The major motion picture PARKLAND explores the assassination of John Kennedy from perspectives never before seen: the doctors and nurses at the hospital, the boots-on-the-ground G-men at the FBI field office in Dallas, the family of Lee Harvey Oswald -- caught in their own metaphorical cross fire. For many viewers their stories will lend new clarity to the famous headlines they already know.
In this blog, I'd like to continue ferreting out the types of untold stories from the assassination and its aftermath that PARKLAND lays bare. Given the rich historical tableau that this powerful and tragic American moment offers us, it shouldn't be too hard.
Feel free to present any story you want as fact, but expect that any other blogger can call "b*llshit" by supplying other facts. No hard feelings allowed (even by me).
I'll start: one of my favorite stories from the Kennedy assassination was that of a young journalist named Robert McNeil (who would later co-host the McNeil Lehrer NewsHour on PBS with Jim Lehrer). McNeil was at Dealey Plaza to cover the president's visit. After the shots rang out and pandemonium ensued, he raced up the steps of the nearest building, the Texas School Book Depository, to call in the story. He stopped a young man who was exiting the building to ask directions to the nearest phone. The young man pointed up the stairs, inside the foyer. McNeil ran to the phone and filed. Only later did he realize that the man he stopped on the steps was Lee Harvey Oswald.
Now it's your turn...
Brian Falk recently directed GHOSTS OF THE PACIFIC for The American Film Company. His producing credits include THE CONSPIRATOR and PARKLAND. Brian has also produced more than eighty hours of broadcast news, documentaries, and television series worldwide for a variety of outlets including PBS,... More
“The first doctor to treat President Kennedy was Dr. Jim Carrico, a 28-year-old, first-year surgical resident.”