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This photo of George Harrison was taken at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas on August 19, 1965. The photographer was Bob Jackson, who earned his greatest notoriety for a photo he took almost two years earlier: the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters on November 24, 1963.
Wow!, when my Beatle and Kennedy worlds collide
I always loved this Gretsch guitar. What a shame it came to such a sticky end.
i didn’t know he was Polish!
Yeah, that’s a Bob Jackson photo for sure. Bob’s an acquaintance of mine, though he no longer lives in Dallas (where I still live), but in Colorado. I’m sure he’ll be involved in at least some of the ceremonies to be held on November 22nd here in Dallas (a month from today!) as the JFK 50th is a big thing in this city. I’m fortunate to own original vintage prints of most all of Bob’s photos from the Beatles’ Houston press conference and concert as well as several photos he took at the Dallas press conference when the Beatles came here on September 18, 1964 (when Bob was a photographer for the long-gone Dallas Times Herald newspaper).
That’s very heavy for casual conversation. Do you know if Bob Jackson was working for Dallas Times Herald when he took Oswald’s picture? Did you get ANY original vintage prints from the Police garage? Did Bob ever comment about how he happened to be in the perfect place for the shot? Did Bob ever express an opinion about how the Kennedy assassination and the Beatles phenomenon might relate to one another?
I’m guessing that Bob is now in or around or beneath Denver. He sounds like the kind of guy that I could talk to for a long time. One thing is for sure…somebody thinks he is the right guy for the toughest jobs. To be THAT guy in Dallas during those events speaks volumes about Bob. Is there any way to see his other work?
Anyway, thanks, Mark. Any help is appreciated.
And, thanks, Tammy. You never know who you’re gonna bump into around here!
Yes, Bob was on assignment for The Dallas Times Herald when he took the Ruby-Oswald photo. I don’t recall how long Bob worked for the Herald, but the newspaper shut down after 100 years in 1991. I don’t have any of Bob’s photos from the JFK assassination weekend, vintage or otherwise. Bob just happened to be in the perfect spot that morning when Oswald was being transferred. I think it was just happenstance. Oswald was about to walk past Bob when Bob saw someone rush forward. He snapped the photo, not realizing that he’d captured the precise moment of the shot. He didn’t know what the photo would look like until he developed it. Then he realized that he’d captured something incredible. The photographer for the Dallas Morning News, Jack Beers, also took a photo at about the same time and, in his image, he captured Ruby rushing with gun in hand towards Oswald, but Oswald was still looking ahead, oblivious to what was about to happen. Beers thought he got a prize-winning photo — until Bob Jackson’s photo was published. Sadly, Beers lived the rest of his life as a second place to Bob, despite having taken an amazing photo himself. I never spoke to Bob about a JFK-Beatles connection. Growing up and living in Dallas for the past 55 years, I’ve met a lot of people who were press reporters and photographers that weekend. Heck, I used to own the grip handle to the Zapruder camera (no kidding!). Found it in 1995 at the estate sale of his widow (who’d died). It wasn’t advertised as the Zapruder estate because the family didn’t want the publicity. But that’s another story!
Thank you. That is pretty potent stuff. I am still fascinated about the assassination. I was only 3 years old. But, you are the closest I’ve ever gotten to the story. I guess it’s a good thing that Bob got the pictures that he did…and no pictures of the assassination itself. That could be really bad for your health. This picture of George is way cool. I hope to see more.
The handle of the projector is a very spooky coincidence. I hope it came and went in peace. Thank you, ever so kindly!
KC: I’m 61 years old and was 11 at the time of the assassination. Because it happened in my city, I have particularly vivid memories of the entire weekend — the assassination itself, Oswald’s murder and the entire D.C. funeral on Monday. I still have the Dallas Times Herald paper that was delivered to my house the evening of the assassination with the headline “PRESIDENT DEAD”. The Zapruder camera grip was in my possession from 1995 until 1997 when I got it to a guy named Robert White, then the biggest collector of JFK artifacts on the planet. Sadly, Robert died a few years later of a heart attack at age 54 and I don’t know what happened to the handle. I also sold him another of Zapruder’s movie cameras (a German brand called Bauer) as well as a book with his name written in it and a LIFE magazine with Zapruder’s address sticker on it (though it was from 1971, after he’d died). (Zapruder died in 1970.) Bob Jackson wasn’t in Dealey Plaza when the assassination took place. He may have been downtown (where the Dallas Times Herald was located), but I don’t believe he was in Dealey Plaza. By the way, in 1967, Marina Oswald was a customer of my mother’s at the dress store she managed in Richardson, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. I used to see her in there shopping with her two young daughters by Lee Harvey Oswald. She lived about a block from my mother’s store. Marina worked at a drugstore in a shopping center across the street and she actually rang me up at the register after I’d bought some school supplies one day. I was 15 or 16 at the time. This would have been in 1967-68. Sounds like I’m making all this stuff up, but I swear it’s the truth. I was talking to my now 90-year-old mom about Marina just yesterday and mom (who’s got great long-term memory) remembered her and her two girls very well. Yeah, that’s a great George photo. I have many such shots of all the Beatles from the Houston ’65 concert and one particularly beautiful photo of Paul at the show. Bob took great photos.
I meant to say above that the Zapruder camera grip was in my possession from 1995 until 1997 when I SOLD it to a guy named Robert White…
So Mark, i have to ask, did you go and see JFK on the 22nd?
Sad to say I didn’t. I was in the 6th grade and knew that the President was coming to Dallas. Back then, kids my age (11) were a lot more worldly than they are now. I was very up-to-date with current events because at school we read a weekly newspaper for students called “The Weekly Reader”. I remembering really admiring JFK. In the third grade when I was 8, my classroom watched his inauguration on TV because it took place during the day and the teachers felt it would be educational for us. I remember it very well. I followed his presidency even at that young age because he was a young guy in his early 40s with kids only 5 to 7 years younger than me. We were used to old guys being president, so having a young president was different. Anyway, I was excited when I heard he was coming to Dallas and I did ask my parents if they’d let me miss school and take me downtown to see him. They said “no” because 1) my parents both worked and couldn’t take off work, and 2) they didn’t want me to miss school. Going downtown wasn’t going to happen. So on that Friday (November 22nd), I was at school, just 12 miles north of Dealey Plaza. At lunchtime, my friends and I were on the blacktop playing. Just as the hour was about to end, one of my friends who lived nearby and had walked home for lunch came running across the school yard yelling that Kennedy had been shot. We all laughed, thinking he was joking. I even said, “Well, I guess Johnson’s gonna be president.” None of us believed him. But as soon as we went back inside, the principal of the school came on the loudspeaker and informed us that it really had happened. I can’t remember if they let us off school early or not, but I remember having to walk home that day and I kept wondering what I’d do if I crossed paths with the killer! I was scared, thinking I was really going to see him. The next night (Saturday night), I was invited to a friend’s birthday party, but I was upset and told my mother I didn’t want to go. She made me go, saying it would take my mind off the bad news. I was really upset when it happened in a way that I don’t think kids would be today. On Sunday morning, I was in Sunday School when it was announced that the accused assassin was shot at Police Headquarter downtown. I remember wondering what the heck was going on! Why all the murders?? For a long time afterward, Dallas was called “The City of Hate” and if you were from Dallas (which I was!), it was embarrassing. The city took a lot of heat for something that we had nothing to do with. When I attended the New York World’s Fair in the summer of 1965 at age 13, I was wearing a kid’s hat that said “Dallas-Fort Worth” on it. An adult in line in front of me, read my hat and said to me, “You’re from Dallas? You killed Kennedy!” I was quite certain that I wasn’t the trigger man! My parents told off the woman for being so nasty to me. Anyway, the weekend of November 22-25, 1963 was one I’ll never forget because the assassination happened in MY city, so it made a much bigger impression on me than maybe it made on American kids living in other cities. Truly one of the most memorable moments of my life. Of course, less than three months later, the veil of sadness was lifted with the arrival of the Beatles. Now we’re about to memorialize JFK next month with 50th anniversary ceremonies in Dealey Plaza — and then, in February, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America!
JFK was our last real President. I think his demise came to him because:
On June 4, 1963, a little known attempt was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. On that day President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve. Mr. Kennedy’s order gave the Treasury the power “to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.” This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury’s vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation. In all, Kennedy brought nearly $4.3 billion in U.S. notes into circulation. The ramifications of this bill are enormous. With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Kennedy was on his way to putting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York out of business. If enough of these silver certificats were to come into circulation they would have eliminated the demand for Federal Reserve notes.
So, I doubt if anyone will try that again. The U.S. definitely needed the medicine that the Beatles brought with them in February. It was too much to cope with. I can’t imagine the guilt that being from Dallas must have carried. And, to this day, the Beatles have kept us hopeful…our government, unfortunately, hasn’t been very helpful at all. The National Debt is THAT which is owed to the Federal Reserve. And so it goes…
Have fun in November…and remember, Dallas didn’t do it.
Thanks for everything!
Thanks Mark for being so open. The personal insight was fascinating. I was watching some JFK docos last night, and when JFK was elected it seemed as if the lights were turned on, but as soon as the Beatles came along only a few short weeks after Dallas, it was if everything turned to colour, just like in Wizard of OZ, the world, society, youth all seemed to fully open their eyes and draw in their first real breath.
Thanks! Great comments from you and KC. So true. The best to you both…from Dallas.
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