Fort Worth Magazine November 2010 : Page 21

SpectacularWestern Gifts! Continued Suspicion by Gail Bennison Few believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Fewer still have any idea who else might have been involved.Who should have been, or should be, suspects? It’s arguably themost controversial case in modern history. A new historical fiction novel, The Scrap-book Lecture…a collection of suspects, by Gary B. Haley, takes a fresh approach to learning about a part of history that is still fresh on the minds ofmany Americans. While the assassination has been written about extensively, Haley covers events and slices of time that have rarely been told and never all in one reading. Based on 28 years of research, the novel's perspective allows the reader to go back in time and experience the frustration and anger thatmany people felt as they dealt with the Kennedy family. Haley briefly revisits the early 20th century, cleverly tying all the individual stories together with the aid of two minor fictional characters. The narrator of the story is a history professor. He bases his lecture on a scrap-book that had been compiled over several decades by a mysterious woman in Boston. The professor is described ambiguously enough for readers to imagine himbeing a favorite teacher fromtheir own past. The mysterious woman from Boston could rep-resent any of the women who were charmed by Kennedy’s looks and power. A scene in the story explains the roots of the author's interest in the JFK assassination. You'll know it when you read it. Haley says that of all the documents and fact snippets accumulated for the book, (an estimated 1.3 million words), very little of it actually focused on accumulating a list of suspects. “Most of the research done in the past concentrated on one suspect or another, try-ing to prove or disprove their involvement,” he said. Somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of all Americans, depending on which survey you believe, believe that Oswald did not act alone, yet very few of those people can name anyone else who might have been involved, Haley says. “Some know tomen-tionMarcello, others guess Ruby or LBJ, but most have no idea,” he said. The Scrapbook Lecture, which ismore like an adventure story than a history lesson, summarizes a list of suspects in a compelling storyline thatmakes it difficult to put down. Shop our Museum Store in person or online for greatWestern gifts such as vases, sculpture, prints on canvas, bookends, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments. Visit the Museum to enjoy paintings of the OldWest by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell amassed by legendary Texas oilman SidW. Richardson (1891-1959). Free admission. Open daily except major holidays. 309 Main Street in Sundance Square, FortWorth, Texas 76102 | 817.332.6554 THIS CHRISTMAS, GET MORE HO-HO-HOLIDAY IN GRAPEVINE! Create Christmas memories with the entirefamily this holiday season in The Christmas Capital of Texas® , Grapevine, Texas. Participate in some of the most unique holiday events where you can experience the thrill and joy of Christmas! North Pole Express® ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Home for the Holidays musical Shopping for everyone on your list Light Show Spectacular North Pole Express® Visit us at or call toll-free 1-800-457-6338. The essence of holiday décor blanketed with millions of lights, animated characters and a whole lot more! AGED TO PERFECTION® NOVEMBER 2010 ~ Fort Worth, Texas 21 Artesanos Patterned Vase fromNicaragua; stands 9" high

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