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Library, Towne Center Books to host Secret Service agent's report on Kennedy assassination

Original post made on Dec 14, 2010

Former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine will be at the Pleasanton Public Library Sunday to talk about President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 and his years as one of the agents responsible for protecting the president.

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Posted by Tim Walsh
a resident of Valley Trails
on Dec 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

Getting the chance to read the insight of an actual agent on the Kennedy detail is a wonderful opportunity.

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Posted by Vince Palamara
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

"The Kennedy Detail" is a wonderful mix of fact and fiction; splendid. Blaine is a great guy! :)

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Posted by AJ Jones
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

In Doug Horne’s ” Inside The ARRB” this passage has a VERY interesting story.

“”A prominent researcher I know (and I know several, do not assume that his identity is a “given”) videotaped an interview he conducted with one of the Air Force One stewards — a black man — shortly before the steward died. The steward related (on videotape) that on the flight back to Washington, D.C. from Love Field, agent Clint Hill was changing his shirt (which was covered with the President’s blood) and in a moment of complete honesty, while being assisted by the steward with his change of wardrobe, confided to the steward that when he jumped onto the back of the limousine “the driver had his gun out and it was pointed at my face.” As the interview was related to me, Clint Hill was quite shaken by what he saw, for the implications were obvious. Hill’s descriptions of the sound of the head shot(s), in both his written statement and in his Warren Commission testimony, were consistently that it resembled the sound a revolver makes when it is fired into a hard object, as I discussed extensively in Chapter 13. Now you know the rest of the story. I personally believe this hearsay account, which is why I have taken the reports of a left temporal entry wound from Parkland so seriously in this book Bertha Lozano, smelled “smoke” (i.e
gunpowder) when Kennedy and Connally were rushed past her on gurneys to the trauma stations for treatment. The videotaped interview of the steward also provides independent corroboration Hugh Betzner’s account in his Sheriff Department affidavit of November 22, 1963 that he saw a nickel [plated] revolver in someone’s hand inside the limousine during the assassination, and is consistent with Jean Hill’s account in her November 22, 1963 affidavit that some men in plain clothes were `shooting back’ [at the assassins]. Furthermore, since
the Zapruder film does not depict Greer holding a handgun and pointing it at President Kennedy, I am even more persuaded that the film has been altered — to remove not only the brief car stop, but what happened during the car stop.”
[emphasis in original; Horne, Volume V, pp.1415-1416.]

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Posted by disappointed
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I was really dissapointed not being able to get into the library this afternoon for the program. Should have been at a much larger venue. I had been looking forward to it all week.

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