Bob and Sara Roebuck Anchor National Financial Services 1524 E. Anderson Lane, Austin bonds stocks insurance mutual funds optional retirement program Metropolitan Life 43 . ,, ca, Potent Protection Wes Seeliger 629-5040 Houston, Texas 2405 Nueces a,tY 474-7562 EARTH SHOE STORE 474-1895 1610 Lavaca Austin, Texas 78701 ANDERSON & COMPANY COFFEE TEA SPICES TWO JEFFERSON SQUARE AUSTIN, TEXAS 78731 512 /153-1533 Send me your list. Name Street City Zip La Fonda de la Noche Southwestern Cuisine Liberal FoodConservative Prices Printers Stationers Mailers Typesetters High Speed Web Offset Publication Press Counseling Designing Copy Writing Editing Trade Computer Sales and Services Complete Computer Data Processing Services IFFUTUIA Pails Mat 1117.T11 FILIPTILIPIRLA 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 Although fictional, “The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald” draws heavily from long-term ABC research into John Kennedy’s death in Dallas. Schiller himself conducted “hundreds of hours” of unpublished interviews with Marina Oswald Porter, interviewed Jack Ruby, and paid $10,000 for Bob Jackson’s historic photographs of Ruby shooting Oswald. “All of the real locations will be employed,” Schiller says, “from Oswald’s boarding house to Dealey Plaza to the police station and Love Field. But Dallas is not on trial in this film,” the producer insists. Of course, some not-so-real locations, like McKinney, Tex., will also show up on screen, and the chronology is a bit off: some of the mysterious events of the last 14 yearse.g., the deaths of eyewitnessesare supposed to occur in a mere 12 months. Schiller claims this will “bring into focus the magnitude of all the issues.” “It’ll never stop” In the past, local civic groups and officials have been sensitive about Dallas’ reputation as “assassination city.” But the producers of “The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald” began their groundwork two years ago, first contacting the Texas Film Commission, then city and county officials, who agreed to block pedestrian and automobile traffic from Dealey Plaza during the restaging of the assassination. \(The Kennedy Museum promptly sued the film makers, claiming the blockade free access to the old School Book Depository building. “But the big surprise,” says director Greene, “is how wonderfully cooperative and friendly the police force has been. They’re such nice guys, and quite a few budding actors there, too. There are lots of Dallas policemen in this film who are playing Dallas policemen.” One man not so enthused about the assassination revival is Hugh Aynesworth, the Dallas journalist who witnessed most of the real happenings in 1%3, including JFK’s death and the arrest and murder of Oswald. Aynesworth, whom Texas Monthly called “The Man Who Saw Too Much,” has since written about virtually every aspect of the killing of the President. “I’m really tired of it,” he said as he stood on the famous grassy knoll, watching a limousine full of dummies roll past the cameras on a practice run. “But as long as people keep doing things like this, I’ll probably have to write about them.” Does he see any value in the recreations? “More money, more opportunities for everyone,” he said. “It’ll never stop. It’ll never stop.” Si Dunn is a Dallas-based freelance writer. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 17
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