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  • James is best known for being handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby gunned him down back in '63. You've surely seen him before in that iconic photograph wearing a white suit and standing next to Oswald right after the shot was fired. A lot can happen in an eight of a second. Along with that claim to fame, he also survived Pearl Harbor and was in law enforcement for most of his adult life. I went and visited with he and his wife yesterday morning in their home and heard some stories. He's 91 and has a few.

    The JFK assassination has been popping up everywhere in my world the last week. Films, conversations heard, facebook threads, other artists' work, graffiti on the sidewalk... it's pretty weird. I can't shake the curiosity and the more i hear and learn the more worked up i get. Even a modest guy armed with a little information would be discontent with the narrow and incomplete explanations our government provides us on occasions like that and the real shame is that we as people allow it. That's another conversation for another day.

    As our sit was ending, James said that after Bob Jackson won that Pulitzer for the famed photograph he promised James a signed copy which he finally delivered to him just last year, only 48 years later. He said he thought about waiting that long before he sent a thank you card but that he knew he didn't have that much time left. Out of everything i heard, that's the thing i heard the most.

    One of the last photographers that interviewed and shot James got shot back at. James was holding a replica of the gun that shot Oswald which was supposed to be empty but fired off a round and caught the guy in the arm. Hell.
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