Chuck Altman, originally from Massachusetts, knew conservative activist Bernard Weissman. In his 2010 oral history with The Sixth Floor Museum, Altman describes how the two men served in the U.S. Army together in Germany in 1962.
Altman shared memories of the secret political meetings that Weissman and others held: "One of the gentlemen in the group was an MP, a military policeman, and he would always stand guard... because the group was meeting illegally, and he would make sure that nobody would discover what they were doing. And so, I subsequently found out what their intent was--and their primary intent was to elect Barry Goldwater as president in 1964 and make sure that John Kennedy was removed from office... But their underpinning was what bothered me because they were passionate to a degree that was concerning because they would say, 'by any means possible.' And so, as they kept going, they would say, 'Now, here's what we're going to do... We are all going to go to Dallas.' Why Dallas, as opposed to any other city? Because it is a conservative headquarters, if you will, in the United States... And they said, 'We are going to take up positions, business positions, here in the Dallas area that will enable us to achieve political influence. And Chuck... we will facilitate your getting a job on The Dallas Morning News, and we guarantee that this will earn you $50,000 a year.'"
Chuck Altman ultimately declined the group's offer and was living in Massachusetts at the time of the assassination. He was shocked when he learned that Weissman's name was attached to the infamous Morning News advertisement that appeared on the day of the assassination. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator
The city's other daily newspaper, the Dallas Times Herald, rejected the same ad for content reasons. Bernard Weissman was a one-man committee, although several contributors paid for the ad's placement; they included future Dallas Cowboys owner H.R. "Bum" Bright and businessman Nelson Bunker Hunt (the son of billionaire oil man H.L. Hunt). - Gary Mack, Curator