An Agrument for the Olympics in Dallas

Sure everyone wants to host the Olympics theoretically, but is it economical feasible to host them? The nay-sayer’s argument’s most common refrain is “Olympics, no way, costs too much.” But often there’s little discussion beyond the “they cost too much” refrain. Someone cites a buzzfeed article that says the Olympics costs London 50 billion, or that Russia spent 100 billion and that’s that. But when you really take a look at that argument in reference to Dallas it doesn’t hold as much water has initially they would lead you to believe. In fact an opposing view comes to light.

  • First, the Olympic athletic venues wouldn’t costs us that much because we’ve already built so many of them. We don’t have to build a billion Olympic Stadium or other minor facilities because we’ve already built them. When you start to add up our professional sports venues, our minor league venues, our collegiate facilities, our high school facilities; it doesn’t take very long to realize the assets we already have. Assets that other cities don’t have. I mean how many cities out there have half a dozen high school stadiums that seat 15-20,000?

cotton bowlThe Cotton Bowl is largest stadium in the Americas that’s not a team’s home stadium

  • Leverage athlete housing and other supportive infrastructure costs in areas of the region that need revitalization or would requirement government investment over time. They did it in London, and the Dallas Morning News already suggested that the Fair Park and South Dallas could benefit greatly from revitalization efforts caused by Olympic facilities. Or perhaps downtown Dallas with its millions of square feet of un-used mid-century office buildings. Funding for athlete housing could be leverage to retrofit those buildings and ultimately leave them in modifiable live-work-retail-loft space that would be more favorable to the market.

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Helping South Dallas statler hiton

And Downtwon

  • The operational costs of the Olympics can be used to generate local jobs were the money tends to have large multiplier effects. Many of those who are against hosting the Olympics concede the above two points, but they claim that the operational costs of the Olympics are so great that Dallas should not pursue them. The costs; that includes money for security, for event staff, for drivers and more; will be high. And if we hired a bunch of ushers, cooks, drivers and security guards from out of town, who saved all their money and ultimately went back home after the Olympics were over, then the naysayers would be right. But we aren’t’. If we hire locals, then we’re creating thousands or tens of thousands of jobs for the people of DFW. And money in local’s hands tends to get spent or reinvested locally a second or third time creating a multiplying effect of each dollar. Now where does that money initially come from, well speaking of.


Local Jobs Abound

  • Operational and other costs can be partially recouped by the increased spending of tourists brought by the Olympics. The Olympics will bring tourists to Dallas, tourist that wouldn’t normally be in Dallas. They will spend money here, money that would not normally be spent here. That increase in spending will help to pay for the costs. And before you point out that this didn’t work out so great for Athens, I’d like to remind you that Athens is a popular tourists destination in the summer for Ivy League trust fund kids, European Royalty and African Despots regardless of whether or not the Olympics are in town. Dallas in the summer is not a top tourist spot. The increase spending from tourists in Dallas will be far far greater.


  • Lastly, it’s not all about the costs. Looking at the above four paragraphs from a results point of view, you’d see all the benefits Dallas receives from the Olympics. We would have built or more likely upgraded a number of world class athletic venues. We would have begun the process of revitalizing certain areas. We would have created thousands of jobs, and hundreds of millions or perhaps several billion in economic activity locally. Taking it further, with all those important decisions makers in town, think of the connections to made, deals to be hashed out, and contracts to be inked. And for you non-profits out there, think of the all the fund-raising galas to be thrown or big donations to be courted. I could go on and on about all the benefits, but I’m fairly confident in saying that pretty much everyone from poorest school children, to the wealthiest billionaires will benefit in some way if the Olympics come to Dallas.

In short the argument is that, it won’t costs as much as people say, we can leverage some of that money to help do other things in Dallas, much of the money will go into the hands of locals and come from the wallets of tourists, and the many benefits of the Olympics ultimately outweigh the costs.

I know that some of you out there can’t wait to point out the one problem unaddressed in this argument so far, mass transit. I saved that for the last because I believe that it best sums up the whole argument. If we pursue the Olympics, and the Olympic Committee tells us the only thing getting in the way of the Olympic is that we need an expanded and intensified mass transit system, well our history shows that we’ll build it. If we’re truly determined to host the Olympics, and will do anything to host them, then we’ll build the transit system. There are recent local examples like the DCTA or the Oak Cliff Street Car where we built rail lines. And there are initiative proposals to fund and build others. So it’s possible, we just need to political capital to see that it’s accomplished. And speaking of capital yes, it will cost a lot of money to build the rail line(s). But we’ll be leveraging those costs with the costs of Olympics. In simple terms if the line will costs 100 dollars to build, and we have access to 10 dollars in some types of grants or private funding that won’t be available unless the Olympics came to town, well then it’s actually cheaper to build the rail line with the Olympics. The rail line(s) also creates a number of jobs, and we’re left with the benefits of having an expanded and intensified transit system after the Olympics are over.


Russia built a rail line for the Winter Olympics.  Dallas surely could do the same.

Examples of Dallas Following its “Golden Destiny”

A.C. Green once wrote that Dallas has been “led since birth by a citizenry that believed a golden destiny was assigned the place where they lived, taking its ambitions seriously whether anyone else did or not.” Below are a few of those examples

Historically, Dallas has thrived not because of nature or providence, but by the collective will of its citizens. It goes back to our founding. Dallas wasn’t founded by a government as a natural fort, or by some company as a mining camp, nor did merchants flock to our town’s natural harbor or port, and farmers didn’t congregate here because of our great climate or soil. No we were founded by one man. One singular solitude man, who was so determined to build a great city that it literally drove him mad. His vision, determination, and ambition helped Dallas get off the ground and begin its growth.

63e3828fd7a0b6a41bf94110_LThe man on the left John Neely Bryan founded Dallas

It doesn’t stop with him though. Early settlers in the 1840’s (all twenty of them) were so convinced that Dallas was a great community that they persuaded the state (technically the Republic at the time) to build the very first state highway through our tiny town. Several decades later in the 1870s, town fathers bribed one railroad to run its north/south line through Dallas, and then they tricked another railroad to run its east/west line through the town. And by tricked, I mean something straight out of Blazing Saddles, or to use an up to date reference, we “Frank Underwooded” them a la House of Cards to come to Dallas. As a result of the junction of those two railroads, Dallas became a hub for commerce and a 19th century center for trade.

There’s also the story of the aviation firm that was planning on moving to Dallas from Connecticut in the 1950’s, but discovered at the last minute that the runways at Love Field were too short. When they called mayor R.L. Thornton to tell him the bad news, he told them “…hold on a minute let me call you right back.” He called back later that day to let them know that construction had just started on lengthening the runways at Love, and that it would be finished within the month. What Dallas wants, we get.

Perhaps the best example for the purposes of the Olympics comes from another story involving Mayor R. L. Thornton and Dallas’ bid to host a prestigious event. In the early 1930’s, the state of Texas was debating which city would host the states’ centennial celebration which was to coincide with a World’s Fair of such. The celebration would be a large and elaborate event, a spectacle spanning several weeks, in which people predicted would bring in millions of visitors, create thousands of jobs, and generating millions in the local economy.   When the state was deciding where to hold it (Austin as the state capital had been taken of out of contention), there were two clear favorites. San Antonio, with its cultural and historical significance (i.e. the freakin’ Alamo, was one favorite). As was Houston, the largest city in Texas, a port city (very important in the 1930’s) and the closest big city to the battlefield of the final decisive victory in the War for Texas Independence. Dallas was in the running but considered an afterthought, as we lacked the cultural and historical depth of San Antonio, or the size and accessibility of Houston.


Notice this doesn’t say Houston or San Antonio

 Funny thing happened though. Dallas won the bid. How? It was a combination of our package of incentives, our salesmanship, and our politicking. We offered more in our bid, more land to host the celebration, more building for the states’ use, and more money to help cover the operational costs. We also sold the s*** out of our bid. Dallas if nothing is a town with some of the best salesmen. We presented such a vision of what the celebration would look like that in the end it was more appealing than the other cities. Then ultimately, we also won the politicking game. I mentioned early that Dallas “Frank Underwooded” a railroad to come to Dallas, R.L. Thornton wasn’t exactly Frank Underwood, he was more like LBJ but without the presidential ambitions. Thornton, along with civic and business leaders, were so determined to win the bid that they shook more hands, slapped more backs, and made the deals that helped win Dallas the host privileges. In short we out sold, outbid and out worked the other cities. People in Houston are still bitter about Dallas’ tactics and the way things went down.


Okay not really

For a more modern day example, take Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks. Cuban is the personification of a Dallasite. He bought what was literally the worst team in the NBA. A laughing stock of a franchise that hadn’t had a winning seasons in a decade. But he was convinced that he could build a championship team. He went about building a roster centered around an awkward 7-foot jump shooting German. He surrounded that German with cast-offs, rejects from other teams, players past their so-called primes. The majority of the NBA didn’t take his team seriously. No one thought they could win. They worked their way through the playoffs with each successive win seemingly more improbable than the last to the majority of sports writers. In the NBA finals they came up against a team that every odds maker in the country labeled as a favorite. The Mavericks ran into a team that had been built with the high priced free agents to win back-to-back-to-back-to-back titles. No one thought the Maverick’s group of “no-names, has beens, and never weres,” could win. That is except Cuban, his coaches, and players. I’ll go back to that quote from A.C. Green, the one about Dallas’s people believing in some grand golden destiny for their city, and taking it seriously as others didn’t. Cuban believed in that golden destiny for his team, whether anyone took his beliefs seriously or not. As it turns out they should have. The Mavericks won.


He believed in his golden destiny, no pun intended


Top Ten Historical Places in Dallas you might not know about

Where are all the big historical places in Dallas – CF

Dallas has no shortage of historical places.  There are over a hundred places list on the National Historical Registry, and more than three hundred places have those historical markers from the state.

Like this one


And instead of listing the most popular ones, or the best known ones, I’ve listed ten that for various reasons are noteworthy but generally not well known.

The Very First Hilton Hotel – Before Hilton hotels became a name brand, before Paris Hilton became Paris Hilton, even before the founder of Hilton Hotels was portrayed by Chelcie Rose in Mad Men, Conrad Hilton was a small time hotel operator.  His very first hotel to bear his name was the 14 story tall Hilton Hotel in Dallas.  Seen here below shortly after opening.


Built in 1925 for 1.3 million dollars, Hilton also had his personal office in the building.  Currently it operates as the Hotel Indigo, a chic boutique hotel.

Enjoy Conrad’s first beauty at ­­­­Main Street and S. Harwood Street in Downtown

The First Highway in Texas – Chances are you’ve run by the historical marker for the very first highway in Texas.  Or biked by it maybe.  The first highway in the state was built back when Texas was a republic 170 years ago (yes they had highways before cars).  It ran roughly from Texarkana to Dallas and the road that most closely mirrors its path in present day Dallas is highway 78 or Garland Road.  As such the historical marker is located at the southern end of White Rock Lake above the spillway, right about at the damn.

If this is your view of the lake, turn around and walk up the hill, the marker will be on your left.

white rock spillway

Walk down the same path that the first Texans did at the intersection of San Raphael and Garland in East Dallas.

Sons of HermannThe Sons of Hermann Hall is a 100 year old fraternal hall.  A building that harkins back to an older era and it has more then a few claims to fame.

Known more commonly as “Sons”

sons of hermannFor one, it’s the oldest wood frame two story commercial building in the City.  Okay not impressed, well they filmed part of Robocop there and Kelly Clarkson’s American Idol auditions were there.  Still not, okay, well Pat Green played there, so did Townes Van Zandt, the Dixie Chicks, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Todd Snider and more.  It also happens to be the first spot in Dallas where Robert Earl Keen played, Wlico too.  And that little old band from Dallas, the Old 97’s, played their very first gig at Sons.  If you’re still unimpressed by all that, well it’s haunted too, so there.

Go see ghosts and the next big alt-country band before they get big at 3414 Elm Street in Deep Elbum.

Freedmen’s cemetery – Following the emancipation, small communities of freed slaves began to form on the outskirts of southern cities called Freedmen’s towns.  The largest community in Dallas was located just north of downtown and it thrived for many years.  Known as Freedmen’s Town North Dallas, and later “State and Thomas,”  there isn’t much left of it nowadays.  If you couldn’t tell by the State and Thomas name, the area went through a urban renewal/gentrification period, it’s most commonly referred to today as “Uptown.”  But the Cemetery’s still there, along with a nice memorial to the community.

Pay your respects to generations of African Americans at Central Expy & Calvary Drive in Uptown.

At Eastern Entrance to the Cemetery stands this memorial.


Lee Park – Lee Park’s an interesting Park with an interesting history.  It’s one of the oldest in Dallas (1909).  President Roosevelt (FDR) dedicated the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee back in 1936 on the Park’s grounds.  There’s even a replicate of General Lee’s home in the Park called Arlington Hall that was built around the same time.  Now fast forward three decades to when Oaklawn had become the happening place for hippies and the counter culture.  In April of 1970, the Park was the scene for the infamous “Lee Park Massacre.”  It wasn’t a massacre just a small hippie riot of 3 or 4 thousand hippies when the police arrested a few kids for swimming in Trutle Creek.  And now fast forward to today where the Park is the scene for the magnificent LGBT community staple, the Lee Park Easter Hat Derby.  Truly one of Dallas’s most unique and wonderful scenes.

The three stages of Lee Park







Go be a Fabulous hat wearing Confederate hippie at 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd in Uptown.

Historic West End Buildings – I’m only picking one of the historic building in the West End to point out.  I’m just going to quote from the historical Marker and let me know when something stops you down.  ‘Constructed in 1909, this building was first occupied in 1910 by the Hobson Electric company. The warehouse was next leased to the Maroney Hardware Company, which was bought in 1926 by Rufus W. Higginbotham”…Rufus W. Higginbotham, quite a name.

I know you’re thinking in your head that this is Rufus W. Higginbotham…but it’s not


This is Rufus, he was much sweeter, but still very Old World-y


Not to make light of of the name, but if you’re going to checking out a historic buildings in the West End, might as well have it be this one, seen below


Enjoy Higginsbothaming at 1701 Market St. in the West End.

Buckner Childern’s home and cabin – Buckner is more than just a road. Buckner was a caring Baptist and earlier settler of Dallas.  He has two large contributions to Dallas history.  First, he started a children’s home for orphans and abandoned children.  Which was something of a problem in the early frontier days, by the turn of the century it was helping 500 childern a year.

Buckner’s Charter for a Childern’s home from the 19th century

buckner_application_effieSecond, Buckner and his family watched over Dallas history.  They saved John Neely Bryan’s cabin, the first house, nay the first structure in Dallas.  For years he kept it in the basement of the Buckner Orphanage, and when it was recreated for the World’s Fair in 1936 in Dallas, the City used the remnants of the cabin as a model.

Be reminded of Dallas’s charity and early cabins at 5200 S. Buckner Blvd in Southeastern Dallas.

W. Lee O’Daniel – Quick name the only person in history to defeat President Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) in an election.  Need a hint, he was also the inspiration for Governor Pappy O’Daniels  in the Coen Brother’s movie “O’ Brother Where Art Thou”  Yeah that guy, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel.   O’Daniels was a radio personality in the 30’s with a catch phrase of “pass the biscuits, Pappy.”   Which come to think of it, is a pretty awesome catch phrase.  He ended up running for and being elected as governor of Texas and then ran for the US senate beating LBJ and serving one term.   He retired to Dallas and founded an insurance agency.

Fake Pappy Signing


Real Pappy Signing


Share a biscuit with Pappy at Cedar Springs and Oaklawn (the Triangle) in Uptown.

The Davis Building – There are plenty of historical building in downtown, from the Kirby building, to Union Station, to the old City Hall. And just like with the Higginbothaming Building I’m only going to point out one.  So why point out this building, well there’s the wonderful cupola up top and the history with the Republic National Bank.

The cupola as seen at night on the Davis Building.


But really it’s the 1991 TV movie “Touch and Die” starring Martin Sheen that was filmed at the Davis Building means that its making this list.  It also stars his daughter, I think.    From the imdb summary “Magenta getting involved with a combination US Presidential Campaign and plutonium smuggling ring and almost ending up dying from radiation poisoning in the process.”  Made for TV movie about plutonium smuggling in 1991, I’m sure it’s awesome.

See where Martin and his daughter made a movie at 1309 Main St. in Downtwon

Anyone of Dallas 57 historic cemeteries – This might be cheating a little bit, but Dallas has some 57 different historical cemeteries.  That’s one per each 15 square miles.  There’s probably one your neighborhood or the neighborhood just over. Other then the Freedmen’s cemetery I mentioned earlier, there’s the French Utopian settlers cemetery from 1850, the migrate workers cemetery from the great Trinity Farm, cemeteries for settlers from New York, Tennessee, and the large Jewish cemetery.  There’s even one cemetery for the Pioneers of Dallas, that’s actually a cemetery created to combine several older cemeteries that had to be moved.  As a last note, I’d point out that these 57 cemeteries doesn’t even include the cemetery where Mickey Mantle is buried here in Dallas.

Pay your respects to men and women how helped create Dallas at some little cemetery likely located around the corner from you.

The weather we just went through is called a “Blue Norther,” and why Dallas doesn’t have a Winter as a Season

Is winter in Dallas always like this – TM

No, because Dallas doesn’t have a winter.  We have a season called “northers” and when it ices over real bad that particular storm is called a blue norther or Texas norther.   Seriously this isn’t just a home spun term, the weather channel acknowledges it.  Here let me explain.

In Dallas we have basically five seasons.  Jim Rogers back in 1951 labeled the best I’ve ever heard

Spring, just regular spring with rain, expect ours come with thunder and lighting, from about the end of February to the beginning of May.

Summer, a fairly pleasant time of clear skies, and temps in the 80s and into the 90s that last from May until mid July

Sol, or Latin for the sun, from July into August where the glare of the sun is the most striking thing about the world for ten to twelve weeks

Autumn or porch weather or the best weather in Dallas from September into December 11, 2013

Norther, i’ll just directly quote Rogers here

The fifth and final season ordinarily begins in December and continues well into February.  It is designed as a Norther and not winter because Dallas does not have winter as the northern part of this country knows it.  Mild sunny weather persists and then icy biting winds sweep straight down from Canada and freeze the marrow of Texan’s bones.  This sudden blast of cold when the temperature drops as much as twenty or thirty degrees in an hour and slides from balmy air and open windows to a howl of wind and ice overnight is as a blue norther.  Northers usually blow themselves out in a few days, the wind changes direction, coming from the south and a gulf breeze once more brings mildness.”


Notice where the longest dagger is pointing? Right at North Texas and Dallas

Does that sound familiar, kinda like what we just went through?  I’ll remind you that the a few days before the temperature dropped as low as twelve, and we had two inches of solid ice; temperatures in Dallas were as high as 80 degrees.  And though this bleu norther as latest longer than normal, next week temps will be back at 65.

The most famous northers and blue northers in the past few years, include the almost white Christmas of 2011, the Super Bowl week storm, the unseasonably early Thanksgiving Day Leon Lett miscue for the Cowboys.  And personally for me once in the late 80’s early 90’s when the edges of White Rock froze and the child version of me got to take a few closely watched and careful steps on the frozen lake.

The norther that blew down during the Super Bowl Week, wrecked havoc with the Super Bowl

cowboys stadium

Lett about to botch a Thanksgiving day game with the Dolphins.  It’s okay Leon, you were a two time Prob-Bowler and won three Super Bowls


This is partly why snow is Dallas is almost always greeted with excitement and enjoinment by most.  It’s here for a day or two, schools shut down for day maybe, people throw snow balls, sled down Flag Pole Hill on cafeteria trays, take a few pictures, drink a little too much wine or bourbon, and then within a short while, everything’s back to normal; and you see people in short sleeves again.  This can be particularly true for adults that are transplants to Dallas from northern cities.  Those who talk about months of snow on the ground, constant freezing temperatures and blizzards that not only shut people in for longer then a week, but also seriously endanger people’s lives.

What happens when it snows in “Winter”


What Happens when it snows in Dallas during a “Norther”


Of course it’s always fun to see these new transplants down here the first time they experienced a good icing and blue norther.  Right before the storm blows in, when the news is talking about SNOW…ICE…AN INCH OF ACCUMULATION…SCHOOL CLOSINGS.  They get all proud and scuff at how we freak out about a inch of accumulation.  Of course they are often the last ones into work, coming in all white faced, asking, “how the hell anyone can drive on this ice, cause they were sliding around all over the place doing 180’s every twenty feet.”  Because though Dan in accounting from Cleveland can drive through four feet of snow fall on the roads, every Dallasite and most seasoned north Texans know how to slide over an inch of ice accumulation on the roads.

Or to just stay put, build a snowman and get drunk.

Drunk Snowman

From the Kennedy Files Part V: Oswald with his Rifle, His Mug Shot, Telegrams from “farmer’s Branch Coward

The fifth in a series of posts before the 50th anniversary of November 22nd, 1963, about that fateful day and the days afterward.

Click here for part one (Ruby’s mug shot, Oswald’s arrest warrant, the famous “cut out” photo, and telegrams calling Oswald a filthy tramp)

Click here for part two (Oswald after he was arrested, The grassy knoll statement, Oswald’s fake ID and the FBI investigating whether Ruby was gay)

Click here for part three (Ruby’s stripper girlfriend, Oswald’s Texas Theater seat, Ruby’s lawyer has a heart attack, and Frank Sinatara’s Drummer’s role in the events of the day)

Click here for part four (the scene in the parking garage right after Oswald was shoot, Ruby’s Psy evaluation, and Oswald’s family visit him in jail)

Everything is from the City of Dallas’s file on the Kennedy assassination and the Oswald murder from online the City of Dallas achieves. Some are presented without comment other aren’t. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Oswald’s Original Mug Shot

mug shot lee harvey oswald

Oswald and his famous photo

oswald rifle twoIt’s interesting that the police’s file on Oswald also includes the photos below with Oswald cut out, and with a police officer standing in his place.

cut outdallas dectiveOfficer Tippit’s File

j.d. tippit's file

Officer Tippit was gunned down by Oswald shortly after Kennedy was shot.  The following is an account of the shooting.  Notice how Mr. Callaway, a used car salesmen, saw the murder, picked up Tippit’s gun hailed a cab and proceeded to try and chase down Oswald in order to shoot him.  Ballsy Mr. Callaway, I’ll give you that.

JD Tippit

Speaking of Ballsy, or not so much, two telegrams to Ruby, one from “Farmers Branch Coward”

farmer's branch coward

From the Kennedy Files Part IV: The Scene right after Oswald was Shoot, Ruby’s Psy Evaluation, Oswald Wife visits him in Jail

The fourth in a series of posts before the 50th anniversary of November 22nd, 1963, about that fateful day and the days afterward.

Click here for part one (Ruby’s mug shot, Oswald’s arrest warrant, the famous “cut out” photo, and telegrams calling Oswald a filthy tramp)

Click here for part two (Oswald after he was arrested, The grassy knoll statement, Oswald’s fake ID and the FBI investigating whether Ruby was gay)

Click here for part three (Ruby’s stripper girlfriend, Oswald’s Texas Theater seat, Ruby’s lawyer has a heart attack, and Frank Sinatara’s Drummer’s role in the events of the day)

Everything is from the City of Dallas’s file on the Kennedy assassination and the Oswald murder from online the City of Dallas achieves. Some are presented without comment other aren’t. Click on the images to enlarge them.

The Scene in the Jail’s Basemeant after Oswald was Shot

right after the shooting

Check out the guy in the top right, below the with the paper covering his mouth, almost looks like he’s smiling.  A conspiracy theorist would say he’s smiling cause he knows Oswald will now never talk.  But for most of us, it’s because he’s maybe a little happy that the man who killed the country’s President is now likely dead.

Two months after Ruby shot Oswald, he was evaluated by a Psychiatrist.  This is the first page of the evaluation.

psy evlu of rubyI’ll skip the boring details and head to the highlights.  He’s been knocked out numerous times including once by two Chicago cops, and once by a woman who hit him over the head with a jug of wine.  He had the tip of his index finger bitten off in another fight.  He’s had gonorrhea six of seven times, though he used protection by means of “fish skins.”

Oswald’s Wife and Mother get permission to visit him in jail, the day after he was arrested.

permit to see oswald in jail

Seriously think about this for a second. This guy is under arrest for murdering the President, and then his wife and mother just stroll on in roughly 24 hours later to visit, and it’s allowed.  In the present day, if someone was under arrest for murdering the President what are chances that his family can see him within the first week let alone first day.  Hell, Oswald was under arrest for murdering a police officer too, you think the murderer of a cop today would be allowed visitations within the first day.  Not sure if that say more about the justice system then or now.

Lastly, because this all comes from a City’s file, you have to find some bureaucratic processes.

A memo regarding revocation of Ruby’s Liquor license based on his recent actions after killing Oswald

ruby liquor permit

In Texas you have to have a license to sell liquor which Cities have to approve.  Ruby’s club had one, but within days of Ruby shooting Oswald, the police were asking to have that permit revoked.  If you’re wondering about that paragraph talking about Ruby not being “of good moral character or his reputation for being a peaceable, law-abiding citizen.”   Well that actually comes out the laws of the great state of Texas.  Where a man can be denied a liquor permit because “the applicant is not of good moral character or his reputation for being a peaceable, law-abiding citizen in the community where he resides is bad”

From the Kennedy Files Part III: Oswald’s Seat in the Texas Theater, Frank Sinatra’s Drummer and Ruby’s Strippers

The third in a series of posts before the 50th anniversary of November 22nd, 1963, about that fateful day and the days afterward.

Click here for part one (Ruby’s mug shot, Oswald’s arrest warrant, the famous “cut out” photo, and telegrams calling Oswald a filthy tramp)

Click here for part two (Oswald after he was arrested, The grassy knoll statement, Oswald’s fake ID and the FBI investigating whether Ruby was gay)

Everything is from the City of Dallas’s file on the Kennedy assassination and the Oswald murder from online the City of Dallas achieves.  Some are presented without comment other aren’t.  Click on the images to enlarge them.

Officer pointing to the seat where Oswald was captured

where oswald was arrested

Statement to Police regarding Ruby’s stripper “Little Lynn” regarding pimps and prostitutes

ruby's mistress

You really needs to click and read the statement, its great.  It’s a statement from an unnamed source with information about Karen Lynn Bennet.  Not sure which sentence is the best, either the one where police identify the woman as “…the stripper at Jack’s Ruby’s Club and the one arrested with a pistol at Ruby’s bond hearing.”  Or the one where the informant says he noted that several characters at the apartment which he believes are pimps and prostitutes are “…in and out of there all hours and their dress is not becoming at times.”  My heavens.

A drunken phone call from Iowa reveals real killer of Kennedy

frank sinatara's drummer killed kennedy

If you didn’t enlarge the picture to read it, i’ll quickly sum up.  In June of 1967 Dallas police received a call from Iowa, at 1:20 in the morning, from a man who was clearly drunk telling him he had information on Kennedy’s killer.  Clearly this phone call would only lead to credible information.  The man told police that the drummer in Frank Sinatra’s band shot Kennedy while standing in front of him in the parking lot of the Texas School Book Depository.  No word if Dallas police followed up on the tip.

Statement regarding Ruby’s attorney having a heart attack when he saw Ruby shoot Oswald

ruby's att heart attackRuby was having some tax issues, surprise he ran a night club/strip club, his attorney for the tax issues was out in California, when he saw Ruby shoot Oswald, he had a heart attack.

From the Kennedy File Part II: The origin of the Grassy Knoll statement, Oswald’s fake ID and his police station photo

The second in a series of posts before the 50th anniversary of November 22nd, 1963, about that fateful day and the days afterward.

Click here for part one (Ruby’s mug shot, Oswald’s arrest warrant, the famous “cut out” photo, and telegrams calling OSwald a filthy tramp)

Everything is from the City of Dallas’s file on the Kennedy assassination and the Oswald murder from online the City of Dallas achieves.  Some are presented without comment other aren’t.  Click on the images, to enlarge them.

Oswald after his capture with the Police

oswald and st. warren

Two things, first, the context of the picture.  No details are available to determine if the officers in the picture know they caught the man who killed JFK or just caught the man who killed Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit.  But second, look at the photo, look at the officer on the left, his hatred of Oswald, his fuming anger.  He looks like he’s going to beat Oswald to death right there.  If he knew Oswald killed JFK, he’s likely expressing the feelings of millions of Americans at the time.  But then Oswald looking confident, almost cocky, like he’s standing up for something or will ultimately be proven innocent. And then the officer on the right, who looks like he knows he’s caught up in something far bigger then himself, and he just wants to go home and see his family.

S.M. Holland’s statement to the police regarding a shooter behind the grassy knoll

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grassy knoll

Holland says in his statement that he saw puffs of smoke and shots coming from an area that would become known as the Grassy Knoll. His statement combined with a few others would become part of the bases for conspiracy theorists. The last line of his statement is interesting too, “Everything is spinning in my head and if I remember anything else I’ll come back and tell Bill.”

Oswald’s fake ID

oswald's fake id

When the police first questioned Oswald after arresting him, they asked why he had two ID’s, one his real ID the other this fake one.   He told the detective, “you’re the detective, figure it out.”

Dallas Police report the FBI looked into whether or not Ruby was gay.

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ruby ho

Two FBI agents, from New Oreleans, apparently had a source that said in some file in Dallas, Ruby was reported as gay.  Because in the end, that would have made a difference?

From the Kennedy Files Part I: Oswald’s Arrest Warrant, Ruby’s mug shot, the “cut out” photo and Filthy Telegrams

This is the first in a series of posts before the 50th anniversary of November 22nd, 1963, about that fateful day and the days afterward.

Everything is from the City of Dallas’s file on the Kennedy assassination and the Oswald murder from online the City of Dallas achieves.  Some are presented without comment other aren’t.  Click on the images, to enlarge them.

Ruby’s mug shot

mug shot

Oswald’s Arrest Warrant, note the NO BOND, underlined at the end

no bond

Telegram (popular at the time) sent to Oswald (In City Jail, Dallas) from Joe Hughes in Houston, calling him a “Filthy Tramp”

oswald flithy tramp

Picture found in Oswald’s apartment, with the image of a man holding a “gun” and “newspaper” cut out.

cut out

Stop saying Dallas was a City of Hate in 1963 when Kennedy was killed…It wasn’t

So Dallas, was a hatefilled city back in the day? – TM

John Connally with Jackie and John F Kennedy

In recent weeks, with the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, there has been a picture painted by some that Dallas in 1963 was a city of hate. A city of full of fear-mongering, extreme conservatives that created a hotbed perfect for the assassination of JFK. There’s a new popular book, stories in the Dallas Morning News and the New Yorker, and reports on NPR all about how Dallas was full of people who secretly hoped Kennedy would die, so naturally he was killed here. Frankly, I think it’s a bunch of BS, and those locals writing about it are merely attempting to embrace that stereotype of 50 years ago, apologize for it and ask for forgiveness.

Let’s take a look at the argument for a city of hate. Proponents of that argument usually point to a few events and people in Dallas as justification. One of the first events they talk about is the angry mob that attacked LBJ while he was campaigning in Dallas as Kennedy’s Vice President in 1960. You know who made up that mob? Old rich white ladies, maybe a 100 of them, and all they did was yell and crowd around him. The authors of the new book talk about how terrifying those pictures of the mob are.

Allow me to do my best Seth Meyers impression…Really!?! Some old pissed off lady with pearls and a mink coat is scary? You do know members of the Klan were randomly firebombing black churches killing innocent children at the time in other cities. But no, you’re right. Those ladies really make us a city more inclined to hate.

They also point to the publisher of the city’s largest newspaper at the time, Ted Dealey of the Dallas Morning News. Dealey, a right wing conservative, became fed up with President Kennedy. So when he and 20 or so other Texas newspaper publishers were invited to a private White House luncheon with the President, Dealey decided to give him a piece of his mind. He reportedly stood up and told the President that the nation needed a man on horseback to lead them through these turbulent times, and that the President looked more like his daughter Caroline on a tricycle.

Whoa, stop the presses! A big time newspaper publisher called the President a little girl. I hear they’re fighting after recess. You know what other leaders in different cities were doing at the time to Kennedy? They were refusing to obey federal laws and treating military action to preserve “their way of life.” All of which caused Kennedy to send the National Guard after them. But yeah grade school name calling is far, far worse.

The proponents also point out the regional office of the John Birch Society and the presents of their book store and book clubs in Dallas. The John Birch Society was an extreme conservative group that believed every president since FDR had been a communist. Granted these people were ultra-right wing people, but they weren’t taken seriously in Dallas. For example, Peter Gent, the former Dallas Cowboy and author of the best book about pro football, once wrote about his high society girlfriend dragging him to one of their meetings. At the end of it everyone was asked to write the name of one person they knew personally that was un-American, engaging in un-patriotic activities, and who was a possible communist. Gent wrote down his own name.

So not only were they a joke, but come on, ultra-conservative book clubs…Really. Combined with the rich white lady mob, I’m sure they could have come up with a very hateful quilt. In other cities in America, ultra-conservative militias were arming themselves to go off and actually fight communists in left leaning countries. Like actual war, not books about war. But I understand our book club really did create this atmosphere of hate compared to other cities.

Let me pause and quickly sum up, old rich white ladies yelling at the president, rich old newspaper publishers calling him a girl, and…book clubs??? I can really feel the legitimate hate as compared to other places. Now, there are other events and people that the proponents point to, in particular three different people that lived in Dallas at the time. H.L. Hunt wrote a book (oh my), Rev Criswell called him a Catholic (my heavens) and General Walker called for an attack on the US Ambassador to the U. N. Okay not going to lie, that last one does make us sound a little like a hateful city. Especially after you consider that, Adlai Stevenson, the US ambassador to the UN, was “attacked” in Dallas after the General’s speech. But that attack consisted of Stevenson getting hit by a protest sign and spat on by one lady, not exactly like the bombing of government buildings which was occurring elsewhere, but still.

However I’ll point out that the General, who was a very ultra conservative guy, was actually shot at in Dallas. By none other than Lee Harvey Oswald, same guy who killed Kennedy. It’s a point that the “we’re a city of hate please forgive us” guys usually gloss over. Cause it’s hard to say “Dallas was a right wing, wacko conservative hate filled city that was ripe for a man like Oswald to kill Kennedy,” when Oswald was taking shots at those very right wing conservatives. Did he hate both the left and right, was he an extreme moderate?

No he was a guy with issues and problems, who could have lived in almost any city in the US but it just so happened to be living in Dallas at the time (I’ll point out he lived in a great places before Dallas). After the assassination, people looked for answers, for why it happened in Dallas. The narrative presented said that Dallas was a city of hate. When in fact, it wasn’t. We were like many other American cities at the time with right wing extremists. It was the 60’s for Christ sake. Even the authors of the new book say the ultra-conservatives were a small minority. They’ve only been blown out of proportion because of Kennedy. If he had been killed almost anywhere, that city would have been labeled a city of hate.

Now I say all of this as someone who was not alive during the Kennedy assassination, but know many who were. My impression, as to why all this is happening, is because of the guilt the city’s always felt. At the time most of the city never took those right extremist seriously, but when the assassination happened, and the national media pointed it out, we felt too guilty to say, “no, that’s not right.” We just hung our head, and said “yeah, we’re a city hate. Sorry, please forgive us. We’re trying to get over that now.”

Well we now have a generation that did not grow up with that immense guilt, that stain on our collective conscience. We’re a generation that grew up with our City known more for a football team, an airport, and a TV show than the assassination. So let me say it. No, we were not a city of hate. We were a city like many others throughout the US. We weren’t as tolerant as some cities, but we differentially weren’t as intolerant and hate-filled as others. A few pissed off rich ladies, a petty name caller, a conservative book club, and one out of hand protest doesn’t mean we were a hateful city. It means we were a normal city in the turbulent 60’s that just so happened to have one zealot who wanted to make history.