The authors of When the News Went Live have each recorded one-on-one oral history interviews with the Museum. In addition, as a group, these four men have participated in several book-signings and panel discussions at the Museum. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator
At the request of reporters the night of the assassination, Dallas Police and District Attorney Henry Wade agreed to show Oswald to the news media in what today would be called a photo op. Although told not to ask questions, one did and others followed as soon as Oswald answered. As heard in the video tape of what has become known as “the midnight press conference,” KRLD reporter Bill Mercer informed Oswald he had been charged with killing President Kennedy. In response, Oswald looked surprised, for he didn’t know anything about it.
So why did Mercer think Oswald had already been charged? Dallas Police had planned to charge Oswald earlier that evening and reporters learned about those plans, but they didn’t know there had been a delay. Oswald wasn't formally charged until about 1:30 Saturday morning, some 90 minutes after the midnight press conference ended. - Gary Mack, Curator
In mid-November 2003, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer, George Phenix and Wes Wise, working with them to review photos in the Museum’s Dallas Times Herald Collection to find images for use in their book. The photographs sparked lots of memories for these four gentleman, and I was treated to several hours of spontaneous stories and anecdotes about the events and people seen in the images. It was a fascinating afternoon, providing me with a new insight into the personal connections many people have with our collections. – Megan Bryant, Director of Collections & Intellectual Property