Chris Columbus to Direct Robert F. Kennedy Film
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Variety says that Chris Columbus will direct a feature about Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential run. Columbus and his 1492 Productions have acquired screen rights to the Thurston Clarke book "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America."

Columbus will produce with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Columbus will write the script solo or invite another screenwriter to work with him, adds the trade.

Kennedy's idealistic campaign, which focused squarely on poverty, racism and ending the unpopular Vietnam War, resonated with Columbus and his 1492 partners. While losing his iconic brother made him wary of crowds, Kennedy refused to insulate himself from the public during his run.


 
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Nikki Finke is reporting that Matt Damon is going to star in a biopic of Robert F Kennedy for New Regency. Directed by Gary Ross, and written by Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. The film will be adapted from the Evan Thomas-penned biography His Life, published in 2000.




Ross burst into Hollywood as the screenwriter and co-producer of Big. He also wrote Mr. Baseball, Dave and Lassie before making his feature directorial debut with Pleasentville. He has since wrote and directed Seabiscuit and the animated film The Tale of Despereaux.

Here is the official description from Thomas’ book:

He was “Good Bobby,” who, as his brother Ted eulogized him, “saw wrong and tried to right it . . . saw suffering and tried to heal it.” And “Bad Bobby,” the ruthless and manipulative bully of countless conspiracy theories. Thomas’s unvarnished but sympathetic and fair-minded portrayal is packed with new details about Kennedy’s early life and his behind-the-scenes machinations, including new revelations about the 1960 and 1968 presidential campaigns, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his long struggles with J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson.
The Library Journal wrote the following about the book:

Thomas’s narrative, skillfully woven from numerous interviews, vividly reveals a very human Kennedy struggling to come to terms with his brother’s assassination, his role in wiretapping Martin Luther King Jr., and his fatal decision to take on Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 Democratic primary. Thomas’s chilling account of the Cuban Missile Crisis shows Kennedy at his best, while his portrayal of his feuds with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Cuban president Fidel Castro reveal him at his worst. Thomas convincingly debunks a number of the myths that envelop Kennedy.

The book is available in paperback from Amazon for around $11-12. For those of you who don’t know how RFK looked, I’ve also included video of RFK’s famous Indianapolis speech, in which he revealed to a mostly black crowd the news that Martin Luther King had been assassinated.



While watching the speech above, I think it is easy to see Matt Damon in the role. What do you think?

Discuss: Is Matt Damon the right actor to play Robert F Kennedy?

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vegabro 14 hours ago 

They should make a Kennedy trilogy (John, Robert and Teddy) and cast three of the Baldwin bros as the Kennedys.
FlagLikeReplyReply MITIOR 14 hours ago in reply to vegabro

worst idea ever, oh wait sarcasm?
FlagLikeReplyReply vegabro 14 hours ago in reply to MITIOR

Lance_HBomb liked this.


I was being funny.

But that doesn't mean I don't want to see it happen
FlagLikeReplyReply Marvin3O 1 hour ago in reply to vegabro

I liked your idea a lot up until the last part... YES! they should do a trilogy about the three brothers, but not with the Baldwin brothers!!! Alec is the only one that can act... he is a terrific comedian, and a good drama actor, but the rest of his brothers can't act AT ALL!!!
And about the original question... Matt Damon is excellent for the part!! He is a great actor, and based on the picture above, he looks like Robert Kennedy!
FlagLikeReplyReply 0zzy 14 hours ago 

He does kinda look like him doesn't he? I think it could be a good film if done properly. Sadly, it will only shine the positive lights on him and none of the negative lights (or maybe they will surprise me and be fair and balanced?)

I once did a research paper that included how Robert helped run out of his office Operation Mongoose, which essentially supported state terrorism (including faking a plane crash and blaming it Castro) in order to scare the American people enough to go to war with Cuba. I'm not exactly how that shows Robert "at his best" during the Cuban Missile Crises.
FlagLikeReplyReply hector19 14 hours ago 

Seems to me like James Marsden was born for this role.
FlagLikeReplyReply Clarence Somerset 8 hours ago in reply to hector19

they look alike but as nikki pointed out, studios need a big name star and box office guarantee to even fund it. damon provides just that.
FlagLikeReplyReply ThatMovieSucked.com 10 hours ago 

Good choice.
FlagLikeReplyReply elharris84 7 hours ago 

Bring back Steven Culp. He was great as RFK in "Thirteen Days." Though he might be too old...
FlagLikeReplyReply ezgoo 4 hours ago in reply to elharris84

I'm glad someone remembers that. He was flawless in "Days" and I would love to see him reprise that role. Alas, I'm sure you're right. He's probably pushing that age barrier now.
FlagLikeReplyReply hb 6 hours ago 

Cant wait to hear the terrible accent. The guy is from Mass and he fakes a terrible Boston accent like he's from the street. Him and Affleck are hilarious like that.
FlagLikeReplyReply Kip Mooney 5 hours ago 

2011 Best Actor Oscar is his, finally.
FlagLikeReplyReply Wickedrebel 3 hours ago 

Well I wonder how this movie will end?
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APMatt Damon (l.) is at the top of the list to play RFK in a new biopic based on Evan Thomas' biography, 'Robert F. Kennedy: His Life,' according to a report. Related NewsArticlesGeorge Lopez to voice Speedy Gonzalez in new movie'Slumdog Millionaire' kids, one year after the OscarsMovie theater chain boycotts 'Alice in Wonderland' over Disney's plans for quick DVD releaseKathryn Bigelow puts ex-hubby James Camerons 'Avatar' in 'The Hurt Locker' at BAFTA awards'Avatar' star Zoe Saldana on the NYC of her childhood, Chinatown food and the No. 7 trainBadass Bruce Willis is back in 'Cop Out'Is it time for Matt Damon to practice a distinctive chowdah-flavored mannah of speaking?

The 39-year-old Cambridge, Mass., native is close to signing on as Bobby Kennedy in a new film about the legendary Bostonian politician, according to EOnline.com.

The movie is based on Evan Thomas' biography, "Robert F. Kennedy: His Life."

Damon's star turns as a killer spy in the "Bourne Identity" have made the actor bankable in Hollywood.

The switch to a playing real-life legend could make for a cuhlahful, er, colorful challenge for Damon.

He would join a long roster of actors who've played John F. Kennedy's younger brother. That includes "Law & Order"'s Linus Roache, who played him in the 2002 telefilm "RFK."

But Damon still hasn't signed awn the dawtted line.

Damon's ultimate decision will hinge on the still unwritten final script, EOnline reports.
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Ask Why Not: Matt Damon to Play RFK?
Today 6:05 AM PST by Gina Serpe


Baurer-griffin.com, ZumaPress.com
Matt Damon is coming for Camelot.

In a rather inspired piece of casting news, the Oscar-winning Hollywood royal is thisclose to starring as the nearest thing we've got to American royalty: a Kennedy. Specifically, Robert F. Kennedy.

While it's not yet a done deal, Damon is attached to play the assassinated presidential candidate in the biopic, which will be adapted from Evan Thomas' decade-old tome, Robert Kennedy: His Life.

Damon's ultimate decision will hinge on the final script, which has yet to be written. (Once it is, it'll be the second Bobby-centric flick in the past few years.)

Well, he's already got the accent down. Not to mention the politics.

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Damon's not the only one making moves in Hollywood. Check out what Jonah Hill and Freida Pinto have planned with a flip through our Casting Couch gallery.

      
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17 Comments
1.jaqo Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:14 AM

It will most likely be a hagiographic work of fiction that will avoid all the characteristic outright evil and mindlessness that characterizes most of what the Kennedy clan has done, with the exception of JFK's tax cuts which were virtually identical in all regards to Bush's cuts.

Report 2.Yep! Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:14 AM

Why not they are both liberal,socialist, ruining America. MT was "scared" of Sarah Palin, should be crapping his pants right about now with BO at the helm. Bring it haters!! You don't scare me if you disagree with anything I have said you fall in the same arena and these two!!

Report 3.r Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:18 AM

He gets cooler and cooler every day

Report 4.distressed Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:24 AM

I find that generally those who feel the need to shout their opinions quickly and loudly do so for fear that others might see through their lack of logic. While I'm at it, if you want to be taken seriously please take a second look at your English. Making up words, turning verbs into nouns, insisting additional punctuation used where it isn't appropriate emphasises thoughts *** these things only magnify imaturity. When you can converse as an adult and back your opinions, then we can have a political discussion.

Report 5.cool Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:26 AM

Awesome for Damon--he'll get to b a n g hot chicks in the movie and play the part of covering up for JFK!!!

Report 6.Dan Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:41 AM

Well, I will say, a movie about RFK sounds a lot more interesting than a movie about Sarah Palin or Bush. The one about Sarah Palin would probably be called "Misery" The one about George Bush would be called "Rain Man".... Dustin Hoffman would have to dumb it down a bit more as an autistic to match Bush's intelligence though! I was going to write more, but alas, I forgot to write my speaking notes on my hand... LOL Geez, this dummy was going to be a VP?!! She can't raise her own children right, and we want her to run a country? Put kudos on pimping that ******* grandbaby! Should put some more money in the bank!!! LOL

Report 7.Dan Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:42 AM

hmmm, ******** seems to have been X'd out....

Report 8.Sam Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:46 AM

Sarah Palin was recently at a forum answering questions. Unfortunately, Palin was unable to respond to the criticism, because she was wearing gloves."

Report 9.Sam Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:46 AM

Sarah Palin was recently at a forum answering questions. Unfortunately, Palin was unable to respond to the criticism, because she was wearing gloves."

Report 10.Sam Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:48 AM

Another great one ** "Sarah Palin was photographed in Hawaii this week wearing a 'McCain for President' visor, but she had blacked out the letters of her former running mate's name. She was going to black out all of it, but halfway through, she quit."

Report 11.Sam Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 9:49 AM

Another great one ** "Sarah Palin was photographed in Hawaii this week wearing a 'McCain for President' visor, but she had blacked out the letters of her former running mate's name. She was going to black out all of it, but halfway through, she quit."

Report 12.Allison M Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 10:12 AM

Horrid headline

Report 13.Shannon Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 10:13 AM

I think Matt Damon would be perfect for that part. I hope he accepts it. Please stop talking about that ignorant hick from Alaska people!! Makes me queasy!!

Report 14.Whatever Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 11:09 AM

Yeah Jaqo, not to mention all that Civil Rights BS he was selling, huh? Good thing that crap never caught on. That RFK, what a loser...

Report 15.Please Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 11:11 AM

This article has nothing to do with Palin, Bush, or Obama, so kindly STFU, especially since neither side can spell correctly. On topic, this is inspired casting. Matt Damon is a phenomenal actor who makes every movie he's in worth watching.

Report 16.{QQ} Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 12:38 PM

I'm not into revisionist history, Hollywood style...unless of course the film is equitable and introduces the audience to RFK's affiliations with Marilyn Monroe, the mob and his assault on organized labor by incarcerating Jimmy Hoffa. But, I doubt it- I'm sure Hollywood's portrayal of Comrade Kennedy will be a fluff piece.

Report 17.webbie Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 1:10 PM

STEVEN CULP should get the role. He was really good in Thirteen Days. And he looks very much like RFK.

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The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: The Acoustics Evidence
By Steve Barber
Mr. Barber’s work was seminal in proving that the dictabelt recorded by the Dallas Police Department that allegedly contains sounds of the shots in the JFK assassination was actually recorded elsewhere. He worked directly with a panel of the Committee on Ballistic Acoustics (CBA), which included two Nobel prize-winning physicists, Norman F. Ramsey, chairman of the committee, and the late Luis Alvarez, who were hired by the Justice Department to reexamine earlier findings of the acoustics experts hired by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, who had concluded that the dictabelt contained the gunshots that killed President Kennedy. Most recently, Barber assisted several members of the CBA panel who regrouped for the purpose of examining a 2001 acoustics paper by Donald Thomas, published in the journal ‘Science and Justice’ (2001:41 p21-32). Thomas criticized the CBA's findings.




Some years following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 4/5 1968 critics of the official version of the assassination said there were audio recordings of more than 8 shots fired when RFK was shot. Such conclusions, if correct, would have established that more than one gunman had been firing because the assassin’s gun could not hold more than 8 bullets. These claims of extra shots fired originated from television recording equipment located in the rear of the Embassy Ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel, the scene of Robert Kennedy’s California Primary election victory speech.

In his important book about the RFK assassination, The Killing Of Robert F. Kennedy (1995), veteran crime reporter Dan Moldea identified ABC News as the only television network broadcasting when the shooting began. Both Andrew West of Mutual Broadcasting and Jeff Brent of Continental Broadcasting were also recording but switched on their microphones after the shooting began.

Moldea wrote, “In November and December 1982, these three audio sound recordings were subjected to scientific, but controversial, acoustical analysis, in an attempt to determine if a distinctive gunshot ‘audio signature’ can be identified and the number of gunshots counted. According to Dr Michael H.L. Hecker – an electrical engineer with the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California – who conducted the tests, ‘On the basis of auditory, oscillographic and spectrographic analyses of these three recordings, it is my opinion, to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, that no fewer than 10 gunshots are ascertainable following the conclusion of the Senator’s victory speech until after the time Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was disarmed.’ ”

In the 1980s I was given an opportunity to examine an audio copy of the ABC tape. A writer by the name of Robert Cutler had sent me the tape and I was asked to determine if any shots were audible. At that time I believe I was told I might hear balloons popping, and not to confuse this with gunshots. After examining the tape I wrote Cutler back and told him that I couldn’t hear anything except what could possibly be balloons being popped and that I could hear where the recorder was turned off and then back on in spots, but that I couldn’t determine whether or not with certainty that there were gunshots.

In 2006, British author Mel Ayton, who has written books on the JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations, sent me an audio tape recording of live broadcasts made at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel which had been compiled by JFK researcher and author Larry Sneed. The tape is a collection of the live news broadcasts on the night RFK was shot; none of the recordings were made in the pantry. Part of the compilation contains the broadcast made by ABC News, which was stationed in the Embassy Ballroom. After making a more thorough examination of the ABC tape I concluded that the recording was obviously made AFTER the shooting. The vocal contents of the pandemonium going on during the segment of the tape proves this. The screaming and shouting of people are those of panic stricken individuals who were reacting to the apparent gunshots. The sounds that I heard which suggested gunfire were nothing more than the sounds of the microphones held by the person recording the pandemonium, bumping either into things with it, or fumbling around with it, or something of that nature. They do not resemble gunfire at all. I concluded that the ABC tape was absolutely worthless.

In order to carry out further research on these recordings Mel Ayton asked if I would work with Michael O’Dell who also had experience in acoustics research. I first became acquainted with O'Dell in 2001. O’Dell was a technical analyst who, from 2001 through 2005, worked with a committee of leading scientists when it reexamined the acoustics evidence in the JFK assassination. The committee included Norman F. Ramsey of the original CBA committee that I had worked with, during the period 1980-1982. O’Dell stated, “…I don’t believe any shots were captured on the ABC tape.... I think (the ABC tape) is worthless....”

In early 2006 Ayton, who had been writing a book on the controversy over the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, discovered from one of his sources in the United States that there was a tape recording located at the California State Archives (CSA) that supposedly captured the actual gunshots as they were fired at Kennedy and that the recording was the only one in existence that captured the shooting from beginning to end. The recording was made by a freelance reporter, Stanislaw Pruszynski, on the night of June 4th 1968. Pruszynski told the Los Angeles Police Department his cassette recorder was running all through the shooting.

The CSA records describe the tape as : “Pruszynski, Stus - At Ambassador Hotel on June 4th; tape is his recording of events at the hotel. Includes end of RFK’s speech, possible shots being fired, post-shooting hysteria in kitchen, and interviews with a man who claims Sirhan was not alone. Pruszynski narrates what he is seeing.” The tape was eventually lodged with the California State Archives. (The tape is mentioned in the California State Archives lists of the Investigation Records Audio Tapes, Appendix E.CSA-K123 I-4837 June 4-5 1968.)

Mel Ayton asked me if I had knowledge of the tape recording and I replied in the negative. My initial reaction was that the “Pruszynski Tape” was probably not going to reveal anything more than the CBS and ABC tapes, which as stated before, revealed nothing but a lot of crowd noise, and what sounded like microphones banging into objects, and/or balloons popping here and there.

Ayton asked the California State Archives to send me a copy of the tape recording. Later he was able to obtain a digitized copy of the recording and it was mailed to me. As I was working on the CSA Pruszynski audio cassette tape and the Pruszynski Tape digitized version, Moldea told Ayton that he had earlier been approached by a CNN journalist, Brad Johnson, who had told Moldea about the Pruszynski Tape.

Among his hundreds of interviews about this case, Moldea had spent fourteen hours with Sirhan Sirhan and believed that the convicted assassin had murdered Senator Kennedy and acted alone. Despite Johnson’s enthusiasm for this new discovery, Moldea was skeptical, insisting that only eight shots had been fired and that Sirhan had fired all of them.

During the Spring of 2006, I worked on the Pruszynski Tape with the assistance of Dr. Chad Zimmerman, a researcher who had some experience in examining the scientific aspects of the JFK assassination, and Michael O’Dell. After months spent examining the tape I concluded that I could not be certain that I hear more than seven shots. I heard what might have been the eighth shot, but couldn’t be absolutely certain at that point. The sound that may be the eighth shot appears just a millisecond before the sound of a very high pitched scream made by a female in or near the pantry.

Michael O’Dell was in agreement with my findings but stated, “I still have a lot of uncertainty about how many shots are clearly identifiable on the Pruszynski Tape. Right now I’m willing to identify six for certain. But of course the real question is whether there is solid evidence for more than eight. I certainly don’t see how anyone can use it to claim more than eight and that’s the main point.”

Chad Zimmerman examined the tape using computer software. Zimmerman stated, “I ran the audio through an analysis program, which provided [an] audio analysis. I took two different graphs and split them apart, enhanced the second to a different color then overlayed them with 50% opacity.



You can see eight spikes that correlate to the audio gunshots. The last occurs just before the scream. However, I don’t think one can necessarily say that more shots couldn’t have existed after that point, but that they would have been drowned out by the scream. However, in my opinion, there are only eight, .22 caliber gunshots heard on that tape. Now, preceding these eight, I hear one deeper audible ‘pop’ just prior to the eight shots in rapid succession. However, this is a bit longer and deeper, which sounds more like a balloon pop than a gunshot….My only real contribution here is the spectrographic run that I did, which showed 8 spikes. [My conclusion is] 8 or fewer shots are heard and none would be a .38.” With regard to the possibility that RFK could have been shot by security guard Thane Cesar, who carried a .38 caliber pistol, Zimmerman said, “…there certainly isn’t a .38 shot on [the] tape.” Both Chad Zimmerman and I also agree that the conspiracy writers’ No. 1 suspect as the ‘second gunman,’ Thane Cesar, could not possibly have fired his .38 revolver. (Moldea, who had also interviewed Cesar dozens of times, had concluded in his book that Cesar, who passed a lie-detector test that Moldea had arranged, was an innocent man who had been wrongly accused.)

There are three sounds which take place approximately 1 second before the string of shots fired from Sirhan’s weapon. Chad Zimmerman and myself identified one of them as a “deeper toned pop,” meaning that it doesn’t have the same popping sound as the string of 7 or 8 shots fired from Sirhan’s weapon. The sound which precedes the “deeper toned pop” is very difficult to reach a conclusion as to what, exactly, it is. I believe that the two sounds are connected to each other, physically, but that neither of them are gunshot sounds.

Brad Johnson’s chronology of events of the Pruszynski tape, refers to one of these sounds as a “mysterious thump.’’ I will refer to the Johnson “mysterious thump” as sound #1, and the “deeper toned pop” as sound #3. I do not know which of the two sounds he considers the “mysterious thump,” but will assume that it is sound # 1. There is also a peculiar sound that occurs between sounds 1 and 3, which I refer to as “sound #2.”

Sound #1 bears the resemblance of a microphone bumping into something solid, producing a tone that resonates briefly. There is the sound of an audible bassy-type “click," when the digital version of the Pruszynski recording is played. One can actually feel a “thump” emanating from the speakers. I noticed that the “thump” is not as pronounced on the cassette copy.

Sound # 2 is a sound akin to someone running their finger up the lowest (or thickest) of the guitar strings on a guitar, which makes a sound such as “zzzziiip." Simultaneous with the “zzziiip" sound, a female voice can be heard saying something indecipherable, that rhymes with the word “Tuesday." These sounds are joined together, and one is left with the impression that the sound may be an appliance in the pantry turning on. There was a very large ice machine in the area where the shooting took place, which Sirhan was hiding behind, before he began shooting. It could have been an exhaust fan, or ventilator turning on.

Sound # 3. This section of the recording peaked my interest, because I am reasonably certain that some will try to claim that sound #3 could be gunfire from a different weapon and not fired by Sirhan.

Soon after I began studying the Pruszynski tape, I decided that I would be able to obtain more accurate results using my computer. I transferred the tape onto my computer hard drive, and used a tool on my computer which allows me to slow down a recording to a crawl without changing the pitch of the of the recording. When I slowed sound #3 I noticed that it didn’t make a singular sound, rather, it contained a double sound giving the impression that it contained echo. When played at true speed, however, the double sound cannot be detected by the human ear. None of the shots fired from Sirhan’s gun produced an echo-type sound, nor did the voices of the people in the pantry who were shouting. I can’t rule out echo altogether, but, it seems odd that this sound alone produced a double sound that can only be detected when the recording is slowed, but none of the voices or string of shots produced an echo.

My first instinct was that since there were two swinging doors that led to the kitchen where Senator Kennedy was shot, it is possible that sound #3 is one of the two doors being pushed open and banging into the wall. Sometimes, when someone is pushing a door open, they keep their hand on the door all the while pushing on it while it hit’s the wall. Once it hit’s the wall, and with the hand still pushing on the door, the door bounces off the surface of the wall, then back again, causing a second “thump’’ when it hits the wall a second time. This is something that can easily be demonstrated. The sound does not sound like a gunshot to me.

I would like to add that, after listening to the sounds very carefully, it is my conclusion that these sounds are not in the same location as Sirhan, who fired the 7or 8 gunshots. They seem to have slightly less volume than the string of 7 or 8 gunshots heard on the tape. This, to me, lends more support to the conclusion that if a .38 caliber weapon was fired from within the same location as Sirhan, the sound of the shot would be much louder since it was suggested it was a .38 caliber weapon, which would create a higher level of sound, than that of a .22 caliber.

Furthermore while listening to a gentleman talking with Pruszynski, he actually stated that the shots ‘weren't very loud,’ and he thought the sounds were a 'Chinese type of fireworks.' This, to me, certainly adds to the fact that no .38 caliber weapon was fired.

Whatever sound numbers 1 and 2 are, they do not bear any resemblance to a .38 caliber hand gun.

In 2006, Mel Ayton asked a British acoustics firm, JP French Associates, to examine the Pruszynski Tape. Using state-of-the-art acoustics computer-based technology Philip Harrison, a JP French Associates acoustics expert, who was given the task of examining the tape, wrote a report for Ayton (appended to his book The Forgotten Terrorist). I worked closely with Philip Harrison and forwarded to him my analysis of the tape. Harrison looked at what information I had discovered and listened to those things I pointed out, before compiling his own analysis. Harrison’s report decisively concluded that only eight shots were fired in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. Harrison’s findings were examined and verified by Professor Peter French, visiting professor at the University of York. Professor French is an expert in the analysis of digital and magnetic recordings.


The "High Pitched Scream”

Within a millisecond of what appears to be the final gunshot, there is a high-pitched female scream coming from within, or near the pantry.

After the blood curdling scream “AHHHHH!” the woman continues, saying, “I think my husband's been shot!” I believe that this may have been Ethel Kennedy, the Senator’s wife, who was not in the room when the shooting occurred. As the crowd reacts to the shooting, the woman is screaming "Back…No! “Get back...get back!’ These are the last words picked up by Pruszynski’s microphone of the woman at this point, probably due to her rushing to aid her husband.

We do not know where Pruszynski was located when he captured the shooting. If the woman is Mrs. Kennedy, I believe that she holds the key as to just where Pruszynski was standing with his recorder In order for her voice to be so distorted, she had to be standing within inches of the microphone.

Interestingly, immediately after the woman whom I believe to be Mrs. Kennedy, screams, “AHHHHHH! I think my husband's been shot!“ a distinct male voice utters the word “How?” I determined the voice to be that of Mr. Pruszynski by comparing this voice with Pruszynski's as he is interviewing witnesses about 20-25 minutes after the shooting on the tape.

ALLEGATIONS OF EXTRA SHOTS FOUND ON THE PRUSYNSKI TAPE.

In correspondence with Dan Moldea and me, CNN reporter Brad Johnson alleged that the Pruszynski Tape contains evidence of more than eight shots fired in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel.

Working with Philip Harrison, we had an opportunity to respond to the claims made by Johnson.

The CNN journalist had told Moldea in 2005, “After having listened to this recording many times over a number of months, I believe that I am hearing 10 shots as follows: 2 shots fired in quick succession and then a string of 8 shots fired in quick succession. An acoustics expert here in Atlanta has just issued a confidential report on this recording that concludes there are 9 high-probability gunshots captured in this tape (one less than what I believe I'm hearing, but one more than Sirhan Sirhan could have fired).”

Brad Johnson and his purported acoustics expert had matched the Pruszynski Tape to some CBS footage and counted 11 shots. Johnson provided Moldea a timeline in which he stated:

12:16:00.5 am PDT - The first shot or shots are fired in the kitchen pantry (to my hearing, there are two shots being fired in quick succession at this time but presently an examination of my acoustics expert can confirm the high probability of only one shot).

12:16:01.0 am PDT - A mysterious "thump" sound is heard but at this point in my research it appears unlikely this sound was a gunshot.

12:16:04.0 am PDT - By this time, a string of eight additional shots have been fired (all eight are high probability shots according to my acoustics expert). Our count of high-probability gunshots is now 9.

12:16:05.0 am PDT - A long, very high-pitched female scream is heard in the kitchen pantry.

12:16:18.5 am PDT - Andy West turns his tape recorder back on, upon entering the kitchen pantry (his recorder has been off for the past 66.5 seconds).

12:16:55.0 am PDT - Two more high probability shots are fired as a struggle with Sirhan Sirhan continues for his handgun (since Sirhan emptied his weapon, these could have been the last two bullets discharged as a result of the struggle). Our count of high-probability gunshots is now 11.

12:17:41.0 am PDT - Andy West shouts into his microphone, "Ladies and gentlemen, they have the gun away from the man.”

Harrison responded to the timeline by stating:

According to the timeline created by [Brad Johnson] there is a period of 50 seconds between the ‘long, very high-pitched female scream’ and the ‘two more high probability shots … fired as a struggle with Sirhan Sirhan continues’. If his timings are correct then these events have not been captured on the Pruszynski recording. In terms of elapsed time the corresponding point on the Pruszynski recording is approximately 14 seconds into the interview with the man where ‘negroes’ are discussed. However, if [is] timings are wrong and the events he is referring to are those identified by Steve [Barber] that occur at 6:00 and 6:01 on the CD then I cannot agree that they are gun shots. Firstly, the two sounds have very different auditory qualities. The first sound gives the impression that it occurred quite close to the microphone and could be described as a ‘light tap’, whilst the source of the second sound appears to have been further away. Neither of the two sounds shows any significant auditory or spectrographic similarity to either the 7 identified shots or the unknown sounds preceding them. Spectrographic analysis of the second sound at approximately 6:01 shows a clear ‘double impulse’ structure. The two impulses are about 20 milliseconds apart. This configuration is not found in the earlier section of the recording where the shots occur. As stated before it is not possible to accurately identify what these two sounds are but there is no evidence within the recording to support the claim that they are both shots.

My findings are in agreement with Harrison’s. In examining Johnson’s claims I looked at the CBS news coverage and I was able to synchronize the film footage with audio to the Pruszynski tape, of the moment in question after the shooting. I concluded with 100% certainty that there are NO extra gunshots on the Pruszynski recording. They do not appear on the CBS footage, which is being shot just inches from where Senator Kennedy is lying on the floor, which would put the cameraman within only feet from where Sirhan would have been apprehended. I timed the section at the beginning of the Pruszynski Tape, and it adds up to approximately 16 seconds. This is the section during the wrestling with Sirhan, where you can hear a man yelling, ‘Break his hand...break his hand’ and scuffling in the background. Within this 16 seconds of audio, I hear nothing resembling gunfire.

This new acoustics evidence in the RFK case suggests to a high degree of probability that on the night of June 4/5 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel pantry there were no other gunmen who fired shots at Senator Kennedy. Furthermore, this evidence negates to a high degree of probability the allegations by conspiracy advocates that extra bullets were either discovered or retrieved from the pantry’s swinging doors.


RFK acoustic evidence (#108311)
by Leonard Robinson on April 4, 2007 at 11:44 PM
Bravo! I've always considered the argument that acoustic evidence proved there was a second gunman in the pantry to be ridiculous. Most people without access to the audio tape you analyzed have latched on to the ABC video as proof of more than 8 shots, but as you state, it is clear even from a cursory glace and listen that the ABC broadcast proved nothing of the kind. I remember Howard K. Smith asking one of ABC's reporters in LA (perhaps Bob Clark or Carl George?) why the gunshots were stretched out over a full minute, and the reporter responded that he had no explanation for what the ABC tape seemed to indicate, because having been close the scene at the time of the shooting, he (the reporter) knew that the shots had all been squeezed off within a short period of time. It always struck me that the sounds that Howard K. Smith identifed as being shots were really ABC's microphones banging around or balloons popping. Again, job well done.

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Re: RFK acoustic evidence (#108435)
by Jim Moore on April 8, 2007 at 11:59 PM
Excuse me, but I believe the following items in Steve Barber's article more than indicated that two shots COULD have been fired a minute after the initial shots went off:

12:16:55.0 am PDT - Two more high probability shots are fired as a struggle with Sirhan Sirhan continues for his handgun (since Sirhan emptied his weapon, these could have been the last two bullets discharged as a result of the struggle). Our count of high-probability gunshots is now 11.

12:17:41.0 am PDT - Andy West shouts into his microphone, "Ladies and gentlemen, they have the gun away from the man.”

Obviously, the above indicates Sirhan still had the weapon in his hand a full minute after the initial shots were fired (and may have still had the weapon in hand for another 46 seconds beyond that until it was finally taken away from him). While that alone does not prove the two sounds heard a minute later were shots, it does show that we can't discount the possibility of shots occurring that late in the game. Just my 2 cents.

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Re: RFK acoustic evidence (#108439)
by Leonard Robinson on April 9, 2007 at 1:48 AM
I respect your opinion, however, although it is THEORETICALLY possible that two shots could have been fired a minute after the first shot, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence suggests otherwise. Not just from the aforementioned tape, but from eyewitnesses on the scene. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a single witness who has claimed that a full minute passed from the first shot to the last shot. In fact, every witness I've seen interviewed (I own DVDs of the live coverage by CBS, NBC and ABC from that night, as well as other DVDs and tapes in which witnesses are interviewed) has indicated that the shots came rapidly--two shots, then a brief break, then more in rapid succession. Moreover, no witness ever says that there was anything close to 10 or 11 shots--most witnesses when interviewed that night estimated that between 4-6 shots were fired. I only know of one witness who even estimated it as high as 8 shots: Kristy Witner (not sure of the spelling), who worked for American Heritage at the time.

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Re: RFK acoustic evidence (#108449)
by Jim Moore on April 9, 2007 at 12:43 PM
Well, I don't know whether or not there's an overwhelming prepoderance of evidence against two shots being fired during the struggle a minute after the initial shots. I respect the fact that you feel there is. I'm just not as sure of that. Witnesses are very unreliable and it's got to be difficult in a situation like a shooting to accurately count the number of shots anyway. If such a situation suddenly erupted while you were there, do you really believe you would be able to give an accurate count of shots past a certain point? I don't think very many people would be able to do that. But let's get off that and turn to some other things I'm troubled by in Mr. Barber's article. This quote, for example, from one of these experts he mentions: "However, I don’t think one can necessarily say that more shots couldn’t have existed after that point, but that they would have been drowned out by the scream. However, in my opinion, there are only eight, .22 caliber gunshots heard on that tape." In reading that, it certainly seems obvious to me that there is considerably less than an overwhelming prepoderance of evidence - and I hope you don't mind my borrowing your words for a moment; I don't mean to be cute, just making a point - that no more than eight shots were fired at the hotel. I don't see how anyone can hang their hat on this analysis when the expert makes such a statement as that. Furthermore, these experts cited in Mr. Barber's article seem to go through all of this scientific state-of-the-art stuff to examine this recording only to reach their final (or apparently not-so-final) conclusions based on what they are "hearing." I don't understand the point of going through all of this expensive analysis and showing a bunch of graphs if all you're going to end up doing is draw your conclusions based on what your ear is hearing (if I'm not mistaken, a truly scientific conclusion here would not be based upon what one's ears are picking up). I feel like these experts are holding something back or not all of their analysis is being reported. Well, I've said my peace. I don't want to get into a long rambling debate about this. You see it your way and I see it my way. Just thought I'd offer a couple more of my cents for what they're worth. Best regards, Jim.
RFK Acoustic Evidence (#108465)
by Steve Neil Barber on April 9, 2007 at 4:11 PM
Dear Mr. Moore, and Mr. Robinson

Thank you both for your comments on my article.

The gunshots are very, very audible.

They are not being drowned out by crowd noise, or distortion. They are very rapidly fired, evenly spaced, except for the tiny gap between the last shot and the high pitched scream.

I might add that the scream is **not** blocking out the sound of a gunshot, if one had occurred at that point. Clearly, people can be heard talking and hollering during the scream, so, had a gunshot been fired at the same time as the scream, A) I would have detected it with my hearing and B) The spike would appear on the graph.

All in all, there is absolutely no evidence of more than 8 shots having been fired at Robert Kennedy, according to this tape recording, and all appear to have come from the same weapon as they all bear the same sound.

Comparing and synchronizing the Pruszynski recording with the CBS footage I mentioned does *not* reveal gunshot sounds of any nature within the moments following the string of 6-8 shots fired.

Pruszynski never shut his recorder off, except for one time, immediately following the speech, where all other major news network reporters did. Comparison of the Pruszynski recording and the CBS footage--alone--disproves any claim that gunshots were picked up by Pruszynski's recorder, by synchronizing the two recordings.

Mr. Moore, I can assure you that no one is holding back anything pertaining to the results shown on the graphs.

I hope this helps clear up any confusion.

Kind Regards,

Steve Barber

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Re: RFK Acoustic Evidence (#108478)
by Jim Moore on April 10, 2007 at 10:08 AM
Well, Mr. Barber, I don't quite understand this comment of yours:

Comparison of the Pruszynski recording and the CBS footage--alone--disproves any claim that gunshots were picked up by Pruszynski's recorder, by synchronizing the two recordings.

I'm afraid that is as clear as mud. What exactly are you trying to say there? Did the Pruszynski recording pick up any gunshots or didn't it? In reading over that paragraph of yours it almost seems like you're now saying that the recording didn't pick up any shots. Please clarify.

Lastly, Mr. Barber, you are trying to assure us that "no one is holding back anything pertaining to the results shown on the graphs." I'm sorry, Sir, but you must know this simple comment of yours is not going to suffice.

This is science, Mr. Barber. You can't really expect us to take your assurances on faith, now can you? No. I would suggest that you take the next necessary step which is to publish the complete report that you and/or your colleagues (Mr. O'Dell and Dr. Zimmerman) prepared so that we may all see it and evaluate it for ourselves. Just writing an article and then posting a few notes is hardly sufficient.

If you would, Sir, please publish your complete report somewhere on the internet and provide us, right here, with the web link to that report.

If you and your colleagues are not holding anything back, as you say, then you should have no problem fulfilling my request. I thank you. Best regards, Jim.

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Re: RFK Acoustic Evidence (#108482)
by Steve Neil Barber on April 10, 2007 at 12:30 PM
Dear Mr. Robinson,

Thank you for pointing out my massive typo.

That was supposed to read as follows:

Comparison of the Pruszynski recording and the CBS footage--alone--disproves any claim that extra gunshots were picked up by Pruszynski's recorder, by synchronizing the two recordings.

My sincere apologies for throwing you off, and leaving out the word "extra". "Extra" meaning more than 8 gunshots.

As for my statement that "...no one is holding anything back pertaining to results shown on the graph"...

All I can tell you is to please wait until Mr. Ayton's book is released next moth, to book stores. The full "JP French and Associates" report will be included as an Appendix to his book. I am not at liberty to release the the report, since it is part of Mr. Ayton's book.

As far as a report of my own...you have my report in front of you, with the HNN article, and, I point you to what I have stated there, and reemaphasize what I said in the HNN paper, as to the conclusions I reached.

Warm Regards,
Steve



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Re: RFK Acoustic Evidence (#108483)
by Steve Neil Barber on April 10, 2007 at 12:38 PM
Dear Mr. Robinson,

Please forgive me for attributing the post made by Mr. Moore, to you.

Mr. Moore, please excuse me for not addressing you by name, in my response to yours of this morning, at 10:08 a.m. and incorrectly addressing Mr. Robinson instead.

I am deeply sorry for the error.

Sincerely,
Steve Barber

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Re: RFK Acoustic Evidence (#108517)
by Leonard Robinson on April 11, 2007 at 2:14 PM
Mr. Barber,
Don't sweat the confusion over identities. At any rate, I agree wholeheartedly with your analysis and findings. It is too bad that LAPD did such an uneven job in its investigation (e.g., not preserving evidence, not confiscating Cesar's gun, etc.). The very fact that reporters and other had what amounted to a free run of the pantry for at least two hours after the shooting made for compelling TV, but in and of itself is reflective of LAPD's mishandling of the case, right from the outset. Many of these questions could have--and should have--been put to rest a long time ago, save for the bungling by the police.
I will be interested to read Mr. Ayton's forthcoming book. I agree with his argument that Sirhan was the lone gunman in the pantry, but have always been much less persuaded of some sort of PLO connection. To me, that argument smacks of a writer trying to force-fit a supposedly objective analysis of the case to fit their own (i.e., the writer's) political agenda (further discrediting the Palestinians by hanging another act of terror on them as a nation). Anyway, that's just my opinion.
Regards,
Len Robinson

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Re: RFK Acoustic Evidence (#108516)
by Jim Moore on April 11, 2007 at 2:13 PM
Mr. Barber,
There's something else about this that I don't understand. This author you keep mentioning, Mr. Ayton, asks you to conduct this audio research. You not only conduct the research but Mr. O'Dell and Mr. Zimmerman are recruited to assist you with it. You (or the three of you, I guess) reach your conclusions but, after all that work you put into this, you don't issue an actual report (this article is it, you say). Even Mr. Ayton, although he asked you to do this work in the first place, is apparently not planning to reference your work in his book (or is he? I am gathering from your comments that he probably is not planning to do so). Instead, Mr. Ayton will be publishing a report by JP French and Associates. And so the only venue for your work (and that of Mr. O'Dell and Mr. Zimmerman) is this HNN article, which probably will get very little attention? Unless there's something else you haven't told us, this would seem to be a lot of work and effort on your part (and those of your two colleagues) for very little return. Please understand I'm not meaning to put you down here. This just struck me and it seemed rather curious to me. Best regards, Jim.
Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108576)
by Tom Willis on April 13, 2007 at 11:18 PM
This guy Barber is a joke. He obviously has done next to zero research on the Bobby Kennedy case.

This is evident from his statement: “With regard to the possibility that RFK could have been shot by security guard Thane Cesar, who carried a .38 caliber pistol…”

Barber states it as if it were an unquestioned fact that Cesar was carrying a .38 at the Ambassador Hotel. But this is far from an established fact.

Even the most basic research into the RFK case should reveal to anyone with minimal intelligence that Cesar’s weapon was never examined that night, meaning no one will ever know for sure (except Cesar himself) whether he was carrying a .38, or carrying a .22 like Sirhan had.

The truly pathetic thing here is that if Barber were a serious researcher, he needn’t have gone to great lengths to get a clue here. He could have found it right here on this very web site. In a posting to HNN a few months ago, even Barber's pal Mel Ayton acknowledged that the LAPD never examined Cesar’s gun because the clods never considered that an important thing to do. Writes Ayton: “(Cesar) was taken to the police station after the shooting and offered his .38 pistol to police officers. They didn’t believe that examining his weapon was necessary.” http://hnn.us/comments/101810.html

So even Ayton isn’t willing to trust Cesar’s word for it that he was carrying a .38 that night (and is willing to admit the LAPD never verified Cesar's claim).

Apparently Barber doesn’t bother to keep up much with Ayton. Therefore there’s no reason why we ought to bother with Barber.

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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108584)
by Mel Ayton on April 14, 2007 at 7:37 AM
In an interview with Dan Moldea Thane Cesar said he remained in the Embassy Room for more than an hour after the shooting. Cesar said, "I was getting ready to go home and I thought to myself 'I wonder why nobody's questioned me'...I went to a police officer. I said 'Don't you really think you need my statement?' He said, 'Why?' I said, 'Well, I was standing right by Kennedy when he got shot.'....And from there they took me down to Rampart [Division]. I thought it was a necessary thing. What a mistake that was! If I hadn't said anything to that one particular police officer, nobody would have known to this day that I was even there."

Cesar bought his .22 H&R revolver in or around 1962. He admitted that, unintentionally, his remarks to the police about when he had sold the gun had been false. However, Cesar insisted the proof of his good intentions was when he told the police to whom he sold the gun and where he lived. Now what kind of conspirator would have done that?

Furthermore, Cesar sold the gun in September 1968 - three months after the assassination. If Cesar had shot RFK with this weapon do you really think he would have held on to it for 3 months? If you do, you are delusional.

Cesar was tested by one of the most respected polygraph experts in America - Cesar passed with flying colors.Please don’t do the conspiracy mongerer shuffle and go on about polygraphs. Dan Moldea spent a considerable amount of time over a number of years researching Cesar’s background and finances. Cesar isn’t guilty - therefore you are accusing an innocent man.

Steve Barber has made a remarkable contribution to this case and doesn’t deserve to be criticised by a non-expert like you. Perhaps you would like to inform HNN readers of your qualifications as an historian, forensic scientist or acoustics expert. You may also like to inform HNN readers which magazines, newspapers or publishers have accepted your work. If you don’t, then we have to conclude you are yet another uninformed blowhard who thinks he knows the truth when, in fact, he doesn’t.


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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108586)
by Tom Willis on April 14, 2007 at 9:06 AM
Hey Ayton,

Can't you follow a simple line of thought?

Sit down, pour yourself a spot of tea, calm your nerves and read my note again.

Even you will do that in a calmer state, even you should see that I was making only one point in my note:

That Barber incorrectly presented it as an established fact that Cesar was carrying a .38 that night. Clearly this is not an established fact as you yourself admit. So why yell at me about it? We are not in disagreement over this one basic point I made.

You've been over this territory enough times. You know the drill. Cesar claimed he had a .38 that night. That claim alone doesn't prove he had a .38. His weapon was never examined that night. Therefore you, Barber, Moldea, me, the LAPD and the Man in the Moon cannot state with any certainty what caliber of weapon Cesar had. For Barber to state it as an established, unquestioned fact that Cesar had a .38 that night is to lie or to guess. Lies or guesswork (especially on an issue that is so easily researched) are immediate signs of a person who is NOT to be taken seriously. Thus my point about Barber being a fool -- my one and only point in my note -- stands.

Your response reveals various points to now be made about you, Ayton. Chief among them, that you do not think very clearly.

If you had a clear and rational mind, you would have understood I was making only the one point and no other points. Instead, your rampant imagination got the better of you and you spewed several untruths concerning my post:

You addressed me directly on the matter of Cesar keeping his .22 for three months after the RFK assassination as if I'd made any comment on that subject, which I did not.

You suggested I had some interest in doing some kind of conspiracy mongerer shuffle by going on about polygraphs, when my note mentions nothing about polygraphs or anything close.

You said I accused Cesar of being guilty for the RFK assassination, which I clearly never did. Lay down your tea. Go back. Read my note again. Where in my note do I accuse Cesar of anything. Whether I personally believe in Cesar's guilt or innocence is an opinion I have not expressed. I only make one single point, and that is that it is not an established fact that he was carrying a .38 on the night of the shooting.

For a so-called expert, as you proudly claim to be, you are quite a muddled-minded piece of work. You establish that very thing as fact by your own response to my note. It takes no special qualification on my part or that of any HNN member to see this clearly.

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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108587)
by Mel Ayton on April 14, 2007 at 9:57 AM
Willis,
If that's your real name, which I suspect it isn't because people like you tend to hide behind a mask of anonymity, your bluster confirms one thing to readers of HNN - you, like other conspiracy mongerers post nonsense like this to sow seeds of doubt on every piece of evidence then run away from it when the truths are established.
In your obviously childish, anti-English and pompous rant you have proven also that you neither have the intellect nor qualifications to post rational arguments on sites such as these. You may be better suited to the looney conspiracy sites which I'm sure you get most of your information from.
You even try and hide the motive for your post - a motive which centers around the need to spread doubt where non exists and use it as an opportunity to attack anyone who dares to challenge your pet conspiracy theories.
And who is Tom Willis? A non-entity who calls Steve Barber a joker because he dares to mention an establshed fact - Cesar was carrying his .38 pistol on the night of the assassination.
Again, I challenge you to give readers your credentials.

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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108588)
by Tom Willis on April 14, 2007 at 10:40 AM
Ayton,

So now you have swung 180 degrees to the opposite end by suddenly claiming that it IS an established fact Cesar was carrying a .38 that night. Very sad.

Established, you claim. Okay, prove it.

You heard me old chap. Prove it right now. Reply to this post with actual proof. Reply with unquestionable facts that prove to us that it is indeed an established fact that Cesar was carrying a .38 that night.

I'll wager anyone any amount of money that not only will you not be able to do this, but that you won't even try. Instead, you will try to change the subject. And of course it will work because we - non-experts among the Great Unwashed - who do not breathe your rarefied air or sip your delicious teas are so easily thrown off course and fooled, now aren't we?

No, not this time, Mel. This time, we will make sure you stay on point and either support what you're claiming with unquestioned facts or expose yourself as the blowhard you really are.

When you respond in your next post, Mel, don't just simply report to us that such-and-so is what Cesar claimed. We're not stupid. We know that just because Cesar claimed he had a .38 does not establish that as a fact. So you must do better than simply report what Cesar said in 1968 or 1969 or 1994 or 2001. You must cite proof.

Don't just go on about how the guards always carried .38's with them. Again, we're not stupid. Even if it were standard practice for the guards to carry .38's, this does NOT prove that Cesar did NOT break from standard practice on the night of the RFK shooting by carrying something other than a .38, whether it was a .22 (as Sirhan had) or a .45 or whatever weapon he could have put into his holster. The simple fact is, we don't know whether Cesar followed standard practice on that night or broke from it.

So prove to us it has been established as actual fact that Cesar was indeed carrying a .38 that night.

Proof, Mel, proof.

We eagerly await your next post and, more importantly, we await - hmmm, what's that word again? - oh, yes, that's right... your proof.

If you fail to provide such proof (beyond statements made by Cesar and beyond standard weapons practice of the guards), then you will be unwittingly proving all of my points.

Love & kisses,
Tom (not Dick, Harry or anyone else but just little old me... Tom)

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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108599)
by Mel Ayton on April 14, 2007 at 3:31 PM
Willis,
You have again not established exactly who you are, nor have you provided readers with any information which would persuade them you have some kind of superior knowledge to Steve Barber, Dan Moldea or I. This is why you feel you are on safe ground - you are an anonymous entity who feels safe to post any comments he likes without fear of exposure.

Readers will judge for themselves.They will also recognize you have not answered my questions pertaining to your background, especially those questions about your 'authoritative' crededentials.

The proof in the matter, as you harp on about, of Thane Cesar's participation in the purported conspiracy to assassinate Robert Kennedy, rests with Dan Moldea's excellent research - read Moldea's book and you will realize that Cesar was telling the truth.It is now an established fact, at least for those historians who have some kind of training in recognizing the difference between speculation, innuendo, guesswork as opposed to concrete, hard facts.

You appear in your posts to be a person who refuses to engage in rational and adult debate. You have adopted child-like expressions which ultimately detract from any valid arguments you think you may be making.
Your attempts to be witty don't seem to work.


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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108601)
by Tom Willis on April 14, 2007 at 4:06 PM
Ayton,

I've read Moldea's book. It offers not one shred of conclusive evidence that Cesar was carrying a .38 on the night of the RFK shooting.

Not a shred.

Moldea's book is a love poem to Gene Cesar (just as most of your posts are love notes to Moldea). All Moldea's book does on this particular subject is quote Cesar's claims and then blindly believes in them. Does it really need to be explained to you and Moldea that merely quoting back Cesar's claims is NOT conclusive evidence?

Apparently so. Which of course is itself thundering evidence that spending any money on a book you write about this case is surely money wasted.

It is as I have said, Mel. No one on this planet has ever been - or ever will be - able to provide conclusive evidence that Cesar was carrying a .38 on the night of the Kennedy shooting.

Because no such conclusive evidence exists.

You're not even bothering to lift a finger to try to provide such conclusive evidence. Simply because you know you can't. Instead, you're taking refuge in bosom buddy Dan's book, hoping that no one will actually make the effort to check on this matter (but I have checked on it, my friend, and as I've already said, Moldea's book also does not provide such conclusive evidence).

So you are copping out, of course. Just as I predicted you would, Blowhard.

And therefore my point stands: Steve Barber's article is absolutely dead wrong in suggesting that it is an established fact that Thane Eugene Cesar was carrying a .38 on the night of the RFK killing.

Rather than having you answer for him, Barber ought to answer this one himself (instead of hiding behind you).

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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108607)
by Mel Ayton on April 14, 2007 at 5:53 PM
Willis,
You are still taking the coward's way out by not revealing anything about yourself and who you are despite my repeated requests.

It would appear that you are some kind of unbalanced individual who has an inability to understand the simplest and established facts about this case.If your arguments are so strong I suggest you find a reputable media outlet who will accept your 'research'.

You have reduced your arguments to the level of schoolyard taunts in your attempts to lure Steve Barber into your pathetic and rather silly juvenile world; a world that conspiracy forum members love so much; a world in which logic and reason is abandoned in favor of fantasy, speculation, and rumor.I believe the opportunity for rational debate within this forum has been abused by your posts.

No doubt you will have the last ridiculous comment on this matter but I,for one, have had enough of debating fools like you.

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Re: Barber dead wrong about Cesar's gun (#108611)
by Tom Willis on April 14, 2007 at 7:40 PM
Melvin,

You are still taking the coward's way out by not citing proof for your ridiculous claim that it is an established fact Thane Eugene Cesar was carrying a .38 on the night of Bobby Kennedy's murder despite my repeated requests.

It would appear that you are some kind of unbalanced individual who has an inability to understand the simplest and established facts about this case. If your arguments are so strong concerning Cesar and his alleged .38 then I suggest you lay them out for us right here and now.

You have reduced your arguments to the level of schoolyard taunts in your attempts to lure me into your pathetic world of titles and so-called prequalifications before being allowed to speak out (how very British of you); a world that propagandists who fear those who disagree with them (and dismiss all of them as conspiracy forum members) love so much; a world in which logic, reason and truth is abandoned in favor of protecting one's staked out public position and business interests. I believe the opportunity for rational debate within this forum has been abused by your posts.

No doubt you will, at some point, attempt to have the last ridiculous comment on this matter (perhaps by coming back to this page in a few weeks when it's safe because I might not be hanging around it anymore then) but I, for one, have had enough of debating fools like you...

Blowhard!
Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder
By Mel Ayton
Mr. Ayton is the author of ‘The JFK Assassination : Dispelling The Myths’, ‘A Racial Crime – James Earl Ray And The Murder Of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’ and ‘Questions Of Controversy – The Kennedy Brothers’. He has worked as an historical consultant for the BBC and has written articles for UK newspapers, David Horowitz’s Frontpage magazine, History Ireland, Crime Magazine and History News Network. In 2006 he was interviewed about his latest book, ‘The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’, for the NBC television documentary ‘Conspiracy: Mind Control’. ‘The Forgotten Terrorist’ will be published by Potomac Books in April 2007.

Update: On 12-4-06 Mr. Ayton emailed HNN to say that he had developed additional evidence against the case made in a recent BBC broadcast about the assassination of RFK. Mr. Ayton's fresh evidence is incorporated into an addendum posted at the bottom of this article.

A recent BBC news program, Newsnight (November 20th 2006) broadcast a report by an Irish screenwriter, Shane O’Sullivan, that purported to prove that three CIA agents had been present in the Ambassador Hotel on the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. The agents, O’Sullivan claimed, had been responsible for the assassination. Newsnight editors believe O’Sullivan is correct in his assumptions. A related article on their website states, “[O’Sullivan’s investigation] reveals that the operatives and four unidentified associates were at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles in the moments before and after the shooting on 5 June, 1968.”

It is evident that the BBC has accepted O’Sullivan’s research without adequate checks. What appears to be missing from this report is an editorial review that the public should expect when a story of international significance is broadcast by a reputable news organization.

Despite his claims that he has ‘researched this case for three years’ O’Sullivan has  deliberately ignored the research carried out by Dan Moldea, one of  America’s leading investigative journalists. Although they solicited Moldea’s contribution, without success, they could have used the results of his research in his excellent and acclaimed book, The Killing Of Robert F Kennedy – An Investigation Of Motive, Means and Opportunity. (1995)  Moldea’s research provides evidence that challenges O’Sullivan’s ‘shooting scenario’ at every turn. Since 1995 it has been clear to anyone researching this case that a first point of reference would need to be  Moldea's excellent study of the dynamics of the shooting and the collection and collation of evidence by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Had O’Sullivan bothered to consult Moldea’s book he would have discovered that the people he had interviewed for his documentary and who appeared on the program, had a precarious grasp of the facts of the case to begin with. The BBC reporter put Sirhan Sirhan’s former lawyer Lawrence Teeter on camera and accepted, without comment or criticism, Teeter’s exposition of the Ambassador Hotel ‘shooting scenario’ in which the lawyer attempted to demonstrate  how Sirhan could not have fired the shots that killed RFK. Teeter believes that RFK’s autopsy, which revealed the Senator had been shot in the back of the head at point blank range, exonerated Sirhan. Teeter has also claimed that  Sirhan probably had blanks in his gun. However, if O’Sullivan had checked his facts aganst the hard evidence he would have understood the ridiculous nature of Teeter’s remarks. Bullets removed from RFK and the other victims were matched to Sirhan's gun 'to the exclusion of any other weapon in the world.' (The head wound bullet was too damaged for a postive match).The gun was immediately handed to Rafer Johnson, a friend of RFK's. Johnson then gave it to the Los Angeles Police. The provenance of the weapon and the postive matches to the bullets retrieved are therefore not in doubt, thus rendering Teeter’s hypothesis that Sirhan had been firing blanks null and void. Moldea, along with other researchers,  has concluded that Sirhan was “… heavily influenced by Teeter, who believed that the CIA was responsible for anything that went wrong in society and was a real conspiracy buff.”

O’Sullivan accepts without criticism the position adopted by conspiracists who claim that the RFK Ambassador Hotel pantry witnesses all agreed that Sirhan had never been in a position to shoot Kennedy at point blank range. In his article for the Guardian which was published to coincide with the Newsnight broadcast O’Sullivan wrote, “But the autopsy report suggests Sirhan could not have fired the shots that killed Kennedy. Witnesses place Sirhan's gun several feet in front of Kennedy, but the fatal bullet is fired from one inch behind. And more bullet-holes are found in the pantry than Sirhan's gun can hold, suggesting a second gunman is involved.”

However, as Thane Cesar, Ambassador Hotel security guard and RFK’s escort through the pantry, said,  “A lot of people testified that [Sirhan] was standing this way [with Kennedy facing his assailant]. I know for a fact [that’s wrong], because I saw him [Kennedy] reach out there (to shake hands with a busboy) and which way he turned. And I told police about that.” Although eyewitness Frank Burns insisted the gun was never less than a foot or a foot and a half from Kennedy he nevertheless described the dynamics of the shooting in such a way to make it entirely feasible that Sirhan’s gun moved to an area inches away from the Senator.

As Dan Moldea concluded, “All twelve of the eyewitness’ statements about muzzle distance are based on – and only on – their view of Sirhan’s first shot. After the first shot, their eyes were diverted as panic swept through the densely populated kitchen pantry. The seventy-seven people in the crowd began to run, duck for cover, and crash into each other…no one saw the muzzle of Sirhan's .22 get that close - but no one saw the Senator get shot either. All of the eyewitness testimony is based on Sirhan's location, relative to Senator Kennedy's, at the moment of the first shot…”. Moldea believes that RFK was accidentally bumped forward, toward the steam table and into Sirhan’s gun, where he was hit at point blank range.

O'Sullivan's Newsnight report was also flawed in that he used interpretations about the scientific evidence about the actual shooting only from committed conspiracists like Teeter. His claim that more bullet holes were found in the pantry than Sirhan’s gun could hold is simply wrong – see http://www.crimemagazine.com/05/robertkennedy,0508-5.htm

Why O’Sullivan prefers  Teeter’s theories beyond anything anyone else has to offer becomes clear as the film report progresses. If a conspiracy took the life of RFK then the purported contribution made by CIA agents becomes more plausible.

It is also clear that Newsnight’s researchers have ignored vital information about the assassination which renders the BBC/O’Sullivan story not only biased but also uninformed. In an article related to the broadcast  the BBC stated: “However, even under hypnosis, [Sirhan] has never been able to remember the shooting and defence psychiatrists concluded he was in a trance at the time.” Unfortunately O’Sullivan has again erred in not seeking out members of the medical community who believe Sirhan had been displaying ‘feigned amnesia’ and that it is impossible to hypnotize a subject to do what his or her moral beliefs oppose.

O’Sullivan is on safer ground when he describes his research into photographs he discovered which led him to believe there were three CIA agents at the scene of the crime. If O’Sullivan is correct these discoveries would be important as the CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and  some of the officers he named were based in South-East Asia at the time with no reason to be in Los Angeles. The alleged agents  would also not have been present in the Ambassador Hotel to provide ‘protection’ for the Senator.

O’Sullivan connects the agents through their work in 1963 at JMWAVE, the CIA's Miami base for its Secret War on Castro and that they had been positively identified as senior officers who worked together.

O’Sullivan named the men as David Morales, the Chief of Operations who once told friends, ‘I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard.’; Gordon Campbell,  Chief of Maritime Operations and George Joannides, Chief of Psychological Warfare Operations. Joannides was called out of retirement in 1978 to act as the CIA liaison to the Congressional investigation into the JFK assassination. 

The identification of David Morales as the man seen in the film footage of the Ambassador Hotel is flimsy at best. The LAPD film footage only reveals someone who has common features with known photographs of the agent, as did many people in the Ambassador that night who were captured on grainy film. In fact, when  the LAPD photos of ‘Morales’ are enlarged from the original footage there emerges what appears to be only a generic African-American male.In fact, to the undiscerning eye he bears a resemblance to  OJ Simpson. Furthermore, O'Sullivan's 'witnesses' who identify the ‘agents’ don't seem that sure of themselves – which is not surprising considering the poor quality of the captured images.

O’Sullivan claims that one of the ‘agents’ looked “…. Greek, and I suspected he might be George Joannides.” Aside from the fact that the person O’Sullivan identifies in no way resembles someone who ‘looks Greek’ there are further reasons why O’Sullivan is on unsafe ground. According to American journalist Jefferson Morley, who writes for the New York Review of Books:

When it comes to the late George Joannides, the BBC story is unfounded and unfair. Its evidence is weak, its conclusions unwarranted. The story accurately quotes my reporting in Salon, the New York Review of Books and elsewhere about Joannides' still unexplained roles in the JFK assassination story but I see no basis for author Shane O'Sullivan's extrapolation that Joannides had some role in the RFK story. Specifically, there is no evidence to corroborate Ed Lopez's claim that the man in the photo is Joannides'- the authentication of the photo is uncertain. There is no other evidence that Joannides was in Los Angeles in June 1968, much less than Joannides was involved in RFK's assassination. To make such serious allegations on such flimsy evidence is irresponsible.

Later Morley told a JFK Internet forum that he thought Lopez’s identification of Joannides is credible and requires ‘more investigation’. However any further investigation of Lopez’s identification would have to include Lopez’s colleague, Dan Hardway, who spent the same amount of time as Lopez with Joannides when they visited CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia. Incredibly, O’Sullivan did not tell Newsnight viewers that Dan Hardway could not identify Joannides from the photos he was showed.

O’Sullivan does include in his report comments made  by  close friends of  Joannides and Campbell -  Tom Clines and Ed Wilson - who denied the men in the photographs were the same people they knew. However, O’Sullivan  immediately introduces skepticism about one of these witnesses by writing, “We meet Clines in a hotel room near CIA headquarters. He does not want to go on camera and brings a friend, which is a little unnerving. Clines remembers ‘Dave’ [Morales] fondly. The guy in the video looks like Morales but it is not him, he says: ‘This guy is fatter and Morales walked with more of a slouch and his tie down.’ To me, the guy in the video does walk with a slouch and his tie is down.” O’Sullivan again attempts to pour scorn on Clines by writing, “A seasoned journalist [unnamed] cautions that he would expect Clines ‘to blow smoke’, and yet it seems his honest opinion.” Yet O’Sullivan uncritically accepts the stories of other former CIA operatives  he spoke to and uses their testimony to make his case.

JFK assassination author Anthony Summers concurs with the view that O’Sullivan’s evidence is  too weak to support the conclusion that CIA agents had been present at the Ambassador Hotel and were responsible for the assassination.  “....This seems on its face to be an extremely thin story,” Summers wrote, in correspondence with a JFK forum. “Photographs and photograph recognition are infamously unreliable, especially coming from witnesses so long after an event. That does not mean these fellows were not in the Ambassador on the night - though I would have thought that's the last place such officers would have allowed themselves to be seen and photographed - but I'm surprised (at least on the basis of what I read in the Guardian) that the BBC would have judged the story worth running.”

Viewers had also been unaware  that one of O’Sullivan’s witnesses, Bradley Ayers, a retired US Army Captain who had been seconded to the CIA’s Miami base in 1963 to work with Morales, had written a JFK ‘novelized’ conspiracy book and been involved with the conspiracy research community for years. He once tried to sell information to two JFK/RFK researchers, Lisa Pease and Jim DiEugenio, hinting that Morales was involved in the Martin Luther King Jr assassination. Ayers  never mentioned to Pease and DiEugenio at the time that Morales may have been  involved in the RFK  assassination. According to Pease, Ayers was ‘desperate for money.’ Viewers were also unaware that Wayne Smith had a vested interest in the conspiracy angle. Smith has been convinced for many years that the CIA had been involved in the purported JFK conspiracy and told author Eric Hamburg five years ago, “…the [JFK] assassination was carried out by the ‘cowboys’ of the CIA – men like Morales. Who I knew well from my days in Cuba.” The witness identifications by Smith and Ayers are therefore considerably weakened as a result. Furthermore, claims made by O’Sullivan’s defenders on the Newsnight website that these witnesses had no motive in identifying Morales and Campbell are therefore now made redundant.

However, it is O’Sullivan’s use of the LAPD’s film footage that brings his research skills into serious question. In his Newsnight report O'Sullivan said, “Moments after the shooting agent No. 2, Gordon Campbell, walks from the direction of the pantry with a small container in his hand as a ‘Latin Man’ waves him towards an exit.” This is pure speculation on O’Sullivan’s behalf. An examination of the original Los Angeles Police Department footage reveals that the Latin Man is not connected with Campbell at all. After the Latin Man waves the crowd away from the area of the pantry he turns around, without a word to Campbell, and walks off in a different direction. He is clearly not pointing to an exit for Campbell. The Latin Man is shown with the palm of his hand outstretched, directing people away from the chaos in the pantry. The viewer would be unaware of this as the footage has to be run in total context before a proper understanding of the Latin Man’s actions can be made.

Sadly the BBC has erred in not providing checks and balances to this story and they should have solicited the expertise and views, or written works, of those in the research community who have challenged the RFK and JFK conspiracy theories that have been presented to the public over the past 40 years. The broadcasters would, at the very least, have provided a more informed and balanced account of this event.

However,O’Sullivan’s research should not be dismissed out of hand and he deserves encouragement to develop his work further in order to make a convincing case. This may take some time in light of the common experience of researchers who have had dealings with US Government bureaucracy. In the meantime  I, for one, cannot accept O’Sullivan’s evidence based on what he has thus far provided.

Addendum


Since the BBC broadcast  a story by Irish screenwriter Shane O’Sullivan that CIA agents had been present in the Ambassador Hotel the night Robert Kennedy was assassinated, I have discovered further evidence which shows that O’Sullivan’s research was misleading and flimsy. From the new evidence presented in this article it is now clear that his allegations are unfounded.Friends of  CIA agents David Sanchez Morales and a colleague of Gordon Campbell have now established that the O’Sullivan identifications are unsound. The George Joannides identification remains in question.

George Joannides: Ed Lopez made a positive identification of Joannides, the CIA liasion to the House Assassinations Committee. HSCA investigator Dan Hardway, who had spent the same amount of time with  Joannides as Lopez, failed to identify the agent from the photos.

Gordon Campbell: Campbell was identified by Bradley Ayers, an army captain attached to the Miamai CIA station JM/WAVE, and  purported freelance CIA operative David Rabern. Don Bohning, a former leading reporter for the Miami Herald who spent years interviewing participants in the War On Castro wrote about Ayers in his book ‘The Castro Obsession’. The information about Ayers was based on an interview with JM/WAVE Station Chief Ted Shackley. Bohning wrote, “Ayers was to become so emotionally involved, both in the Cuban exile cause and with a Cuban refugee woman, that (Ted Shackley) terminated him. Shackley, in an interview, recalled Ayers as a 'strange guy' although acknowledging Ayers’ portrayal of the station activities was generally accurate as far as it went. (Shackley said) ‘He (Ayers) was assigned to do training...real gung ho. He came with the impression he was going to train and then lead a team into Cuba. That was always a problem with the Special Forces.  When they found they were not going to lead a team they became enamored of the Cuban cause.  He started messing around with some female down there. We could see problems and ordered him to return to his parent unit. He was basically a good guy, but they go native.'  Shackley said that the station had ‘maybe fifteen or so military trainers at any one time.’” (See: http://www.amazon.com)



However, it is the statement made by Grayston Lynch to this author that eliminates the possibility that the man observed in the LAPD film footage and photos supplied by O’Sullivan is Gordon Campbell. Lynch is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces captain and former CIA intelligence officer. His awards include three Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star with V for valor, and the CIA's most coveted award, the Intelligence Star, for heroism at the Bay of Pigs ‘above and beyond the call of duty’. When a force of U.S. trained Cuban exiles invaded Castro's Cuba in 1961, Lynch was the CIA's case officer, their point man, on the command ship, Blagar. He handled every communication between Washington and the beachhead and led the first combat team ashore. Investigative journalist Seymour  Hersh described Lynch as the man who was , “….there at the Bay of Pigs and was in the perfect position to write the definitive ground-level account of what went right and what went wrong”. According to Lynch the man in the LAPD film footage is not Campbell and that he “…knew Gordon Campbell.”

David Sanchez Morales: Bradley Ayers, diplomat Wayne Smith and David Rabern  positively identified Morales, although their initial responses to O’Sullivan’s grainy  photos were hesitant. As an 'objective seeker of truth' O’Sullivan should have presented his television audience with research which showed how two of his Morales ‘witnesses’ had a bias for JFK conspiracy theories. Since the first part of this article was published further information has come to light which shows that Bradey Ayers  was a committed conspiracist for years. (See:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/ Readers will recall that in part one of this article I quoted Eric Hamburg as identifying Wayne Smith as a believer in CIA-linked JFK assassination theories without providing any evidence whatsoever that this was true. Two former agents, Thomas Clines and Ed Wilson failed to identify David Morales from the photographs shown them.In fact they said it wasn’t Morales.The veracity of Clines and Wilson can now be supported  by statements made to this author by  CIA operatives Grayston Lynch and  Lt. Col. Manuel Chavez.

Manny Chavez is a former air force intelligence officer who served in Venezuela as a  military attaché in Venezuela during 1957 -1959 while Dave Morales was assigned to the CIA office for a year during  the period 1957-58. After examining the photo clips of the LAPD film footage used by O’Sullivan Chavez stated, “I was assigned to the CIA Office in Miami from 1960 to 1964. Dave Morales worked in my office (we shared desks) during a 4 month period (1961), until they moved to their own JMWave location in Southwest Miami. We often socialized.….. the tall dark man (in the LAPD film footage) does not look like Dave Morales… (He) looks like a young, late 30s early 40s, Afro-American…I worked on the photo to make it clearer and am more convinced that the person in the photos is not Dave Morales as I knew him up until 1963.” Manny Chavez’s wife also knew Morales well. She denied the man in the film clip was Morales.  In fact I have captured from the LAPD film footage what I believe to be O’Sullivan’s ‘Morales’ standing amongst a group of African American males who are assisting one of the shooting victims into an ambulance.

In his Guardian article O’Sullivan wrote, “In person, Ayers positively identified Morales and Campbell and introduced me to David Rabern, a freelance operative who was part of the Bay of Pigs invasion force in 1961 and was at the Ambassador hotel that night. He did not know Morales and Campbell by name but saw them talking to each other out in the lobby before the shooting and assumed they were Kennedy's security people. He also saw Campbell around police stations three or four times in the year before Robert Kennedy was shot.”

However, according to Don Bohning, his ‘pretty thorough research’ and friendship with the late Jake Esterline, the CIA's project director for the Bay of Pigs, and Marine Col. Jack Hawkins, the paramilitary chief for the project, indicated there were no such ‘freelance operatives’ as part of the invasion force. Don Bohning said, “….This reference to David Rabern… intrigued me. I called Jack Hawkins, the Marine Colonel in charge of the paramilitary side of the Bay of Pigs …... He said what I thought:  the only two American CIA contract employees who even made it to the beach during the invasion - and then against orders - were Rip Robertson, now dead, and Grayston Lynch…Hawkins seemed quite certain Rabern was not part of the invasion force itself. ”. Bohning said he was  “99.9 per cent certain that David Rabern was not a part of  the Bay of Pigs invasion force, as O'Sullivan identifies him”. In fact, Bohning had never heard of a David Rabern and said there were no Americans who participated in the invasion itself; all were Cuban exiles. According to Bohning, “The only other Americans directly involved in the invasion were those contracted pilots from the Alabama National Guard. And all the trainers in Guatemala were American military personnel….. if he had a role in the Bay of Pigs invasion it is not part of the recorded history of the event. While a small thing, it does tend to discredit O'Sullivan's account; and Ayers, who presumably introduced Rabern to O'Sullivan.”

Bohning allows for the fact that it may have been possible that Rabern had been involved in the Guatemala training of the force, “…but most if not all the trainers at the beginning were foreigners and later US military personnel, led by Lt. Col. Frank Egan.  I have never heard the name David Rabern associated with the Bay of Pigs in any context.” Grayston Lynch’s wife told this author, “My husband said to tell you that the only two Americans involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion were he and his CIA partner William "Rip" Robertson. Anyone else that tells you they were there, or says they can vouch for someone being there, is a... in no uncertain terms...liar.There have been, over the years, a whole raft of wanna be Bay of Pig invaders both American and Cuban”.
  
It should be recalled that Rabern did not know David Morales or Campbell or Joannides. Lynch and Chavez did. It should be obvious to most historians and researchers that Chavez’s and Lynch’s identifications must take precedent over Rabern’s.

It is clear from this new evidence that O’Sullivan’s ‘witnesses’ have now been discredited.However, it is the most incredible part of O’Sullivan’s story that renders his theory suspect -  the premise that CIA agents, bent on killing a political opponent would allow themselves to be photographed at the scene of the crime.As RFK assassination expert Dan Moldea told this author, “ I couldn't agree more with your analysis.  Why in God's name would these guys be there and allow themselves to be photographed if they were part of a plot to kill Senator Kennedy?  That would make as much sense as a woman with a polka-dot dress running out of the crime scene, gleefully shouting, ‘We shot him.  We shot him.’  It sort of defeats the goal of getting away after successfully executing a complicated conspiracy.”

There were a number of Kennedy aides present that night who had been close to the Senator when he was Attorney General in his brothers’ administration. RFK was given the task of overseeing the War on Castro and during his period in the JFK administration he paid a number of  visits to CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia and the CIA station in Miami accompanied by aides. Some RFK aides present in the Embassy Ballroom of the Ambasador Hotel were therefore in a position to recognize CIA agents who they may have come into contact with during RFK’s trips to the CIA establishments.Any identification of agents at this time would have given grave cause for concern  particularly as this was just a year after the Jim Garrison New Orleans investigation in which charges had been made that Cuban exiles and rogue CIA agents had conspired to murder JFK. It thus becomes highly implausible that CIA agents would expose themselves at the risk a Kennedy aide might recognize them or allow themselves to be photographed at the scene of a major assassination they had purportedly organized.

The BBC blunder did not end with the broadcast of O’Sullivan’s report. On the Tuesday morning following the Newsnight programme I posted criticisms of the Newsnight story on their web blog – it was registered as “No:1”. The post contained criticisms of the program which were eventually incorporated in Part 1 of this article. It contained no libellous, slanderous, provocative or obscene material.The post remained there for 4 or 5 days and was then removed. Such censorship is not worthy of a great news corporation that has a long history of integrity; a corporation that has prided itself on the free dissemination of news and ideas.


Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#101803)
by Shane O'Sullivan on November 24, 2006 at 4:44 PM
Mr. Ayton,

Your article shows a disturbing ignorance and misreading of this new evidence and appears to be no more than a hastily-googled cut-and-paste job of the nastiest reaction you can gather from across the internet to beef up your weak analysis.

Let me correct several errors in your piece:

1. I have read Moldea's book but, like many others, found his U-turn at the end and subsequent reconstruction on the Discovery Channel entirely unconvincing. There is no evidence whatsoever that Kennedy was "accidentally bumped forward" into Sirhan's gun. If Kennedy fell backwards, how could he have been pushed forward while shot from behind in an upward trajectory? It's absurd.

2. Teeter did not say Sirhan was firing blanks in our interview or in any other I've read with him, so why bring it up here?

3. The fatal bullet has never been matched to Sirhan's gun and the Coroner, based on the evidence, has never accepted that Sirhan was definitely the assassin.

4. I interviewed Frank Burns last week. He acted out what he saw for me in his living-room - Sirhan's gun was three feet from Kennedy at the time of the first shot. He insists the autopsy report describes a different gun than Sirhan's. Since when do we take Thane Cesar's testimony over Frank Burns?!

5. The paragraph on hypnosis is nonsense. We interviewed Dr Herbert Spiegel of Columbia University who believes Sirhan was hypnotically programmed to fire at Kennedy. Estabrooks, Milton Kline, Marcuse et al agree that hypnotising someone to do something against their moral code is very possible with the right subject.

6. To the undiscerning eye, he may look like OJ Simpson but to the men who knew him, he looks like David Morales!

7. Clines and Wilson were close friends of Morales, not Campbell and Joannides.

8. A clue - the name of the "seasoned journalist" who distrusts their identifications appears earlier in your "story".

9. Bradley Ayers and Wayne Smith are not former CIA operatives. Ayers was seconded to the CIA from the Army and is not bound by the CIA oath of secrecy. There's a difference. You obviously haven't read his book because it has nothing to do with JFK conspiracy theories.

10. You give a paragraph to quotes from Tony Summers when he admits he hasn't even seen the film!

11. Bradley Ayers was not paid for his whole-hearted cooperation and was disgracefully slurred by Lisa Pease. If you read my Guardian piece or saw the BBC film, you will know that the only piece of information Brad had about the RFK assassination was a contact called David Rabern, who saw a man matching the image of Morales seen in the 1959 photograph at the hotel that night. I showed Brad my video, he identified Morales and Campbell and put me in touch with Rabern as well as countless others.

12. Well, Ed Lopez thought the man next to Campbell in the photograph looked Greek. In fact, he was 99% sure it's Joannides! Dan Hardway's exact words were: "This could be him. Much younger in the picture than in the 70's and its been a long time." Please don't twist the story to suit your own ends.

I welcome your caution regarding these gentlemen and your encouragement in continuing my investigation. But please research these new suspects more carefully before you attack the credibility of men brave enough to step forward and identify them.












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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#101810)
by Mel Ayton on November 24, 2006 at 7:14 PM
Mr O’Sullivan,
Your reaction to my article has shown that you are not willing to listen to alternative views about conspiracy-based RFK assassination theories. I believe you have given the game away by characterizing my response as ‘ignorant’ and ‘nasty’. In fact, I believe your research from the get-go has been ‘conspiracy-led’.

To correct your misinterpretation of my article:

1. As an 'objective seeker of truth' it is irrelevant whether or not you accept Dan Moldea's hypothesis of the crime scene scenario. Your audience deserved to hear an alternative version of the Teeter myth.You have proven that you had pre-conceived notions of Moldea’s theories. Did you tell Dan Moldea what you thought of his ‘shooting scenario’ when you solicited his opinions?

2.You need to read more about the late Lawrence Teeter's conspiracy theories - yes, he has said on a number of occasions he believed Sirhan's gun had been firing blanks. Obviously Teeter didn't tell you that and you didn’t bother to research his previous statements which are on record.Are you saying that everything you present in your forthcoming documentary will be based only on interviews?

3. The Coroner Thomas Noguchi has never said Sirhan was the only assassin because his professional ethics prevent him from making guesses. But he has never disagreed with Dan Moldea’s shooting scenario; he has simply posited that no one can ever really know. Read Moldea’s book.

4. Thane Cesar,who will be completely exonerated with new evidence that will be released early next year, was ‘polygraphed’ and interviewed by Dan Moldea. He was taken to the police station after the shooting and offered his .38 pistol to police officers. They didn’t believe that examining his weapon was necessary as he was never a suspect to begin with. Moldea spent some considerable amount of time researching Cesar’s background. Cesar was never a suspect because no one at that time saw him do anything except fall to the ground after Sirhan began shooting. Cesar then drew his gun. If Frank Burns said the autopsy report described a ‘different gun’ you are the first to reveal this startling piece of information. Unless you and Burns have simply taken a JFK Lancer article which purports to prove that a bullet larger than a .22 was responsible for RFK’s head wound. I can assure you that the person writing this article is not a wounds ballistics expert and his theories have been challenged and disproven by a real wounds ballistics expert, Larry Sturdivan in an appendix to my book. Sturdivan’s excellent work on the JFK scientific evidence can be found here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/JFK-Myths-Scientific-Investigation-Assassination/dp/1557788472/sr=11-1/qid=1164412789/ref=sr_11_1/202-7043817-0146258

5. I believe if you tell some of the leading authorities on hypnosis that their work is nonsense it will further destroy your credibility. One example: (I quote many more in my book) Psychologist Dr. Graham Wagstaff of the University of Liverpool, a leading authority on hypnosis told me , “On the basis of such research….Hypnotic subjects do not lose consciousness, control of their behaviour, or their normal scruples, and are no more likely to engage in self-repugnant or anti-social activities than equivalently motivated non-hypnotic subjects. Indeed, the recent definition of hypnosis provided by the American Psychological Association clearly rejects the notion of the hypnotic automaton; thus it states, ‘Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in books, movies or television, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior’….Notably also, in a further recent survey of ten experts on forensic hypnosis conducted by Vingoe (1995), all rejected the view that, ‘during hypnosis the control a person normally has over him or herself is in the hands of the hypnotist.' A similar view is expressed by the editors of the contributors to what is probably the most important academic volume on hypnosis to be published this decade, Theories of Hypnosis…edited by Lynn and Rhue…Thus Lynn and Rhue conclude: ‘Since the “golden age” of hypnotism (the 1880’s and 1890’s), the view of the hypnotized subject as a passive automaton under the sway of a powerful hypnotist has faded in popularity. In fact, this rather extreme position is not endorsed by any of the theorists whose ideas are represented in this book.’”

6. Tom Clines and Ed Wilson said he didn’t and that’s what I explicitly state. As I said in my article this part of your research should not be dismissed out of hand.

7.Point taken. Perhaps they will be questioned further.Did you ask them?

8.Is it Morley or Moldea? They both said your evidence is flimsy.

9.One of your witnesses, David Raburn, was not a CIA agent but was indeed a ‘CIA operative’ in that he sub-contracted his skills to the Agency. I never said that Ayers and Smith were CIA operatives.
Is this a different Bradley Ayers? –
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zenith-Secret-Insider-Exposes-Brothers/dp/0975276387/sr=1-4/qid=1164410169/ref=sr_1_4/202-7043817-0146258?ie=UTF8&;s=books

10. He read the Guardian article which reveals more than your Newsnight piece.

11. I’m sure Lisa Pease will stand by her statements. You’ll have to ask her.

12.This isn’t twisting words – ‘Could not identify Joannides’ simply means that Hardway did not positively identify Joannides as the man in the photograph.



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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#108533)
by Tom Willis on April 12, 2007 at 3:14 AM
Hey Mel,

How nice of you to admit Thane Eugene Cesar's gun was never examined. Which of course means there's no way in Hell you or I or anyone else knows for sure whether that right-wing nut was carrying a .38-caliber or a .22-caliber on the night of the Bobby Kennedy shooting.

Mind doing us all a favor and explaining that to your bosom buddy Dan Moldea? Cuz that boy sure seems pretty fond of insisting -- without any proof whatsoever -- that Cesar was holstering a .38 that night.

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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#101881)
by Mel Ayton on November 27, 2006 at 3:02 AM
I criticized Mr O'Sullivan's Newsnight story on Tuesday morning, the day after it was broadcast. I was the first poster: see below

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/2006/11/who_shot_bobby_kennedy_1.html#commentsanchor

The criticisms contained no insulting or obscene material and everything I posted was eventually included in my HNN article.The Newsnight post remained in place for 4 days then was removed.Why?

This can only be another example of the shoddy tactics the BBC are now engaging in. When posters criticize the American government for censorship the BBC's act becomes risible.

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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#101886)
by John D. Beatty on November 27, 2006 at 7:26 AM
Of course, just as they have assasinated all persons since the beginning of time.

The world is a CIA conspiracy. The CIA runs the universe. All persons, of course, know this.

Explain to us why this issue would be important. What difference does it make who killed him? What happened afterwards that was so different? What motive would anyone have?

Get a life. Get a grip.

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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#102003)
by Lawrence Brooks Hughes on November 29, 2006 at 2:24 AM
If the CIA had killed Bobby we would have known all about it years ago. The CIA leaks like a sieve. Common sense should tell you Americans cannot keep secrets of that kind.

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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#102005)
by Mel Ayton on November 29, 2006 at 4:10 AM
Lawrence,
You are absolutely correct. Furthermore, I think O'Sullivanwould need to contact these people, if he hasn't done already, for further identification of Morales:

Paul Bethel – USIA’s Press Officer at the American Embassy in Cuba at the time Morales was stationed there.

Felix Rodriguez – CIA agent who together with Morales aided in the capture of Che Guevara in 1967.

JM/WAVE’s station chief Ted Shackley’s widow who may have met Morlaes.

Bob Wall – Morales’ Assistant Chief Of Operations at JM/WAVE.

Ruben Carbajal – lifelong frind of Morales.

Robert Walton – friend of Morales.

Residents of Willcox and El Frita, Arizona, who may remember Morales.




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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#102265)
by Lisa X. Pease on December 3, 2006 at 5:00 PM
What a joke. The CIA's Office of Security bugs CIA employees and assets to prevent such leaks. If something leaks out it's because the Agency WANTS it to leak.

You can't make a statement that all secrets come out because if they don't, no one would ever know - so there's no way to prove your point.

How long did it take us to find out who Deep Throat was (if indeed Felt is the end of the story, which some doubt)?

Former CIA director Richard Helms once said a successful operation is one that remained secret FOREVER. And he bomoaned the fact that he could not talk about the CIA's successes.

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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#102266)
by Lisa X. Pease on December 3, 2006 at 5:03 PM
Shane, since my post on Brad Ayers, many members - reputable members - of the JFK research community have contacted me to say privately they share my views. They don't want to be accused of being unpatriotic but I'm more fearless than most. My patriotism is not at issue, nor is Ayers. It's simply his identification, given his very obvious obsession with Morales as I described on the blog post you commented on. I don't trust Ayers, and I'm far from alone in that matter.



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Re: Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder (#102558)
by Mel Ayton on December 10, 2006 at 6:40 AM
Yet another friend of Dave Morales has put the lie to the allegation that Morales is the man in the LAPD film footage. Manny Chavez sent this email to me this morning: "Mel,I told you many days ago that I sent a copy of the photo (of Morales) to Luis Rodriguez, the Army Rep. in the Miami CIA office who worked side by side with Dave Morales and me. Rodriguez’s reply today. 'That is definitely not Dave Morales.' Although a little late for your article it is another 'Slam Dunk'."

When you are finished with the comments for this entry, close the window to return to "The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: The Acoustics Evidence".


SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108687)
by Mel Ayton on April 17, 2007 at 4:01 AM
Mr Robinson,
Thank you for your eminently sensible comments.

I am not tying Sirhan in with any Palestinian terrorist group - in fact there is no evidence to suggest any connection despite author Peter Evans' attempts to prove otherwise. Please see - http://hnn.us/articles/10781.html However, there is a wealth of evidence, especially in his conversations with his friends, that he agreed that violence was the only way Palestinians could achieve anything positive.

There is no evidence that Sirhan met with any terrorist group representatives, but the Arab community in the Los Angeles area gave its wholehearted support to a violent solution the Palestinian problem.

Sirhan was a student at Pasadena City College from September 1963 until May 1965. During this period two Arab groups were active on campus — the International Club and the Organization of Arab Students in the United States and Canada (OAS) — but they were not recognized by the college. According to the OAS’s president, Kanan Abdul Latif Hamzeh, Sirhan had intense feelings against the Israelis.According to writer James H. Sheldon, in a contemporary article titled “Anti-Israeli Forces on Campus”, the OAS was dangerously active in spreading extremist and violent ideas during this period.

Based on my research into the groups and individuals he conversed with, I have no doubt Sirhan saw himself as an ‘avenger’ for perceived wrongs against the Palestinian people.

These facts, however, do not eliminate Sirhan’s personal motive as you describe it. Sirhan was no different from many assassins of the past who had multiple motives for their crimes. He was virulently anti-American and anti-semitic. He was resentful and envious of American wealth and power, had an obsession with previous US assassinations and harbored an intense desire to be a ‘somebody’.

Mel Ayton





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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108951)
by Leonard Robinson on April 25, 2007 at 1:00 AM
Sir,
Thank you for your reply to my previous message. Indeed, I am aware of Sirhan's connections with the campus groups you mentioned. Furthermore, I am aware of some anti-semitic statements he made prior to the assassination, and of his underlying resentment towards the United States. I do not deny that these sentiments had something to do with the shooting. On the other hand, it is undoubtedly true that any number of public figures in 1968 were professing their support for Israel. This then begs the question--why choose RFK as a target? I know there is some discrepency over the date on which the RFK documentary that supposedly set Sirhan off actually aired. It is my opinion that this is may be a potentially crucial issue--if the documentary was aired BEFORE the May 18th entry in his notebook "RFK Must BE Assassinated," etc. then it may lend credence to the angle you suggest. If, however, it aired AFTER the infamous entry in his notebook of May 18, then it seems to me that it is highly unlikely that RFK's support for Israel was the final tipping point in driving Sirhan to choose assassination.

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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108952)
by Mel Ayton on April 25, 2007 at 4:11 AM
Mr Robinson,
I really don't think the airing of the documentary is crucial in determining whether or not Sirhan had an extreme animus towards RFK or why he eventually chose RFK as his target.

Sirhan was an avid reader of political periodicals and could not have failed to notice that RFK met with the Israeli Premier, Levi Eshkol, in January 1968 and expressed his support for Israel. In January and February of 1968 RFK made at least three statements recommending arms aid to Israel.

In April 1968 Sirhan expressed his hatred for RFK to an African-American garbage worker he befriended. Alvin Clark testified under oath at the trial about Sirhan’s desire to shoot Kennedy.

Following the television broadcast Sirhan continued to express his hatred for Robert Kennedy.During the two well-publicised primary contests in Oregon and California RFK expressed his views of total commitment to Israel. In two comments during the primaries RFK expressed an appeal that was anti-Arab and pro-Jewish.

Sirhan also stated he heard a radio broadcast in which “[the] hot news was when the announcer said Robert Kennedy was at some Jewish Club or Zionist Club in Beverly Hills.” At the Neveh Shalom Synagogue Kennedy said, “In Israel—unlike so many other places in the world—our commitment is clear and compelling. We are committed to Israel’s survival. We are committed to defying any attempt to destroy Israel, whatever the source. And we cannot and must not let that commitment waver.” Sirhan’s brother, Sharif, told Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Abel-Hadi that, following the broadcast of the speech, “he [Sirhan] left the room putting his hands on his ears and almost weeping.”

Sirhan was upset that his brothers and mother did not see Robert Kennedy as a malevolent force and they argued about it. According to one of his lawyers at the trial, “[Sirhan] was disturbed that both his mother and his brothers did not see Senator Kennedy as the same destructive and malevolent and dangerous person as Sirhan perceived him to be; and I gather that he and his family . . . had some arguments about this.”

Sirhan believed he was an important revolutionary; he was in the vanguard of the third world as he expressed it. He thought RFK would be “like his brother,” the president, and help the Arabs but, “Hell, he fucked up. That’s all he did. . . . He asked for it. He should have been smarter than that. You know, the Arabs had emotions. He knew how they felt about it. But, hell, he didn’t have to come out right at the fucking time when the Arab-Israeli war erupted. Oh! I couldn’t take it! I couldn’t take it!”

Sirhan could have targeted any of the leading presidential candidates that year to publicize, through a violent act, the cause of the Palestinians. Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Nelson Rockefeller all supported military aid to Israel and believed in the continuing American/Israeli alliance. So why did Sirhan choose RFK?

Initially, Sirhan would likely have been satisfied with any opportunity to kill a leading American politician. At one point, he even had UN Ambassador Goldberg in his sights. Sirhan said he considered killing Vice President Humphrey.

However, in the years between 1963 and 1968, American political culture had been dominated by the idea of a Kennedy Dynasty and myths surrounding JFK's assassination. Year after year books, movies, television documentaries, and political news stories gave a cult-like status to JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Sirhan, too, desired fame. Killing any of the other candidates would certainly have given him status throughout the Arab world. But his true target had an even greater symbolism attached to it. Sirhan would become the "Second Kennedy Assassin." He knew that killing RFK would give him greater world exposure the other candidates could not provide. It was no accident that Sirhan set his sights on the candidate who was the brother of the martyred president. It was no accident that Sirhan chose the candidate who was most likely to become the next president.





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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108958)
by Leonard Robinson on April 25, 2007 at 11:46 AM
Sir,
We can quibble over Alvin Clark's testimony which, while given under oath, has always seemed to me to be a bit too "on the nose" in terms of a future assassin bluntly revealing his plans to someone weeks in advance. I have always suspected that this may have been an instance where an individual wanted to insert himself into the history books by claiming to have such a conversation with the suspect. As you are aware, reviewing the FBI and LAPD files reveals mountains of individuals who contacted authorities with wild stories. Again, I have no way to prove that was the case with Mr. Clark--it's just a hunch.

Actually, in some ways I don't think you and I are all that far apart here in terms of Sirhan's motivations. Again, it is clearly true that he held anti-semitic views, that he resented the United States, and yes, that he was frustrated with RFK because he was a politician who seemed sensitive to the plight of every downtrodden people in the world except the Palestinians.

However, it is also true that probably hundreds of thousands (if not millions)of Americans, including a number of Arab-Americans, held similar views in 1968. I think the core explanation hinges on the fame issue, which you raise. Virtually all US politicians took (and still take) the view espoused by RFK towards the Middle East conflict. Precisely because RFK was so famous, he was the most attractive target; so far you and I are on a very similar track.

However, it is my opinion that it was certain aspects of Sirhan's personality that explain why he is the one person among the millions who held similar political views who chose the route of assassination. As I'm sure you are aware, there are countless antecdotes of Sirhan lashing out at ANYONE who he perceive of as looking down at him, right up to the night of the assassination, when he left the hostess who criticized the way he was dressed a $20 tip. In my opinion, Sirhan was extremely frustrated by the fact that he lived in a society in which many individuals treated him with what he perceived to be a lack of respect, despite the fact that he (Siran) believed himself to be intellectually superior to such individuals. Killing someone of RFK's notoriety gave Sirhan the ultimate revenge against society.

One other point: there is some evidence that the notion that the assassination was driven by Sirhan's commitment to the Arab cause was not something which he seems to have emphasized in the immediate aftermath of his arrest. Rather, there is some evidence that once he learned that others in the Arab-American community were trying to spin the shooting in that direction, and once his lawyers latched on to that explanation, Sirhan himself bought into it because at THAT point he began to see that it might make him a heroic figure in the eyes of some.


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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108960)
by Mel Ayton on April 25, 2007 at 1:47 PM
Alvin Clark's integrity has not been seriously challenged apart from the points I raised earlier.His story did not change nor did he try to embellish it.Other members of the family often saw Clark and Sirhan together. It all seemed a little pathetic on Sirhan's behalf as he used to rush out with cookies and juice to greet Clark when he saw the garbage truck in the area.

Additionally, a search of contemporaneous newspaper accounts of the period indicates Clark did not seek publicity following the trial nor did he try to exploit his 'star witness' status for financial reward.

Sirhan did indeed shout out the motive for the crime (Words to the effect, 'I did it for my country') according to two contemporaneous witness accounts - those of Dr Marcus McBroom and Jesse Unruh. Unruh's account may be challenged as he expressed some confusion about what he actually said - but not so McBroom.

Furthermore, there is a wealth of evidence,stemming from statements made by friends, family and PCC students to prove that Sirhan did indeed believe in a violent solution to the Palestinian problem and he voiced those sentiments long before the assassination.


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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108961)
by Leonard Robinson on April 25, 2007 at 2:23 PM
Sir,
I am aware that Sirhan offered cookies and juice to Clark, invited people into his house to play board games, etc. The very fact that he befriended the garbage man and spent some considerable time with people with whom his contact was otherwise superficial, and who were not from his own age cohort, might be an indicator of emotional or psychological problems. However, since it is not possible for me to prove that Clark's testimony may not have been 100 percent accurate, I will concede the point (although it could be argued that the very fact of reporting such a conversation and testifying to it in a court of law MIGHT be indicative of a desire to insert himself into this historic event).

As for Dr. McBroom's statement, it is true that when he was interviewed on ABC after the shooting he claimed to have heard Sirhan (or as he described him "A man in working-class clothes") say "I did it for my country." He also insinuated that someone else was involved in the shooting--someone who tried to rush out of the pantry yelling "Let me by, let me through." This turned out to be one of the many false leads and rumors that circulated that night. In addition, as you state (and I appreciate your honesty), Jess Unruh later admitted that he very well may have misheard Sirhan's supposed statement to the effect that he had done for his country.

One of the problems one runs into in attempting to sort through witness statments in such an emotionally-charged case is that often times individuals on the scene get at best a partial, and at worst an incorrect, view of what is happening around them. For example, you can have a reporter (Piers Anderton) who is literally standing right next to another reporter (Andrew West), but Anderton's "reality" (Kennedy laying on the floor after being shot, but Anderton being so oblivious to the shooter that he asked an individual who was attempting to assist Paul Schrade if that individual knew who the shooter was) is different from West's "reality" (being aware that Kennedy was shot, but also being keenly aware of the struggle with Sirhan). Under such circumstances, even if a witness has the best intentions of being honest, his or her view of "reality" is incomplete at best.

Finally, Sirhan may very well have advocated a violent solution to the plight of the Palestinians; again, however that does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that that is why he killed RFK. How would any mentally and emotionally-centered person calculate that by murdering Robert Kennedy he could end the plight of the Palestinians?


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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108962)
by Mel Ayton on April 25, 2007 at 3:20 PM
Mr Robinson,
I did not conclude that advocating a violent solution to the plight of the Palestinians necessarily led to the conclusion that that is why he killed Kennedy.You would have to take the evidence as a whole concerning Sirhan's motives to understand why it was RFK he chose and what reason he had to assassinate an American leader.

I believe that I have given much of my time in answering your quesitons but they cannot go on ad infinitum - I'm afraid you'll have to read my book as much of what you are positing is addressed in the book and far too long to repeat in a forum like this.

However, I want to thank you for introducing some excellent points in your posts and some sensible and civil arguments which seem to be missing in other forums I have agreed to participate in.

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Re: SIRHAN'S MOTIVES (#108968)
by Leonard Robinson on April 25, 2007 at 5:48 PM
Mr. Ayton,
Agreed. I look forward to reading your book. Having just co-authored a book on the causes of war in the international system (just published by Rowman and Littlefield) I appreciate the hard work and commitment that such an endeavor requires. In our case, it involved nearly 6 years of blood, sweat and tears (only a slight exageration!).
Peace, Shalom, and Ma Salema.
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r Kennedy? Was it a lone gunman, a young Palestinian, named Sirhan Sirhan?


DISCOVERY TIMES CHANNEL PRESENTS “CONSPIRACY TEST:  THE RFK ASSASSINATION”

·Careful scientific analysis of an audio recording, lost to history for 39 years, reveals there was a second shooter in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.

·The analysis reveals that the audio recording captured more than eight gunshots fired in the RFK shooting, which is more shots than convicted gunman Sirhan Sirhan could have fired.  Sirhan was armed with an Iver-Johnson Model 55-SA Cadet .22 caliber double action revolver, which was capable of firing no more than eight shots.  Sirhan possessed only the one revolver at the crime scene and never reloaded the weapon once the shooting was under way.  Thus, the firing of more than eight shots in the RFK shooting means that, in addition to Sirhan, there was another person who was firing a second gun.

·The audio recording further reveals that at least two of these gunshots in the RFK shooting were fired too closely together to have been fired by the same gunman using only one firearm.  Thus, this extremely short interval between these two shots also means that, in addition to Sirhan, there was another person firing a second gun. 

·The emergence of this audio recording is the first time there has ever been stand-alone forensic evidence that a second person -- in addition to Sirhan -- was firing another gun inside the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel at the moment RFK and five other people were shot there at 12:16 am PDT on Wednesday, June 5, 1968.  In other words, this is not only forensic evidence but it is self-contained forensic evidence which, in and of itself, without need of further evidence, establishes that gunshots indeed were fired by a second assailant in addition to, and simultaneously with, the shots that were fired by Sirhan.
 
·The audio recording captured the sounds of the entire shooting.  It captured sounds immediately before, during and immediately after the shooting without any interruption in the recording of those crucial seconds.

·The audio recording was made on a cassette tape that was operating inside a battery-powered, portable cassette tape recorder with an attached microphone.

·The audio recording was made by journalist Stanislaw Pruszynski, who was a member of the RFK presidential campaign’s traveling press corps.  Stash Pruszynski was a Polish immigrant who resided in Canada and was filing articles for the Montreal Gazette under the byline “Stas Pruszynski” (the “h” in “Stash” was not included in his byline).  Today, Pruszynski resides in Warsaw, Poland where he owns and operates two cafes. 

·Stash Pruszynski and his portable cassette tape recorder were about 40 feet southwest of RFK when the shooting erupted inside a hotel kitchen pantry.  At that moment, Pruszynski was about to enter a small back corridor located just outside that pantry.  He was accessing it from inside the hotel’s Embassy Room, which was the ballroom where RFK, only moments earlier, had delivered his victory statement following California’s Democratic presidential primary election.  When the shooting started inside the pantry just off the ballroom, Pruszynski had just exited a makeshift ballroom stage -- the speaker’s stand where RFK had just spoken -- and he was descending a small set of steps at the east end of that platform.  As Pruszynski descended these steps, he was unaware that the tape recorder he carried was still recording.  At that moment, he just happened to be holding his recorder’s attached microphone in such a position that the mic was tilted upward and pointed almost directly towards the pantry.  The shooting erupted in the other room while Pruszynski’s mic was still elevated above the heads of the crowd inside the ballroom and while all ballroom and pantry doors between Pruszynski and the shooting were open.  As the shooting continued, Pruszynski continued moving in the direction of the pantry and, thus, partially closed the distance between the shooting and himself while shots were still being fired.
      
·Pruszynski’s audio recording is today the only recording of any kind known to have preserved the sounds of the RFK shooting.  Extensive research involving all other known RFK assassination sound recordings as well as video tape and film footage from that event confirms this.  For example, contrary to what some people have believed over the decades, a famous Mutual Broadcasting System audio recording made by KRKD radio reporter Andrew West actually did not capture any of the RFK gunshots because Andy West had turned off his reel-to-reel tape recorder moments before the shooting began and West did not turn his recorder back on until moments after the shooting had concluded.  The same is true for a less famous audio cassette recording made by Continental News Service reporter Jeff Brent.

·The existence of Pruszynski’s audio recording has been virtually unknown to the public since the night of June 4-5, 1968.  Our television program on Discovery Times Channel will air critical portions of the recording’s contents -- as well as our scientific findings concerning those contents -- for the first time ever on the evening of June 6, 2007 (this program will air again on June 7). 

·Pruszynski’s audio recording has been lost to history for 39 years due to a series of developments.  The following are some of the personal circumstances involving Pruszynski which contributed to this.  Pruszynski was not making a recording for broadcast.  He was not associated with radio or television but with print media, and any cassette recordings he was making in the spring of 1968 were designed not for air but only for his personal use:  for example, to help him accurately transcribe quotations from his interviews or to assist him in other ways as he wrote his newspaper articles.  Pruszynski assumed incorrectly that the sounds preserved by his RFK assassination recording also had been captured by members of the broadcast media also covering that event, and he therefore assumed -- again, incorrectly -- that his tape had nothing of special note on it that had not already been preserved by radio or TV journalists.  In the years that followed, Pruszynski did not remain in journalism or closely follow any of the RFK assassination controversies that occasionally surfaced in some segments of the U.S. media.  Pruszynski continued to assume incorrectly that his recording was not of any special importance as he pursued restaurant interests while in Canada and eventually in his native Poland, upon his return there after the fall of the Soviet bloc.  Pruszynski remained unaware of the special importance of his recording until a journalist contacted him about it in September 2004.
 
·The following are some of the circumstances involving the Pruszynski audio recording itself which also contributed to its being lost to history for 39 years.  In the months following the RFK shooting, Pruszynski had mentioned to friends that, while covering the event, he had made an audio recording.  Eventually someone relayed that information to the FBI, which then made arrangements for Canadian authorities to contact and interview Pruszynski.  In 1969, after having interviewed Pruszynski, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police provided the FBI with a reel-to-reel dub of Pruszynski’s recording, while Pruszynski retained his original cassette tape of the recording.  After examining the open reel dub, the FBI concluded -- we believe, concluded incorrectly -- that Pruszynski’s recording contained no new information that would prove significant for their RFK assassination investigation.  The FBI -- that same year, 1969 -- then delivered at least one Pruszynski dub to the Los Angeles Police Department.  The LAPD kept a Pruszynski dub for the next 18 years until the dub and other items associated with the department’s RFK assassination investigation records were transported in August 1987 to their final resting place, the California State Archives in Sacramento.  The state archives opened the RFK materials to the public in April 1988.  Nevertheless, the Pruszynski recording -- although listed publicly by the state archives -- sat virtually ignored at the state archives for the next 16 years.  In early 2004, a journalist arranged through the state archives to listen to the recording and, because of his familiarity with many details concerning the RFK case, he immediately grasped the recording’s potential importance.  Since that discovery, efforts have been made to fully understand as many details as possible concerning the recording.

·Today Stash Pruszynski is not certain where his original audio cassette tape is located.  At present, the best known version of his RFK assassination recording is the reel-to-reel dub which the FBI supplied the LAPD in 1969 and which today is held by the California State Archives in Sacramento.

·Our scientific analysis of the Pruszynski audio recording is based upon that open reel dub held by the state archives.  More specifically, it is directly based upon several high quality analog and digital dubs of that reel-to-reel recording in Sacramento.  These dubs of the open reel tape -- made in several different formats -- were created at the state archives in September 2005 by audio expert Phil Van Praag.  Later, at his facilities in Tucson, Van Praag conducted an analysis of the Pruszynski recording, based on these several dubs he had made in Sacramento, and Van Praag concluded that the Pruszynski recording captured approximately 13 gunshot sounds.  Van Praag also discovered two separate sets of double-shots (a double-shot being two shots that are fired too closely together to have been fired by the same weapon).  Van Praag then took his dubs of the Pruszynski recording to the laboratory of another audio expert, Wes Dooley of Pasadena.  Based upon a lab analysis of Van Praag’s dubs, and with Van Praag present for this Pasadena examination, Dooley and his associate Paul Pegas confirmed that at least 10 gunshots were captured by the Pruszynski recording.  Dooley and Pegas also confirmed at least one double-shot in the recording.  Dooley further consulted audio expert Eddie Brixson in Denmark and Brixson also confirmed at least 10 gunshots in the Pruszynski recording.        

·We have found that there is a right way and a wrong way (probably many wrong ways) to analyze the Pruszynski audio recording.  The following are only some of the requirements for proper analysis.  To analyze the recording properly, an experienced audio expert must first make sure his analysis is based on the best known version of the Pruszynski recording -- which currently is the reel-to-reel dub located at the California State Archives in Sacramento -- working directly from that open reel or directly from first generation multiple analog and digital dubs of the state archives’ reel-to-reel copy.  He must be fully aware of the positioning of Stash Pruszynski and his microphone, both of which were moving during the RFK assassination.  He must understand the equipment used to make the original recording as well as the equipment and process used which led to the state archives’ resident version.  He must understand the environment in which Pruszynski made his recording of the RFK shooting.  He must understand many facts, including the sequence of events, concerning the RFK assassination itself.

·We are not at liberty to disclose the name -- or the affiliation -- of the journalist who made the initial discovery on Monday, Memorial Day, May 31, 2004 concerning the Pruszynski recording and who brought it to Phil Van Praag’s attention nearly a year later in early 2005.



New evidence of a second gunman in the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968…

Who, what, where, when, why, how?


What is this evidence?

An audio recording that captured the sounds of the RFK shooting.


Why is this recording evidence of a second gunman?

Two main reasons:  first, the tape captured the sounds of more than eight shots being fired during the RFK shooting; secondly, the tape makes it clear that there was at least one so-called “double-shot” fired during the shooting.


How does this content on the recording prove there was a second gunman?

The fact that the tape captured the sounds of more than eight shots fired during the shooting can only mean that another person, in addition to convicted gunman Sirhan Sirhan, was firing a gun at the same time that Sirhan was firing his gun.  Police and prosecutors say Sirhan fired an eight-shot revolver, that he had only this one revolver with him at the time and that he never had an opportunity to reload his gun once the shooting began.  Therefore it was impossible for Sirhan to have fired more than eight shots.  But the recording makes it clear that there were in fact more than eight shots fired during the RFK shooting.  Since it was impossible for Sirhan to have fired in excess of eight shots, it therefore would have taken a second person firing another gun to have produced these excess shots.

Secondly, the fact that the tape captured the sound of at least one “double-shot” during the shooting also means the same thing:  that another person, in addition to Sirhan, must have been firing a gun at the same time Sirhan was firing his gun.  By “double-shot”, we mean that at least two of the shots fired in the RFK shooting were fired too closely together to have both been fired by the same person.  The recording makes it clear that there was in fact at least one such “double-shot” fired during the RFK shooting.  Since it was impossible for Sirhan or anyone else to have single-handedly fired both of the shots that make up this “double-shot”, it therefore would have taken a second person firing another gun, virtually simultaneously with Sirhan firing his weapon, to have made such a “double-shot” possible.


How many shots were fired altogether?

This tape captured the sounds of at least ten shots fired during the RFK shooting.  


Who made this recording how was it made?

It’s an audio recording made on cassette tape by Stanislaw Pruszynski, who in June 1968 was a Polish immigrant to Canada.  He is still alive today and is a well-known local café owner in Warsaw.  In June 1968, Stash Pruszynski was a young free-lance newspaper reporter traveling with the RFK presidential campaign and writing articles for the Montreal Gazette.  His cassette tape recorder was a hand-held portable recorder with an attached microphone and which Stash Pruszynski carried with him primarily for the purpose of capturing remarks of the candidate and others and for making sure to quote such remarks accurately in his articles.  In 1968, print and radio journalists carried two types of recorders:  the older reel-to-reel machines and the newer cassette machines.   


Tell us more about the circumstances concerning how this recording was made at the Ambassador Hotel…

At the time of the RFK shooting in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, Stash Pruszynski was carrying his portable cassette tape recorder and mic not far from the pantry.  His recorder was on, operating normally and was recording throughout the entire shooting with no stop-and-starts during the recording.  In other words, it was recording -- without interruption -- immediately before, during and immediately after the shots were fired in the pantry.  Stash was walking at the time of the RFK shooting, in fact he was moving towards the pantry while the shots were being fired and his mic was pointed upwards and towards the pantry as it was picking up the sounds of the shots.  Since Stash was moving towards the shooting while it was occurring, the latter shots sound louder on his tape than the initial shots, since he had advanced closer to the source of the sounds by the time the latter shots were fired.  When the first shots erupted in the kitchen pantry, Stash was in the adjacent Embassy Room, which is the ballroom where RFK had just finished delivering his victory speech following California’s Democratic presidential primary election.  As those first shots erupted in the pantry, Stash was descending a small set of steps inside the ballroom.  This was one of the small sets of steps attached to the makeshift speaker’s platform set up for RFK to make his speech following the presidential primary.  Stash was walking down the small set of steps located at the east end of the speaker’s platform, which is the part of the platform nearest the kitchen.  Stash was carrying his cassette tape recorder and mic with him at the time and, as he was descending from the platform, the first shots were fired in the kitchen pantry.  Stash was headed for the pantry at the time and as he continued moving in the direction of the pantry, the rest of the shots were fired inside the pantry.  Now to further acquaint you with this scene:  the makeshift speaker’s platform was located at the north side of the Embassy Room ballroom.  It was built in a spot of the ballroom located just in front of a curtained-off stage where a concert piano was kept for recitals and dances and other entertainment (however this curtained-off stage area, on that night, was being used not as a stage but as a backstage for the makeshift speaker’s platform where RFK delivered his victory speech).  Also at the north end of the ballroom, and just east of the platform, were two kitchen service doors.  When you exited the ballroom via either of these service doors, you first entered a small back corridor and if you continued a few steps farther from there, in a northeast direction, you accessed the kitchen pantry by way of two additional doors.  These two additional doors were swinging, French doors and, once you passed through these swinging doors, you were inside the west end of the kitchen pantry.  The shooting of RFK occurred about half-way into the pantry, that is, several feet ahead of those swinging doors or to the east of those doors.  So from his starting position in the ballroom, Stash was not very far from the place where the shooting happened.  And since, at the time the shots occurred, there were two sets of open doors between Stash and the shooting scene -- that is, the west-end swinging doors of the pantry which were both open by the time the shooting erupted as well as both ballroom service doors at the north side of the ballroom -- the sounds of the shots traveled, unimpeded, from the pantry to Stash’s mic.  And as Stash continued moving towards the pantry, thus closing the distance between him and the shooting, the quality of his recorder’s capturing of that shooting improved. 


What makes this evidence new?

Aside from this recording, there has never been a recording that is known to have captured the sounds of the RFK shooting. 



How was this evidence found?


Where was this new evidence found?


When was this new evidence found?


Who found this new evidence?


Why are we just finding out about this evidence now?


How could such evidence like this sit unnoticed for decades at the California State Archives?


Who was the second gunman?


Where was the second gunman firing from?


Why was RFK killed?

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further evidence, establishes that gunshots indeed were fired by more than one firearm inside the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel at the moment RFK and five other persons were shot there at 12:16 am PDT on Wednesday, June 5, 1968.

Discovery Times revisits Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.

• Wednesday, June 6

Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination, 9pm ET, Discovery Times. For viewers younger than about 50, talk of a conspiracy surrounding the RFK assassination likely will be a revelation. But the two-gun theory and whether the assassin was a lone gunman are questions not exclusive to the JFK killing.

As we know, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in the RFK killing. The gun he used could hold eight shells, and witnesses say they heard more than eight shots.

One witness swears he saw security guard Thane Eugene Cesar, who stood behind RFK, shoot him. But L.A. police never confiscated his gun, so ballistics tests were not performed on the weapon. The biggest complication is that the autopsy shows the fatal shot entered RFK’s head from the back, but no witnesses saw Sirhan behind the senator. 

Several RFK staffers tell us the assassination investigation was botched, others claim it was a deliberate cover up. There’s no debate that the L.A. police destroyed more than 2,000 photographs taken at the scene and some materials collected there.

This show’s major contribution, which comes about 30 minutes in, is uncovering and analyzing a crime scene recording, which had been languishing in an archive, unnoticed for years. A pair of experts concludes there were more than eight shots fired, meaning Sirhan Sirhan didn’t act alone. Another forensic audio analyst, based in England, dissented, although he was working from a copy of the tape, not the original, and he was unaware of some details associated with the recording. In addition, the show tested the model of gun Sirhan used, and concluded the weapon could not have fired eight times as rapidly as the prosecution case contended.



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June 1, 2007

What to Watch: Coming Up on Cable
Hallmark's "Marco Polo," Lifetime's "Army Wives," Adrian Grenier's directorial debut on HBO and more
Tube Stake: Programming reviews by Seth Arenstein

Brian Dennehy as Kublai Khan in "Marco Polo."

• Saturday, June 2

Marco Polo, 8pm, Hallmark Channel. It’s two weeks in a row and Hallmark is offering another strong original. This time it’s a drama surrounding the 1271 journey of Marco Polo to Kublai Khan’s Mongol dynasty, to verify the claims of his father. Right off, we have to acknowledge the production values, which include a darn good reproduction of Khan’s vast capital city of Cambaluc, now Beijing. 

While Lost’s Ian Somerhalder as Marco has the lead role, we enjoyed watching Brian Dennehy as the powerful and unpredictable Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan. One of the ironies, of course, is that China and the West, which barely acknowledged the other’s existence in Polo’s time, may be as suspicious of each other today as they were then.




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Big & Rich: Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, 9pm ET, GAC. We loved this uncomplicated show, chock full of good acoustic singing and picking, plus interviews with Big & Rich, who seem extremely happy and level-headed with their success. Speaking of which, the duo’s album (same title as this special) hits shelves Tuesday.


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* Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, 9:30pm ET, Starz InBlack. Kudos to Starz InBlack for showing this simple but nicely done music documentary during its Black Music Month celebration. The title is well chosen. While Hancock is known for his post-bop jazz sound, well illustrated in some vintage footage of Herbie playing in Miles Davis’s band in the ’60s, he refuses to be stereotyped. Instead he prefers to explore musical possibilities that transcend genres. To illustrate, Hancock collaborates with Christina Aguilera, whose throaty blues is impressive, and Sting, whose versatility is no longer a surprise.

Among other highlights are two young artists from Ireland, Damien Rice and Lisa Hanigan, singing a Billie Holiday tune. Later there’s saxophonist Wayne Shorter, vocalists Carlos Santana, Paul Simon (who’s still a good stylist), Annie Lennox and others.

Beyond the performances, we learn little about Hancock. This is a piece that lets the music do most of the talking, even if we’d like to hear more than the musical excerpts offered. But the foundation of these collaborative conversations is the versatility and musical knowledge of Hancock, who lays down complex chords to support the soloists.


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Kim Delaney and Michael Holden in "Army Wives."

• Sunday, June 3

The Next Food Network Star, 9pm ET, Food Network. O.K.,  I don’t know about their cooking,  but I just can’t trust Food Network stars who look nothing like Emeril or Paula Deen. Do these 11 new hopefuls, with their young, athletic physiques eat their own cooking? Do they eat at all? For the same reason you wouldn't go to a dentist with bad teeth, why should Food pick a host who doesn’t look like he/she enjoys insanely caloric, cholesterol-heavy dishes? O.K., Food star Bobby Flay could be in the movies, but even he’s starting to look a bit rounder these days, as is Rachael Ray. Giada, God bless her, must work out like a fiend, or have the world’s fastest metabolism.

The table is set, so to speak, in tonight’s two-hour opener.  First we meet Colombe, a 28-year-old blonde from New York. Her trim figure can be excused—Colombe is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet School, so she’s a health-conscious cook. She’s also a former child actor and an exercise instructor.

Next into the house—there’s always a house in reality series—is Vivien, a swarthy, statuesque native of Brazil, bare midriff, tight jeans, long, flowing dark hair. If they do a movie about Sophia Loren, she gets the gig. We dig deep down and can almost forgive her, she was a model and an actress. 

The other contestants’ looks hew closely to the initial two; the men also are attractive and are packing a lot of mousse—hair, not chocolate.

Ah, but finally we meet Jag, 25, a stout sparkplug in military fatigues and a crew cut. While he’s far from unattractive, Hollywood handsome he’s not. We’re getting to Emeril territory. And then there’s the sole contestant without formal culinary training, Tommy, a 33-year financial planner from Massachusetts who looks like Kent “Flounder” Dorfman. In other words, a loveable tubby who, if he had a resume, could fit comfortably between comedian Bruce Villanch and The Sopranos’ Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli) on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. We’ve found our winner. Maybe.

The show? It’s pretty good; Food’s beauty is that it runs its programming like an experienced chef. Yes, fancy ingredients are important, but the basics—presentation, fresh ingredients, ample  portions—are crucial. So, with this 3rd season of Next Food Network Star the essential show is unchanged, the contestants are challenged to cook various dishes solo and in teams. The fancy ingredients are cameos by current stars like Flay, Emeril, Giada and others. We’re getting hungry.  




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Army Wives, 10pm, Lifetime. It’s not a secret that Lifetime’s been looking for something, anything to grab the type of ratings it enjoyed during the Carole Black years. Army Wives is something, anything. It’s a good guilty pleasure that should grab ratings for a time, at least. 

Great TV it isn’t, nor is that other series with the word Wives in the title. It’s also not one of Lifetime’s issues series. This is military life on the margins, with plot elements touching on some of the things soldiers and their families endure. But here Army life is purely a vehicle for drama, a way to unite five disparate characters.

In a sense, Wives fits the traditional Lifetime mold. It contains plenty of the usual Lifetime elements—husbands and fathers with the morals of Saddam Hussein, female bonding, an abhorrence of violence against women (rightly so), a back-stabbing bitch, strong women (one is even a Lt. Col. with 400 men under her command), secrets, an emphasis on emotional relationships and sex (plenty of it, but done pastorally, with many candles and soft music).

But this chick flick ensemble series with its sometimes ridiculous plot lines also continues Lifetime’s move away from some of its traditions. So we find a species rare to Lifetime originals: helpful, understanding husbands (one is a tough Army man who tries yoga). There’s also solid star power, including statuesquely gorgeous Catherine Bell (who should know about military life from nine years on JAG) and Kim Delaney, who gets the rare chance beyond NYPD Blue to play a character that’s not a victim.

The consistent scene-stealer, though, is newcomer Sally Pressman, the energetic pixie who plays Roxy LeBlanc, a rough-around-the-edges 20-something bartender and single mom of two who marries a handsome soldier. Roxy lacks any knowledge of the politics involved with being a wife on a military base. And she doesn’t endear herself to the Army wives by wearing skirts that barely cover her backside, but she certainly will bring Lifetime more than a few male viewers.         


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* Inside the Green Berets, 9pm, National Geographic Channel. Although simply shot, this is some of the most gripping television we’ve seen, as Nat Geo’s cameras were granted tremendous access to the elite Berets.

Within minutes this special clearly shows why U.S. forces find survival in Afghanistan difficult. The cliché holds—the possibility of danger lurks continuously. Besides improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which could be anywhere, the country’s numerous mountainous ridges are a haven for snipers, who can kill from distances more than 9 football fields away.

And it’s not easy being a native there either. The Taliban is making a comeback in the south, where Nat Geo’s cameras filmed. Immediately after this Green Beret unit departs, after distributing medicine and other aid to Afghanis, the Taliban likely will kill anybody who had contact with the Americans. [Inside the Taliban follows on Monday, June 4 at 9pm.]

Unfortunately, early in the mission, an IED takes the lives of two Berets, while seven others, including two Nat Geo cameramen, are wounded. It’s the worst IED hit on Special Forces in five years.


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Adrian Grenier's HBO doc, "Shot in the Dark."

• Monday, June 4

Write & Wrong, 9pm, Lifetime. It wasn’t too long ago when young, curvaceous Kirstie Alley played the straight man to the gags of the gang on Cheers. Since her Fat Actress run on Showtime she apparently fancies herself the joke teller, not the butt. That’s her role here, as she launches a fictional whack at Hollywood’s youth movement that’s often funny, but also feels like its genesis was a raw nerve that’s been hit several times.

In this case, the subject’s not young female talent, but women writers (yep, even they have to be young). Alley comes up with an interesting fix that becomes the basis of a rather silly film. Still, Alley is a believable comic, and she carries this vehicle about as far as its entertaining but sometimes limited material can take it.




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Shot in The Dark, 10:30pm, HBO. Several years before he made it big on HBO’s Entourage, 23-year-old Adrian Grenier tried to find out “what father means to me” as he searched for the biological father who abandoned him and his mother when Grenier was just 3—and filmed his quest.

Grenier admits he made this documentary for himself. Indeed, it’s doubtful that anyone would be interested in this slow-moving piece of therapy had its maker not become a major star. On the other hand, the camera loves Grenier’s face, particularly his eyes and his chin, which sports a panoply of facial hair, ranging from stubble to full beard and everything in between. And it’s that face that leads us to want to see how attractive his dad is; his mother, whom he grew up with, is featured in the film’s early moments.

But why is the film so lifeless? Clearly Grenier, who directed the piece, wasn’t interested in faking emotions. In fact, the actor’s laid-back portrayal on Entourage seems several levels up from where Grenier is away from the sound stage. Perhaps this is a Hollywood actor outside Hollywood (far outside: his journey takes him to Ohio), where things are real, less emotional? An alternative view is that Grenier, despite his appealing looks, is nearly helpless without a script.

For trivia fans, one of the film’s cameramen is none other than Ari Gold. No, not that one.


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History Channel's "The Universe" ponders life on Mars.

• Tuesday, June 5

The Universe: Mars, 9pm, The History Channel. You could argue that The History Channel has gone out of its zone with this new series on the planets. Indeed, the pure history portion of the tonight's show about Mars is small compared with the cascade of entertaining information about the red planet, which is about half the size of Earth and is usually about 34 million miles from us.

Yet the series educates without being stodgy, thanks to talking head astronomers who delight in talking Mars. We're told that the Martian mountain known as Olympus Mons covers an area the size of Missouri and rises 15-miles high, making Mt. Everest "seem like a molehill," one professor tells us. 

Then there are the eternal questions — Is there life on Mars? What's underneath the Martian icecaps, which themselves are dry ice? Perhaps it's millions of tons of frozen water, which tonight's show describes as the holy grail of space exploration because it could explain the formation of the planet and the possibility that there was water on Mars.




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Discovery Times revisits Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.

• Wednesday, June 6

Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination, 9pm ET, Discovery Times. For viewers younger than about 50, talk of a conspiracy surrounding the RFK assassination likely will be a revelation. But the two-gun theory and whether the assassin was a lone gunman are questions not exclusive to the JFK killing.

As we know, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in the RFK killing. The gun he used could hold eight shells, and witnesses say they heard more than eight shots.

One witness swears he saw security guard Thane Eugene Cesar, who stood behind RFK, shoot him. But L.A. police never confiscated his gun, so ballistics tests were not performed on the weapon. The biggest complication is that the autopsy shows the fatal shot entered RFK’s head from the back, but no witnesses saw Sirhan behind the senator. 

Several RFK staffers tell us the assassination investigation was botched, others claim it was a deliberate cover up. There’s no debate that the L.A. police destroyed more than 2,000 photographs taken at the scene and some materials collected there.

This show’s major contribution, which comes about 30 minutes in, is uncovering and analyzing a crime scene recording, which had been languishing in an archive, unnoticed for years. A pair of experts concludes there were more than eight shots fired, meaning Sirhan Sirhan didn’t act alone. Another forensic audio analyst, based in England, dissented, although he was working from a copy of the tape, not the original, and he was unaware of some details associated with the recording. In addition, the show tested the model of gun Sirhan used, and concluded the weapon could not have fired eight times as rapidly as the prosecution case contended.



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Great Grandparents - Frances Domagala 9/17/04
Re: Great Grandparents - finding places - Gilberto Magroski 9/18/04
Re: Great Grandparents - finding places - Frances Domagala 9/18/04
Re: Jo'zef DOMAGALA (Domagal~a) from PYRNIK near KLEPINA (Kle,pina) ? - Tadeusz 9/22/04
Re: Jo'zef DOMAGALA (Domagal~a) from PYRNIK near KLEPINA (Kle,pina) ? - Frances Domagala 9/25/04
Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Gilberto Magroski 9/17/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Sophia 9/22/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Patricia Smith 9/23/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Gilberto Magroski 9/23/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Sophia 9/24/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Wladyslaw 9/22/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Gilberto Magroski 9/23/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Patricia Smith 9/22/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Gilberto Magroski 9/23/04
Re: Trying to get info from Polish parishes - Patricia Smith 9/23/04
golde family - Alice Humbert 9/16/04
Re: golde family - Gilberto Magroski 9/17/04
TOPILEWKA can anyone tell me where this town/village is? - Lois Lane 9/16/04
Re: TOPILEWKA can anyone tell me where this town/village is? - Thomas Lewis 9/16/04
Re: TOPILEWKA can anyone tell me where this town/village is? - Jerry Frank 9/16/04
Re: TOPILEWKA can anyone tell me where this town/village is? - Lois Lane 9/16/04
Re: Family ULIKOWSKI from TOPILOWKA - all information from village Mayor... - Tadeusz 9/17/04
Re: Family ULIKOWSKI from TOPILOWKA - all information from village Mayor... - Lois Lane 9/17/04
Re: Family ULIKOWSKI from TOPILOWKA - finally have full ADDRESS! - Tadeusz 9/20/04
Re: Family ULIKOWSKI from TOPILOWKA - finally have full ADDRESS! - waldemar d. 11/25/04
"Waldemar, you are future of Poland, THANK YOU!" - Tadeusz 11/26/04
Re: Family ULIKOWSKI from TOPILOWKA - finally have full ADDRESS! - Lois Lane 9/20/04
Re: TOPILOWKA village mayor (soltys) - ADDRESS - Tadeusz 9/21/04
Re: TOPILOWKA village mayor (soltys) - ADDRESS - Lois Lane 9/21/04
LOIS! What a fantastic news for you!!!!!!!!! - Tadeusz 11/26/04
Re: LOIS! What a fantastic news for you!!!!!!!!! - Lois Lane 11/28/04
Re: LOIS! What a fantastic news for you!!!!!!!!! - Tadeusz 11/29/04
Re: TOPILOWKA - translation/contact rescue ph.no. in Warsaw - Tadeusz 9/22/04
"To have time before God" - Tadeusz 9/18/04
Looking for information on Zulice lost village? - Wanda Peczeniuk-Johnson 9/16/04
Re: Looking for information on Zulice lost village? - Pat 9/16/04
Re: Looking for information on Zulice lost village? - Filip SLIPACZEK 10/23/04
Re: Looking for information on Zulice lost village? - Pat 10/26/04
Re: Looking for information on Zulice lost village? - Filip SLIPACZEK 10/27/04
Re: Looking for information on Zulice lost village? = Z'ULICE in Poland - Tadeusz 9/17/04
Horocholina lost villiage?? - Wanda Peczeniuk-Johnson 9/16/04
Re: Horocholina lost villiage?? - Henryk Herman 11/13/04
Re: Horocholina lost villiage?? - Pat 9/16/04
Researching Pietrowski surname - Carol Cobb 9/16/04
Re: Researching Pietrowski surname - Tina Ellis 9/17/04
Re: Researching Pietrowski surname - Carol Cobb 9/17/04
Re: Researching Pietrowski surname - Tina Ellis 9/17/04
Re: Researching Pietrowski surname - Carol Cobb 9/18/04
Re: Researching Pietrowski surname - C. Brewster 9/18/04
Re: Researching Pietrowski surname - Carol Cobb 9/18/04
JASTRZEBIEC/NIEWENGLOWSKI - Andre NIEWENGLOWSKI 9/16/04
Bonjour France! - Tadeusz 9/30/04
Re: Bonjour France! - Andre NIEWENGLOWSKI 10/16/04
Re: Bonjour France! - Wladyslaw 10/17/04
Drews family from Naklo - Kristen Hurt 9/15/04
surname Sieniewicz - Ronald Sieniewicz 9/15/04
Re: surname Sieniewicz - Wladyslaw 9/15/04
Polish Heritage - Diane Jorgensen 9/15/04
Re: Polish Heritage, NEXT SEARCHINGS in Poland! - Tadeusz 9/22/04
Re: Polish Heritage, NEXT SEARCHINGS in Poland! - Diane Jorgensen 9/29/04
Diane, your family ADAMSKI is FOUND ! - final confirmation. - Tadeusz 10/21/04
Re: Diane, your family ADAMSKI is FOUND ! - final confirmation. - Diane Jorgensen 10/22/04
Re: Diane, your family ADAMSKI is FOUND ! - final confirmation. - Tadeusz 10/25/04
Re: Diane, your family ADAMSKI is FOUND ! - final confirmation. - Diane Jorgensen 10/22/04
The bright side of life !! (Always look on..................... ) - Tadeusz 9/30/04
Diane, your family ADAMSKI is FOUND ! - Tadeusz 10/19/04
Re: Polish Heritage - Diane, I MUST WARN YOU... - Tadeusz 9/16/04
Re: Polish Heritage - Diane, I MUST WARN YOU... - Lois Lane 9/16/04
Polish Parachute brigade - HANNAH KOLODZIEJCZYK 9/15/04
Re: Polish Parachute brigade - Pat 9/16/04
SURNAMES KATCZOROWSKI & GREBOSZ LINES - Maryann Clark 9/14/04
Re: SURNAMES KACZOROWSKI & GREBOSZ LINES - Wladyslaw 9/14/04
Re: SURNAMES KACZOROWSKI & GREBOSZ LINES - Maryann Clark 10/28/04
Re: SURNAME GREBOSZ in Przeclaw - Wladyslaw 9/14/04
location name- Tetravce????????? - H Veneziano 9/14/04
Tetravce????????? - Bohdan Yurkiv 9/15/04
Re: location name- Tetravce????????? - TINA ELLIS 9/14/04
Jacob Lubinski - b. around 1820s - lived in/by Trebaczow, Poland around 1853 - Aymee Lubinski 9/13/04
Polish Records Request - Marge 9/13/04
Re: Polish Records Request - Tina Ellis 9/13/04
Thanks.... - Marge 9/15/04
Re: Thanks.... - Tina Ellis 9/15/04
Re: Thanks.... - Tina Ellis 9/15/04
Re:Don't Jump the Atlantic Yet - C. Fronzek 9/13/04
Thanks..... - Marge 9/15/04
Hi All! Argentina asks our help - PolGenFor Search Room - last point 32. - Tadeusz 9/13/04
Re: Hi All! Argentina asks our help - Thanks to all who answered! - Gilberto Magroski 9/14/04
Re: sorry! - Tadeusz 9/14/04
Re: sorry! - Gilberto Magroski 9/14/04
Re: Hi All! Argentina asks our help - PolGenFor Search Room - last point 32. - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 9/13/04
Re: Hi All! Argentina asks our help - PolGenFor Search Room - last point 32. - Sophia 9/13/04
Re: Hi All! Argentina asks our help - PolGenFor Search Room - last point 32. - Sophia 9/13/04
Re: Hi All! Argentina asks our help - PolGenFor Search Room - last point 32. - TINA ELLIS 9/13/04
Re: Hi All! Argentina asks our help - PolGenFor Search Room - last point 32. - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 9/13/04
looking for information on family from brzeiny - marilyn gilmore 9/11/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 9/12/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Tina Ellis 9/12/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Marilyn Gilmore 9/12/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Tina Ellis 9/12/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - C. Fronzek 9/11/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Marilyn Gilmore 9/12/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - TINA ELLIS 9/13/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 9/13/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Marilyn Gilmore 9/13/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 9/13/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - marilyn gilmore 9/13/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 9/16/04
Re: looking for information on family from brzeiny - C. Fronzek 9/13/04
Beigert, Ingram Surnames Lancut, Poland - Jill Ingram 9/11/04
Re: Beigert, Ingram Surnames Lancut, Poland - W³adys³aw Piku³a 9/14/04
Re: Beigert, Ingram Surnames Lancut, Poland - Tina Ellis 9/12/04
Re: Beigert, Ingram Surnames Lancut, Poland - Jill Ingram 9/13/04
Looking for info on My Zuchowski family - Jerome Nickelson 9/10/04
Re: Looking for info on My Zuchowski family - Norbert Stevens 9/11/04
Re: Looking for info on My Zuchowski family - Jerome Nickelson 9/11/04
Kartenmeister - Tina Ellis 9/10/04
Got through again this morning - Jerry Frank 9/11/04
Re: Got through again this morning - Tina Ellis 9/11/04
Re: Kartenmeister - Gilberto Magroski 9/10/04
Re: Kartenmeister - Tina Ellis 9/10/04
Sibblings of Zenon Muchowicz - James Muchowicz 9/10/04
Franz and Rosalie Slagowski Pawelski 2-27-1882 - Betty Hellman 9/10/04
Re: Franz and Rosalie Slagowski Pawelski 2-27-1882 - TINA ELLIS 9/10/04
STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! - Brad Johnson 9/10/04
Re: STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! - TINA ELLIS 9/10/04
Re: STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! - Brad Johnson 9/10/04
Stus (or Stas) Pruszynski - Brad Johnson 9/10/04
Groff, or Borowski 1879-1916 - Bill Nelson 9/08/04
Re: Borowski--Census and Manistee County MI Death Index - Norbert Stevens 9/11/04
Re: Groff, or Borowski 1879-1916 - Norbert Stevens 9/09/04
Re: Groff, or Borowski 1879-1916 - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/08/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/08/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/08/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Tina Ellis 9/09/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/09/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Tina Ellis 9/09/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/10/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Sophia 9/09/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/10/04
Stus (or Stas?) Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/09/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Tina Ellis 9/09/04
Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 - Brad Johnson 9/10/04
Surnames: Machill/Fronzek (Frontzek) - Ilona Kistemaker 9/08/04
Re: Surnames: Machill / Fronzek (Frontzek) = basic = FRACZEK (Fra,czek) - Tadeusz 9/14/04
Re: Surnames: Machill/Fronzek (Frontzek) - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Genealogy researching KELTZ-KOELTZ-KELTS-KELZ-KELS family surname - James AnthonyTonyKeltz,Sr. 9/08/04
Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/07/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Tina Ellis 9/07/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/11/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Tina Ellis 9/11/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/09/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Tina Ellis 9/09/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/08/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/21/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/22/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - TINA ELLIS 9/25/04
Re: Finding Bancewicz Ancestors - Maureen Bancewicz 9/08/04
Muchowicz family search - James Muchowicz 9/07/04
Re: Muchowicz family search - Malgorzata Sobala 6/06/06
Re: Muchowicz family search - DeNice Jensen 6/01/07
Re: Muchowicz family search - Mary Snow 6/01/07
Re: Muchowicz family search - Norbert Stevens 6/06/06
Re: Muchowicz family search - Malgorzata Sobala 6/08/06
Re: Muchowicz family search - Norbert Stevens 9/08/04
Re: Muchowicz family search - Tina Ellis 9/07/04
Re: Muchowicz family search-Michal & Lucyna died in.. - Jerry Choinska 9/08/04
Is it possible somebody could translate the following? - Natalie Kolodziejczyk Smalley 9/07/04
Re: Yes, it is possible, but....... - Wladyslaw 9/09/04
Re: Yes, it is possible, but....... - Natalie Kolodziejczyk Smalley 9/12/04
Pastula, Pomikala, Miasga/Miazga, Mlynar/Mlynarski, Plesak, Serafin/Serafyn - Stephanie Thomas 9/07/04
Re: Pastula, Pomikala, Miasga/Miazga, Mlynar/Mlynarski, Plesak, Serafin/Serafyn - Tina Ellis 9/07/04
Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Hazel Boon 9/05/04
Re: Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Re: Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Hazel Boon 9/08/04
Re: Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Tina Ellis 9/08/04
Re: Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Tina Ellis 9/07/04
Re: Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Hazel Boon 9/07/04
Re: Sadowsky/Sadovskii from Belchatow/Lodz, Poland - Hazel Boon 9/07/04
Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Joan Ogg 9/05/04
Podchoie, Russia? - Joan Ogg 9/09/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Thomas Lewis 9/06/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Jerry Frank 9/05/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Joan Ogg 9/05/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Jerry Frank 9/05/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Joan Ogg 9/06/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Beth Carpenter 9/07/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Joan Ogg 9/07/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - C. Fronzek 9/05/04
Re: Kuperstein, Mezeritch, Poland - Joan Ogg 9/06/04
LEUS: meaning of surname? - Chevalier Terrance Gach MacFarlane 9/04/04
Re: LEUS: meaning of surname? - Wladyslaw 9/11/04
Re: LEUS: meaning of surname? - Chevalier Terrance Gach MacFarlane 9/11/04
2nd letter from Izabela Masicz, Korchow, Poland needs translating - Chevalier Terrance Gach MacFarlane 9/03/04
Tracing Tolwinski family - Les Rose 9/02/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - S. Tolwin 12/28/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Les Rose 1/03/05
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Robert Goldstien 9/07/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Les Rose 9/07/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Les Rose 9/07/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Tina Ellis 9/05/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Les Rose 9/05/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Tina Ellis 9/06/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Les Rose 9/07/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Tina Ellis 9/07/04
Re: Tracing Tolwinski family - Tina Ellis 9/06/04
Modzelewicz?! - Yariv Modzelevich 9/02/04
Re: ModzeleWICZ - ModzeleVICH; use - Jerry Choinska 9/03/04
Re: ModzeleWICZ - ModzeleVICH; use "Rymut/herby" - Jerry 9/03/04
Re: ModzeleWICZ - ModzeleVICH; use "Rymut/herby" - Yariv Modzelevich 9/03/04
Re: ModzeleWICZ - ModzeleVICH; meaning of: - Jerry Choinska 9/04/04
hermanau/urmanowski - different versions of same name??? - Carla Galletti 9/01/04
Re: hermanau/urmanowski - different versions of same name??? - Tina Ellis 9/05/04
Kamionka - Laurie Sanderson 8/31/04
Re: Kamionka - Tina Ellis 9/05/04
Re: Kamionka - Laurie Sanderson 9/05/04
Re: Kamionka - Bohdan Yurkiv 9/02/04
Re: Kolonia Kamionka - Wladyslaw 9/01/04
Osienecki's from Bob'jatyn/Sokal area - Susan Kasowski 8/31/04
Re: Osienecki's from Bob'jatyn/Sokal area - Tina Ellis 9/05/04
Kasowski's from Podzameczek, Buchach - Susan Kasowski 8/31/04
Re: Kasowski's from Podzameczek, Buchach - Wladyslaw 9/01/04
Re: Kasowski's from Podzameczek, Buchach - Susan Kasowski 9/01/04
Re: Kasowski's from Podzameczek, Buchach - Marek Salamonowicz 9/15/05
Czaszewicz, Wleklinski - Beverley Motycka 8/31/04
Re: Czaszewicz, Wleklinski - Norbert Stevens 9/03/04
Re: Czaszewicz, Wleklinski - Beverley Motycka 9/06/04
Re: Czaszewicz, Wleklinski - Wladyslaw 9/01/04
Jan Urbanowicz - Greg Urban 8/31/04
Lunau, Fromborg? - Annette Lunau 8/31/04
Re: Lunau, Fromborg? - C. Fronzek 8/31/04
Re: Lunau, Fromborg? - Annette Lunau 8/31/04
Re: Lunau, Fromborg? - Carmen Jercic 9/29/04
Re: Lunau, Fromborg? - Annette Lunau 9/29/04
lost town of poistz - james foster 8/31/04
Re: lost town of poistz, Rus / I'd guess PLOCK - Jerry Choinska 9/01/04
Re: lost town of poistz / F.Wilk from Poretz, Galicia - Jerry Choinska 9/01/04
Re: lost town of poistz - C. Fronzek 8/31/04
Re: lost town of poistz ? - Pat 8/31/04
Re: lost town of Poistz ? - James, please help us! - Tadeusz 9/01/04
Re: lost town of Poistz ? - James, please help us! - Pat 9/01/04
Hi All! - Jurek is asking help - PGF Search Room - last point 31. - Tadeusz 8/31/04
Re: Hi All! - Jurek is asking help - PGF Search Room - last point 31. - Tina Ellis 9/05/04
Re: Hi All! - Jurek is asking help - PGF Search Room - last point 31. - Jurek Douglas 9/05/04
Re: Hi All! - Jurek is asking help - PGF Search Room - last point 31. - Tina Ellis 9/06/04
Re: Hi All! - Jurek is asking help - PGF Search Room - last point 31. - Jurek Douglas 9/07/04
Michowicz - Warsaw - Marilyn Stanley 8/30/04
Re: Michowicz - Warsaw - Tina Ellis 8/30/04
Mary Burba - Greg Urban 8/30/04
Jan Urbanowicz - Greg Urban 8/30/04
Re: Jan Urbanowicz - bozena zuk-winiecka 9/09/04
Re: Jan Urbanowicz - Wladyslaw 9/11/04
Re: Jan Urbanowicz - bozena zuk-winiecka 9/26/04
Re: Surname Urbanowicz - Wladyslaw 9/27/04
Re: Jan Urbanowicz - ellynmarie theep 9/11/04
Re: Jan Urbanowicz - bozena zuk-winiecka 9/14/04
Re: Jan Urbanowicz - Norbert Stevens 8/30/04
Town of Szezkowo, Poland circa 1907 - Mike Ziolkowski 8/30/04
Re: Se~czkowo ? - Wladyslaw 8/30/04
Re: Se~czkowo ? - Jerry Frank 8/30/04
Re: Se~czkowo ? - Wladyslaw 8/30/04
Re: Se~czkowo ? - Jerry Frank 8/31/04
Re: Town of Szezkowo, Poland circa 1907 - Jerry Frank 8/30/04
Kornet, Szkolnik, Lewitow, Kazdym Surname Origins - John Cornet 8/29/04
Re: Kornet, Szkolnik, Lewitow, Kazdym Surname Origins - Wladyslaw 8/30/04
Re: Kornet, Szkolnik, Lewitow, Kazdym Surname Origins - John Cornet 8/31/04
Grynberg, Greenberg - John Cornet 8/29/04
Najfeld, Rogowicz, Bengelsdorf - John Cornet 8/29/04
Lastday, Poland? - Kim 8/28/04
Re: Lastday, Poland? - Jerry Frank 8/28/04
Re: Lastday, Poland? - Kim 8/28/04
Rygiel of Konin - Paula Hurwitz 8/28/04
Re: Rygiel of Konin - Janet Macan 9/03/04
Re: Rygiel of Konin - Paula Hurwitz 9/03/04
Herman Family From Poland And Settled In South Bend, IN - Candi Tyler 8/28/04
Re: Herman Family From Poland And Settled In South Bend, IN - Candi Tyler 8/29/04
Re: Herman Family From Poland And Settled In South Bend, IN - Jerry Frank 8/28/04
John Urbanowicz - Greg Urban 8/27/04
Re: John Urbanowicz - a resource for Lowell research - Annette Edwards 8/28/04
Re: John Urbanowicz - Tina Ellis 8/28/04
John Pronobis 1850 Austria/Poland to NY to Chicago - Toni Fila 8/27/04
Re: John Pronobis 1850 Austria/Poland to NY to Chicago - Tina Ellis 8/28/04
RE: Castle Garden online via Steve Morse - Pat 8/27/04
Cities of Trembacow and Slesein - Aymee Lubinski 8/25/04
Re: Tre~baczow and S~lesin - Wladyslaw 8/25/04
Re: Tre~baczow and S~lesin - Aymee Lubinski 8/07/05
Borowski - Patty Berg 8/25/04
Re: Borowski - Tina Ellis 8/26/04
Zhabchinski of Zgabchinski - Jerry Frank 8/25/04
Re: Zhabchinski of Zgabchinski - Tina Ellis 8/27/04
Re: Zhabchinski of Zgabchinski - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 8/25/04
Re: Zhabchinski of Zgabchinski - Jerry Frank 8/25/04
Re: Zhabchinski of Zgabchinski - C. Fronzek 8/25/04
Re: Zhabchinski of Zgabchinski - Jerry Frank 8/25/04
Should read Zhabchinski OR Zgabchinski - Jerry Frank 8/25/04
Re: Should read Zhabchinski OR Zgabchinski = ZABCZYNSKI - Tadeusz 8/26/04
Re: Should read Zhabchinski OR Zgabchinski = ZABCZYNSKI - Jerry Frank 8/26/04
Village of Radziwil? - Sam 8/24/04
Re: Village of Radziwil? - j partyka 1/14/05
Terebus Surname Radziwie Poland - Terebus Jacq 1/19/05
Re: Village of Radziwil/Radziwie - Delphine Kasuk 1/14/05
Re: Village of Radziwil? - Jerry Frank 8/24/04
Re: Village of Radziwil? - Sam 8/24/04
Re: Village of Radziwil? - j partyka 11/22/04
Re: Village of Radziwil? = RADZIWIE - part of PLOCK - Tadeusz 8/25/04
Re: Village of Radziwil? = RADZIWIE - part of PLOCK - Dell 8/25/04
Ottilie Schlacht b. "Warscho" (Warsaw) 1885 need help - William Brackett 8/24/04
Re: Ottilie Schlacht b. "Warscho" (Warsaw) 1885 need help - Jerry Frank 8/24/04
Dzingeleski - Jacqueline Haines 8/24/04
Re: Dzingeleski - Jeffrey Cwalinski 10/10/04
Re: Dzingeleski - Jacqueline Haines 10/10/04
Re: another Dzingeleski - Gilberto Magroski 9/15/04
Re: Dzingeleski - Tina Ellis 8/25/04
Re: Dzingeleski - Jacqueline Haines 8/25/04
Re: Dzingeleski - Tina Ellis 8/26/04
Johann Benjamin Fuhrmann & Anna Louise Peterson of Obornik & Birnbaum Posen - Kathy Fuhrman 8/24/04
Re: Johann Benjamin Fuhrmann & Anna Louise Peterson of Obornik & Birnbaum Posen - Tina Ellis 8/25/04
Re: Johann Benjamin Fuhrmann & Anna Louise Peterson of Obornik & Birnbaum Posen - Kathy Fuhrman 8/25/04
Re: Johann Benjamin Fuhrmann & Anna Louise Peterson of Obornik & Birnbaum Posen - Tina Ellis 8/26/04
Re: Johann Benjamin Fuhrmann & Anna Louise Peterson of Obornik & Birnbaum Posen - Kathy Fuhrman 8/26/04
descendants of MARIAN LATKOWSKI - cassandra zutelija 8/23/04
Re: descendants of MARIAN LATKOWSKI - Tina Ellis 8/25/04
Looking for Family and Town - John Sworske 8/23/04
Re: Looking for Family and Town - first archival record is found out ! - Tadeusz 10/19/05
Re: Looking for Family and Town - Thomas Lewis 8/24/04
Alukonis (Americanized spelling) or Kaczynski - Cari Alukonis 8/23/04
Re: Alukonis (Americanized spelling) or Kaczynski - Tina Ellis 8/26/04
Lost? Woloszynski can you help find them - Tina Conley 8/22/04
Re: Lost? Woloszynski can you help find them - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 8/24/04
Re: Lost? Woloszynski can you help find them - Tina Ellis 8/22/04
Re: Lost? Woloszynski can you help find them - Tina Conley 8/29/04
Re: Lost? Woloszynski can you help find them - Tina Ellis 8/29/04
Translation help needed please - Stacey Serdynski 8/22/04
Re: Translation help needed please - Rafal Januszkiewicz 8/24/04
Re: Translation help needed please - Anna Babel de Fronsberg 8/24/04
Re: Translation help needed please - Stacey Serdynski 8/24/04
Looking for Help Poland -Milwaukee - vergina green 8/20/04
Re: Looking for Help Poland -Milwaukee - Dell 8/20/04
Re: Looking for Help Poland -Milwaukee - vergina green 8/21/04
Trzesimiech or Opera Family - Pamela Stanton 8/20/04
Re: Trze~simiech and Opara - Wladyslaw 8/20/04
Re: Trze~simiech and Opara - Pamela Stanton 8/20/04
Re: Trze~simiech and Opara - Wladyslaw 8/20/04
Re: Trze~simiech and Opara - Pamela Stanton 8/20/04
Joseph Krupinski - Ruth Charlene Graham Krupinski 8/20/04
Re: Joseph Krupinski - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
Re: Joseph Krupinski - Ruth Charlene Graham Krupinski 8/20/04
Re: Joseph Krupinski - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
Re: Joseph Krupinski - Ruth Charlene Graham Krupinski 8/20/04
Re: Joseph Krupinski - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
Dubaj from Poland - Dave DuBay 8/19/04
Re: Dubaj from Poland - Tina Ellis 8/19/04
Re: Dubaj from Poland - Dave DuBay 8/20/04
Re: Dubaj from Poland - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
Re: Dubaj from Poland - Dave DuBay 8/20/04
Re: Dubaj from Poland - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy - jakub linetty 8/19/04
Re: War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy - Pat 8/20/04
Re: War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy - Tina Ellis 8/19/04
Re: War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy correction - jakub linetty 8/20/04
Re: War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy correction - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
Re: War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy - jakub linetty 8/20/04
Re: War Napoleona - soliders live in poland Prusy - Tina Ellis 8/20/04
Looking for great grand parents - Christina Badger 8/19/04
Re: Looking for great grand parents - Christina Badger 8/20/04
Re: Looking for great grand parents - Tina Ellis 8/19/04
Need help with my family name: Katscher - Chris Katscher 8/18/04
Re: family Katscher - all routes are going to SILESIA, Poland - Tadeusz 8/27/04
ADAMSKI/ADAMSKA/RAS/RASZ/NOWAK/WOJCIECHOWSKI - Rose Sullivan 8/17/04
Kata name - Diane Jorgensen 8/17/04
Re: Kata name - Tina Ellis 8/17/04
Re: Kata name - Diane Jorgensen 8/18/04
Joseph James Wisneski - NY, FL, 1891-1966 - Shirley Robbins 8/16/04
Re: Joseph James Wisneski - NY, FL, 1891-1966 - Tina Ellis 8/17/04
Re: Joseph James Wisneski - NY, FL, 1891-1966 - Shirley Robbins 8/18/04
Re: Joseph James Wisneski - NY, FL, 1891-1966 - Tina Ellis 8/18/04
Attn: Gilberto,,, John and Werdzy - Pat 8/16/04
Labudde family - Carole Petersen 8/15/04
Re: Labudde family - Tina Ellis 8/17/04
Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Robin Poupore 8/15/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Tina Ellis 8/17/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Robin Poupore 8/29/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Robin Poupore 8/29/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Tina Ellis 8/29/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Maureen Webb 10/24/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Tina Ellis 10/24/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - C. Fronzek 8/15/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - Robin Poupore 8/29/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - T Sekuterski 8/16/04
Re: Teofilia Pacewicz Sawicki-B in Lithuania - T Sekuterski 8/16/04
Boldt surname - mark caruana 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname - Tina Ellis 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname - mark caruana 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname - Tina Ellis 8/16/04
Re: Boldt surname - mark caruana 8/16/04
Re: Boldt surname - Tina Ellis 8/16/04
Re: Boldt surname - Jerry Frank 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname - mark caruana 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname - mark caruana 10/05/04
Re: Boldt surname - Sophia 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname - mark caruana 8/17/04
Re: Boldt surname - mark caruana 8/15/04
Re: Boldt surname in Torun area - Wladyslaw 8/16/04
Re: Boldt surname in Torun area - Ken Postma 10/15/04
Re: Boldt surname in Torun area - mark caruana 8/16/04
Re: Boldt surname in Torun area - Wladyslaw 8/16/04
Re: I World War - Wladyslaw 8/16/04
Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Rose Harmia Mitcham 8/14/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Aleksandra 5/14/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Rose 5/17/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - from Rogozno, Poland 2005... - Tadeusz 6/09/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - from Rogozno, Poland 2005... - Rose 6/09/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - from Rogozno, Poland 2005... - Tadeusz 6/10/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - from Rogozno, Poland 2005... - Rose 6/10/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - from Rogozno, Poland 2005... - Rose 6/10/05
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Tina Ellis 8/15/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Rose Harmia Mitcham 8/15/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Tina Ellis 8/16/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Rose Harmia Mitcham 8/16/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Tina Ellis 8/17/04
Poland - Mitch 1/20/07
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Rose Harmia Mitcham 8/18/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Tina Ellis 8/18/04
Re: Marcinkiewicz family and Surma family - Mitch 1/20/07
Thank you - Thomas Dick 8/13/04
KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Kathy Marron 8/11/04
Re: KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Ania Krawczak 8/18/04
Re: KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Tina Ellis 8/15/04
Re: KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Kathy Marron 8/15/04
Re: KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Tina Ellis 8/16/04
Zielinski, Zalinski, Green, Jaroch(K) Milwaukee Wi - vergina green 8/11/04
Re: Zielinski, Zalinski, Green, Jaroch(K) Milwaukee Wi - pat allison 10/22/04
Re: Zielinski, Zalinski, Green, Jaroch(K) Milwaukee Wi - vergina green 10/22/04
Re: Zielinski, Zalinski, Green, Jaroch(K) Milwaukee Wi - Lois Salvatore 8/17/04
Re: Zielinski, Zalinski, Green, Jaroch(K) Milwaukee Wi - vergina green 8/17/04
KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Kathy Marron 8/11/04
Re: KRUZONA, KRUSZONA, KAZMIERCZAK from Posen/Poznan, & Glowaski(?) - Michael Flanagan 6/28/06
lost family - martyn mazur 8/11/04
Re: lost family - Tina Ellis 8/11/04
Re: lost family - C. Fronzek 8/11/04
Looking for Sito, Daraszkewiscz, and Ambrosiewicz Families in Poland Mid 1800's - Cathie Dorman 8/11/04
Re: Sito Obits in Cleveland - Pat 8/12/04
Re: Sito Obits in Cleveland - Cathie Dorman 8/12/04
Re: Wladyslaw Sito - 1930 Census - Wladyslaw 8/12/04
Re: Wladyslaw Sito - 1930 Census - Cathie Dorman 8/12/04
Re: Looking for Sito, Daraszkewicz, and Ambrosiewicz Families in Poland Mid 1800's - Tina Ellis 8/11/04
Re: Looking for Sito, Daraszkewicz, and Ambrosiewicz Families in Poland Mid 1800's - Cathie Dorman 8/11/04
Gubernia Parish - Carol Cobb 8/11/04
Re: Gubernia Parish - Catherine 2/08/05
Re: Wysoki Dwor, near Troki - Wladyslaw 8/11/04
Re: Wysoki Dwor, near Troki - Carol Cobb 8/12/04
Re: Wysoki Dwor, Troki, in Lithuania, gubernia =province in Russian - Sophia 8/11/04
Re: Wysoki Dwor, Troki, in Lithuania, gubernia =province in Russian - Carol Cobb 8/12/04
Re: Wilno Diocese Church Directory for 1938 - Sophia 8/13/04
Re: Gubernia Parish - C. Fronzek 8/11/04
Re: Gubernia Parish - Carol Cobb 8/11/04
Kartenmeister back on line - Jerry Frank 8/10/04
Polish Villages written in N.Y. Church records? - Dell 8/10/04
Re: Polish Villages written in N.Y. Church records? = TULCE - Tadeusz 8/10/04
Re: Polish Villages written in N.Y. Church records? = TULCE - Dell 8/10/04
Re: TULCE ; Wrel ; Vis ; Pinzy ? - Tadeusz 8/10/04
Re: TULCE ; Wrel ; Vis ; Pinzy ? - Dell 8/10/04
Re: Ancestors - Connie Fibus 8/10/04
Re: Ancestors - Tina Ellis 8/11/04
Looking for Mieliwocki, Siara, Sadowski, Skarbowski and Bastor families from Pol - skip mielwocki 8/10/04
Re: Looking for Mieliwocki, Siara, Sadowski, Skarbowski and Bastor families from - Tina Ellis 8/10/04
family GACEK from RABA NIZNA ; Poland - Tadeusz 8/10/04
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Guido Molinari, une rétrospective
Bibliographie



Cette bibliographie à été réalisée dans le cadre de la recherche pour l'exposition Guido Molinari, une rétrospective.
Elle couvre la période allant de 1947 à 1994 inclusivement.


Écrits de l'artiste
Livres
Textes dans catalogues et dépliants d'exposition
Textes dans ouvrages généraux
Textes dans périodiques
Bibliographie générale
Catalogues d'expositions particulières
Catalogues d'expositions collectives
Livres
Textes dans catalogues et dépliants d'exposition
Textes dans ouvrages généraux
Textes dans périodiques
Thèses et mémoires
Dictionnaires

Lord, Barry. — «!Discover Canada!». — Art in America. — Vol. 55, no 3 (May/June 1967). — p. 78-84

Montbizon, Réa. — «À Montréal : le Concours artistique du Québec (...)». — Vie des Arts. — No 45 (hiver 1967). — p. 60-61

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Pruszynski, Stas. — «Crime and punishment : Dorothy Cameron builds Toronto show». — The Gazette. — (April 1, 1967)

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R(eiss), A(ndrew). — «Guido Molinari». — Arts Magazine. — Vol. 41, no 8 (Summer 1967). — p. 57

Robillard, Yves. — «Les conceptions des arts visuels à l'Expo 67». — Vie des Arts. — No 48 (automne 1967). — Résumé anglais sous le titre «The audio-visual at Expo», p. 70-71. — p. 42-46, 67

Robillard, Yves. — «Les concours du dimanche». — La Presse. — (25 nov. 1967). — p. 34

R(obillard), Y(ves). — «La galerie d'art du pavillon du Canada sert mal les artistes». — La Presse. — (3 juin 1967)

Robillard, Yves. — «"Panorama 2" : beaucoup à voir, peu à comprendre». — La Presse. — (22 juill. 1967). — p. 32

Robillard, Yves. — «Perspective sans audace». — La Presse. — (15 juill. 1967). — p. 32

Robillard, Yves. — «Pionniers d'un nouvel espace». — La Presse. — (11 nov. 1967). — p. 36

Robillard, Yves. — «Que s'est-il passé au Canada en 300 ans?». — La Presse. — (17 juin 1967). — p. 36

R(obillard), Y(ves). — «La querelle de l'automatisme et de l'abstraction». — La Presse. — (1er juill. 1967). — p. 35

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JIM HAYNES

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Very rough and very self-indulgent year by year chronology
 

1933: Mother rushes from Texas where she and my father are living to her mother's home in Haynesville, Louisiana for my birth, the 10th of November. Five months later we move to Shreveport where I am to live the first twelve years of my life. A quiet middle class neighborhood, 1614 Magnolia Street. A letter written to me from my mother in the early 1980s reports: "You were born at 6am at Mama's house on an early Friday morning. Actually at 6am. To all of us a very beautiful baby. There was much excitement at that house all day for Herbert (my mother's brother) was playing football against Byrd High, Shreveport that p.m. And Ve (my mother sister). Ve was having a church wedding at 8 p.m. that night. After the wedding, Albert (my father's brother) and Max (my mother's baby brother) went O'possum hunting that nite. All in all a very exciting day... Dad went to work in Shreveport shortly after you were born and you and I stayed on with Mama until you were five months old."

1934: Neighbor family is Greek. They have two daughters, Bessie and Mary Cocos. They teach me some naughty words in Greek. My father has a job with the Arkansas Oil and Gas Company.

1935: Listen to the radio a lot, especially at night. Favorite program: I Love a Mystery. Very scary.

1936: Play with the neighbors. Two brothers, George and Gene Newton, are good friends. Later attend L.S.U. with George. Gene becomes a football player for Tulane University.

1937: My mother has a job in a local women's shop that is run by her cousin. I am alone a lot and this pleases me. Spend a great deal of time bird-watching. Join the John James Audubon Society. Wander the neighborhood and make friends with the neighbors and local shop-keepers. Steal a comic book from a drug store, take it home and read it. Feel ashamed and take it back to the store. Never steal again.

1938: My mother's letter: "After you started to school (Alexandria Grammar) you joined the Cub Scouts and I was Den Mother for two years."

1939: Mother continues: "You joined the Boy Scouts and was a darn good one. ..When you were 6 years old you didn't get to start school as your birthday was in November so you went to stay with Mama as she was alone. Also do you recall the summer you and Pete (Neilson) and Ben (Crocker) went to Grandmother Haynes and you three started a bird sanctuary?"

1940: Attend Alexandria Grammar, a short walk from home. My favorite neighbors are John and Marion Daly. He is Irish and is an engraver with the local newspaper, The Shreveport Times. His wife, Marion, is Finnish and she spoils me with wonderful pies and cakes and tales of life in Finland. They have a son, Bill, who is older than me and a daughter, Joan, who is about my age. Joan and I play the classic games "Doctor and Nurse", "Post Office", "Spin the Bottle" and other games that involve exploring each other's bodies. Marion plants a love and a curiosity for and about Finland that sparks a life-long love of that country.

1941: Remember hearing Franklin D. Roosevelt radio address to the nation that Pearl Harbor has been bombed and the United States is at war with Japan. Mother continues: "War started and you had your little soldier uniform and was ringleader in our neighborhood on Magnolia Street. Your friends were the Greek girls, Julius (Chapman) the Jewish boy and many others…" Do my best for the war efforts by collecting scrap metal. Mother and Father entertain service men in our home. The biggest air base in America, Barksdale, is just outside Shreveport. One man, Jean Dacquin, who is training with the Free French Air Force at Barksdale, is more or less adopted by my family and it is the first time for me to hear about France. My family stays in contact with him for the rest of their lives. The first time they travel to Europe, we visit Jean in the East of France.

1942: Organize the local kids and we play sexual exploration games in a small wooded area behind my house. Become "a chocoholic" by sneak-drinking Hersey's Chocolate straight from the can. Break out in a strange rash. Later confess to my mother's good friend and the family doctor, Dr. Margaret Akin. Also break a lot of bones.

1943: Follow the war, read The Shreveport Times newspaper, listen to the radio, read late at night under the covers with a flash light. Explore the neighborhood. Attend school. Catherine Hooper, my first girlfriend, and I are the two top students. Later Catherine is killed in a tragic car accident.

1944: Discover Dorothy Parker and Langston Hughes in my father's library. These two poets become major influences. The Langston Hughes poem, I, Too, Sing America, creates a humanist consciousness that means I will never be a racist. Dorothy Parker's influence is more subtle, but equally important. Edit a small private newspaper entitled The Treetop News. Circulation: one copy per issue. My father gives me some advice that I have always attempted to heed: "When you do something nice for someone, forget it immediately; when someone does something nice for you, never forget it…"

1945: The bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima brings the war to an end. My father resigns his position and accepts an offer to move to Venezuela to be an employee with the Mene Grande Oil Company.

1946: Mother continues: "In 1946 Dad went to Venezuela and you went to Hamilton Jr. High. You broke your arm, leg and back that year. You were a brave little fellow and so good to do the grocery buying and helping me. Before you and I went to join Dad you decided you wanted golf clubs so you caddied at a gold course with a steel brace on your back." My mother and I fly from Houston to San Tomé, Venezuela. The trip takes three days via Mexico City, Guatemala City, Managua, Panama City, Baranquilla, Caracas, Barcelona, and finally San Tomé.

1947: Mother continues: "For two years, 8th and 9th grades, you were in San Tomé, Venezuela. Voted the best liked boy in the whole school. Do you remember your motor scooter? It was fun for me too as you would take me to the library at the club sitting behind you. Your English teacher (Miss Kennedy) raved about your anthology you wrote in the 9th grade. Smart, we thought you were. And still think so, even if our ideas are very different." Best friend is Carlos Garcia. He and I explore the surrounding towns and county side via my motor scooter. Learn to dance in the local bordellos with the young prostitutes and at the country club with my mother's friends. Drink a lot of rum and coke.

1948: My favorite teacher, Miss Kennedy, assigns the class to create an anthology of their favorite literature. I take this assignment seriously and devote a vast amount of time and energy to it. Type out the entire book. Read James Jones' From Here to Eternity and am greatly impressed by it. Later meet him and his wife, Shirley, in Paris and he gives me his old rain coat which I wear for years (until it falls apart).

1949: Graduate from Junior High School and win a watch as the "Outstanding Student" . Elect to attend a boarding school, Georgia Military Academy in College Park, a suburb of Atlanta, because a friend from Venezuela, James Estrada, is a student there. (Later James is killed in a military jet accident.) Share a room with Louis Saladino, who is from New Orleans.


 





 




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1950 
 
  1950: Active in the literary activities of the school, but slip out and go over the wall at every opportunity. Often caught and forced to spend free time walking around "the bull ring". Spend all school holidays in Louisiana and Texas with aunts and uncles and cousins. Summer holidays in Venezuela with jobs with the oil company.

1951: Editor of the school yearbook and near the top of my class academically, but the lowest possible military rank.

1952: Almost am expelled from G.M.A. for breaking school rules (i.e. slipping out at night to meet local young women). But manage to graduate. Enroll in Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in September. Become a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon social fraternity and live in the Deke House and also in the International Students House. Continue to travel to Venezuela every summer.

1953: My second year at L.S.U. - also known as the country club of the South. Attend classes, chase women, drink beer with friends. What a life! Pure joy! Go to Venezuela in the summer and have a job connected to the oil industry. Dance with the young prostitutes in the local bordellos. Deep sea fishing and swimming near Porto La Cruz.

1954: Live in a small apartment off-campus with Michael Meade Evans. Read Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer and find Miller and his book a challenge and a major influence. (Read Tropic of Cancer again in Edinburgh in my 20s, again in London in my 30s and again in Paris in my 40s. Same book, different me. Each time greatly enjoy the experience.)

1955: Spend part of the summer as a chauffer for my father's favorite cousin, Dayton Haynes, driving him around West Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado. (My "uncle" later sells his family home in Midland, Texas to the Bush family. Therefore it can be said that George W and I have slept in the same house. For whatever this is worth.) Enter L.S.U. that autumn with a sense of foreboding and a desire to drop out and explore options. After about a month in the university, leave with no clear plan. Uncle Sam sends me "a Greetings letter" requesting my services in the army. After taking the physical examination in New Orleans, am told to report in two weeks time to an army base in Arkansas for basic training. Walk down Canal Street, the main street in New Orleans, and see a poster declaring "Fly with the American Air Force". An hour later I have enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (for four years) and am told to report for basic training in Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in two weeks time. After thirteen weeks, sit in front of three men who decide one's fate. I express an interest in learning the Russian language and am assigned to Kelly Air Force Base just down the road. There I study Russian for six hours daily. And begin a friendship with Francis Randall, from Shreveport, and Morris Sheppard, from Cleveland. Many trips to Mexico. Via my "uncle" Dayton Haynes, I am introduced to Nancy Achning and her family. They are very warm and hospitable. No longer wishing to let Kismet decide my future, I track down the unknown corporal, Sonny from Mississippi, who will decide my future. He tells me he can send me anywhere in the world. I ask for Western Europe, in the smallest possible military base, near a major city and university. He suggests Edinburgh. Also in San Antonia listen to an Edith Piaf LP for the first time. Greatly impressed and become a fan.

1956: I arrive at Kirknewton in the autumn - just after the Budapest Uprising and the Suez Canal catastrophe. Maybe World War III is at hand. Same night I arrive, I dress in civilian clothes that I had packed in my duffel bag and head for Edinburgh some fifteen to twenty minutes away. Immediately walk about the university area and fall in love with the city, a love affair that continues to today. Kirknewton is a small listening base where planes never land or take-off. Instead it attempts to learn all it can about the Soviet Union and its military plans and operations. Straight away request a meeting with the Base Commander, a Colonel Scott. Request permanent night duty (5 to midnight), permission to attend the University of Edinburgh and permission to live in a small room in Edinburgh at my expense "in order to study". Bingo! Permission granted. My first room is in Great King Street. Later the landlady asks me to leave because I have had too many guests. An early encounter with Tamara Alferoff, a student from England, walking down Hanover Street that is to have future ramifications. Purchase a Volkswagen from savings from the summer jobs in the oil fields in Venezuela.

1957: Attend classes at the university and become involved with student life. Favorite professors: George Shepperson, who teaches American and Commonwealth History, and John Macintosh, Political Economics. Friends include Stash Pruszynski, from Warsaw, and Rod Macdonald, a Scottish-American. My first Edinburgh Festival. During a fringe production of Ugo Betti's Corruption in the House of Justice, spot a lively young man sitting in the same row. He is with two lovely companions. Afterwards see them again walking up the Royal Mile. Stop and offer them a lift. It is Ricky Demarco, his wife, Anne, and Anne's sister, Elisabeth. The beginning of a fifty year friendship.

1958: Meet Eva Clara Viveka Reüterskiold from Stockholm. She is in Edinburgh as an au-pair to improve her English. Live in the basement of 1, Doune Terrace and share the space with Ben Lassers and John Macnaughton - both medical students. Ben is from San Francisco and John is from Boston. Still travel to Kirknewton every afternoon, listen to the Russians and the Soviet states, drive into Edinburgh after midnight, sleep in Doune Terrace, attend classes the next morning. Party a lot with Ricky and Anne Demarco. Another Edinburgh Festival!

1959: Request permission from the Base Commander for a one-year early release from my contract with the U.S. Air Force and to my pleasant surprise, this is granted. Request permission to be de-mobbed in Scotland and permission from the British government to be allowed to stay in Edinburgh to continue my studies. Also granted. My family urges me to return to the USA and an American University. My father promises to support my studies in America, but will not help if I stay in Scotland. Drive to Spain in the Volkswagen and take the car to Majorca where I study at the University of Barcelona Summer School program. Meet Mother and Father in Barcelona and we drive to visit Jean Dacquin in Aix-les-Bains in the East of France. Then up to Edinburgh. Witness Father throw his KLM ticket from Barcelona to Edinburgh in the trash. Instinctively fish it out. Visit America in the summer and ship the Volkswagen there in order to sell it. I have decided to return to Edinburgh to continue my studies and to open a paperback bookshop to pay my cost of living. Total capital about 600 pounds. Before leaving New York, see The Three Penny Opera with Lotte Lenya. Return to Europe on the Flandre and experience the delights of France. Exit the ship in Southampton and go straight up to Edinburgh. Explore the university area and find a junk shop. Ask the proprietor if she would like to sell her shop and to our mutual surprise, she agrees to part with the shop and all the items in the shop for 300 pounds. Meet two people on a bus one morning and tell them my plans to open a bookshop. One is Jane Quigley (who is later to become a major actor in theatre, film and television using the stage name Jane Alexander) and the other is a fellow named Red Williams (who later tragically dies young). Red offers to help me. And soon after this meeting, The Paperback Bookshop is ready to open. Professor Alan Thompson cuts the ribbon. It is a perfect location and an immediate success with students, professors, and book lovers everywhere. The London publisher, John Calder, is one of the first to pay a visit. Our fifty year friendship and close association begins. The Paperback sells British and American paperbacks, literary magazines and the hip New York newspaper, The Village Voice. John Wilcock, an English journalist who was one of the founders with Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, Norman Mailer, writes a weekly column entitled "The Village Square". I write a fan letter to John and tell him that I sell the newspaper in my bookshop. This begins a friendship which leads to a number of co-operative activities including The Traveler's Directory which later is re-named The Hospitality Exchange.
 
 
 

 




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1960
 
  1960: The Paperback is a big success. Another trip to Spain with plans to continue to North Africa. Somehow get stuck in Seville and end up staying with the Sanchez Pizjuan family. English classes in exchange for a small room and meals. Somehow or other remember the KLM tickets I fished out of the trash in Edinburgh. Train to Barcelona. The ticket is still valid. My father and I have the same first name. Fly KLM back to Britain. The Paperback not only sells tickets for fringe productions, but I help create the first fringe catalogue. I am asked by the Edinburgh University Students Union to give the Address of Welcome to the new students arriving for the autumn academic year. Everyone seems to enjoy it and I am asked to do it every year for the next half dozen years. (Lynda Myles later tells me over dinner one night in Paris how inspiring she found my welcoming talk.) Create a theatre space in the bookshop and the First Dialogue by David Hume Concerning Natural Religion is organized by and performed by Dieter Peetz and becomes the hit of the 1960 Edinburgh Festival. Colin Hamilton and Peter Findlay also perform. ("The eighteenth century ambiance was created effectively in one corner of the bookshop, the rest of which was well filled with an audience who doubtless envied the performers their claret. But excellent coffee was provided to the entire audience afterwards. A discussion followed and when I left it was in full swing. This is probably the contribution of the Festival which owes more than any other to Edinburgh. It can be strongly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good Scottish argument." F.C. reviewing for The Scotsman) Jane Quigley is the star of the hit play in the fringe, Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending. I am an off-stage recorded voice shouting "Rope, get rope". Meet Scott Griffith in The Paperback. He is a young student from North Carolina studying at Edinburgh University summer school. Scott, Alan Daiches, Stash Pruszynski, Andrej Malczewski, and a fellow known as Highland Jim dig out the basement and it becomes a tapestry and pottery gallery. Breyten Breytenbach has his first exhibition of paintings in the gallery. Jane and a few friends depart for the International Youth Jamboree in Moscow. I want to join them, but cannot because of my military clearance. Decide to drive to the Book Fair in Frankfurt. This is the beginning of a long association with the city and the Book Messe.

1961: Learn in the summer that Viveka is pregnant and we get married in the Unitarian Church just before she returns to Stockholm to finish her university studies. The burning of Lady Chatterley's Lover outside The Paperback Bookshop by a former missionary in Africa is captured on film by Alan Daiches. John Calder organizes a tour of Britain for three French writers he publishes and John asks me to arrange a literary evening for Nathalie Sarraute and Marguerite Duras. The success of this tour leads John to suggest to Lord Harewood, the then Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, to add a literary element to the Festival. Harewood agrees with one stipulation: it must not lose money. John asks me to handle the Edinburgh end of the operation and he and Sonia Orwell, George's widow, start inviting novelists. I find local hosts to accommodate our guests to save spending money for hotels. Also make party arrangements and negotiate with the University of Edinburgh to use the McEwan Hall for the conference and the Men's Union for the daily lunches. The Paperback produces a review from Trinity College, Dublin for the Festival directed by Max Stafford-Clark. I publish Hugh MacDiarmid's essay on David Hume in an edition of 1000 copies.

1962: Viveka returns to Edinburgh and our son, James Jesper, is born the 20th of February in the Royal Infirmary. Our friend, David Baird delivers. We live at 63 Frederick Street and this becomes the office of the Writers' Conference. Organize a poetry reading for Yevgeny Yevtushenko that is a big success. Viveka cooks a dinner for Yevtushenko. Among the guests are Sean Hignett, a novelist from Liverpool but who lives in Edinburgh, Cesar Lopez, a young poet from Cuba, Alan Daiches, a photographer living in Edinburgh and Serge Lentz, a journalist from Paris Match. Serge writes a big article about the dinner party. And uses a wonderful photograph by Alan Daiches. Create The Howff at 369 High Street as a second theatre venue in Edinburgh with the folk-singer, Roy Guest. One is not supposed to speak ill of the dead. But the project ends after the festival when Roy leaves town with all the money. This leads to a talk with Tom Mitchell about a building he has acquired in the Lawnmarket and I suggest to him that we create a theatre club in his building and that we rent the space for one shilling a year. And he will serve as Honorary President. (Note: Tom, an English farmer, spends a great deal of time in Edinburgh as a direct result of meeting Tamara Alferoff, this same Tamara I met when I arrived in Edinburgh in the mid-50s.) Another production in the Paperback Bookshop, Fion McCulloch's Trial of Heretics. The first Writers' Conference at the Edinburgh Festival with 70 novelists in attendance (including Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Norman Mailer, William Burroughs, Krushwant Singh, Angus Wilson, Mary McCarthy, Niccolo Tucci, Alex Trocchi, Hugh MacDiarmid, Alek Stefanovic) is a big success. Joan Hills asks if her husband, Mark Boyle, can have an exhibition in the Paperback Gallery. I suggest she wait and have it in the Traverse when it opens. Viveka, Jesper and I travel to the USA in order to introduce Jesper to my parents. We cross the Atlantic in a Norwegian tanker. Rough seas in the winter.

1963: The Traverse Theatre Club opens its doors in January and I miss the opening production. Visit with Jane Quigley in New York. She is now acting under the name of Jane Alexander. See her in Man is Man, an off-Broadway Bertolt Brecht production. Beg her to pack her bags and come back to Edinburgh to join us at the Traverse. But she has been offered a major role at the Charles Playhouse in Boston. (And besides British Equity would never have allowed her to perform at the Traverse.) The Traverse rapidly goes from strength to strength. John Calder, Kenneth Tynan and I co-organize the Drama Conference at the Festival with 120 people connected with the theatre in attendance. On the last day, the theme is "The future of the theatre" and a happening is organized by Charles Marowitz, Allan Kaprow, Ken Dewey, Carroll Baker and others in which a nude model, Anna Kesselaar, is quickly wheeled across the organ gallery. Outrage and scandal. The Lord Mayor of Edinburgh refuses to allow us to organize a Poetry Conference for 1964. Somehow manage to purchase a large apartment at No. 4 Great King Street and it becomes the office for The Drama Conference.

1964: For a brief period, I am both the Artistic Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Traverse. Manage to establish the policy that the Traverse will be the home of new writing, that we will create a school of Scottish playwrights. The Arts Council insists if they are ever to give us any funding, I must resign one position. I give up the Chairmanship and urge the members to elect Nicholas Fairbairn, a local flamboyant lawyer, to serve as Chairman. He is duly elected. And I see my position weaken immediately as a result. Create Traverse Festival Productions to produce the English-language premiere of the Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill musical, Happy End, in the Pollock Hall during the Festival. It is the hit of the Festival and later transfers to the Royal Court Theatre in London. Jack Henry Moore, a young American from Oklahoma who is working as a Private Detective in Dublin, knocks on my door. He is a theatre director and has read about me and The Traverse in The Observer. He travels to Edinburgh to see Happy End and to ask me for a position at the Traverse. I cannot hire him because of British labour laws, but an almost 40 year friendship begins. Travel to Dublin to spent a week at the Dublin Theatre Festival and to share the city and festival with Polly Grannis and Jack Moore. Meet Lindsay Kemp who is penniless and we raise money to cover his expenses for him and his small dance company to return to England. Later he comes to Edinburgh and Jack and I produce his next half dozen productions in the Traverse (and later in the Arts Lab in London). Viveka returns to Stockholm to live and takes Jesper with her.

1965: A banner year at the Traverse and at the Paperback Bookshop. The success of Happy End produces an invitation from the official festival to produce one of the principal dramatic pieces for this year's Festival. Make a list of twelve possible plays we could produce and all are refused. Finally ask the Festival which Shakespeare play they would like to see us do. They suggest Macbeth and we agree to produce it. We need the money. Michael Geliot directs and it features three young, attractive and nude witches. More scandal! In the Traverse itself, we launch C.P. Taylor with the World Premiere of his Happy Days Are Here Again (directed by Charles Marowitz).Also produce the first production of Oh, Gloria by Robert Shure. I am asked by Penguin Books to edit a book for them of Traverse Plays. I am also awarded the Whitbread Prize "for outstanding contributions to theatre in Britain". Bernard Cassen, a professor in Paris, writes an article for Le Monde about the Traverse. Am invited to present a Season of Traverse productions in the Arts Theatre in London. A critical success. But not a financial one.

1966: The year begins with a brilliant production of the musical, The Fantastiks, directed by Jack Henry Moore. Even his detractors are impressed. This is followed soon after by another World Premiere of C.P Taylor's Allergy. Next the World Premiere of Heathcote Williams' The Local Stigmatic (suggested to me by Harold Pinter). And a friendship begins with Heathcote Williams. But my situation in Edinburgh is in difficulty largely due to a growing dislike of Jack Henry Moore and his open homosexuality. (If one were a homosexual in those days, it was required to stay in the closet. One certainly didn't flout it.) The fact that I wish to open a sister theatre in London, so that productions can go back and forth between the two cities, is another reason the Committee is upset. In the end I painfully resign from the Traverse and move to London. The London Traverse Theatre Company (with support from Jennie Lee, the Minister of Culture, and Arnold Goodman, an important lawyer and later the Chairman of the Arts Council) is created. The other three directors are Charles Marowitz, Michael Geliot and Ralph Koltai. Manage to "rent" Sonia Orwell's basement flat for the princely sum of serving drinks at her many cocktail parties. Sonia introduces me to Frances Bacon, Cyril Connolly, Stephen Spender and most of the social and political power of London. The London Traverse has a brilliant season with highly critical reviews for all our productions. Two productions, The Bellow Plays and Joe Orton's Loot, transfer to West End theatres. Both plays are directed by Charles Marowitz. Loot wins the Evening Standard's Best Play of the Year Award. Thanks to Michael White, Yoko Ono produces her first happening in our theatre. With a borrowed five hundred pounds from Victor Herbert, a friend in Paris, we (Jack Moore, Barry Miles, John Hopkins, Michael Henshaw) launch a newspaper called International Times, later shortened to I.T. I borrow the Round House in Chalk Farm from Arnold Wesker to have our I.T. launch party. Hoppy arranges for the Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine to play. This party also launches the Round House as a space for creative endeavors. Give theatre tickets to Norma Moriceau, a waitress from Sydney, and we become (and still are) dear friends. Norma becomes Fashion Editor of 19 and then returns to Australia to become a film set and costume designer. Other Australians in London include Richard Neville, who starts the hip magazine, OZ, at about the same time we launch I.T. Martin Sharp, a painter, also from Sydney who greatly contributes to OZ's success. And of course Germaine Greer, who is outrageous and wonderful and one of the most articulate human beings I have ever encountered. Felix Dennis, who is not Australian, joins OZ and helps with the distribution. He later creates a global publishing empire and becomes amazingly rich. He uses a large percentage of his wealth in his attempt to re-forest Great Britain.

1967: Move to Long Acre in Covent Garden. Share the flat with Jack Moore and thousands of others. We have a pay phone installed and everyone comes for tea and/or to use the telephone. More and more disappointed in the Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre and the restrictions and pressures of running a theatre company in a large conventional space. I resign in order to devote myself to I.T. and to finding a warehouse in which to create an experimental space. Soon manage to acquire the perfect space - two warehouses connected to each other at 182 Drury Lane. This is the birth of the Arts Laboratory. The Lab contains a cinema in the basement designed by Jack Moore and run by David Curtis. The entrance contains a large gallery space and Biddy Peppin (David's girlfriend) and Pamela Zoline direct the gallery activities. The theatre is in a separate (but connected) warehouse and it is designed by Jack Moore. He and I co-direct the activities there. The upstairs space in the front contains the restaurant that is run by Susan Miles. I live in the back above the storage and dressing rooms. A number of other people live in various corners of the building. We are everything we claim to be and the space is an instant success. All London comes at all hours to experience The Lab. My policy is to try to never say the word "no" and in three years of running the Lab I almost never do so. We have a number of successes including Steven Berkoff's first production, a Kafka's adaptation, Graziella Martinez and Toni-Lee Marshall's late night dance production, Jack Moore/Jack Bond's direction of the Jane Arden musical, Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven (with music by Shawn Phillips), John Lennon/Yoko Ono's sculpture exhibition, Jack Moore's direction of Tutte Lemkov in Kafka's Lecture to an Academy and Moma Dimic's The Very Long Life of Tola Manolovic.. David Bowie uses the Lab to rehearse his music. Lindsay Kemp stages many productions. So, too, The People Show. Meet Ernie Eban when he walks into the Lab and our friendship begins. Also friends with the Topolski clan. Meet Hercules Bellville. Meet Dick Gregory and a long and warm friendship begins. Later I am his European Campaign Manager when he stands for President of the United States. Meet James Baldwin. Meet the American Ambassador to Great Britain, David Bruce, and his wife, Evangeline. Meet the Cuban Ambassador, Madame Alba Griñán. Am invited to dine with Brian Epstein and The Beatles.

1968: Our newspaper, I.T., creates UFO where the Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine are the house bands. Jack creates The Human Family and begins to spend more and more time touring Europe with his bus, geodesic dome and his actors. More and more of the staff and personnel in the Lab resent scarce funds being spent on him and his activities on the continent and not on the Lab itself. Ultimately and painfully I side with Jack. This causes a major eruption and some of the staff break away to create another Arts Lab. Am invited to participate in a conference in Florence entitled, "The Problems of the Small Theatre". Invited by Frank Burckner to bring a production to his Forum Theatre in Berlin for a festival of international theatre. Elect to produce The Party and I call a bunch of actors and musicians and tell them we are going to Berlin to have a party. It is a big success. In April, the London production of Hair uses the Arts Lab to audition actors. Drive to Paris in May with the writer, Philip Oxman. Find myself caught up in the "revolution". Standing outside the Odeon Theatre when it is seized, I am among the first dozen inside. We drive to Geneva and continue to the South of France and discover the Cannes Film Festival has been cancelled. Meet Austryn Weinhouse, the translator of de Sade into English. On my way back to London, stop in Heidelberg and end up staying the night in the house that Albert Speer built. And he is somewhere in the house. But we do not meet. The May 13th issue of Life has an article about the Arts Lab by Horace Judson entitled Arts Laboratory: Swinging Smosgasbord. At some point, I meet Lynne Tillman at Shakespeare & Co in Paris and invite her to come to London and to assist me in the running of the Arts lab. She accepts and soon is contributing her positive energies to the Arts Lab. In December, we hire the Albert Hall to organize a fund-raiser, The Alchemical Wedding. John Lennon and Yoko Ono participate with their bag happening. An evening to remember but the management of the Albert Hall is not amused. I had promised Leonard Cohen. He didn't come. The event is taped with one of the first Sony video cameras. Inspire and help Tony Elliot to launch Time Out in London. Party with Jay and Fran Landesman, Ronnie Laing, Christine Keeler, Mama Cass. Am invited to dine with Indira Gandhi. Meet Leonard Cohen earlier via Michael X. Leonard and I discuss starting an egg-head paperback publishing company together. Viveka and I divorce. She wants to marry someone in Sweden.

1969: Squat the empty Bell Hotel next to the Arts Lab after all attempts to rent it from the Greater London Council fail. Shortly afterwards we are expelled by the police. Some say this is the start of the squatting movement. Last year of the Arts Lab in London. The writing is on the wall. But one of the interesting things about the Arts Lab is the number of other Lab-like places that explode all over Britain and the Continent as a result of the example the Lab's success provided. Places like the expanded I.C.A. in London (under the direction of Michael Kustow), the Milky Way in Amsterdam (where Jack Moore is one of the founders), the Entrepôt in Paris (where Frederic Mitterand shows me around when it is an empty shell), plus hundreds of Arts Lab in Britain itself. At a Sunday afternoon tea with Bill Levy, we decide to create a sexual freedom newspaper to be called SUCK and to be based in Amsterdam. A quick telephone call to Willem de Ridder in Amsterdam and he agrees to be the paper's graphic designer and to host the operations in his own newspaper office. Make a few more telephone calls and Germaine Greer and Heathcote Williams join the team. Accept an invitation from Professors Pierre Dommergues and Bernard Cassen to become a Visiting Professor at the newly created University of Paris 8 in the Bois de Vincennes. Teach summer school in Granna in the South of Sweden. Move to Paris and stay the first three months in Victor Herbert's large apartment at 6 rue du Val de Grâce in the 5th arrondissement. With luck manage to move to rue Mathurin-Régnier in the 15eme. Begin teaching in the autumn in Paris. Extremely large classes. Pierre Dommergues suggests I might need an assistant. Mollie Lehberger is assigned the position and a friendship with her and her husband, Martin, begins. Thanks to a letter from Peregrine Eliot (containing a check), we are able to "roll the presses" for the first issue of SUCK. Take copies of SUCK to the Frankfurt Book Fair and sell it in the aisles. This is my second Book Messe and I am to attend every year thereafter. The SUCK editorial board decides to create The Wet Dream Film Festival to open after next year's Frankfurt Book Fair. I am to be the Director. Bill Levy meets Susan Janssen when preparing the first issue of SUCK. (They still live together some 35 years later. They also co-produce Swaantje, a wonderful daughter.) Susan and Lynne Tillman actively contribute to the success of SUCK Begin to write newsletters that I send out to friends all over the world. (In 2005, the number of newsletters has exceeded 630.) Viveka marries Gosta Wallmark, an architect.


 
 
 

 




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1970
    
  1970: Cover the Cannes Film Festival for the L.A. Free Press. Make publicity for The Wet Dream Film Festival and solicit films. Am invited to continue teaching at the University of Paris and discover I enjoy teaching. (In the end I stay on the staff at the University of Paris 8 for the next 29 years until I am forced to retire at the age of 65, mainly teaching "Media Studies" and "Sexual Politics".) Another Edinburgh Festival. Another Frankfurt Book Fair. The first Wet Dream Film Festival in Amsterdam is a big success. We don't lose money and everyone enjoys the event. The beautiful model, Jean Shrimpton, adds beauty and glamour by attending. She and Heathcote are close friends. Develop a close relationship with my neighbor in Paris, Elahé Arouzi Ebtehaj. She is from Iran and lives across the street from me with Sitare Agaoglu, a student from Istanbul. Also becomes friends with Susi Wyss, one of the great beauties and free spirits of the time. Susi later becomes a neighbor. I have the pleasure to dine often in her apartment.

1971: More teaching, more SUCKs, another Cannes, another Edinburgh, another Book Fair, another Wet Dream, and an invitation to participate in a conference, The Doom of the Book?, in Zurich. A trip to the USA where I meet Robert Crumb in San Francisco and Henry Miller in L.A. Henry Miller asks me to contact Jens Jorgen Thorsen when I am back in Paris and to tell Jens that Henry greatly enjoyed his film, Quiet Days in Clichy. I do and Jens and I become friends. Also meet Betty Dodson in Manhattan in Fred Jordan's Grove Press office and ask her to be a Jury Member for the 2nd Wet Dream Film Festival. She accepts and a wonderful friendship with her begins. Viveka and Gosta have a daughter, Lisa, in March. Jack Moore and the Videoheads crew move from Amsterdam to my atelier and a long relationship with UNESCO and Sony (Mr. Baba and Mr. Shoda) begins. Meet Suzanne Brogger at Cannes and talk her into writing an autobiographical story for SUCK. With Garry Davis, we produce a World Passport. I use it to travel from Switzerland to Italy and on to France. Spend some time with Germaine Greer in Italy and with The Rolling Stones in the South of France. Wet Dream Film Festival is a big success once again. Sign a contract with Grove Press for my book, Hello, I Love You!


Susi Wyss
at the Palace, Paris
  1972: More of all of the above. Disastrous film project (Wet Dreams) with Max Fischer that has some positive aspects. One is a short film made by Jens Jorgen Thorsen. Travel to New York City to meet with Grove Press for my book, Hello, I Love You! Meet Jeanne Pasle-Green at a Manhattan party and invite her to co-edit Hello with me. SUCK commits hara-kiri. Many reasons. But the film project with Max certainly a factor. Cannes again where I see the first screening of W.R. - Mysteries of the Organism with Dusan Makavejev and four friends. Dusan moves from Belgrade to Paris and lives one street away from me. He and his wife, Bojana, become good friends. Another Edinburgh Festival, another Book Fair. Will Reed uses our World Passport to get out of prison in Bangkok and to travel over land to Paris. I put him up in Paris, feed him, introduce him to many people, help him financially. This later leads to a disaster. My home is a World Government Embassy that never closes as more and more people knock on my door at all hours to be issued World Passports. I am asked to produce a theatre production for the Olympics in München and pass the job to Jack Moore. But I do travel to München just before the Games begin to visit with Jack and the company. When I leave to fly to Paris, I am stopped at the air port with fifty blank World Passports in my carry-on bag and spend the next two hours lecturing to the police about World Government. In the end, issue a passport to one of the custom police and am allowed to continue on my way.

1973: Thanks to Mike and Martine Zwerin, I move to 83 rue de la Tombe Issoire. They move to the South of France and I manage to take over their rental contract from the American poet, Lloyd Frankenberg, and his wife, the painter, Lorin McIver. Henry Miller lived just up the street in Villa Seurat when he published Tropic of Cancer. Attempt to launch an audio magazine, The Cassette Gazette. John Lennon and Yoko Ono express a great interest in the project. Mick Jagger makes a financial contribution and contributes a Revox tape recorder. The first issue contains Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading one of his poems and Charles Bukowski reading one of his stories. The Bukowski contribution is a gift from his friends, Bob Head and Darlene Fife, who edit NOLA Express in New Orleans. Ferlinghetti later tells me that he started publishing Bukowski in City Lights because of The Cassette Gazette. Attend a UNESCO Conference on experimental education in Hamburg (thanks to Judith Bizot) and give a paper suggesting the creation of a Ship University. Afterwards everyone is excited about the project. Attend another UNESCO Conference on "drugs" in Paris. Become involved with a crazy airline project, "Freelandia" that ends in a mess. Not mine fortunately. Another Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair.

1974: Grove Press backs out of the Hello contract and Praeger agrees to publish. Then Praeger decides the book is too hot to handle when the Berger Supreme Court changes the censorship laws in the U.S. The French government charges the World Service Authority (and Garry Davis and yours truly) with three counts of criminal activity. The trial takes place in Mulhouse and two charges (counterfeiting and fraud) are dropped. Only charged with "confusing the public" (which is what advertising agencies do every day). We are found guilty and my relationship with the World Government movement semi-ends. Garry elects to continue and moves to Vermont. Publish one thousand copies of Hello, I love you! on a duplicating machine and everyone who visits is encouraged to collate a book..

1975: Almonde Editions is founded and 600 copies of Hello is printed. Travel to the USA with my wonderful son, Jesper. Attend a strange luncheon in Neuilly and meet Gunnel Bloomberg. This develops into a very close friendship. More university classes, Cannes, UNESCO, Sony, Edinburgh, Frankfurt. A note from Samuel Beckett to thank me for sending him a copy of Hello, I Love You! I dine from time to time with Beckett when his London publisher, John Calder, visits Paris.

1976: All of the above continues. Lenny Jensen lives in atelier and launches the A2 Cable television station for our neighbors. He also co-produces a beautiful daughter, Jessica, with Marie-Paule Etienne. Hello is translated and published in Italy by Angelo Quattrocchi. Sitting one night late in La Coupole develop an idea with Humbert Camerlo to send several Beaux-Arts marching bands around the USA to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Humbert and I organize the tour and he goes on it. I don't. He reports it is a wonderful experience..

1977: Attempt to write a book about La Coupole to celebrate its 50th birthday. But fail to get permission from Pierre Laffon's brother. Introduce Jack Moore to neighbor, Quentin Rouillier, and this leads to a dance production in the Paris Opera House entitled Wind, Water and Sand with Caroline Carlson and Quentin as the principal dancers. Dandelion Editions is created and it prints and publishes my little manifesto, Workers of the World, Unite and Stop Working! With luck and with a lot of help from friends (Bo Linden, Annie Gruska and Gilles Bouchez), manage to purchase my atelier. Videoheads and Jack Moore move their base of operations from my atelier to a converted bank in Amsterdam. Videoheads is invited to assist the Cannes Film Festival by videotaping the press conferences. Norma Moriceau and Lisa Brody are our camera team. Travel to the Edinburgh Festival with Lisa Brody and Baya Müller. Jill Fenner and Benny Young read excerpts from Hello, I Love You! in the Traverse bar. Maurice Hatton cajoles me into participating in his film, The Long Shot, in which I play the role of Jim Haynes. After the festival, attend a Conference on Love and Attraction in Swansea with Lisa and Baya. Stay with Sally Belfrage in London after Swansea. Two delightful weeks in Manhattan the end of September. Another Frankfurt Book Fair. In December, thanks to Yvonne Rockman, make a trip around the world. (First stop Bombay to see Pearl Padamsee and am guest of honor for a party of New Delhi theatre school graduates at Neelam and Pushpinder Chowdhry's home, then Sydney to stay with Norma Moriceau, Melbourne next to stay with Yvonne and Irvin Rockman. Irvin is the Mayor of Melbourne.)

1978: End 1977 with a fantastic party at the Rockman's and begin the New Year in Melbourne by making love with a beautiful Melbourne woman. Continue to Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, L.A. (where I stay with Bernie Cornfeld), Houston (where I stay with my mother and father), New York City, London and home to Paris and university classes. Workers re-published. Another Cannes. Another Edinburgh Festival and the World Premiere of Long Shot. Another Frankfurt Book Fair, Then a trip to Bavaria to be a witness for the defense in Raymond Martin's obscenity trial over his distribution of SUCK in Germany. We win. (Raymond publishes three of my books in German-language translations.) Cathy Sroufe arrives in Paris and thanks to Colette Négrier, she stays in Atelier A2 and we begin the dinners that are to become a fixture for the next three decades Cathy also stays in Paris, marries Yves Monnet and they co-produce Charles and Arthur…

1979: Ulli Lindenmann lives in Atelier A2 and knits me a wonderful blue sweater. Meet Barbara Crighton, from Toronto, in Shakespeare and Company and she moves into Atelier A2. Cathy Sroufe and I seriously develop the Sunday Salon project and every week more and more people call to invite themselves to dine. Most of the profits are later used to send food, clothes and medicine to friends in Poland and other places in Eastern Europe. The Bank, a video access center, opens in Amsterdam under the direction of Jack Henry Moore and Videoheads. Cannes again. Edinburgh Festival again. The entire November issue of the German-language magazine, Pardon, is devoted to fullering. I begin to correspond with Jill Diamond in the Women's Prison in Rennes. Martin Lehberger moves into atelier A2. Challenge a Time Out in London critic to a debate in the I.C.A. when he gives Workers a bad review. He accepts. Go to London and win the debate and he acknowledges/apologizes.








 




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1980
    
  1980: Handshake Editions founded the 29th of February in response to Ted Joans being invited to read at UNESCO and his needing a book of poetry to sell after the reading. His book, Duckbutter Poems, is the first of many titles published over the next twenty-five years. (Others include books by Michael Zwerin, Judith Malina, Lynne Tillman, Sarah Bean, Tom Dunker, Yianna Katsoulos, David Day, John Calder, Pablo Armando Fernandez, yours truly.) Dick Gregory flies to Paris and then to Teheran in an attempt to free the hostages held when the Embassy is seized. Dick asks me to serve as his contact in the West when he calls me every day and I call on another telephone to his wife, Lilian, in Chicago. This means that I miss my annual trip to Cannes and postpone a trip to the USA in order to assist Dick. Meet Ali Alizadehfard and Flanagan MacKenzie. Later manage to come to their assistance in Marbella when I arrange for them to meet Benny Puigrefagut. Go to the Edinburgh Festival and help Cathy Sroufe Monnet with her dance presentation in Herzmark's Dance Centre. Henry Miller dies and I get a note from Phillippe Coupey asking what we will do about Henry. Decide to publish a Homage to Henry and Philippe's letter is the first contribution. Organize a big press conference for Dick Gregory at Charles de Gaulle airport when he returns from Teheran. Rush back to Paris from the Edinburgh Festival to arrange this. Visit Jill Diamond in the Women's Prison in Rennes on her birthday the 2nd of December and we meet for the first time. Vangelis asks me to sing and to organize a chorus to sing the title song for his next LP, See You Later. Arrange for a tall blonde Californian, Pauline Kouweonhoven, to teach him English.

1981: My mother has a "routine operation" and dies in the hospital. Rush to Houston to be with my father. He wants to sell his home and move to Louisiana. Rent a small truck to help him move his things to Shreveport. Am hit by a car on an overpass while still in Houston and almost lose control of the truck. It would have meant a sure death. The car that hits me does not stop. I continue the drive, but am extremely shaky. Arrange for Jack Moore to marry Yoko Toda in New York City. Handshake Editions publishes Everything Is! and it also comes out in the German-language. Paula Klein, from Stuttgart, knocks on my door. She ends up living in A2. Attend another Edinburgh Festival. Meet Jane Dalrymple in Edinburgh and she briefly visits afterwards. (Much later am responsible for her meeting Anselm Hollo. They marry and are still together.) Also another Frankfurt Book Fair. Rent a car and travel from Frankfurt to Berlin with Katherine Hilliard and Daniel Topolski (and stay with Inge Krahn). Continue to Poznan and Warsaw. Re-new friendship with Barbara Hoff who I first met in London in Indica Bookshop in 1967. Attend The Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw. Meet Pawel Brodowski, the Editor of Jazz Forum and a long friendship ensues. Drive to Prague with a letter to be delivered from Andrzej Blikle and Solidarnosc to Vaclay Havel. Meet Ivan Havel and am told his brother is in prison.

1982: Use the small profits from the Sunday dinners to send packages of food, clothes and medicine to friends in Poland. Handshake Editions publishes Judith Malina's book of poetry, Poems of a Wandering Jewess. A quick trip to Louisiana to spend some time with my father. Travel to Manhattan to see Jesper, Lynne Tillman, John Flattau and Betty Dodson. Betty challenges me to a wager as to whom will publish their autobiography first. The loser has to fulfill the winner's sexual fantasy. Drive to Cannes with Dan Topolski and Katherine Hilliard for another Film Festival. Stay once again in the Regence Hotel. Odile Hellier opens her wonderful English-language bookshop, The Village Voice, on the 14th of July. (Some 25 years later, it is still a great bookshop.) Dorota Janiszewska, from Warsaw, but studying at the University of Paris 8 moves into Atelier A2 thanks to Jessica Ben John. Gordana Malesevic moves into A2 for a year. She is from Stockholm. Another Edinburgh Festival. Stay with Barbara and Scott Griffith in their wonderful William Street Lane Mews home (and continue to stay there until they sell this house and move to the South of France in the Spring of 1992). Prepare 25 copies in two volumes of a "participatory autobiography" and take ten copies to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Thanks to Fanny Dubes, Robert McCrum, Elisabeth and Jaco Groot, Faber & Faber elect to publish it. But when I travel to London to sign the contract, Robert and Matthew Evans demand more words from me. Fanny helps make it happen. Travel to Warsaw for another Jazz Jamboree.

1983: Spend a lot of time at the Cannes Film Festival with Shuji Terayama. He and I first met in London in the Arts Lab and a close friendship evolves. Good friends in Paris, Hamida and Colin Gravois, co-produce another daughter, Kenza. Hana was born in 1981. Another Edinburgh Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Warsaw Jazz Jamboree. And Sunday dinners. More and more people want to attend.

1984: Faber & Faber publish my autobiography, Thanks for Coming!, in London on the 13th of February. And later they publish it in the USA as well. Faber throws a big party in London for about 300 to 400 friends. Peter Hillmore writes something in The Observer about the party and I am pictured with Pete Townshend. Generally the book receives good reviews. Attend the Cannes Film Festival in May once again for the L.A. Free Press. Debate in the Oxford Union the motion "that this house regrets the passing of the 60s" and my team wins. Ernie Eban coaches me and he and Ulla Larsen come up to Oxford to cheer me on. Handshake Editions publishes Powered Punch by Yianna Katsoulos. Another Edinburgh Festival! Another Frankfurt Book Fair and another Warsaw Jazz Jamboree. Kyle Roderick writes an article about me entitled "20/20 Haynes-Sight".

1985: One of the first articles about the Sunday dinners is written by Margaret Austin for London's "Cosmo". The article produces nice visitors from Britain. It's May, so Cannes again. Then in June am invited to the Lahti Writers' Reunion in Finland by Juhani Seppanen. (This literary meeting becomes a fixture and I attend another seven times. Meet and become friends with Liisa & Tim Steffa, Matti Rinne & Tuula Isoniemi, Karolina Blåberg, Pentti Holappa, Esa Sariola, and so many others.) Bo Akermark writes an article about the Sunday dinners for Stockholm's Dagens Nyheter. Make my first trip to Russia in October thanks to Carol Pratl. Fly from Paris to Leningrad with a group of friends (Ulla Larsen, Lisa Nesselson, Layne Jackson, Jean-Pierre Remonde, Lydia Caldas and my wonderful dentist, Sylvie Daniel). Meet Anna Luna in the street. Train to Moscow and Ulla insists we smuggle Anna in our compartment. Stay with Julia Watson and Martin Walker. Bribe a train conductor to take Anna back to Leningrad. Yevgeny Yevtushenko cooks dinner for Martin Walker and me in his dacha in Peredelkino.

1986: My father dies the 21st of January in a hospital in Haynesville, Louisiana and is buried next to my mother in a local cemetery. The end is very sad and disturbing. But once my mother is no longer alive, my father seems to lose his desire to carry on. I understand this is common. Another very busy year. James Atlas writes an article about literary Paris for Vanity Fair and mentions Handshake Editions. Barry Gifford writes about Odile Hellier and the Village Voice Bookshop and my small role there. Make a trip to Eastern Europe and also go to Cannes again. Plan an unusual literary happening with Carsten Hansen for the Arhus Festival in September involving calling a dozen writers and having our conversations listened to by an audience. Dahn Ben-Amotz writes a profile of me for a paper in Israel. Another Edinburgh Festival. Favorite production is the Mario Vargas Llosa's Kathy and the Hippopotamus, directed by Stephen Unwin at the Traverse. I meet Vargas Llosa and find him to be warm and open. My ex-atelier mate, Anna Kohler, perfoms with the Wooster Group. The Financial Times Drama Critic, Michael Coveney, suggests I see 5 Screams by the Tmu-Na dance theatre company from Israel. I do, greatly enjoy their performance and then help arrange for them to tour America. A strange aspect of this visit to Edinburgh is my ability to pay taxi fares with copies of my autobiography, Thanks for Coming! Ricky Demarco opens his new gallery in Blackfriars Street. Travel next to Arhus for our happening. The co-host, Lally Hoffmann, and I talk with Arnold Wesker, Mario Varas Llosa, Manuel Puig, Wolf Bierman and others…Cathy Sroufe Monnet has a son, Charles, with Yves Monnet the 24th of September. There is a big article in the L.A. Times (The Third Wave) about Americans in Paris. Good friend, Bernard (Willem) Holtrop, has a drawing in Liberation dealing with the L.A. Times article. Another Frankfurt Book Fair and another Warsaw Jazz Jamboree. Participate in a Conference on Alternative Lifestyles in Manhattan organized by Russ Weis.


  1987: Peta Zabiego opens her restaurant, Rose Blue, and my small investment helps make it happen. Another Cannes Film Festival. The second Lahti Writers' Reunion. John Fowler writes about Lahti in the Glasgow Herald. Fly to Warsaw from Helsinki. Another trip to Poznan and to Warsaw. Michael Gross writes about Paris fashion for the New York Times and mentions me. An article by Heike-Melba Fendel and a provocative photograph of me sitting on a large motorcycle with Heike's beautiful bare arms and legs around me in Playboy Deutschland. Another wonderful Edinburgh Festival. See Damian Cruden superb production of Marlene: Falling in Love Again and decide to take it to Paris. Anne Marie Timoney transforms herself into Dietrich. Talk with Marlene herself on the telephone and invite her to the Premiere. She declines but asks for two tickets for friends. Also remind her that we met when she sang at an Edinburgh Festival (in 1961 I think) and I went up to her dressing room and knocked on her door and the two of us talked for about thirty minutes.) Christopher Hudson writes a piece about me for the London Standard. Go to Frankfurt Book Fair. Then to another Warsaw Jazz Jamboree. Continue to Belgrade for the October Meeting and on to Budapest.  
  1988: Invited by Lou Casimir to lecture at Bucknell University. Another Cannes Film Festival. Corine Berrevoets moves into A2 and paints the guest room. Sharon Shuteran & Peter Muckerman have a son, Eliot Paul, the 8th of June. Joyce McMillan writes a history of the Traverse Theatre that is delightful. I write an "Open Letter" to her to correct a few mistakes. Another Edinburgh Festival. Stephanie Wolfe Murray picks me up outside Filmhouse in her car, suggests we go for a drink. The results is my People to People travel series of books for Canongate. Another Frankfurt Book Fair. Another Warsaw Jazz Jamboree. Talk Jim Campbell into attending. He and I also attend the October Meeting in Belgrade. Moma Dimic invites me. His play, The Very Long Life of Tola Manolovic, was a hit in the London Arts Lab, directed by Jack Moore and performed by Tutte Lemkov. Train to Ljubljana to be with Nevenka Koprivsek. Then fly to Warsaw from Budapest and sit across the aisle from Gabor Betegh and Agnes Sandor - two students I met on the same flight one year earlier. Travel to London to attend and to help publicize Jan Kaczmarek's Orchestra of the 8th Day concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall. (In 2005 Jan wins an Oscar for his original music for the film, Finding Neverland.) On Sunday morning, the 17th of November, decide to bike to Alesia for the London newspapers. A shopping bag gets caught in the front wheel and I end of breaking both arms. Very silly. Very stupid.
1989: Trips to London, Los Angeles and Berlin. Cannes once again. My third Lahti Writers' Reunion. Edinburgh Festival. Frankfurt Book Fair. Warsaw Jazz Jamboree and stay with Barbara Hoff. Take Corine Berrevoets to Warsaw. Serve on the Jury of the Charles Chaplin New Directors Award (with Percy Adlon, Forsyth Hardy, Janos Rosza, Susannah York and Krzysztof Zanussi) and we give the prize to an Indian, Shaji, for his film, Piravi (The Birth). The 2nd Prize goes to Ildiko Enyedi for her film, My Twentieth Century. She is from Budapest and I later meet her there via Janos Xantus. Belgrade October Meeting. Begin to develop the People to People travel series. Poland is first and the easiest to produce.



 





 




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1990
    
  1990: February trip to Berlin for the Film Festival, continue to Budapest for another film festival where I meet András Barabas and András Török. Prague next. Mike Zwerin writes an article for the International Herald Tribune about my People to People project. Eric Bergkraut writes an article about the Sunday dinners for a Swiss newspaper. John Flattau has an exhibition of his photographs in the Galerie Agathe Gaillard in Paris. There is an article in the London Times about Jane Alexander and yours truly. Once more manage to attend Cannes, Edinburgh, Frankfurt and Warsaw festivals. One of the great publishers of the 20th century and a dear friend, Maurice Girodias, dies while being interviewed for an Israeli radio station. David Applefield publishes the guide book, Paris Inside Out, and writes kind words about me. Jack Moore develops a film about Marlene Dietrich. I manage to get a VHS videocassette copy to Gilles Jacob thanks to Pascale Dauman. He loves the film and wants the film to open and/or to close the Cannes Film Festival. But we need to clear a lot of rights before the film can be screened.

1991: Another year of travel. Cannes in May. Fourth Lahti Writers' Reunion in June. August in Edinburgh. A September trip to Arhus. Another visit to Warsaw and the Jazz Jamboree, up to Gdynia for a Polish Film Festival. Also go to Berlin and Madrid. In between all this manage to continue teaching at the University of Paris and to host Sunday dinners. Also go to Bucuresti and meet Roxana & Dima Bicleanu, Leo Serban and many others. Read friend Alan Furst's novel, Dark Star, and am knocked out by it. A reception for Lynne Tillman and Susan Mancur is held in A2 to celebrate the publication by Serpent's Tail of their two books. The Warsaw Voice reviews my People to People: Poland book. Dora Puszta and Monika Vig, from Budapest, visit me in Paris and interview me for the newspaper, Hungarian Orange. Monika is the Editor. Later Monika is tragically killed in an automobile accident. Born 2 Nov 1966 - died 5th Sept 1992. Dora and I become good friends. She is extremely helpful with the People to People: Hungary book. We visit each other often. Jesper visits Rio and stays with Katherine Hilliard. Joe Francis lives in the upstairs guest room. Ghazi Imraish also stays in the atelier. And Jack Moore is in the basement. Roxana and Dima Bicleanu, who were my hosts last July in Bucuresti, come and visit and help with the People to People: Romania book. I recommend Linda de Nazelle for a role in a French film entitled Border Line and she gets the part.

1992: The magazine for the Independent on Sunday publishes a three page rave review of the People to People: Poland book. The Montreal Gazette writes warmly of the People to People: Poland book. The Sydney Morning Herald has an article about the Sunday dinners. My legal problems with Emile Gouiran get more complicated and I curse the day I ever walked into his office. Travel to Budapest, Bratislava and Prague in April. Learn while staying with Eva Kacerova in Prague that Marlene Dietrich has died. Rush to Paris and down to Cannes and call Gilles Jacob, the Director of the Festival. Tell him I am in Cannes with a videocassette of Jack Moore's tribute to Dietrich. He says he will call me back within 24 hours. He does and says that it is too late to arrange a screening. I rent a videocassette machine and a monitor and arrange with the Majestic Café to screen the film at midnight, using their space and electricity. About 200 people stand outside in the softly falling rain to watch and to cheer the film. Bill Russell writes in The Herald that he saw the best film of the Festival standing in the rain at midnight outside the Majestic Café. Introduce Bill Bryden when he gives a talk in the Village Voice. Travel to the Baltic Republics. Am awarded a prize in London by Nicholas Albery and the Institute for Social Inventions for the People to People guides. (Nicholas is later killed in a stupid car accident.) Edinburgh Festival in August. Another Frankfurt Book Messe. October trip to Prague with John Flattau and Arne Lewis. Zephyr Press in Boston announces the first four People to People titles. .

1993: In February, travel to the Baltic Republics and on to Russia. Am profiled in The Moscow Times. The Managing Editor is a friend, Meg Bortin. The Polish Institute in London organizes an event for the People to People: Poland book. Stephanie Wolfe Murray and her Publicity Director, Jamie Byng, attend. In April 1993 travel to Russia again. My little manifesto, Workers of the World, Unite and Stop Working!, is translated into Russian by Yuri Golitsinski and published in Saint Petersburg thanks to the New York poet and friend, Marco Polo. Meet Alex Kan in St. Petersburg and he interviews me for a Russian magazine about the People to People series. Attend the Congress, Erotica 93, in Bologna, Italy. Travel to Amsterdam to see Bill and Susan Levy and to visit The Bank. Cannes again in May. My essay. "On Being Lazy" is translated and published by Leo Serban in Bucuresti. Fifth Lahti Writers' Reunion and travel to St. Petersburg. Attend a poetry reading to celebrate Yevgeny Yevtushenko's 60th birthday. He reads before 5,000 fans. Afterwards we dine in a private room in the Astoria Hotel with the Mayor (Sobcheck) and his Assistant. I talk briefly with the Assistant and little do I realize that I am talking with a future Czar of Russia, Putin himself. He is laconic, asks if I speak German and apologizes for his "bad English". Moscow afterwards. Edinburgh Festival in August. A September trip to Vilinus, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and back to Vilinus. Organize a photographic exhibition in St. Petersburg for John Flattau. October another Frankfurt Book Fair and organize a party in the Künstlerkeller. Travel to London in October. Publish a Mary Guggenheim novel, Love in the Minimalist Mode, in Handshake Editions. Print it in Vilnius thanks to help from Almantas Samalavicius.

1994: A February trip to Berlin, Prague and Budapest. Help publicize Bob Kingdom's one-man performance, The Truman Capote Talk Show. John Flattau finds and faxes me an article in the New York Post about the New York District Attorney looking for Emile Gouiran. Lyle Stuart writes in his Hot News about my introducing him to Samuel Beckett in the Boulevard Raspail. I am asked by the London production of Hair to write a programme note. My dear friend in London, Sally Belfrage, tragically dies far too young. April trip to Berlin, Warsaw, and Vilnius. April trip to London. Write a letter of support to Professor Ma in Seoul. Create a Handshake Editions catalogue. Apply for a Guggenheim grant. It is refused. Edinburgh Festival in August. Stay with Stephanie Wolfe Murray. Twelve city tour in the USA to promote the People to People series. Stay in Chicago with Samantha Stenzel and she and Frank Sherman arrange for me to meet Studs Turkel and to be interviewed by him. It is a second time. The first time was in London in 1968. My hostess in San Francisco is the beautiful Swede, Lotte Jonsson. Stay with Kyle Roderick and Brett Goldstone in L.A. Another Frankfurt Book Fair and host another Kunstlerkeller party. Trip to Athens to organize a photographic exhibition for John Flattau.. Travel to Spain to spend New Year's Eve with Victoria and Benny Puigrefagut.

1995: Travel to Morocco to surprise Laura Corsiglia and Ted Joans. Stay with them another week in Rabat and other cities. February trip to Warsaw and stay with Barbara Hoff. A trip to the South of France to visit Barbara and Scott Griffith in their new home. Guggenheim Foundation letter again says "no". Am interviewed by Ruth Bonapace and it's published in the United Airlines in-flight magazine. Organize an exhibition for John Flattau in Budapest and we travel there. Sixth Lahti Writers' Reunion. Continue to St. Petersburg. Anne Hoenig visits and she and I travel to London. Catherine O'Sullivan gives me an affidavit about Emile Gouiran that she later retracts. Edinburgh Festival in August. Stay for the first time in Martin Burke's superb apartment at 84 Great King Street. (And Martin lets me stay every year afterwards.) Stephanie Wolfe Murray and I host a superb party. Frankfurt Book Fair and another Kunstlerkeller party. A December trip East to Warsaw.

1996: Travel with Kyle Roderick Goldstone to Milano (and stay with Sasha Stefanovic & Claudio Innocenti) and on to Athens. Kyle is researching a biography of Gregory Corso. I warn her about Gregory and tell her that it could end badly. And it does. Gregory withdraws his support. John Calder publishes a sweet article about me in the Magazine Litteraire in Paris. There is an article about the People to People series in a Zagreb literary magazine. Someone takes a wonderful photograph of Laura Corsiglia, Ted Joans, Kyle Roderick and yours truly in the Café La Roquette in Paris. Trip to Warsaw for an exhibition of John Flattau's photographs at old friend, Stash Pruszyski's restaurant. I am asked by Galya Ackerman to find a first class accommodation for the President of Lithuania, Vytantas Landsbergis, for his visit to Paris and to organize a cocktail party for him. Stanley Cohen agrees to host the cocktail party. Invite Galya Uchayk and her friend, Leni Miasnikova, to Paris. And they have a great time! The jazz singer, Katia Lubinsky, is a house guest and we become close friends. Another Edinburgh Festival and another festival party co-hosted by Stephanie Wolfe Murray and yours truly. Frankfurt Book Fair and Kunstlerkeller party. Ennio Marchetto performs in Paris and I assist with the PR and attend almost every night and push hundreds of friends to attend. Amanda Hootan writes a profile of me for The Scotsman magazine that cuts me up in little pieces and spits me out. Not nice. I travel to Havana with John Flattau. And attend the Havana Film Festival.

1997: Marion Winik writes a wonderful article that is published in the American Air Lines in-flight magazine about the Sunday dinners. Katia sings at Blue Note in Paris. Emile Gouiran writes me one of his awful letters. Decide to write a one-sentence book entitled Women's Liberation: A Definition and it will contain this one sentence on every page in a different language. Plus a footnote of a few sentences dealing with the verb, "to assert". (The sentence: Women's Liberation is the recognition by both women and men of the need and the right of each and every woman to assert herself.). Book never finished. Trip to Athens for John Flattau's exhibition. Wonderful time with Alexandros Lykourezos, Alicia Coriolano, Renos Mandis and John Zervos. Travel to Luxor in March with Linder Allen, Jack Moore, Meg Bortin to explore the possibilities of creating a production company that would develop a theatre. Handshake Editions publishes David Day's collection of poetry entitled Just Say "No" to Family Values. Seventh Lahti Writers' Reunion and afterwards continue to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Travel to Madrid in July and stay with Menchu Gutierrez. Another Edinburgh Festival and festival party. Another Frankfurt Book Fair and Kunstlerkeller party. Write an article for Howard Aster on John Calder that is published in a Festschrift honoring John. Lisa Nesselson writes a poem, Emile the Rat, for my birthday. Yun Wu visits from China (and St. Petersburg) and I take her to Hamida & Colin Gravois' Xmas party.

1998: Trip to Istanbul with John Flattau. I stay in Muge and Semih Sokmen's publishing house (Metis Publications) in Beyoglu, in the center of Istanbul. Sean Hignett visits Atelier A2 and writes an article for The Telegraph. Travel to London to participate in The Free Speech Wars Conference. Assist Howard Astor in the preparation of a Festschrift for John Calder. Linder Allen organizes a benefit auction to help raise money for my legal fees in my fight with Emile-the-Rat. Bob Gross is the auctioneer. Learn that ESSEC has Emile-the-Rat teaching Business Ethics in their Law School. He is soon fired when the school realizes his past. Harry Robinson takes some wonderful photographs of the Sunday dinners. Another Edinburgh Festival and another festival party co-hosted by Stephanie Wolfe Murray and me. Trip to New York City and meet with the District Attorney and we discuss Emile Gouiran. They say they still want him for his past activities in America. Another Frankfurt Book Fair and Kunstlerkeller party. Take Katia Lubinsky to Amsterdam and stay with Xaviera Hollander. Paula Klein, Dorota Chrisp and John Flattau send an open letter to many of my friends seeking financial support to help me pay my legal bills and the letter raises over $30,000. The French Bar Association disbarment of Emile Gouiran happens!

1999: John Lloyd writes an article for the Financial Times about me and my problems with Emile Gouiran. Get a threat fax signed "a friend" that comes from Emile-the Rat's fax machine. Attend the London Book Fair with Howard Aster. An April trip to Athens.. Eighth Lahti Writers' Reunion. Plan to create a Paris Arts Club like the original Traverse Theatre Club. Frankfurt Book Fair and Kunstlerkelle party. Article in the Dublin Irish Independent by Jonathan Bowman about the Sunday dinners. (He later falls down stairs in his home and is tragically killed.) The American center in Paris and its sale is a scandal that is waiting to explode. I ask the American center Foundation for help in creating a Paris Arts Club in the rue Nevers, but am refused all assistance. Write a Letter to the Editor to the International Herald Tribune in November attacking the concept of "art", but letter is not published.



 
 

 




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  2000: Begin to find members and funds to purchase the rue de Nevers space. It is an almost perfect location and space. Get a letter and affidavit from Donna Gouiran about her ex-husband, Emile-the-Rat, and Catherine O'Sullivan. Try to make a deal with the Michelin Corporation to use/acquire a small museum they own near UNESCO. No success. An article in the Italian magazine, Panorama, about the Sunday dinners. Write an article for Caledonia Magazine entitled Three Days in My Life. Continue to raise money to purchase the rue de Nevers space. Sabine & Rainer Kölmel call from München to say they will help. And they do! Make another trip to Havana in April for John Flattau's photographic exhibition that I co-organize with Pablo Armando Fernandez, a poet and dear friend since our first meeting in 1961. I fly from Paris and John flies from New York. Joan Bakewell makes a television documentary about the people who changed Britain in the 60s and comes to Paris to interview me. Later Terry O'Neill photographs Tariq Ali, Neal Ascherson, Margaret Drabble, Ned Sherrin, Jonathan Miller, Ruth & Richard Rogers, Alan Sillitoe, Joan Bakewell, Beryl Bainbridge and yours truly for The Sunday Times magazine colour supplement. Attend the last night's performance of Gay Marshall's musical, If I Were Me, in a small theatre in Paris and offer to help her get it produced in the Edinburgh Festival. It becomes one of the hits of the Festival in the Assembly Rooms. Edinburgh Festival is once again sensational and Martin Burke is not only my host again, but he co-hosts a party with Stephanie Wolfe Murray and me. Another Frankfurt Book Fair and another Künstlerkeller party. Malcolm Brown writes a superb article about the Sunday dinner parties for the KLM in-flight magazine, but the editor cannot use the piece because of some sexual references. The film-maker, Jens Jorgen Thorsen, dies and I write an obituary about him for the London Independent. Organize a big New Year's Eve party in the rue de Nevers space. There is a large colour photograph of David Turner and yours truly in a magazine called Living in France. We look like Robert Redford (David) and Clark Gable (me). Judith Wardle writes an excellent article that goes with the photo. (Maybe she took the photo as well.)

2001: Travel to Glasgow in February to produce my happening in the Tramway. Brief visit with Ruth Holloway and Martin Burke in Edinburgh on my way home to Paris. Write an essay about the beginnings of the Traverse for their web site. David Langford writes an article about his friendship with Martin Lehberger and the Sunday dinners. Go to Scotland again in August for another Edinburgh Festival. A heart attack while watching the press screening of Le Fabuleux Destin d' Amélie Poulaine. End up in the Western General Hospital. One telephone call to Sheila Colvin and the word immediately spreads all over Edinburgh, to Paris, to London, to New York City, to L.A. and elsewhere. Telephone calls, visitors and flowers begin to arrive. Beautiful flowers from Mary Shields, Bill Burdet-Coutts and all at the Assembly Rooms. Also flowers from Larkin McLean and her mum and dad. What a time, place and way to end one's life. But with excellent treatment I recover. Thank you, Dr. Denvir. Am allowed (reluctantly) to check myself out just in time to attend a lecture by Gore Vidal at the Book Festival. Simon Pia writes a gossip item about this for the Scotsman. Keith Bruce and The Herald honor me with a Little Devil. Martin Burke is a perfect host once again. Return to Paris via London and a few days with Ernie Eban. The World Trade center disaster unfolds. Another disaster follows when my almost 40-year friendship with Jack Henry Moore begins to come unstuck. (Not the time and place to analyze here.) Acquire a doctor in Paris. Meg Bortin's suggestion. Frank Slattery is from Dublin, did his internship in Paris, fell in love with the city and is still here twenty something years later. He prescribes 6 pills daily. I am allowed to travel to Frankfurt in October for another Book Fair and another Kunstlerkeller party.

2002: Attend the Prague Writers' Conference in April with John Calder. Thank you, Vlasta Brtnikova and Michael March. Meet the wonderful Ivana Bozdechova., who teaches at Charles University. Also meet Elmore Leonard and his wife, Christine. This leads to a meeting with Gregg Sutter and Amy Alkon. Mischa Richter borrows my atelier for a fashion shoot for the magazine, I-D, in London. Four extremely beautiful blonde models interrupt my life for two days. They are wonderful! Alex Ninian writes an article about the Sunday dinners for the Chicago Tribune. Another Edinburgh Festival in August. In September, the atelier becomes a gallery and the first exhibition features the paintings of James Mitchell. James King has the next exhibition, followed by Audren Thorez's "Chubby Ladies". The Frankfurt Book Fair in October and host another party in the Kunstlerkeller. Thanks to Natasha Perova, three of my books are back in print again: Everything Is!, Workers of the World Unite, and Stop Working! and Round the World in 33 Days. Trip to Manhattan in November to stay with my son and with John Flattau. John and I fly to Guadalajara to attend the Book Fair with Howard Aster. Cuba is the Guest of Honor. Howard and I have co-published, Parables, a Spanish/English bi-lingual edition of Pablo Armando Fernandez's poetry. Pablo also attends the Book Fair and we manage to spend a lot of time together. Back in Paris, fly to Edinburgh in December for the 40th Anniversary birthday party of the Traverse Theatre.

2003: In the A2 gallery, host an exhibition of paintings by a neighbor, Trish Nickell. Next Harold Chapman's "The Beat Hotel" photographs, followed by Ewa Rudling's photographic portraits. Then paintings by Antonio. In April travel to Timosoara and Cluj to attend a Goran Bregovic concert, thanks to Maria Rankov, and it is one of the best concerts I have ever attended. The death of old friend Ted Joans in Vancouver. John Calder writes a moving obituary for The Guardian that I frame and keep in the atelier. Sylvie Beach Whitman organizes a week long Writers' Conference to celebrate Shakespeare & Co and she invites James Emanuel, Jake Lamar and yours truly to celebrate Ted Joans' life and poetry. We do and it is a very moving tribute. Go to the Edinburgh Festival and manage to talk Varda and Ami Ducovny into coming as well. They have a great time. Sad to report but Ami dies when they are back in Paris. Another Frankfurt Messe and another Künstlerkeller party. Ride there with Howard Aster and he begins to discuss the possibility of editing and publishing a Festschrift honoring yours truly. John Flattau and I fulfill our promise to Susi Wyss when we take her to Prague in November.

2004: The twins, Slobodan and Vladimir Peskirevic, have their paintings in the A2 gallery, followed by Jesper's photographs of attractive young women in urban situations in Tokyo, Bangkok, Stockholm, etc. Next exhibitions : Robbie Conal's political caricatures followed by Antonia Hoogewerf's Indian photographs. Am invited to be photographed by William Klein and it is published in Max in France. Travel to Milano to stay with Alek Stefanovic and to be with John Flattau, Joanna Przybyla and Sasa and Claudio Innocenti, An article in the Financial Times about my reading tastes. Edinburgh Festival again. Spend a lot of time with Joan Bakewell. Julia Watson writes an article about yours truly. Adrian Leeds writes a piece about the Sunday dinners. Spend some time with Cara Black in Paris and tell her I love her murder mysteries all set in Paris. John Morrison interviews me about the Edinburgh Festival. Frankfurt Book Fair and Kunstlerkeller party in October. Mary Bartlett, Cathy Monnet, Antonia Hoogewerf and I decide to co-edit a cook book with the possible title, Cooking for 100 - Dinner in Paris with Jim. Take a leaflet to Frankfurt and distribute to many publishers. Howard Aster makes a leaflet about the Jim Haynes Festschrift which he displays at the Book Fair. Organize 65 friends to see the Cole Porter film, De-Lovely, in a small Paris cinema. Carol and Lyle Stewart tell me not to miss the film. Also Lisa Nesselson. Everyone loves the film! Viveka and Gosta visit me in Paris. She is as beautiful and wonderful as ever.

2005: Sabine Kölmel's paintings cover the walls of the A2 gallery at the start of the year. David Turner's photographs of the many people he encountered on his trips to Japan, Istanbul, Egypt, etc is next. Travel to India in February with Antonia Hoogewerf. Dolly Thakore hosts a party in Mumbai for Antonia and yours truly. We travel next to Calcutta and are joined by Karolina Blåberg and Martin Lehberger. Stay in the Fairlawn Hotel and meet old friend, Sanjeev Prakash. Next travel by train to New Delhi. Dine with Neelima and Pramod Mathur. Neelima introduces me to Gandhi's grandson, Ramchandra, and to her own son, Varun, and daughter, Reeti. Alladine Lacroix flies in from Paris. Then in March I go to Barcelona with John Flattau. Back in Paris, am sent two copies of the school text book where my essay, "We are not on earth to suffer" is published by Belin. Kids in France who study English might learn other things as well. Raise some money for a film, Harry Robinson, Colin Gravois and I each invest 500 euros. Dine with John Calder (on the 30th of April) and with Antonia Hoogewerf and Karolina Blåberg. John suggests at that dinner I might write a year by year synopsis of my life for the Festschrift. Then on the 2nd of May, Howard Aster calls from Toronto to say that he plans to send the Festschrift to the printers the end of May in order to have it ready in August for the Edinburgh Festival. I mention John Calder's suggestion. Howard thinks it is a great idea and a great addition to the book. Now some weeks later, I hope everyone thinks it's a great idea.
The second half of 2005 rolled along with lots of visitors coming to stay in my atelier from all over the planet. And the Sunday dinners continued. In August I left my atelier filled with Marion Winik and her clan and flew direct to Edinburgh, skipping my annual visit to London. Once again, Martin Burke and Ruth Holloway, were my gracious hosts. Edinburgh was its usual magnificent self with great weather, lots of exciting theatre in the Fringe plus superb literary events in the Book Festival. Plus outstanding films in the Film Festival. This year there was an invasion of friends from Paris: Antonia Hoogewerf, Varda Ducovny, Séamas McSwiney, Stanley Cohen, Karolina Blåberg plus other friends from London and elsewhere. Attended the Film Festival opening film, Wah-Wah, with Una McLean and afterwards we partied for hours. Also attended the Book Festival opening party as well as many events in the Book Festival. Joan Bakewell invited Sheila Colvin, John Calder and myself to the Krasny Dinner where both John and I said a few words about the amazing Anton Krasny. Alan Daiches invited me to a dinner. I failed to get the message and thus missed it. Later learn when I am home in Paris that Alan tragically died falling down some stairs in his home. Beware of killer stairs! The Grid Iron Theatre Company presented The Devil's Larder and not only critically well received, it won a Festival Fringe First Award as well. I am proud to say that I am a Patron of the company. The Scone Foundation "enshrined" me as a Living Archive and afterwards we celebrated with a banquet in the Scottish Arts Club. Thank you, Stanley! And thank you, Monroe Price of Stanhope Centre. Stephanie Wolfe Murray drove Stanley and me down to Skateraw to see Ricky Demarco's amazing collection of archives housed by a gentleman farmer, Johnny Watson. Afterwards we three explored Dunbar and the home of John Muir. On another occasion, thanks to David Black, there is a talk in the Scottish Arts Club with John Calder, Sheila Colvin and myself talking about the early days of the Traverse. Afterwards Stanley Cohen hosted a dinner for about forty people in Gilmerton House, just south of Edinburgh. Jodi Poretto stayed in Paris after Katrina hit New Orleans and cooked a Sunday dinner based on recipes from Antoine's. On the 8th of October, Michael McEvoy performed his own play about William Shakespeare entitled An Act of Will. It completely destroys one's belief that Shakespeare himself wrote the plays attributed to him. Now I know they were all written by Christopher Marlowe. Also in October another Frankfurt Book Fair. Ride there with Jeanette and Howard Aster. Howard's Festschrift honoring yours truly a feature of his Stand. The more than thirty friends who contributed essays, photographs and drawings made it a flattering, funny, tender, silly and delightful homage. I blush when I think about it. The Book Fair is its usual madness. Host a party in the Künstlerkeller once again. Erich and Brigitte Bernhard's hospitality always make Frankfurt a delight. There is also an article about the Book Messe written by young Jim Haynes for publishing news that comes out during the Book Fair. In November over to London to perform at John Calder's Bookshop. Dine with Emma Hope and her brother, Tom, plus Séamas McSwiney. Give an interview to Malcolm Hart about Bill Levy and the creation of SUCK and the Wet Dream Film Festival. Malcolm's documentary film about Bill captures his sardonic sense of humour. Tim and Dorota Chrisp are my hosts in London. A lot of time spent with Ernie Eban and Dan Topolski. John Calder and I repeat our double act in Odile Hellier's Village Voice Bookshop on the 29th of November. About 30 of us dine afterwards in Aux Trois Canettes. Cathy Monnet and Mary Bartlett direct a vast kitchen staff of volunteers and produce two large turkeys plus all the trimmings for our annual Thanksgiving Feast.
December begins with a big feast on the 4th of December when Evvgenija Demnievska cooks a big Yugoslav dinner for sixty people. It is also her birthday. Cathy Monnet cooks Fish Chowder on the 18th of December for 72. Barbara Sherman cooks two large turkeys for the 25th dinner. The year ends with an invitation from old friend, Ennio Marchetto, to see his last performance of the year at a theatre in Montmartre on the 31st. Ennio also gives me about thirty tickets to give to friends. Everyone loves the performance! He is a World Treasure! About six of us go to the Zimmer in Chatelet to end the year with a quiet dinner…

 

2006: The year begins with Antonia Hoogewerf cooking a smoked salmon and ham dinner on the 1st of January. Thus far, 2006 is much like past years: Sunday dinners, visitors from abroad, lots of evenings out at the theatre, cinema, and restaurants. Now, thanks to Terry Rye, I have a new web site. This produces amazing feedback from friends and from friends I have not met yet. It also means that more and more people wish to attend the Sunday dinners.


 
  Like Piaf, no regrets. OK, maybe one or two. Why did I loan Will Reed 500,000 francs (which he never repaid, not even one penny). This same Will Reed I saved (with Garry Davis) from a prison in Bangkok. And why did I accept Will Reed's recommendation to use Emile Gouiran as my lawyer? Using Emile is like accepting a dinner invitation from a cannibal and agreeing to be the meal itself. Was my heart attack a result of all the angst and pressure of this crazy and stupid action on my part? Why did I purchase atelier C5 and put it 50-50 in Corine Berrevoets and my name? And then later agree to sign over my 50% to her in order to hide the property from Emile? When she moves to the suburbs with the father of her children and I suggest we sell the atelier, she claims I gave it to her. A total loss.

I regret the loss of my friendship with Jack Henry Moore. I keep thinking it could have been avoided, that there is no reason why we should not still be friends and supportive of one another.

But on the positive side of the ledger, I have so much to be thankful for. A great son! Good friends, of course! Pretty good health all these years. Reasonable intelligence. Passion. The love of and for women. My love of people. My optimism and enthusiasms. It's a great life so far. Long may it continue.

 
 
  Jim Haynes, summer 2005-spring 2006


 
 
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Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 08, 2004 at 16:25:23
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Hello,
I am trying to get information on a guy named Stus Pruszynski. All I know about him is that he was a journalist many years ago. Has anyone ever heard of him? Any suggestions on how I might find information about him?
Thanks!
Brad Johnson

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Tina Ellis (ID *****0306)
Date: September 08, 2004 at 16:38:36
In Reply to: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Brad Johnson of 40083 

http://www.ss.ca.gov/archives/level3_rfkappeind.html


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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 08, 2004 at 17:04:47
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Tina Ellis of 40083 

Hi Tina,

Thanks. Yes, I too am aware of that web page you mention. I found it a few months ago during a Google search. So far that web page unfortunately is the only thing I know about Mr. Pruszynski (which indicates he was a journalist as of 1968). But I'm hoping someone out there might possibly know more about him or might have at least heard of him.

Appreciate your reply,

Brad

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Tina Ellis (ID *****0306)
Date: September 08, 2004 at 22:20:04
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Brad Johnson of 40083 

Is he still living? Is Stus his real name? Was he a freelance journalist or did he work for any newspapers? Maybe a paper may have something on him.

I found him using Google. I even check Amazon.com to see if he had written a book ... nothing. Used a Polish search engine also http://www.szukacz.pl/ ... nothing.

Sorry.

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 08, 2004 at 22:34:59
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Tina Ellis of 40083 

Tina,

Hello again. Yes, as I indicated, I too had done a Google search some time ago and found the very same item for Stus Pruszynski you discovered.

Unfortunately, as I say, all I know about him is that he was a journalist in 1968. That's literally all I know so I don't know whether he was free-lance or employed by a news organization (I don't even know if perhaps he might have been a student reporter at the time, as his age in 1968 is unknown to me as well).

I wish I had more to go on, but that's it. I greatly appreciate your effort here to help me. There's a project I'm currently working on and it would be of tremendous help to me if I could learn more about Mr. Pruszynski.

Again, my sincere thanks!

Brad

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Tina Ellis (ID *****0306)
Date: September 09, 2004 at 07:07:45
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Brad Johnson of 40083 

I do not think Stus is his real name. It has to be a pen name. Need to find his real name.

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Tina Ellis (ID *****0306)
Date: September 09, 2004 at 17:31:56
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Brad Johnson of 40083 

Since the data the State of CA archives has is on tape, I bet if he was speaking, it would say which news media was his employer. Perhaps he is still there, or they may know where he is. I do not find anything which says he's still living or deceased.

Since Bobby Kennedy was killed in LA, it's possible Mr. Pruszynski worked in that area. Try this man's number. Maybe he will know something.

Walter Pruszynski • Phone: 626-332-2654
5664 N Edenfield Ave
Azusa, CA 91702

Keep me posted. Note Prus are the first four letters of his last name. It may be that his nickname is Prus because of that.

Tina

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 09, 2004 at 18:34:13
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Tina Ellis of 40083 

Tina,

I actually have a copy of this audio recording (I received it several months ago) and unfortunately it does not provide any information that would identify which news organization or other type of organization with which he might have been associated at that time. His voice is heard on the tape (but very sparingly, just enough to reveal that he spoke in somewhat broken English with what seemed to be an eastern European accent). His voice at the time was that of a young man's voice and so he might have been a college student living in the United States (perhaps a journalism major) or might have been a bit older, perhaps an employed journalist in his 20s. At least that's my impression from his voice.

Whether he was based in L.A. or even in the state of California is difficult to say. If he was assigned to the campaign then it means he was traveling with other reporters through several states during the primaries being held that spring. If he was not assigned to the campaign then he might have been a resident of L.A. or California and was merely covering just that one RFK campaign event. Hard to say.

Some months ago, I did call a Pruszynski in California and left a message but received no call back. I can't at this time recall whether it was the same person whose phone number and address you've found. A Yahoo search reveals that there is both a Walter and an Elizabeth at the same number and address. Don't know if they have any connection to Stus, but it would be worthwhile to try them (again?), thanks very much.

Hard for me to say at this point if Stus was his actual first name or was a nickname or a pen name (but you seem to be fairly sure it probably was not his actual first name and I'd be interested in knowing why you feel that's probably the case, if you wouldn't mind sharing that with me). As for him ever going by the nickname of Prus, that certainly is something to consider as well (very good idea there, thank you).

I greatly appreciate the searches you have conducted on this and your suggestions!

Brad

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Tina Ellis (ID *****0306)
Date: September 09, 2004 at 23:53:24
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Brad Johnson of 40083 

I'm sorry. I did not finish my train of thought when I wrote about Stus being a nickname. It's not a typical Polish nickname. It seems that it may be just a combination of letters. If his name was Stanislaw (Stanley in English). In Polish his nickname would be Staszu. In English it would be Stash or Stashu. I can't find any male names beginning with Stus in Polish. I think its' a play on his last name and a first name.

Maybe his hame is Stanley or Stanislaw:

Stanislaw Pruszynski • Phone: 773-283-8636
5510 W Berteau Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

Stanislaw Pruszynski • Phone: 773-745-0211
2111 N Lockwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

Stanley Pruszynski • Phone: 718-352-1105
1640 202nd St
Bayside, NY 11360

These are all the people I can find in CA, who are alive or possibly recently deceased.

Name Age Street Address City State Zip Phone

BETTY PRUSZYNSKI

DAVID PRUSZYNSKI 58

ELIZABETH A PRUSZYNSKI
WALTER P PRUSZYNSKI 66

ELIZABETH G PRUSZYNSKI 25
GEORGE PRUSZYNSKI 53
GRACIELA PRUSZYNSKI 55

EUGENE M PRUSZYNSKI 62
MICHAEL E PRUSZYNSKI 34
RITA M PRUSZYNSKI 58

HOLLY PRUSZYNSKI 58

HOLLY M PRUSZYNSKI 25

JAMES PRUSZYNSKI

JEFFREY PRUSZYNSKI

MARY L PRUSZYNSKI
YSABEL PRUSZYNSKI 50

N PRUSZYNSKI

NORA L PRUSZYNSKI

R PRUSZYNSKI

REBECCA PRUSZYNSKI
WALTER G PRUSZYNSKI 38

WALTER PRUSZYNSKI

The Walter near the top of the list is about 66 now. He could have been about 30 in 1968. The younger Walter could be his son. Stus is just a very unusal nickname to me.

Tina

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Stus (or Stas) Pruszynski Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 00:34:37
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Hello,

I am trying to get information on a guy named Pruszynski. Some old records indicate that his first name is Stus. However, it seems possible that those records might have misspelled his first name and that it perhaps could be Stas (short for Stanislaw), instead. Whether his name is Stus Pruszynski or Stas Pruszynski, just about all I know about him is that he was a journalist many years ago. I don't know if he stayed with that profession or ended up taking up something else. I don't even know if he's still alive.

Has anyone ever heard of him? Any suggestions on how I might find information about him?

Thanks!
Brad Johnson

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 00:39:35
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Tina Ellis of 40083 

Tina,

Thanks very much for this additional information. I'll look through all of it. I did contact Walter and Elizabeth in California by phone this evening and they don't know of anyone named "Stus." I wish I'd asked them whether they might know of anyone named "Stas".

In any case, after getting your latest note and that of Sophia's, I've gone ahead and re-posted here under a new subject line that takes into consideration both possible names: Stus Pruszynski or Stas Pruszynski.

Thanks again very much!

Brad

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Sophia (ID *****3552)
Date: September 09, 2004 at 22:46:28
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Brad Johnson of 40083 

Hi Brad,

Consider the possibility that his first name was Stanislaw which has the diminutive of Stas (in Polish, the second "s" would have a diacritical mark over it). Perhaps, Stus is a misspelled Stas. There is a Stanislaw Pruszynski who lived in Canada and moved to Warsaw where he has a famous restaurant whose name escapes me. I don't know more than this about him. Good luck.

Cordially,

Sophia

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Stus (or Stas?) Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 09, 2004 at 22:57:06
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Sophia of 40083 

Sophia,

You make perfect sense.

It is indeed possible that a misspelling of his first name might have taken place. We certainly can't rule that out. Assuming then that his last name is spelled correctly, these would appear to be the possibilities:

Stus Pruszynski
Stas Pruszynski
Stanislaw Pruszynski

Thank you so much!

Brad

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STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 05:09:18
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Sophia and Tina,

I have tracked down Stas Pruszynski... thank you both very, very much!

Spoke with him by phone this morning (Friday). What did the trick was the suggestion you both made that "Stus" might have been a misspelling. When I made all my checks by using the first name "Stas" instead of "Stus", I struck gold!

To most people familiar with Polish, it probably was quite obvious that "Stus" must have been a misspelling of "Stas" however since I'm not at all familiar with Polish this was not evident to me until. Thank you both very much for your wonderful assistance!

Brad

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 05:10:53
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Sophia of 40083 

Sophia,

I have tracked down Stas Pruszynski... thank you very, very much!

Spoke with him by phone this morning (Friday). What did the trick was the suggestion you made that "Stus" might have been a misspelling. When I made all my checks by using the first name "Stas" instead of "Stus", I struck gold!

To most people familiar with Polish, it probably was quite obvious that "Stus" must have been a misspelling of "Stas" however since I'm not at all familiar with Polish this was not evident to me until. Thank you very much for your wonderful assistance!

Brad

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Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 05:12:16
In Reply to: Re: Stus Pruszynski 1968-1978 by Tina Ellis of 40083 

Tina,

I have tracked down Stas Pruszynski... thank you very, very much!

Spoke with him by phone this morning (Friday). What did the trick was the suggestion you made that "Stus" might have been a misspelling. When I made all my checks by using the first name "Stas" instead of "Stus", I struck gold!

To most people familiar with Polish, it probably was quite obvious that "Stus" must have been a misspelling of "Stas" however since I'm not at all familiar with Polish this was not evident to me until. Thank you very much for your wonderful assistance!

Brad

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Re: STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! Posted by: TINA ELLIS (ID *****0306)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 09:26:23
In Reply to: STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! by Brad Johnson of 40083 

Brad,

That's great ... Was he one of the three phone numbers I sent you last night?

Tina

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Re: STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! Posted by: Brad Johnson (ID *****0615)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 09:50:59
In Reply to: Re: STAS PRUSZYNSKI FOUND! by TINA ELLIS of 40083 

Tina,

No, he was not any of the people you mentioned. What happened was that once I knew to start checking "Stas" instead of "Stus" I then proceeded through all my normal checks that I'd made before but, this time, with the new correct first name instead of with the old incorrect one. That made all the difference and I was able to find Mr. Pruszynski rather quickly.

I would not have been able to find him earlier today had it not been for your (and Sophia's) suggestion that "Stus" might have been simply a misspelling of "Stas." So the help I received from both of you was crucial.

Thank you both very much,

Brad

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Newsletter No. 300
trip to Berlin, Warsaw, and Vilnius
April 1994
     Saturday, 9th: The usual madness that always unfolds the day of departure. Hundreds telephone to book for the Sunday dinner; all are upset to learn there will not be one. Maybe next week. Read in this morning's "Trib" that old friend Joan Juliet Buck will be next editor of French "Vogue". Fire off a congratulations letter to her. Also write a note to Mary Guggenheim. John Flattau calls from New York City and I report that I depart to Vilnius tonight. He asks that best wishes be passed to Almantas. Susannah calls and will pass for tea this afternoon. I call Barbara Hoff in Warsaw and Almantas in Vilnius. Stephanie calls to thank me for taking her and Amber to dine last night. Ted passes and I change $100 for him. Somehow manage to pack. Very lightly. Mary Blake arrives with about 100 glasses. Susannah passes for tea. She is a delight! And so it goes until I head for the RER and the Gare du Nord and the night train to Berlin. Total madness in the train; not a seat or sleeping place to be had in either first or second class. End up riding in the baggage car all the way with a bunch of students from America and Germany. It's funny.

     Sunday, 10th: The train pulls into Berlin Zoo Garten about 9.30. Say goodbye to Marek Keller, a student of Media Studies at Berlin University. Go downstairs and purchase a ticket to Warsaw and back to Paris. Call Norma Moriceau and this time she is awake. She asks for pastry and newspapers. Change $100. Try to purchase newspapers, but they have not yet arrived. Get a taxi and ask the young driver to stop along the way for some pastry. He is an ex-Yugoslav from Croatia. Extremely nice fellow. He stops on the Kurfurstendamm and I pick up some superb fresh French pastry. All warm. Back in the taxi and insist the driver have a pain au chocolat. I have one as well and it is delicious. Just before we arrive at Norma's, we get caught in a traffic jam. The street is blocked for marathon runners. Cannot help but think of Yves Monnet. The driver cuts of the meter, but when we arrive at Norma's, I give him a big tip. Norma produces a big hug and a large mug of coffee. She tells me "Anthony and Cleopatra" gossip and I bring her up to date with Emile the Rat. She puts on a videocassette and we watch a silly tv programme from London. About noon I call Dave Rimmer and ask if he would like to lunch with us at Cafe Einstein. He says he will join us there. Make a few more calls but fail to find anyone at home. We get an excellent table in the corner thanks to a fellow called Gerhard Walter, who has just finished his breakfast. Our waiter, Oliver, knows Valeska Bachauer. Give him a note to give to her. Dave arrives just as we are finishing our feast. More gossip. Then it is time for me to taxi to the Hauptbahnhof. Once again no London newspapers; there seems to be no demand in the ex-DDR. Find the train on platform 1, share a compartment with a young couple in love, and read all the way to Warsaw. Do not attempt to engage them in conversation. Robert is waiting on the platform. We are soon on our way to ulica Dobra. Get a warm welcome from Barbara Hoff. We eat and talk and then I fall into bed.

     Monday, 11th: Great night's sleep. I must have been very tired. B.H. calls LOT and books a flight for me to Vilnius. Quickly wash, dress, have a cup of coffee. Make a few telephone calls; talk with Pawel Brodowski and Krzysztof Traficz, but fail to reach others. Pawel reports it is his daughter's birthday and his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Barbara insists upon driving me to the airport. It's a beautiful warm and sunny day. She drives a secret back route to the air port to avoid the heavy traffic. Pick up my ticket, go thru customs, and head for gate 2. A young American sits next to me and reads "The Trib". Engage him in conversation and learn he is from Chicago and teaches Media Studies at Vilnius University. His name is Stashu Kybartas. Of course he is of Lithuanian descent. We sit near each other on the plane and chat all the way. He has seen a copy of my Baltic book. Behind me in the plane is a beautiful blonde from Warsaw called Margaret; she will be five days in Vilnius for her Danish company and will fly back next Friday. Tell her we will sit together because I plan to take the Friday flight as well. The plane is full of young Belgium kids speaking French loudly. It's a quick one hour flight. Stashu suggests we share a taxi into the Old Town together, but that we take the bus two or three stops before getting a taxi. Much cheaper than dealing with the air port mafia. Soon we are at the Astoria Hotel and two dollars poorer. They give me room 114; when I stayed last September I had 113. Stashu suggests we meet at 6 at a vernissage in the Academic Gallery. Call Almantas and tell him that I will be at his place in 20 minutes. He and I are soon catching each other up to date. He is still not 100% OK, but he is much better. He can now walk, albeit slowly. We talk about Gediminas Dubutkus and the books I want to print in Lithuania. Stella is out giving English lessons, but I leave a Collin Street fruit cake for her. Head back to the hotel and make a dozen calls. Then go to the gallery cafe and have soup, chicken Kiev, and ice cream. Walk to the Academic Gallery, but no sign of Stashu. See lots of young people. Even talk with a few. Back to Astoria. Call Almantas and he says that he and Gediminas can be at the hotel at 20.15. Over they come. We discuss printing Mary Guggenheim's novel and Roy Williamson's poetry. Of course prices have increased. Yet they are still cheaper than in the West. But the quality of paper and printing is not as good. Nevertheless give Gediminas the go-ahead. He will check with printers and paper-sellers and we will meet again in a day or two. Give him $500 first payment. They depart and I go out for a walkabout. City is dark and quiet.

     Tuesday, 12th: Up very early. Call Donata Kalneva and she says she cannot see me today. Maybe tomorrow. Call Lolita Varanavishene and we agree to meet in the hotel at noon and have lunch. After a quick breakfast, return to my room for a shave, shower, shampoo. Call Stashu and discover we missed each other yesterday by minutes. He suggests that we dine tonight with some friends in Rita Dapkute's new pizza restaurant. Call Matthias Lutkens at his office and am told by a lovely woman's voice that he will not be in the office until after 2pm today. Matthias is the editor of "Vilnius in Your Pocket", a very hip guide to the city. Attempt to reach Jolanta's friends once again and once again the line is engaged. Outside it is lovely and warm. Buy a map of Vilnius for Bill Levy. Go to the Contemporary Art Museum to see Stashu's installation. It is very moving. His Lithuanian grandfather died aged 35, a coalminer in Pennsylvania. Back to Astoria. Purchase "The Baltic Outlook"; it is produced by Andrew Humphreys and Gadi Farfour and seems to be sponsored by "The Baltic Independent". Both Andrew and Gadi are friends. Their paper is superb I am pleased to report. Lolita arrives and we catch each other up to date. She has created a publishing house and seeks my advice and help. We elect to have lunch in the new Stikliai cafe and slowly make our way there. She is excited about becoming a publisher and wants me to recommend writers. I suggest Alan Furst's two novels, DARK STAR and NIGHT SOLDIERS, Suzanne Brogger's DELIVER US FROM LOVE, and all of Ryszard Kapuscinski's books. She wants to publish Michael Ondaatje. When I tell her that I have met him, she asks me to send her his address in Toronto. I promise to do it and more. I also propose we publish a Peter van Straaten postcard book together. I will provide the capital and she will co-ordinate the Lithuanian production and distribution. Lunch is fun. Three lovely local ladies share our table. Afterwards we go for a stroll. Later I return to the Astoria and just as I enter my room, the telephone rings and it is Matthias Lutkens. We made a date to meet at the hotel at 5pm. I call Almantas and he says he will collect me at the hotel at 8pm and we can take a taxi to our dinner chez Svajove & Paulius Stanikas. Nap and read. Try to call Andrew & Gadi at the office of the "Baltic Independent". The woman who answers says they are in Tallinn. I say I know this. Tell her that Jim from Paris sends his greetings. Irena Jomantiene tells me her husband, Alfredas Jomantas, is in Paris. I offer to deliver a letter to him for her. Later meet Mathias in the lobby and he suggests we go for a drink in the neighborhood. I am expecting Stashu, so leave a message for him at reception. We walk to a new bar only about one minute away. Mathias and I discover we have Bernard Holtrop in common. Mathias has never met Bernard, but is a big fan of his drawings. Mathias is a stringer for "Liberation" and he contacted Bernard via the paper to seek permission to use drawings in his magazine. Stashu appears and the three of us have a lively talk about Vilnius and Rita's new restaurant. Both are big fans. Stashu and I walk to his apartment where I call Almantas to arrange for him to collect me at Rita's restaurant. Stashu and I taxi to the restaurant. His friends soon arrive. They are Chet Rhodes, a professor of media in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and a husband and wife. He is a professor of journalism and she is a television producer. They give me their card but I seem to have lost it. I decide to have a few bites of pizza and garlic bread until Almantas arrives. And it is superb! Almantas arrives and I introduce him to everyone. But he already knows the tv producer. Thank everyone and make my departure. Our "taxi driver" is Robert, Almantas' brother. We soon arrive at our destination. Two other guests, Herkus Kuncius and Sigute Trimakaite-Kunciene, have also just arrived. Robert departs and I am introduced to Herkus and Sigute. He is a journalist and big Henry Miller fan; she is a soprano. Svajone and Paulius Stanikas have prepared a wonderful dinner for us. They have a wonderful apartment; it is where Bill Levy stayed last September. It's a great evening. We have homemade wine and superb crepes. We even get to hear Sigute via a television program. She invites me to her concert, but it is next Saturday and I will be in Warsaw. Svajone and Paulius are busy preparing for an exhibition in Oslo. Very late and very full, Almantas and I depart. Very late continue to read THE CONTINUAL PILGRIMAGE. The chapter about Harry Matthews.


     Wednesday, 13th: As soon as I awake, I call Donata and we agree to meet in front of the Astoria at 2pm. Call Almantas and chat with his wonderful mother, Stella. Almantas and I agree to meet at the university at 9.45, so I can hear his lecture. After breakfast, walk the short distance to the university. Almantas soon appears and we go up to a lecture room. There are about 18 students: six from Galway, six from Brighton, and six from Vilnius. All are participating in a conference. Almantas gives them a flying history of Lithuania in an hour. I am familar with a lot of it because of his father's book and because of James Michener's great novel, POLAND. Afterwards we go upstairs to the English Department for coffee and I meet the director. Alas I cannot remember his name. Also meet another professor. Her name is Vitalija Spokiene and she is the organizer of the conference. Almantas and I walk back to the cafe next to the Astoria Hotel and have lunch. He goes home and I await Donata. She arrives and looks wonderful. We go for a drink nearby and talk and talk and talk. Later we walk to the park near the cathedral square. More talk. Some of the students who attended the lecture this morning stroll pass and we chat with them. Donata knows one of them. I tell the students from Galway that I was once invited to lecture at Trinty College in Dublin, but then was dis-invited and never learned why. They say they will invite me to Galway. Later walk Donata to a bus stop. She departs for her acting classes. Return to the hotel for a brief rest, then go to Stella's for dinner. Meet their house guest, Knut Christensen, from Frederikssund near Copengahen. He has driven to Vilnius with a truck load of medical supplies. Robert and Almantas also dine with us. Of course it is wonderful! Stella is a great cook. Stashu calls and we agree to meet later at the jazz club next door. I can even hear the music through the walls as we talk. I suspect that I will not stay in the jazz club very long. Nevertheless thank Stella and Almantas and head for next door. Just as I arrive I find Stashu leaving. He and three friends, (Litza Ansell, Shane Snipes and a fellow from Lithuania whose name I do not catch), have decided they do not want to listen to the jazz and have decided instead to visit their friend, John Phillips, who lives just around the corner. They ask me to join them. John is a linguistics scholar who has lived all over the world and currently teaches in Vilnius. Shane is a Fullbright scholar from North Carolina living and studying in Kaunas. Litza is teaching English in Vilnius, but on her way to Budapest. I promise to send her some contacts there. It's a fun end to the evening. We all depart about midnight.

     Thursday, 14th: Call Donata at 8am as agreed and no one answers. Call Lolita and she will come to the hotel at noon for another lunch date. Call Margarita Juzoniene and we agree to meet at the hotel about 5pm. After my breakfast, stroll slowly to the Central Post Office where I have a 10am meeting with Gediminas. While waiting for him to arrive, I read the last chapter of THE CONTINUAL PILGRIMAGE about the Beat Hotel in Paris. Gediminas arrives and we go to his bank nearby and I arrange to collect $500 with my Visa card and to cash $900 in American Express traveller's cheques. He drives me back to the Astoria and gives me three packages of Ted's honey spoon and I give him dollars to begin the printing. Wait for Lolita to arrive. Get a call from the front desk. A woman named Irena is downstairs and wants to give me a letter to take to her husband in Paris. I go down and meet her. Irena is wonderful! I remember talking to her on the telephone when I attempted to leave a message for Andrew and Gadi and Edward Lucas. Irena and I are still chatting when Lolita arrives. Introduce them to each other and they seem to get along beautifully. Irena is a translator from English and Lolita says she might have a book or two for her soon. I invite them both for lunch, but Irena has to decline. Lolita and I decide to have lunch in the hotel restaurant. It's excellent. The beautiful waitress is the same from last September. Lolita and I make a number of plans regarding the Peter van Straaten book and I promise to send her books and addresses from Paris as soon as I am home. She departs and I go to my room to rest. Also have a shave, shower and shampoo. Feel wonderful and wonder how I shall spend my last evening in Vilnius. Lie in bed and ponder. Suddenly remember reading there is a LOT flight to Warsaw this evening. Look at the schedule and realize it departs at 6pm. Can I make the flight in an hour? Why not give it a try. Quickly pack. Rush downstairs and tell the nice fellow at the desk that I will attempt to make the 6pm flight. He does not think it can be done. Quickly collect ticket and other valuables from the hotel safe, pay the bill, leave books for Stashu and for Margarita, order a taxi and am on my way. The weather has suddenly turned nasty; maybe this is a major mistake. It looks like a storm is brewing. Driver quickly gets me to the air port. Give him a big tip. At least he is happy about my decision. Quickly check the two bags, clear customs and find myself with time to spare. Outside the rain begins to fall and dark clouds appear overhead. Only bright spot is a pretty red-head and she seems to be with someone. Our flight is called and I realize that I will not be seeing Margaret tomorrow morning. As we board the plane, the rain stops and the sun re-appears. The flight is delightful. Excellent dinner. LOT is getting it's act together. We arrive at 6pm, having gained an hour. Quickly collect the two bags, clear customs, and decide to take the air port bus into town. To hell with paying taxi fares. But just as I walk outside, the bus is pulling out. Shit. About 20 minutes later, board the bus and I am the only passenger. Ride to the Forum Hotel, jump out, check my two bags. Then walk to Stash Pruszynski's Ejlat restaurant and call Robert and Barbara. Get their answering machine. I sit and dine alone. It's superb! Later Stash arrives and we catch each other up to date. We go next door to his other restaurant, Klub Aktora, and there is a his beautiful daughter, Elsbieta. Get a warm welcome from her. There is also a photo of Jane Alexander framed and hanging on the wall surrounded by lots of other photographs of Polish actors and actresses. Stash thanks me for my asking Jane to send her photograph to him. The three of us attended Edinburgh University a few years ago. (OK, many years ago.) The waitresses are extremely beautiful. One, Monika, is a Julie Christie look-alike. Edyta is a very sweet blonde. Use the telephone in Stash's office and manage to get Almantas and he is surprised to learn that I am in Warsaw. I ask him to call Donata and tell her that I have left. She had mentioned that she wished to go to the air port to see me off. I also ask him to call Margarita and apologize for my departing so suddenly. I also call Paris, learn the weather is cold, the atelier is being cleaned and there is no need for me to rush to Paris. Stash and I go next door to Ejlat and join two old friends of his from Toronto, Barbara and Andre Jordan. Barbara is teaching at the University of Warsaw and Andre seems to be Vice President of a construction company. At the table next to us are two fellows and a lovely woman. She is from South Carolina. One of the fellows attended Tulane University. They seem to have something to do at the American Embassy. I want to ask the woman from South Carolina if she might know Bobo Legendre, but I don't. I keep trying to call Robert and Barbara and finally very late succeed in getting them. Before I depart, Barbara Jordan gives me two poems she has written. Stash calls a taxi for me and I quickly pass the Forum Hotel, collect my bags, and continue to ulica Dobra. When I arrive, the two of them begin to tell me about the fabulous party I missed this evening. It seems that Smirnov Vodka threw the party of the century to launch their presence in Poland. Damn it. If I had called from the air port, I would have been able to attend it. They left about 7pm for the party. Oh shit. But I would not have met Stash's friends. Read Barbara's two lovely poems before going to sleep.

     Friday, 15th: Up at 8am. Shave, wash, dress. Try to call Stash because I said that I would pass for breakfast this morning. No luck. Still cannot make up my mind: to go to Paris today or tomorrow. That is the question. It's a warm lovely day in Warsaw and I remember someone in my atelier saying it was cold in Paris. Take the 350 bus to The British Institute. No ticket, so take my chances. Arrive successfully and greet the two lovely Anya's. Tea with the beautiful Hanna Sobieraj. Her two daughters, Karolina and Joanna, are 20 and 18. Time flies when you are having fun! Krzysztof rushes in and rushes out. He has a meeting with the new director. Hanna tells me their neighbor is in Paris trying to make it as a fashion model. Would I please call Magda Radalowicz and look after her? Of course! Try to get Witek on the telephone, but he is in a meeting. Call Pawel Brodowski and he is not free until tonight. He can dine with me at 8pm. I call Maria Maj at the theatre Buffo and she says come over immediately, that she and Grazyna Wolszczak are waiting for me. Tell her I will be there in 30 minutes. Attempt to reach Ryszard Kapuscinski but no luck. Thank Hanna and walk to the Central Station to check on Paris departures. Don't get the same information that I got in Berlin. There I was told 15.15 and in Warsaw the wall chart says 16.30. Who is correct? Look for a Ruch to purchase bus tickets, but do not see one. But do spot the 350 bus. Jump on it to go to Buffo theatre. And, of course, three controllers demand my ticket. When they learn I do not have one, they want 250,000 zlotys (about $12.50). No mercy as I attempt to explain in English that I could not find a Ruch. They keep demanding in Polish their money. I pay. Get no receipt. I suppose they will drink on me tonight. Lucky them. Walk the short distance to Buffo and find Maria and Grazyna. They are as lovely as ever. But busy until 3pm, Excuse myself and walk to Klub Aktora. Stash is there. I tell him that I attempted to telephone him but could not get his phone to answer. He replies that all the phones in his building were out of order all morning. The three waitresses are as lovely as those from last night. Stash gets a call and he must rush to the French Embassy to collect his wonderful daughter, Elsbieta. I sit quietly and have barszch, pierogi z miesem, and placek orzechowy (a Danish nut cake). Plus my favorite sok. Stash and Elsbieta arrive. I begin a long letter to Jane Alexander and Stash adds some words. Then make a quick call to Jack and he says there is no need for me to be home before Sunday morning. I decide to go for a walk to Andrzej Blikle's new cafe in Novy Swiat. There is a fashion show taking place outside a woman's dress shop that demands my attention. This IS the new Poland. Lovely young girls walking up and down Novy Swiat to the sound of rock music. I stand a long time watching them. They are so lovely! My god Polish women are beautiful! They certainly have something. Reluctantly leave them and walk to Hoffland. Attempt to purchase a new suit, but they do not have my size. Walk to The British Institute and spend a long time with Hanna and Krzysztof. Hanna calls the Central Station and the afternoon train to Paris is now only on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. I ask her to ask about trains to Berlin. There is a 23.50 tonight. Ok, I will dine with Pawel, then take the train to Berlin. Call Pawel and we agree to meet at 8pm at the Klub Aktora. Goodbye to the wonderful H & K. Walk slowly to ulica Dobra via Novy Swiat and the Old Town. See one of the models from the afternoon show, but only smile a warm greeting. She has no idea why. When I arrive at Robert and Barbara's apartment, they are not at home. Then I remember that Barbara invited me earlier to a vernissage for a group of painters from Krakov. But I forgot to take the address of the gallery. Damn. Rest briefly. Then decide to take my bags to my meeting with Pawel. Write a thank you note and leave the keys. Just as I exit the building, the 350 bus is pulling out. The driver stops long enough for me to jump aboard. This time I have tickets. Jump out near Klub Aktora and await Pawel. Sit with Elsbieta and a pal of her's from Warsaw. Pawel arrives and we have a feast. Stash departs and says he will see us later. Barbara and Andre Jordan arrive with some friends and I tell her that I enjoyed her two poems, especially the one entitled "A Farewell". It made me think of my dear friend, Sally Belfrage. She is pleased I read and enjoyed her poetry. Pawel and I talk about the "good old days", all our friends, etc etc. He is a bit sad that the "Jazz Jamborie" has lost its punch. He is such a lovely person. A joy to be with. When it comes time to pay, the waitress says that Stash left instructions that I was not to pay. Nevertheless I treat Pawel. He suggests we go briefly to a jazz club before getting my train. The place is excellent. We enter at the same time as two fellows and an attractive woman. Pawel goes to talk with the band. I talk with Igor Laskowski, Malgosia, and Pawel. The men are studying medicine and Gosia is studying law. I also briefly chat with a pretty blonde who only speaks Polish and Spanish. She used to live in Caracas. She is surprised when I also speak Spanish with her and tell her that I, too, used to live in Venezuela. Then it is time to collect my bags from Klub Aktora and head for the Central Station. Pawel says that he has enjoyed the evening with me. I certainly have as well. In the station we go upstairs and manage to reserve a seat. Then we purchase two poppy-seed pastries and two bottles of my favorite sok. Pawel goes down to the platform with me and waits until I am aboard and the train is on its way.


    Saturday, 16th: Arrive in an old East Berlin station at 7am. It was a fairly painless trip. But it is not painless to get to Zoo Station. There is work on the U-bahn line and we are forced to exit, ride a bus two stops, and get back on the U-bahn. This takes almost two hours. All the announcements are in German and I cannot follow exactly what must be done. Even the locals seem to be as confused as I am. I help a young couple from Melbourne who are even more lost than I am. When we arrive I go downstairs and contemplate calling Norma. But it is only 9am and I suspect she is still asleep. While standing at the traffic light, I happen to glance to my left and, lo and behold, Ryszard Kapuscinski is next to me. We recognize each other at the same moment. He missed his morning train to Warsaw because of the work on the U-bahn. He is on his way to get another reservation for tomorrow morning. We walk together. What a pleasant surprise! He has a DAAD fellowship and has been in Berlin since January. We learn that my train departs for Koln at 10.49 and that I change to another train and will arrive in Paris about 2210. (Later I learn that I could have taken the train from the Hauptbahnhof, but I would not have met Ryszard.) We check my two bags and walk to the Kant cafe nearby and have morning coffee and a good long talk. He is one of my favorite writers. R reminds me of Henry Miller; they both have a simple humanism and love of life. His new book on Russia has been translated into 16 languages. R is a star and he is confused by all the media attention he is getting. The book will be published in English by Sonny Mehta (Knopf) in New York and by Bill Buford (Granta) in London. I wonder if I can get an advanced copy from either of them. Then in October it will be published in Paris and R has promised Nabokov that he will come to Paris to help with the launching. He says that he will call me when he arrives in Paris. He plans to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. We talk about the DAAD program; it has been drastly reduced. Only five writers in Berlin at the moment. One is Breyten Breytenback. I ask R.K. to pass my greetings to Breyten. I tell R.K. that I organized Breyten's first exhibition in my old bookshop gallery in 1960 in Edinburgh. We talk about Russia, Poland and Lithuania and my People to People series. I also promise to send my edition of WORKERS that was recently published in St.Petersburg. Soon it is time for me to be on my way. R.K. walks with me back to Zoo Station even though I tell him not to bother. We embrace and say our farewells. It's so funny to meet him like this on a Berlin street corner. He departs and I head up to the platform. Now perhaps I can call Norma, but I cannot find her telephone number. Then the train arrives. Packed, but I manage to find a seat. Read an article about the Russian mafia, then have to move to another compartment. Share it with five women. Two are very sweet and they are friends. The sweethearts exit in Bielefeld. Give them invitations to the Sunday dinners. We arrive in Koln and I change to another train. This one is almost empty. Continue to read The Best American Essays 1993. I love essays. Talk briefly with a fellow who teaches German-language in Namur. And suddenly we are pulling into Paris. I call A2, Jack answers and I tell him that I will be home in about 30 minutes. Take the RER to Denfert and walk down the Avenue Rene Coty, pass the lights chez Susi Wyss, up Tombe Issoire. Home, sweet home. The atelier is shining. Jack, Peter and Tom have been cleaning since my departure. Much post. Sweet note from Jamie Byng with the new Canongate Spring and Summer 1994 list. It states my People to People: Russia book will be published in June. I hope this is accurate information. Jamie has also sent me MOVE UP, JOHN by Fionn MacColla. I produced his play, "Ane Tryall of Heretiks" in my bookshop during the 1962 Edinburgh Festival. There is a letter from Mary Guggenheim to ask about her novel I am publishing and a copy of "Hot News" from Lyle Stuart. Jack shouts that dinner is on the table. Go down for a feast. He announces that the hot water heater is out of order, no hot water until Monday morning. Jack also announces that Layne Jackson's friend, Tillie Katz, has called and booked about 15 places for Sunday dinner. They are all from Austin, Texas. He suggests that I might call Susannah; she might know some of them. Jack also said that Magda telephoned earlier and that he told her I would be home tonight. She said that she will call again, but no call comes. Dinner is delicious. Seamas, Peter, Tom, and a semi-drunk friend of Jack's whose name I do not catch dine. The drunk fellow almost ruins my home-coming. I do not know why I have so little patience with drunks. Everyone goes out except Peter and myself. I go up to my room and re-read all the mail that has arrived. Kwang-Soo Ma has sent me a book. His paintings. There is a wonderful letter from Roxane Bicleanu in Australia. She has a job! And there is a sweet letter from Lech & Barbara Budrecki in Warsaw. And suddenly I realize that I did not call or see them during my rushed trip. I sit down and write them a long letter. I call Laetitia and we have a nice chat. Then sleep in my bed between clean sheets. Alone. Ugh!.


    Sunday, 17th: Up at 9am and make coffee. A fax from Samantha Stenzel arrived during the night; she arrives next Thursday. In theory, so does Nathalie from St.Petersburg. Call Susannah and leave a message on her machine regarding the invasion from Austin tonight. Dr. Bruno Sauron calls to seek contacts in Washington, D.C. for next month. Jody Kleinberg calls to say she would like to come tonight. Maybe she will bring her beautiful girlfriend, Sylvie. Jody also wants to talk with me about her short stories. Go to the wine shop and purchase 15 liters of red and 5 liters of white. Also borrow 1,000 francs until Monday. Peter carries the wine home and I go to Alesia for the London newspapers. Back at home and the telephone doesn't stop ringing. All Paris wishes to dine here tonight. Diane Tammes calls; she and I met in Edinburgh via Norma Moriceau. She will come to dinner with Sophie Kennedy Martin. A fellow called Simon Richmond calls to say he departs tomorrow for Poland, the Baltics, and Russia and would it be possible to see me today or tomorrow. I suggest he come over straight away. Norma calls from Berlin to say she is angry with me because I did not stop to see her on my way back. She also says that she will depart Berlin soon for London. I tell her that Diane Tammes called and will dine here tonight. Then Simon arrives and we have a long talk about his forthcoming trip. Give him lots of addresses and tips. Also give him TFC and POLAND. Jack, Peter, Tom are busy with tonight's dinner downstairs. David Brandon calls from D.C.; he just had a call from Dr. Bruno and has agreed to host him. David talks with Jack and me; he says he might fly over soon to visit. I tell him that I will visit him next September. Get a call from a fellow from Croatia; he is in Paris and needs help with a visa to Britain in order to visit his family. I tell him I have no connections in the consulate in Paris, but that he is welcome to come to dinner. Magda calls and I ask her why she didn't call me last night. We agree to meet on Tuesday evening. I fire up the computer and begin this 300th newsletter. Jack boils some water, so I can wash and shave. Sharon Shuteran's sister, Stephanie Houston, calls to report that she and Amber are back in Paris. They had a great trip and wish to take me to dinner next week. I suggest they come here tonight, but they are too tired. We agree to dine tomorrow night. The hour for the "hungry horde" rapidly approaches. And by 8pm, we are ready. It is one of Jack's best efforts. A wonderful chicken and asperagus, green beans and tomatos, sauteed potatos, cake and fresh strawberries with whipped cream. Jody is one of the first to arrive and she reports she enjoys the theatrical spectacle of the final minutes before everyone arrives. I know what she means. It is exciting. We are about 90 tonight. The usual: Martin Lehberger, David Turner, Laura & Ted Joans, Seamas, and the wonderful Michele. Didier Nurit brings Connie Bradburn's au-pair, a beautiful young woman from Portugal called Madelaine. It's another successful dinner party.

     Monday, 18th: Wonderful Peter Uhlenberg has done the dishes. Make coffee for the two of us. We discuss the madness of war. Why do people kill each other when they could embrace one another instead? Gabriel, our plumber, arrives and within a few minutes we have the miracle of unlimited hot water. Hooray! Ted Joans arrives to exchange dollars for francs. He flies to NYC the 26th to attend a "Beat Generation" conference. Give him 1,500 francs in coins to take to the Village Voice bookshop. Alex Stefanovic calls from Milano and I wish him "Happy Birthday!" (to be continued)


 
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Discovery Times Channel Reveals Previously Unknown Audio of Robert Kennedy's Death in CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION



  -- Secret recording revealed for the first time sheds light on Kennedy's
  murder. Never-before-broadcast offers new evidence of a second gunman --

   SILVER SPRING, Md., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator Robert Kennedy's
murder continues to puzzle many and spur debate even four decades later. In
a Discovery Times Channel program, CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION,
audio experts examine a never-before-broadcast audio recording, that
provides new evidence supporting the second gunman theory. This startling
new audio evidence, as well as a review of eyewitness testimonies and
ballistic tests, is revealed when the program makes its debut on June 6 at
9PM (ET).
   As history states, Sirhan Sirhan confessed to the murder following
Senator Kennedy's assassination in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in
Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. Sirhan's defense team entered an insanity
plea, and therefore much of the crucial evidence collected in the Los
Angeles Police Department investigation -- including controversial autopsy
results -- was never challenged in court. None of the eyewitnesses ever
placed Sirhan behind Senator Kennedy; however, the fatal wound was located
at the back of his head, and LAPD records of Sirhan's gun indicate a
different serial number than that of the murder weapon. Could there have
been a second shooter?
   Key to the theory of a second shooter is an audiotape recorded by a
freelance journalist at the scene that went unnoticed in an archive for
decades. It is the only known recording in the world on which the gunshots
can clearly be heard. CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION presents two
tests of the recording. The first by a team of forensic audio specialists
who examine a researcher's findings that suggests that the number of shots
heard may have exceeded the maximum eight rounds fired by Sirhan's gun. The
second test, by a firearms expert who determines if some of the shots on
the recording exceed the maximum firing rate of Sirhan's 22-caliber Cadet
model Iver Johnson revolver and done in such rapid succession as to
question the presence of a second gunman. The shocking results may shed new
light on the events of Kennedy's assassination.
   CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION is produced for the Discovery
Times Channel by Creative Differences. Erik Nelson, Phil Fairclough and
Dave Harding are executive producers and Rob Beemer is supervising producer
for Creative Differences. Kelly Lueschow is executive producer for
Discovery Times Channel.
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(60 minutes)  Conspiracy Test
The RFK Assassination
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For the first time on TV, hear the only known recording of the shots fired during the assassination of presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy. Will the 'Conspiracy Test' of this previously unknown tape prove that Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone?

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Robert KennedyUnited States Senator Robert F. Kennedy was fatally wounded by a gunshot in Los Angeles at approximately 12:15 a.m. on June 5, 1968, and died 26 hours later.

New 21st Century discovery: The Pruszynski recording
On June 6, 2007, the Discovery Times Channel presented an astonishing landmark television program on the Robert Kennedy case entitled, "Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination." The centerpiece of the program: the only known recording of the Kennedy shooting -- an audio tape lost to history for 39 years -- which according to three out of four audio analysts featured in the program shows that a second gun was fired in the Senator's assassination.

The audio recording was made by freelance newspaper reporter Stanislaw Pruszynski, who was covering Senator Kennedy's presidential campaign for the Montreal Gazette. Today, Stash Pruszynski resides in his native Poland where he owns and manages two cafes in Warsaw. Pruszynski made the RFK assassination recording with a battery-powered portable cassette tape recorder and an attached microphone. Pruszynski was unaware that the machine was still recording as it captured the sounds of the Senator's shooting at 12:16 am PDT on Wednesday, June 5, 1968.

Pruszynski and his tape recorder were located about 40 feet southwest of Robert Kennedy when the Kennedy shooting erupted inside an Ambassador Hotel kitchen pantry. At that moment, Pruszynski was about to enter a small back corridor located just outside the pantry. He was about to access that back corridor from inside the hotel’s Embassy Room, which was the ballroom where Kennedy had just delivered his victory statement only moments earlier. When the shooting commenced inside the pantry just off the ballroom, Pruszynski had just exited the makeshift ballroom stage -- the speaker’s stand where RFK had just spoken -- and he was descending a small set of steps at the east end of that platform. As Pruszynski descended these steps, he was unaware that the tape recorder he carried was still recording. At that moment, he just happened to be holding his recorder’s attached microphone in such a position that the microphone was tilted upward and pointed almost directly towards the pantry. The shooting erupted in the pantry while Pruszynski’s handheld microphone was still elevated above the heads of the crowd inside the ballroom and while all ballroom and pantry doors between Pruszynski and the shooting were open. As the shooting continued, Pruszynski continued moving in the direction of the pantry and, thus, partially closed the distance between the shooting and himself while shots were still being fired.

"Conspiracy Test" quoted four audio analysts who examined the Pruszynski recording: two experts in the western United States, a third in Denmark and a fourth in the United Kingdom. It reported that the first three audio experts determined that the recording had captured at least 10 shots -- and possibly as many as 13 shots -- in the RFK assassination. Because Sirhan Sirhan's gun could fire no more than eight shots and because Sirhan possessed only the one revolver and had no opportunity to reload his weapon before being subdued moments after the shooting, scientific confirmation of more than eight shots fired in the RFK assassination is literally scientific confirmation of a second gun being fired by someone other than Sirhan.

Besides the fact that the number of shots fired exceeds Sirhan's maximum capacity of eight shots, two of the audio experts reported that the Pruszynski recording contains additional evidence of a second gunman. They determined that at least two of the shots captured on the recording were fired too close together to have been fired by the same gun.

In "Conspiracy Test," a fourth audio expert dissented, reporting that he was only able to confirm seven or eight shots captured by the Pruszynski recording. However, the program made it clear that the fourth expert had not been provided all of the information and materials that had been made available to the other three experts. The first three experts worked from several high quality digital and analog master dubs of the Pruszynski recording while the fourth expert had to rely upon a copy of one of those master dubs. Unlike the first three experts, the fourth expert did not know where Pruszynski's microphone was located during the Kennedy shooting and was even unaware that the microphone was moving while the shots were being fired. In the program, the fourth expert concedes: "Any information relating to where Mr. Pruszynski was standing at the time or any movements he made during the sequence of shots would, to some degree, have been of assistance."

The significance of the Pruszynski recording was not known for 36 years until a journalist obtained a copy of the sound recording from the California State Archives in Sacramento in early 2004.


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More Assassinations, More Conspiracies
Discovery Times Channel declares it has unearthed more audio evidence that’ll make Robert Kennedy’s assassination as confusing and enticing to conspiracy theorists as JFK’s, and they’ll present it tonight, on “Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination” at 9 p.m. EST (6 PCT).

Apparently, esteemed lunatic Sirhan Sirhan just happened to be around when the fatal bullets were plugged into Bobby, irrevocably veering the course of history toward the sorry state we’re in right now.

From the press release:

“Key to the theory of a second shooter is an audiotape recorded by a freelance journalist at the scene that went unnoticed in an archive for decades. (Interesting how these matters key to national security go “unnoticed in an archive for decades:” By this standard, the truth behind the war with Iraq will be unearthed in 2050.)

“It is the only known recording in the world on which the gunshots can clearly be heard. CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION presents two tests of the recording. ... The shocking results may shed new light on the events of Kennedy’s assassination.”

Oh, Jeez, this is where I came in: I worked at a newspaper in Dallas back when Oliver Stone was shooting “JFK” and immersed myself in the sundry conspiracies, and almost never re-emerged on the other side of sanity, there’s so many people who probably pulled the kill switch who weren’t named Lee Harvey Oswald that you could just open a 1963 Dallas phone book to a random page, poke your finger down and come within something resembling the truth as assiduously as the Warren Commission did. To be sure, there was something sinister going on there, but if no principal player has emerged and proffered a plausible scenario, then people, it’s probably time to let it go and move on to matters more pressing that we have equally little hope of changing, such as the 2000 Presidential election controversy.

But Bobby? Bobby wasn’t even President yet when he got iced on June 5, 1968, and if this investigation made it all the way to the airwaves of the very-little-seen Discovery-Times Channel, then you know they’re onto something!

And because Your Mayor has such profound faith that such information can, in fact, transform the course of history, I have, through back-alley channels, secured a copy of Discovery Times’ audiotape, and the results are explosive! Not so much due to the time-lapse audiography between the sundry gunshots, but because of the nature of the behind-the-scenes banter between Bobby and his aides in the minutes before the fateful tragedy:

Jesse Unruh (Kennedy’s campaign manager): Bobby, you belted this one out of the park! (Aside) Boyoboy, the Ambassador Hotel’s sophisticated cuisine looks awfully inviting! Look at those pigs-in-a-blanket! (Rallying himself) Your speech on American disaffection, corporate corruption and the dangers of future generations being duped by propagandists selling future unnecessary wars on the basis of ersatz patriotism killed! Just one note: Drop the bit about American monarchies and dynastic families usurping America’s crown with lesser-minded members of Presidential families. People might not find that so much visionary as a tell on your relationship with Jack. Otherwise, we’re resonantly on-message with a disaffected people disillusioned with cynical politics as usual.

Bobby: Dammit, Jesse! Sure, our whole campaign is based upon an uplifting vision of the future, but how can any of us feel better about the days ahead when ABC has cancelled “Batman?” That was my favorite show, it was so funny! And now I’ve received intelligence that the network is developing, in its place, a wan, distaff sitcom about a blended family combining three orphaned boys and three girls who are the product of divorce! How can America feel proud of itself when keen satire such as “Batman” is replaced by such pabulum as the tentatively titled “The Clan of Bradys?” What does this say about the direction of our country?

Unruh: Bobby, you needn’t concern yourself with network-television programming. We have far more pressing concerns …

(UNINTELLIGIBLE, something about "Burt Ward's package.")

Bobby: Jesse, let me tell you about a dream – well, no, a nightmare – I had the other night. I dreamt I, just like Jack, was assassinated. But the truly horrible thing was, whereas Jack’s murder was transformed into a controversial yet critically acclaimed and award-winning movie by an Oscar-winning filmmaker, my assassination was turned into a little-seen flick by a pretentious scion of a Hollywood family. Those images haunt me to this day.

Unruh: Um … did I tell you I won at cribbage against my father-in-law last Sunday?

- “Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination:” 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight and a whole bunch of other times throughout the week.

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Larry,

I watched and taped this Discovery Times Channel program, "Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination". The program's narrator indicated there were three audio studies of the Pruszynski tape that all concluded there were at least 10 shots fired (which would be more than the maximum of only 8 shots Sirhan Sirhan was capable of firing). The narrator first introduces us to audio expert Phil Van Praag, then to audio expert Wes Dooley, and then mentions another audio expert in Denmark. All three of these experts, according to the program, have concluded from the tape that there were more than 8 shots fired (which means a second gunman in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen).

In addition to this issue concerning the number of total shots fired, the show also said at least two of the shots on this tape were fired too closely to have come from the same gun.

Although Mel Ayton's audio expert came up with no more than 7 or 8 shots in his own analysis of this tape, the Discovery Times narrator said this fourth expert (Philip Harrison) was "working from a single copy of Van Praag's recording from the California State Archives. Not from Van Praag's masters. Harrison was also not aware of the details surrounding the events of that night at the Ambassador. Most importantly, he did not know the location of Pruszynski's microphone and how it was moving when the shots were fired."

Harrison seems to concede this himself when he appears on camera and states: "Any information relating to where Mr. Pruszynski was standing at the time or any movements he made during the sequence of shots would, to some degree, have been of assistance."

Seems pretty straight forward to me. The first three audio experts (Van Praag, Dooley and the Danish expert) apparently did a thorough job of examining the Pruszynski tape and came up with very strong evidence of a second gunman: more than 8 shots fired and at least two of those shots fired too closely to have come from the same weapon. While the fourth -- Ayton's audio expert -- concedes he probably didn't have enough information on which to base his dissenting conclusion. All in all, from what I can tell, this program points pretty clearly to a conspiracy, based strictly on science and not on theory.

In checking their Discovery Times web site, it appears to me that people can order a copy of this program by calling Discovery at 1-800-627-9399.

Matt

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Robert KennedyUnited States Senator Robert F. Kennedy was fatally wounded by a gunshot in Los Angeles at approximately 12:15 a.m. on June 5, 1968, and died 26 hours later.

The convicted assassin, 24-year-old Palestinian Christian Sirhan Sirhan, is widely thought to have been acting alone. Sirhan attributed the killing to Kennedy's support for Israel during and after the Six-Day War, although there is no record of RFK supporting Israel during that period. On March 3, 1969, in a Los Angeles court, Sirhan admitted that he had killed Kennedy. Sirhan has since recanted, and as late as 1998 has sought a new trial. [1]

Contents [hide]
1 Background
2 Assassination
3 As it happened on television
4 Disputes and contentions
4.1 Kennedy's wounds
4.2 New 21st Century discovery: The Pruszynski recording
4.3 Allegations of suppression or coverup
4.4 Additional bullet holes or gunshots
5 Conspiracy theories
5.1 Additional conspirators?
5.2 CIA operatives
6 Sirhan's motivations
7 References in popular culture
8 External links
9 References
10 See also



[edit] Background
As United States Senator for New York, Kennedy had focused on issues of social reform and increasingly came to identify with the poor and disenfranchised. He reached out to members of minority groups and formed relationships with many of them. The evening he was shot, Kennedy had won the June 4, 1968 Democratic Presidential primaries in South Dakota and California, boosting his chances for the Democratic nomination for President during the 1968 presidential election.


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Kennedy addressed his supporters shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in a ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. At about 12:15 a.m., he and his entourage walked through a kitchen pantry, shaking hands with well-wishers and hotel staff. The small pantry was crowded, when a 24-year-old man named Sirhan Sirhan stepped in front of Kennedy, and shouted "Kennedy, you son of a bitch!"[1] before firing an eight shot, .22 caliber Iver-Johnson Cadet revolver toward Kennedy and his entourage.

Maître d' hôtel Karl Uecker, writer George Plimpton, Olympic gold medalist decathlete Rafer Johnson and professional football player Rosey Grier helped detain Sirhan, with Grier jamming his thumb behind the trigger of the revolver to prevent further shots from being fired, as he had no way of knowing in the confusion if all the shots had been fired.


[edit] As it happened on television
The shooting was not broadcast live, but the resultant scuffle was recorded on audio tape by reporter Andrew West of KRKD, a Mutual radio affiliate. West's recording did not capture the shooting itself [2]. On the stage just after the speech, West had asked Kennedy a brief question about how he would go about overcoming Vice President Hubert Humphrey's lead in delegates to the Democratic National Convention (in a response that seems somewhat garbled in West's recording, Kennedy indicated a "struggle" lay ahead for the nomination). As West followed the Kennedy party into the kitchen area, he turned his tape recorder back on after hearing shouts that Kennedy had been shot and recorded the immediate aftermath of the assassination.

CBS Television continued feeding live pictures of the Ambassador Hotel's Embassy Room ballroom in the moments after Kennedy had left the ballroom's podium. By that time though, not all CBS affiliated stations were still airing the network's feed of live pictures from the hotel. For the next two minutes, CBS cameras panned the dispersing crowd of RFK supporters in the Embassy Room ballroom as well as another crowd of RFK supporters downstairs in the hotel's Ambassador Room ballroom. As microphones picked up the sound of supporters in the lower Ambassador Room chanting "rah rah rah", a CBS camera showed supporters in the upper Embassy Room reacting to the shooting that had just taken place, off-camera, in the kitchen pantry just off the Embassy Room. As CBS's audio feed then switched from the Ambassador Room to the Embassy Room, the upper ballroom's northside service doors leading to the pantry could be seen swinging open while the sounds of screaming and chaos could be heard. The joyous crowd was now overcome with confusion and, in some cases, panic. CBS News correspondent Terry Drinkwater, standing at the podium where RFK had just spoken, asked someone what happened. An unidentified man answered: "Somebody said he's been shot". Drinkwater then advised his CBS colleagues to make sure they were rolling videotape. From the podium, RFK supporters called out for doctors and Kennedy's brother-in-law Steven Smith (with wife Jean Kennedy Smith at his side) calmly asked the crowd to leave the room. The first people Drinkwater approached were unable to provide any information about the shooting; eventually, Drinkwater and other newsmen were given some details from other individuals who had been witnesses to either the shooting or to its immediate aftermath.

Kennedy was shot twice in his back and once behind his right ear at very close range. A fourth shot grazed Kennedy's clothing. As Kennedy lay on the floor, bleeding heavily, West asked if anyone else was hurt. Five other people were wounded: William Weisel of ABC News (30), Paul Schrade of the United Auto Workers (43), Democratic Party activist Elizabeth Evans (43), 19-year-old radio reporter Ira Goldstein and 17-year-old Kennedy volunteer Irwin Stroll. [3] Although not physically wounded, singer Rosemary Clooney, a great supporter of Kennedy's, was present at the shooting and suffered a nervous breakdown shortly afterwards (see: http://www.cincypost.com/2002/jul/01/rostim070102.html). Kennedy was pronounced dead the next day.


[edit] Disputes and contentions
There seems to be no dispute that Sirhan did fire his revolver. What is disputed is whether Sirhan planned and acted alone, whether there was another gunman at the scene, and whether Sirhan fired bullets or blanks. As with his brother John's assassination in 1963, RFK's death has been analyzed by many who have developed various alternative scenarios for the crime, or who argue there are serious problems with the official case. One theory is that the same people who orchestrated the JFK assassination were behind his brother's.


[edit] Kennedy's wounds
Sirhan's gun was placed by all witnesses at between 2 and 5 feet from the Senator when he fired his revolver. [4] All witnesses seemed to agree Sirhan was facing Kennedy when he fired.

In conducting the autopsy on Kennedy, Los Angeles coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi found powder burns on Kennedy's ear and gunpowder residue in his hair. Noguchi said this indicated that Kennedy was shot from a distance of, at most, 1.5 inches (37 millimeters.) (When a firearm is discharged, the powder residue travels only a few inches because the material is very light.) Noguchi's conclusions led to speculation that Sirhan was too far from Kennedy and in the wrong position to have administered the fatal shot (also fired from a .22 caliber handgun, one which had apparently been fired into Kennedy's head at point-blank range from behind his right ear) and that a second shooter must have been present. Dr. Noguchi himself wrote years later that "Until more is precisely known…the existence of a second gunman remains a possibility. Thus, I have never said that Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy." [5]

Independent testing (shown in a 2004 "Unsolved History" series program on the Discovery Channel) indicates that gunpowder residue can easily travel over 15 inches (38 cm), but that the stippling effect observed requires that the gun must have been less than 2 inches (5 cm) away.


[edit] New 21st Century discovery: The Pruszynski recording
On June 6, 2007, the Discovery Times Channel presented a television program on the Robert Kennedy case entitled "Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination," which provides powerful evidence that Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone. [2] The centerpiece of this one-hour documentary is the only known recording of the Kennedy shooting -- an audio tape, which had not been broadcast by the media in the 39 years since the shooting -- which according to three out of four audio analysts featured in the program shows that a second gun was fired in the Senator's assassination.

The audio recording was made at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the night of June 4-5, 1968 by freelance newspaper reporter Stanislaw Pruszynski, who was then covering Senator Kennedy's presidential campaign for the Montreal Gazette and today resides in his native Poland. Pruszynski made the RFK assassination recording with a battery-powered portable cassette tape recorder and an attached microphone. At the time, Pruszynski was unaware that the machine was still recording as it captured the sounds of the Senator's shooting at 12:16 am PDT on Wednesday, June 5.

Pruszynski was about 40 feet southwest of Robert Kennedy when the Kennedy shooting erupted inside a hotel kitchen pantry. Pruszynski was about to enter a small back corridor leading into the pantry from the hotel’s Embassy Room, a ballroom where Kennedy had just delivered his victory statement. When the shooting commenced, Pruszynski was at the north side of the ballroom and descending a small set of steps at the east end of the ballroom's makeshift stage where Kennedy had spoken. Although he did not know that his tape recorder was still recording, Pruszynski just happened to be holding his recorder’s attached microphone tilted upward and pointed towards the pantry, and above the heads of the crowd on the ballroom floor beneath him. All doors between Pruszynski and the shooting were open at the time.

As the shooting continued, Pruszynski continued moving towards the pantry, closing the distance somewhat between the shooting and himself. Film and video shot by more than one camera -- in particular, an ABC-TV black and white video-relay camera -- captured pictures of Pruszynski, recorder and microphone in hand, as he descended the ballroom platform's east steps precisely as the shooting was taking place off-camera, in the kitchen pantry.

"Conspiracy Test" quoted four audio analysts who examined the Pruszynski recording: two experts in the United States, a third in Denmark and a fourth in the United Kingdom. Three of them determined that the recording had captured at least 10 shots -- and possibly as many as 13 shots -- in the RFK assassination. Because Sirhan's gun could fire no more than eight shots and because Sirhan possessed only the one revolver and had no opportunity to reload his weapon once the shooting erupted and he was immediately subdued by onlookers, confirmation of more than eight shots fired in the RFK assassination is strong evidence of a second gun being fired by someone other than Sirhan.

Two of the audio experts reported that the Pruszynski recording contains yet more evidence of a second gunman. They determined that at least two of the shots captured on the recording were too close together for both to have been fired by Sirhan's .22 caliber Cadet model Iver Johnson revolver[2].

The fourth audio expert dissented, reporting that he was only able to confirm seven or eight shots from the Pruszynski recording. However, the program made it clear that the fourth expert had not been provided all of the information and materials that had been made available to the other three experts. While all four experts bypassed a crude copy of the Pruszynski recording that had been made years before by the California State Archives in Sacramento, only the first three experts worked directly from several high quality digital and analog master dubs of the recording while the fourth expert had to rely upon a copy of just one of those master dubs. Unlike the first three experts, the fourth expert did not know where Pruszynski and his microphone were located during the Kennedy shooting and was even unaware that the microphone was moving while the shots were being fired. In the program, he conceded: "Any information relating to where Mr. Pruszynski was standing at the time or any movements he made during the sequence of shots would, to some degree, have been of assistance."

The significance of the Pruszynski recording was not known for 36 years until a journalist obtained the crude copy of the sound recording from the California State Archives in early 2004. Not only does the Pruszynski recording's preservation of the RFK shots provide powerful evidence that a second gunman was involved in the Senator's assassination; it's the only audio tape known to have captured the shooting. Despite what some have believed over the years, two other sound recordings made that night by newsmen Andrew West of Mutual Broadcasting radio affiliate KRKD and Jeff Brent of the Continental News Service actually did not capture the shots in the Robert Kennedy assassination. Instead, the West and Brent tapes recorded only the shooting's immediate aftermath.


[edit] Allegations of suppression or coverup
James Scott Enyart has said that he was actively photographing the inside of the Ambassador Hotel kitchen pantry at the moment of the shooting. Furthermore he contends that his three, 36-exposure rolls were confiscated by the LAPD and sealed by court-order for 20 years, and never returned in full which resulted in a lengthy court battle, from 1989 to 1996. The most important piece of photographic evidence, allegedly featuring the scenes of the Senator falling and bulletholes in the door frame and ceiling, were confined in 10 pictures found to be missing from the third negative. The Enyart trial was, from the start, surrounded by a series of blunders, including tampering with evidence in the archives, in addition to the disappearance of a large amount of related court files, and ultimately the missing negative and stolen first generations prints. [6] Enyart eventually won the trial against the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD and was consequently granted a financial settlement of $450,000. Among Enyart's principal witnesses were researchers such as Lynn Mangan and Ted Charach. [7]

Sandy Serrano said that during questioning, she was intimidated by police and forced to change her story. The official LAPD transcript of her polygraph interview seems to bear this out. [8]


[edit] Additional bullet holes or gunshots
Sirhan's .22 revolver held eight cartridges. The official conclusion is that Sirhan fired all his cartridges, and all eight projectiles were recovered. Others have suggested there were more than eight shots fired. A police officer observed police criminalists dig two bullets out of a door frame in the pantry area, bringing the total number of shots that were fired during the attack to 10. FBI documents describe holes depicted in the pantry door frame as "bullet holes", and William Bailey, the first FBI agent on the scene, has stated that he saw a bullet in one such hole. An AP photograph shows a bullet lodged in a door frame.[citation needed]

In addition, most of the witnesses in the pantry thought the gun looked and sounded like it was firing blanks. Rafer Johnson said it looked like a cap gun throwing off residue.


[edit] Conspiracy theories
Many claims of a "second shooter" point to a part-time armed security guard escorting Kennedy, a 26-year-old Lockheed employee named Thane Eugene Cesar who had been called to work at the Ambassador at the last minute by his employer, Ace Guard Services. According to witnesses, Cesar had been standing closest to Kennedy on the Senator's right and slightly to the rear when Sirhan had begun firing. Apparently, Kennedy suddenly grabbed Cesar's clip-on necktie with his right hand when hit as that tie was less than a foot away from the Senator's right hand while he was lying fatally wounded on the hotel's kitchen floor. Interviewed by Los Angeles police detectives shortly after the assassination, Cesar admitted on tape that he had removed his revolver from his holster during the shooting in the pantry but insisted he never fired it. Cesar also admitted to investigator Theodore Charach that he had owned a .22-caliber revolver similar to Sirhan's, but claimed he had sold the weapon in February 1968, a claim eventually proven to have been false, as it was later discovered that Cesar had instead sold the gun three months after the assassination. The buyer of that revolver later reported it stolen. The revolver that Cesar turned over to the LAPD was not test-fired by the police, because it was .38 caliber and all the slugs recovered were .22 caliber. The .22 caliber gun was recovered from a lake in Blue Mountain, Arkansas in 1993.[citation needed]

But skeptics, such as Dan Moldea, author of The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy, have said that Cesar was never considered a serious suspect for good reason: no eyewitnesses saw Cesar shoot Kennedy. Moldea tracked Cesar down and gave him a polygraph test which Moldea said exonerated Cesar.[citation needed]


[edit] Additional conspirators?
Los Angeles police sergeant Paul Sharaga and a young Kennedy campaign worker named Sandy Serrano both claimed a young Hispanic man and a young Caucasian woman with blonde hair (the latter wearing a "polka dot" dress) quickly burst out of a rear service exit of the Ambassador Hotel's kitchen moments after the shooting exclaiming, "We shot him." When asked "who?", the young woman responded, "Senator Kennedy!" Sgt. Sharaga was made aware of the suspicious duo by a middle-aged married couple who had frantically flagged him down shortly after he had pulled his squad car into one of the hotel's parking lots. Sharaga immediately issued an all points bulletin for the young couple, one soon canceled without explanation by his superiors. Serrano was later coerced by police into changing her story. A San Diego high school student, Lisa Urso, who was also present in the hotel kitchen pantry when Kennedy was shot, claims she saw a blonde young man in a gray business suit place a revolver in a holster under his jacket when Sirhan began shooting and that she also saw a dark haired man in a black business suit fire a handgun into the ceiling and then run away from the scene.[citation needed]


[edit] CIA operatives
On November 20, 2006, BBC's Newsnight presented research by Shane O'Sullivan alleging that several CIA agents were present on the night of the assassination. The CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and some of the officers were based in Southeast Asia at the time, with no apparent reason to be in Los Angeles. Three of those accused were former senior officers who had worked together in 1963 at JMWAVE, the CIA's main anti-Castro station based in Miami. JMWAVE Chief of Operations David Morales, Chief of Maritime Operations Gordon Campbell and Chief of Psychological Warfare Operations George Joannides were identified by former acquaintances in photographs taken at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles on June 5th, 1968. Amongst those acquaintances was Congressional investigator Ed Lopez, who worked with Joannides while the latter was serving as CIA liaison to the Congressional investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. According to O'Sullivan, Morales was known for his deep anger with the Kennedys for what he saw as their betrayal during the Bay of Pigs incident. O'Sullivan quoted Morales as having said, "I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard." O'Sullivan reported that the CIA denied that the officers in question were present and declined to comment further. O’Sullivan interviewed David Rabern, a freelance mercenary and private investigator who had been contracted by the CIA to participate in the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. Rabern had been in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel on the fateful night in 1968. While Rabern did not know Morales and Campbell by name, he had noticed them talking to each other in the hotel lobby prior to the assassination. He also noticed Campbell in and around several police stations on U.S. soil that the CIA had no jurisdiction over. [3][4][5]


[edit] Sirhan's motivations
According to author Loren Coleman in 'The Copycat Effect (New York: Paraview Pocket-Simon and Schuster, 2004, ISBN 0-7434-8223-9), the date of the assassination is significant, as it was the first anniversary of the first day of the Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors that began on June 5, 1967. Sirhan Sirhan's shooting of Robert F. Kennedy, Coleman writes, has been characterized as one of the first acts of Palestine or Arab terrorism to take place on American soil, with 9/11 being the most recent example. Coleman suggests Sirhan saw himself as a Palestinian militant.

In a diary police found at Sirhan's home, he wrote: "My determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more and more [sic] of an unshakable obsession. RFK must die. RFK must be killed. Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated. .... Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated before 5 June 1968."


[edit] References in popular culture
The Rolling Stones were recording Beggars Banquet when Robert Kennedy was shot. A lyric in "Sympathy for the Devil" was subsequently changed from "I shouted out, 'Who killed John Kennedy?'" to "I shouted out, 'Who killed the Kennedys?'"

In Alan J. Pakula's film The Parallax View (1974) a US Presidential hopeful is assassinated by a livried bellhop on the observation deck of the Seattle Space Needle amid a crowd of wellwishers. A girl in a polka-dot dress is briefly glimpsed in the confusion.

The novels in The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975) have a number of references to the RFK assassination, including the underground newspaper Confrontation reopening the investigation and a character who had written a manuscript titled How the Ancient Bavarian Conspiracy Plotted and Carried Out the Assassinations of Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Lincoln Rockwell, Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon, George Wallace, Jane Fonda, Gabriel Conrad and Hank Brummer.

The plot of the first season of the TV series 24, starting November 6, 2001, concerns an assassination attempt on a Democratic presidental candidate on the day of a Californian presidential primary.

The feature film Bobby was released by MGM on November 17, 2006. The film portrays a fictional account of the Ambassador Hotel on the day RFK was killed. This Emilio Estevez production recreates the ambience and themes of 1968, and laments the lost hopes when RFK was killed, but does not offer any historical interpretation or analysis. The movie depicts Sirhan shooting five fictional characters in addition to Kennedy (with no treatment of whether Sirhan acted alone) and does not depict the five people who were actually wounded, nor any other key people who were present (Plimpton, West, Grier, Johnson, Enyart, Cesar, Morales, Sharaga, Serrano, etc.).


[edit] External links
Discovery Times Series Conspiracy Test -- Episode on new RFK tape, set for 9pm June 6th, to shed new light on RFK assassination
Discovery Times Channel Reveals Previously Unknown Audio of Robert Kennedy's Death in CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION
What to Watch: Coming Up on Cable - Discovery Times revisits Robert F. Kennedy's assassination on Wednesday, June 6 in Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination -- From Cable360 Net June 1, 2007
Los Angeles Police Dept. Records -- From the Online Archive of California
Who Killed Robert F. Kennedy? -- From conspiracy theorist Pat Shannan
Sirhan and the RFK Assassination - Part 1: The Grand Illusion by Lisa Pease
Sirhan and the RFK Assassination - Part 2: Rubik's Cube by Lisa Pease
Articles about the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy -- From Citizens for the Truth about the Kennedy Assassination
Bobby, I didn't know! -- From Mike Ruppert
FBI report summary -- Released under the Freedom of Information Act
The Assassinations -- Book on the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X, published by Feral House
Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Collections -- Articles disputing that Sirhan killed Kennedy
The RFK Assassination (argues in favor of a conspiracy)
FrontPage magazine.com :: The 'Unaffiliated' Terrorist by Mel Ayton
FrontPage magazine.com :: Did the PLO Kill RFK? by Mel Ayton
Interview with Sirhan's attorney Lawrence Teeter with lot of details on obstruction of justice - KPFA 94.1 / Guns & Butter show
Blackop Radio, interview with the major RFK expert the late P.H. Melanson, Ph.D., Chancellor Professor of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (most recently in show #290b)
Blackop Radio, interviews with RFK assassination photographer James Scott Enyart (most recently in show #271)
The Klaber's RFK Tapes, William Klaber's 1993 Golden Reef Award nominated radio documentary and interview
The Second Gun, a 1973 Golden Globe nominated documentary directed by Gérard Alcan
Ted Charach interview, co-producer of "The Second Gun"
Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy? (alternate) by Shane O'Sullivan in The Guardian, November 20, 2006
Chicago '68 by Alvin Susumu Tokunow (1968)
Citizine: RFK Assassination Far From Resolved by Thom White

[edit] References
^ Thom White (2005). RFK Assassination Far From Resolved. CITIZINEmag. Retrieved on February 16, 2007.
^ a b Discovery Times Channel Reveals Previously Unknown Audio of Robert Kennedy's Death in CONSPIRACY TEST: THE RFK ASSASSINATION.
^ "CIA role claim in Kennedy killing", Newsnight, BBC News, 2006-11-21. Retrieved on 2006-11-21. 
^ O'Sullivan, Shane. "Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy?", The Guardian, 2006-11-20. Retrieved on 2006-11-21. 
^ http://baltimorechronicle.com/2006/112206CARMICHAEL.html

[edit] See also
John F. Kennedy assassination
Kennedy assassination theories
Kennedy Curse
Kennedy family
List of assassinated American politicians
Sirhan Sirhan
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Discovery Times to Re-Examine RFK (Robert F. Kennedy) Assassination
   http://www.wesdooley.com/
   Wes Dooley, 626- 798-9128
   http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6448954.html
   Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination will focus on a never-before-broadcast audio recording that Discovery Times executives said could provide new evidence supporting the theory that a second gunman killed Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles June 5, 1968.
   Sirhan Sirhan confessed to the murder and his defense team entered an insanity plea, leaving much of the crucial evidence unchallenged in court, according to the network.
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   Wes Dooley, 13 shots possible, Denmark - expert - 10 or more
shots possible.
   some shots 120 ms apart, while 'cheap' gun fires at least 550 millisec apart.
   Mel Ayton's audio expert - no picture of software used
   Ayton did NOT use the original or Master tapes, or people locations.

Clearly, not a 'double blind' scientific test.
http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/tv_guide/full_details/People/programme_2730.php
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CAR20061122&articleId=3947
Global Research, November 22, 2006
   On Monday night, the BBC broadcast OâSullivanâs report on their high-profile programme, Newsnight. OâSullivanâs findings shocked many people.
    video analysis    identified three figures as former agents of the CIA.
http://rfkassassination.com/
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=18020
http://www.ctka.net/pr795-2gun.html
Ted Charach's Press Conference: the 'bodyguard' Thane Eugene
Cesar's Gun Found
Charach holding a picture of Coroner Thomas Noguchi indicating the point of entry to the bullet that struck Robert Kennedy at point blank range in the back of the head. Sirhan was shooting from the front.

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From: David Ehrenstein
Date: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:56am
Subject: Re: 'The Dreamers' and the Credulous (was Re: Marina Razbezhkina's Harvest Time)

From: hotlove666
Date: Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:21am
Subject: Cinema nd the 60s (Was: LA DOLCE VITA )
 
--- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, "Damien Bona"
wrote:

> Bill, a few weeks ago you mentioned "Breakfast At Tiffany's" as an
> example of Edwards's "conservatism," and I didn't get a chance to
> respond. I do think that's a misreading of Edwards because I've
> always felt he's not a conservative, but rather a romantic

Well HE thinks he's a moralist, but obviously not the Puritan kind.
I'm sure he'd accept your analysis of his morality - but it is a
morality. He brought it up about Holly, and then about Days, when I
challenged him (Sutpen take note) about the reactionary morality
expressed in 10 (and The Carey Treatment, although I didn't throw
that in: Sutpen take note - you still have to be something of a
diplomat.)

Interestingly, A Thousand Clowns has been revived on Broadwat twice
> in the last decade, once with Judd Hirsch, the other with Tom
Selleck
> for whom it was apparently a labor of love. I saw the former -- on
> the basis of that production at the Roundabout, it doesn't hold up
at all.

I'd be curious to see the film again, I guess - Jason Robards,
Barbara Harris, Barry Gordon. I think I saw Robards do it on stage
too. I'm sure it doesn't hold up. By the same token, I doubt if
people today would find the Nebbishes, created by the author, as
charming as they did when they were a national craze. A lot of
the "gentle satiric humor" I found hilarious then was so much a
function of the period that it has evaporated, while the Tashlins are
still pretty wonderful - particularly if well-projected.

BTW, the much-discussed Minnelli melodramas are very, very much a
part of the lead-up to what eventually happened in the 60s, and so is
a film like Bigger Than Life (note the drug use). As my ex-gf Barbara
Frank put it, those melodramas about Middle America in the 50s were
made by Hollywood sophisticates who were saying: If I had to live
there, I'd go nuts!
21321


Adrian
21353


From: hotlove666
Date: Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:18pm
Subject: Re: "Plainsong" and Feminist Westerns (Was: EASY RIDER)
 
--- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, "Saul Symonds" wrote:
>
> --- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, "hotlove666"
wrote:
> >
> > --- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, "Saul Symonds"
wrote:
> > >
> > > Is this the 1982 film by Ed Stabile? I need a few more details
if
> > I'm
> > > to try track down a copy.
> >
> > Not possible. It has never been released.
>
> If it is the Ed Stabile film, it might be hard to track down - but
> nothing is impossible.

Could be: Try this - The Last Campaign by Barbara Frank. One of the
best documentaries I know, portraying the last 20 days of RFK's life
including the murder - she had 3 cameras in the Ambassador. No
narration. Edited by William Lubtchansky's smarter older brother,
Jean-Claude. Much admired by Alexandre Astruc, Peter Brook, even
Serge Daney. Contains an astonishing scene w. Jerry Lewis. Good luck
seeing it - I know whereof I speak!
21354


From: hotlove666
Date: Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:22pm
Subject: Re: Cinema nd the 60s (Was: LA DOLCE VITA )
 
--- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, "jpcoursodon"
wrote:
>
The way those films were received
> by most cinephiles in France at the time was as criticism or
> indictments of the "American Way of Life." This was practically a
> cliche of French film criticism in the fifties

I first encountered this expression in a very good French
appreciation of The Long Long Trailer. I've always found it hilarious
for some reason.
21355


From: hotlove666
Date: Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:32pm
Subject: Re: OT: "Les Pétroleuses" (was: "Plainsong" and Feminist Westerns)
 
--- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, David Ehrenstein
wrote:


In short, all I wanted to say was the cinema, more than any other art,
lends itself to a discussion of all things cultural, and that these
things, in turn, can become the basis on an auteurist analysis, and in
this group, have potential to do so.
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From:
Date: Mon Jan 17, 2005 10:09pm
Subject: Re: The Long Long Trailer (was: Cinema nd the 60s )
 
In a message dated 01/17/2005 3:40:43 PM, jpcoursodon@y... writes:

<< The film is perhaps the most terrifying "comedy" I've ever seen

(perhaps my fear of automobiles has something to do with it). >>

I was JUST talking about this film last night. I'm 100% with you on this one,
J-P. And even though I have an altar to Jerry Lewis in my bedroom, I agree
that God/Tashlin would have slapsticked (and thus fouled) it up.

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER is a fascinating film to look at in the context of
genre. Too often, genre is discussed in relation to repetitive textual elements
rather than effects. For instance, we scream and cover our eyes at horror films
but we laugh at comedies. But I can recall seeing FRIDAY THE 13th PART VI:
JASON LIVES and the atmosphere in the theatre was quite zoo-like, almost as
rowdy as ROCKY HORROR. And tons of laughter. By contrast, if you fixed a camera on
me while I was watching THE LONG, LONG TRAILER, you'd think I was watching a
horror film. I winced, I looked away, I covered my eyes, I screamed out "No!"
And I don't think I laughed once. (Side note: I come to praise the film, not
to condemn it. It's quite possibly a masterpiece despite how utterly unpleasant
it is to squirm through.)

But clearly some people take it straight as a comedy. My husband reminded me
of the NATIONAL LAMPOON films which are also centered around technological
mishaps and vacation horrors. I saw the Xmas one in a theatre and I don't recall
much wincing on anyone's part, my own included. The reactions were largely in
keeping with the comedy genre.

Still, the reactions of J-P and I (and I'm sure others on the list) clearly
posit THE LONG, LONG TRAILER as a horror film (for adults?). So using recent
genre theory parlance, we might conclude that THE LONG, LONG TRAILER is in the
horror film mode. Only I don't know where else to take that because I see
"disgust with the body" as the central force driving the horror film. Maybe Lucy
tumbling around in the trailer fits into this mold. But something else is going o
n here...disgust with the public sphere?

Kevin John
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From: Saul Symonds
Date: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:19am
Subject: Addendum (Was: Taking the OT out of OT posts)
 
Or, I can take my own adivce from a previous post and restate my gripe
more succinctely with two quotes from Blake's "The Everlasting
Gospel": "The Vision of Christ that thou dost see is my visions
greatest enemy" ... "Thine loves the same world that mine hates, thy
heaven doors and thy hell gates".

Perhaps a little on the melodramatic side, nevertheless, they fulfill
their purpose.
21376


From: Gabe Klinger
Date: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:21am
Subject: more netiquette
 
First, wasn't the priority to get more ladies in here?


MEK

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Log In11-19-07

How the Discovery Channel Duped the American Public About the RFK Assassination Acoustics Debate
By Mel Ayton
Mr. Ayton is the author of The Forgotten Terrorist – Sirhan Sirhan and the Murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy published by Potomac Books, May 2007. He was interviewed about his new book by the Discovery and National Geographic television channels. The National Geographic Channel documentary will be broadcast in November/December 2007.


In June 2007 the Discovery Times Channel broadcast a documentary, Conspiracy Test – The RFK Assassination, which relied on unscientific practices to sensationalize their story of how a second gunman acted with Sirhan Sirhan to murder Senator Robert F. Kennedy.   The documentary challenged the  Pruszynski Tape acoustics research carried out by two teams of experts --  Philip Harrison and Professor Peter French of J P French Associates in the UK and Steve Barber, Dr Chad Zimmerman and Michael O’Dell in the US --  for my book The Forgotten Terrorist. 

J P French Associates is the United Kingdom’s longest established independent forensic speech and acoustics laboratory. The company prepares reports for the defense and prosecution in criminal cases on speaker identification, transcription, authentication and enhancement of recordings, acoustic investigation, and other related areas, including the analysis of recorded gun shots, and is regularly involved in some of the most important and high profile cases in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Philip Harrison has worked on over one thousand such cases. Harrison analyzed the Pruszynski Tape using three different methods, both independently and simultaneously. These involved (1) listening analytically to the recording via high quality headphones, (2) examining visual representations of the recording’s waveform (oscillographic displays), and (3) analyzing spectrograms (plots of sound energy across frequency over time), all using specialized computer software. Harrison’s findings were confirmed by Professor Peter French, a colleague and lecturer in forensic speech and audio analysis at the University of York. They found no more than 8 shots were present on the recording.

Both the UK and US teams had independently examined the tape then Barber and Harrison consulted with each other.
Further research carried out by these two teams after the airing of the Discovery Times Channel documentary casts serious doubt on the findings of their acoustics experts. The Discovery Times’s acoustics research was led by Philip Van Praag, electrical engineer and author of ‘Evolution of the Audio Recorder.' Wes Dooley, forensic analyst and manufacturer of ribbon microphones, was brought in to independently consider the recording. Van Praag claimed that he had identified ‘approximately 13 shot sounds’ on the Pruszynski Tape, whilst Dooley and his team located 10. Van Praag also insisted ‘certainly more than 8 shots were fired.' As Dan Moldea observed after watching the documentary, “Van Praag has concluded - and stated on national television - that thirteen shots were fired at the crime scene…… Even the kookiest kook hasn't suggested that.”

The history of how the new acoustics evidence became known to the world began, not with the Discovery Channel documentary as the producers alleged in their press release, but with Steve Barber. The Prusynzki Tape had been widely publicized in Steve Barber’s HNN article.

In early 2006 I obtained from the California State Archives an audio cassette copy of the previously unreported ‘Pruszynski Tape.' It is a tape recording containing of the sound of the gunshots in the Ambassador Hotel pantry on the night Robert Kennedy was assassinated. The recording was made by Stanislaw Pruszynski, a journalist. Pruszynski informed the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that he was in the pantry at the time of the assassination. He claimed his cassette recorder was running all through the shooting. It is the only recording in existence that was taken in the pantry, and it is a record of all the shots fired from beginning to end.

In May of 2006 I asked Genevieve Troka of the California State Archives if they had facilities to make a high quality digital copy of the material which was on the cassette tape they had previously sent me. Their response was to inform me that the previous year ‘an audio expert’, Philip Van Praag, visited the California State Archives and made a digital copy of the Stanislaw Pruszynski Audio Tape. I contacted Van Praag and asked him to send a copy of his digitized version of the tape to Steve Barber who in turn forwarded the recording to Philip Harrison. Harrison and Barber had agreed to examine the tape and digitized copy for me and provide a report of their findings. After examining the digitized version of the tape Steve Barber characterized it as “…identical to the cassette in every way, except that it is much clearer.”

In April 2007 I was asked to participate in a Discover Times Channel documentary about the RFK assassination. I was informed by one of the producers that the documentary would be balanced and fair. During pre-production correspondence the producer informed me that her company, ‘Creative Differences’, had hired an independent acoustics firm to analyze the tape but refused to name the company.

The Creative Differences producer would also not release any of their experts’ findings because the company had negotiated a ‘secrecy’ agreement and their results were not allowed to be publicized until the Discovery Times program was broadcast. The producer was well aware that I had asked two teams of experts to examine the tape and their results were included in Steve Barber’s HNN article and in the galleys of my book ‘The Forgotten Terrorist’ which the Creative Differences producers obtained from my publishers. Their acoustics team was thus at an advantage in that they had access to J P French Associates’ acoustics report and also the results of the Barber, Zimmerman and O’Dell research.

During production of the Discovery Times documentary, the ‘Creative Differences’ documentary team asked that one of the experts I enlisted to examine the Pruszynski Tape, be present for interview. I asked Philip Harrison to attend. During this period they also told us their acoustics experts had identified ‘more than 8 shots on the Pruszynski Tape.' My response was to ask Creative Differences for a copy of their acoustics report for consideration before filming. However, their analysts, consisting of Van Praag, Wes Dooley and his assistant, had not even produced a written report but had simply been filmed on camera examining the recording.

Despite having grave reservations concerning the lack of any written report and also of not having the opportunity to respond to their experts’ findings, Philip Harrison and I agreed to be interviewed as we were assured the outcome would be ‘fair and balanced.' Thus, during filming, Philip was not able to respond to the Discovery Channel’s acoustics findings even though they had his report in full.

The Discovery Channel documentary, as suspected, managed to provoke a dramatic media and internet response, in the main because the producers had sensationalized everything about the RFK case. Furthermore, the documentary makers skewed everything in favour of conspiracy as I suspected after first reading the press release which, as I previously mentioned, had wrongly attributed the tape’s revelation to themselves when in fact Steve Barber was the first to publicize it worldwide in an article for the History News Network.

Discovery Times was also remiss in not telling its viewers the whole story about the acoustics research carried out for me. I had told their producers there had been two teams of experts (Harrison/French and Barber/Zimmerman/O’Dell) looking at the Pruszynski Tape with a view to publishing the findings in my book The Forgotten Terrorist. I named all the contributors to the research. This fact appears to have been lost on the producers.

Contrary to the inferences made by the Discovery Times’s documentary, we have, in reality, three experts in the United States --  Philip van Praag, Wes Dooley and his assistant, Paul Pragus and one expert in Denmark, Eddie Brixen  --  who examined the tape and who concluded there were 10 or 13 shots fired. But we have five experts* in the US and UK who found no more than the acoustic signatures of 8 shots fired.  Philip Harrison provided a written report of his findings. Harrison’s work was confirmed by forensic speech and acoustics expert Professor Peter French of J P French Associates and York University. Steve Barber was interviewed for my book and his comments about his team’s research is included within the narrative of my book. The Discovery Times Channel teams have produced no written report nor have they published their findings in any book or journal. It should be quite obvious to every person in the scientific community that Van Praag’s and Wes Dooley’s findings should never have been characterized by Discovery Times’s producers as scientific fact without publication of their research for peer review. As Harrison observed, “The only way in which to fully assess and respond to what they are saying is for them to prepare a comprehensive written report and provide us with copies of all the materials on which they've relied. This is the way that science is done.”

Had the documentary producers insisted on having their acoustics team’s results examined by J P French Associates and Steve Barber’s team they would have discovered the many flaws in the acoustics evidence presented by their experts.

Following the airing of the documentary Harrison and Barber decided to look at the acoustics evidence again and found a number of problems with the presented analyses:

*The program claimed that the fourth expert, Philip Harrison, wasn't using the best quality recordings and that he didn't take into account the position of the Polish journalist doing the recording. The Discovery Times narrator added, “Harrison was working from a single copy of Van Praag's recording from the California State Archives. Not from Van Praag's masters. Harrison was also not aware of the details surrounding the events of that night at the Ambassador. Most importantly, he did not know the location of Pruszynski's microphone and how it was moving when the shots were fired.” He also later claims that “with these important differences it's no surprise that Wes Dooley and Paul Pragus as well as their colleague in Denmark found more shots." These statements are misleading. It is clearly stated in the documentary that Eddie Brixen had only been provided with a single copy of the recording and there is no indication that he was given information about Pruszynski’s movements. So the relevance of this information, which was claimed to be “critical to an accurate analysis of the recording”, seems somewhat less significant as Brixen also appeared to locate more than 8 shots.

* Philip Harrison had been working initially from the CSA cassette tape and then Van Praag’s digitized version. Van Praag had this to say about the copy of the digitized version sent to Steve Barber who in turn forwarded it to Philip Harrison: “The copy I made for you …….. I did not apply any filtering to the recording you obtained from me. The transcription I made utilized the FINEST studio professional console analog equipment for playback (quite necessary), along with multiple digital and analog machines on the record side.” As Steve Barber noted, “Van Praag said that he sent us the digital copy from his archives, which came from the same CSA source that we got our cassette copy from and confirmed to me that he didn't do ‘any type of filtering.' " Digitized copies lose nothing in the transaction. As Michael O’Dell observed, “The bit about Ayton's expert (in the documentary) was spin by the narrator……none of this analysis would be changed by having the master copy.” Furthermore, Harrison has taken issue with the degree of importance attached to Van Praag’s multiple copies of the Pruszynski Tape. Harrison stated, “Since he only played back the recording once the numerous versions will have limited value for the analysis.”

*Harrison and Barber were obviously interested in the new, albeit limited, information available from the documentary and were intrigued as to the details of Van Praag’s work that had resulted in such different findings. Therefore, Harrison and Barber contacted Van Praag but he was not willing to discuss his findings in detail. Harrison then contacted Wes Dooley. According to Harrison, “Dooley revealed some interesting information including the fact they had to destroy all their files after the filming findings and that Dooley didn’t seem to consider his findings to be as conclusive as the documentary might have made out."

*Van Praag did admit to Steve Barber that Creative Differences had produced their own audio level graph with 13 numbers ‘popping up’ and Van Praag had no idea who constructed it. Van Praag said it ‘in no way’ necessarily represented what his findings revealed and that the documentary makers had stooped to a low level in presenting his findings. So if Creative Differences misunderstood Van Praag’s research (even though he did say 13 shots had been identified) it is not a great leap of the imagination to assume their interpretation of Van Praag’s work shown in the documentary was erroneous. Another of Van Praag’s comments to Steve Barber following the broadcast of the Discovery Times documentary (“Until I finish sorting it [my analysis] out …..a day, a week, a month…”) is also revelatory. Van Praag thus presented his findings to Discovery viewers when, by his own admission, he had not completed his research.

*Discovery’s acoustics ‘experts’ arrived at their number of gunshots fired, not by an examination of the Pruszynski Tape alone, but by also considering the location of Pruszynski and his microphone at the time of the shots. The location information appeared to be derived by synching a thump sound on news broadcast footage with the same sound on the Pruszynski Tape. According to the documentary Pruszynski was said to have walked behind the podium when RFK and his retinue left the Embassy stage and down the steps to the right of the stage (viewed from the front) and is last seen approaching the stage door that leads back in the direction of the pantry. Van Praag’s description was that Pruszynski is seen “walking down the stairs and at this point we hear a thump just as he’s beginning to enter the kitchen pantry area and we know from Pruszynski’s recording that that is the point where the shots are fired."

Steve Barber and Philip Harrison were able to locate the thump, which was played several times on the documentary, on a section of news footage obtained from the California State Archives. However, this material is in color and is not the black and white footage in which Pruszynski can be seen in the documentary. It therefore must be assumed that Van Praag had synchronised the images of the color footage with those of the black and white footage and the thump sound to obtain Pruszynski’s location at the time of the shots. Barber and Harrison then attempted to locate the thump sound on the Pruszynski recording. Despite there being a few candidate impulse sounds none were similar enough to the news footage thump for them to be able to accurately determine which sound Van Praag considered to be the thump.

In view of their serious doubts over Van Praag’s synchronisation Barber and Harrison contacted him again to try to obtain confirmation that the ‘thump’ that was played during the documentary was the same one he had used. However, he was not prepared to enter into correspondence on the subject. Van Praag’s description of the timing of events indicate that the thump occurs very shortly before the shots. This raises further issues in relation to the images seen on the color TV footage. There are over 8 seconds of material after the thump before there is a break in the recording.  During those 8 seconds there are no indications of panic within the ballroom crowd and no shot sounds can be heard. There is a further short recording with a duration of 6 seconds and again there are no obvious signs of panic in the crowd. It isn’t until the next recording, some 14 seconds after the thump (not including time elapsed whilst the camera was not recording) that signs of panic start to become apparent. If Van Praag’s timings are correct then why did it take so long for the crowd to react?

*Van Praag’s 13 shot scenario is based on a compilation of various sounds on the tapes which on first examination appear to be gunshots. Steve Barber is convinced Van Praag was confusing ‘thump’ sounds with gunshots i.e. the two sounds identified as  ‘thumps’ in his HNN article; the string of 8 shots; plus the sound between shots 3 and 4; and this brings the total to 11. Furthermore, as one of the thumps rises in pitch it is extremely unlikely it was the sound of a gunshot. Close inspection of one of the plots produced by Eddie Brixen, which is shown in the documentary, appears to show that he is only convinced of 8 shots. Other features are marked including two that are labelled ‘probably a shot.' This shows that there isn’t even a consensus between those who believe that the recording contains more than 8 shots. One of Wes Dooley’s closing remarks is that the recording ‘merits closer examination.'

*In addition to the issue concerning the number of total shots fired, the show also said at least two of the shots on the tape were fired too closely to have come from the same gun. They even go to a firing range where a firearms expert conducts experiments using the same type of gun as Sirhan. These show that it would not be possible to fire two shots from that gun in the time required by the recording. This is presented as corroborating evidence for a second gunman when the crucial point is completely ignored -- what is the actual evidence for the second sound being a shot?

Having highlighted serious concerns about the reliability and usefulness of both the location information and Van Praag’s extra copies of the recording, it is clear that the bottom line is that the differences between the findings of the analysts is simply a matter of interpretation. All of the analysts involved would agree that there are more than 8 impulse sounds in the Pruszynski recording in the area of the shots. (Impulse sounds are characterized by a sharp onset and rapid decay. They are caused by a wide range of events, for example a gun being fired, a balloon bursting, a firecracker being let off or one object hitting another.) There are, in fact, many other impulse sounds throughout the entire recording and to simply attribute other impulse sounds in the region of the shots to a second gunman without being able to provide a reasoned scientific argument is reckless.

The documentary provides no information about why Van Praag considers the location of Pruszynski to be so important or how it accounts for the differences between the analysts’ findings. The same is true for Van Praag’s different recordings. More importantly no explanation is given for why the documentary’s experts discount all other possible sources for the impulse sounds and instead conclude that they are gunshots.

H. L. Mencken once ridiculed "the virulence of the national appetite for bogus revelation." These truths seem to be more prevalent now in the internet age and in the public’s appetite for television sensationalism. The danger in well-presented documentaries of this kind and their dissemination throughout the internet is that they provide the only historical information source for the majority of Americans, especially the youth of America. As RFK assassination expert, Dan Moldea, stated, “  ……  I thought that this program was very exciting and well done, just as I thought that Oliver Stone's JFK was very exciting and well done.  The problem is that both presentations defy belief.  In other words, good dramas, terrible history.” 

There is also an additional danger – although Van Praag’s and Wes Dooley’s findings will be rejected by the scientific community on the basis they have not provided a written report for consideration by their peers, they have unwittingly (or consciously) provided scientifically unsupported results to conspiracists who have their own agenda in promoting an unproven conspiracy to murder Robert F. Kennedy.

* AUTHOR’S NOTE: Barber and Harrison’s findings are, to some extent, supported by another acoustics expert, Robert Berkovitz. In 2006 Berkovitz had been asked by CNN journalist Brad Johnson to look at the Pruszynski Tape “…. preliminary to an analysis of all extant recordings made during the Robert Kennedy assassination and known and available to Johnson.  Johnson sought to hire us to analyze this material as part of a cable TV project, but nothing came of it.” Berkovitz emailed me and stated, “My final words to Johnson, shortly before he informed me of his withdrawal from the project, were that unless some way could be found to prove that the thumps or bangs in question were gunfire, any conclusions about their significance would rest on sand.  One question I would have wanted to answer was whether the relative amplitudes of the shot-like impulses in the numerous recordings could be used to locate their sources.” Berkovitz sent a spectrogram he had made in 2006 “……of a 4-second segment of the Pruszynski recording.  Audible impulsive events have been numbered, and we found eight of these.  The red-tinted rectangular portion at the left side of the spectrogram corresponds to a vocalization, 'Ow!' that follows the first event.  The more prominent event at the right side of the spectrogram, following impulse No. 8, is a scream.”


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