jfk/index.php?id=60997.

Stu Wexler, CIA Penetration of the Cuban embassy; MLK, A Different Trail (*presented by Larry Hancock)

a teacher of World History, AP Government at Hightstown High School, Hightstown, NJ. He has been a JFK assassination researcher for about fifteen years where he has focused on the issues connected to the chemical analysis of the ballistics material since 2000. Wexler has spoken on the subject at JFK Lancer’s NID twice, at the Wecht conference in 2003, and at the AARC conference in 2004, three of those times opposite Dr. Kenneth Rahn, NAA advocate, from the University of Rhode Island. Wexler has collaborated with chemist Tom Pinkston since approximately 2000 on the same subject matter. Wexler’s other Kennedy interests focus on Oswald, his background and associates leading up to November 22nd. Most recently he has also worked on both the Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations. 

Brian Edwards, Minox Mysteries

has been studying the JFK assassination since 1969 and has read over 300 books on the subject. From 1978-1997, he worked as a police officer in Kansas. He was assigned to the patrol division and served eight years on the police department’s tactical response team. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. From 1996 to 2005, served as an adjunct instructor for the criminal justice department, with Washburn University, and taught a variety of law enforcement-related courses. Edwards has lectured on the JFK assassination throughout the Midwest, including the University of Kansas Law School, Washburn University School of Law, Johnson County Community College, and the Alf Landon Lecture Series at Kansas State University. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Friend’s University in Wichita, Kansas; Ottawa University in Overland Park, Kansas, and Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Edwards is co-director of Project JFK/CSI Dallas, a student-oriented historical experience. For the past 20 years, Edwards and Casey Quinlan have sponsored student trips to Dallas to study the assassination. Co-Author of the new book, “Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy.”

Bill Simpich, Oswald and Intelligence; Angleton’s Cover-up

Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. The main areas of his law practice are government misconduct and toxic tort violations. He also writes for publications such as Truthout, Counterpunch and OpedNews.

Bill considers the assassination cases to be a poorly understood area of civil rights violations. To preserve cold cases, he is preparing a proposed JFK Preservation of Evidence Act that would be applicable in both of these areas of the law and administered by a citizen panel similar to the ARRB. His study of the JFK case focuses on the documentary evidence, rather than firearms, acoustics, and other forensic evidence. His current focus is on Mexico City and the counterintelligence aspects of the JFK case.

Jim DiEugenio – Kennedy Assassination Research and Criticism

has written two books on the Kennedy assassination.  Destiny Betrayed (1992) was the first positive reconsideration of the Jim Garrison investigation in a generation.  The Assassinations (2003, co-edited with Lisa Pease) analyzed the murders of RFK, MLK, and Malcolm X, but devoted most its pages to the newly released ARRB documents in the JFK case.  He and Lisa also edited the journal Probe (1993-2000) which focused on the releases of the ARRB and new developments in the King and RFK cases.  Jim has an MA in Contemporary American History from California State University Northridge.  He was asked by Oliver Stone to do a commentary track on the expanded DVD version of his film “JFK”.  

Casey Quinlan – The North Knoll

was born and raised in Kansas City and has been a high school teacher for over 32 years in Kansas. Quinlan served in the United States Army with the 9th Infantry as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s degree in American History from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He is co-director of Project JFK/CSI Dallas, a student-oriented historical experience for high school and college students. Quinlan has been the featured speaker at many colleges throughout the Midwest, including the Alf Landon Lecture Series at Kansas State University; the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas; and the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Quinlan has served as a guest historian for the A&E network, the History Channel, and for Oliver Stone’s movie, JFK. In 1995, Quinlan was named the Outstanding Educator of the Year by JFK Lancer. From 1997, Quinlan has served as an adjunct instructor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas; Ottawa University in Overland Park, Kansas and Washburn University’s Criminal Justice Department in Topeka, Kansas. Today, Quinlan teaches American History at Basehor-Linwood High School in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Co-Author of the new book, "Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy."

Rollie Zavada - The Zapruder Film, Understanding the Tools Available for Authentication

retired, as a Standards Director for Imaging Technologies, from Eastman Kodak in March 1990.  His background included product engineer development responsibilities to introduce KODACHROME II films, Chairman of the Society of Motion Picture and television Engineers (SMPTE) 16&8 Standards Committee during the transition from 16 to 18 fps velocity for silent movie films and four terms as SMPTE Engineering Vice President.  A Fellow of four technical societies, Mr. Zavada received many awards for his technical achievements including being elected as a Life member of the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers Inc. Author of the Kodak report to the ARRB.

Synopsis: This presentation will provide a review of the basic technology of Motion Picture image capture, film materials, processing and laboratory reproduction techniques to easily comprehend the physical characteristics related to the Zapruder 8mm film.  Combined with the evidence of custody and time-line, any researcher should be able to confirm the film’s authenticity.

 

Lamar Waldron - JFK, King and Watergate: Files still withheld or destroyed

Lamar Waldron highlights new developments about important files the FBI, CIA, and other US agencies are still withholding from Congress, the press, and the public about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with related files from the Watergate scandal. His talk updates information from the trade paperback edition of his 2009 book "Legacy of Secrecy" and from his article on the Mary Ferrell web site, "Even more US government files about JFK and King assassinations are still secret." He'll discuss how to stop the ongoing destruction of some King assassination files, and possible ways to get all the JFK and King assassination files released before 2017 and 2029.

Update: Authors are invited to reserve a table for book sales and signing. Please contact Debra Conway if you are bringing books or other materials to sell - or - if you wish JFK Lancer to sell your book for you.
The public is also encouraged to attend the remembrance service for President Kennedy on Sunday, November 14, and Sunday, November 21, at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, from noon to 12:30 PM. Special music and speakers highlight this moving tribute to President John F. Kennedy.