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                                                                                                                            Past Tense
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A year later, he married'
         Dallas Morning News                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ASU student Ede Pannullo'j
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                whom he has a son named Sf
                                     DALLAS                                                                                                                                                                                                                     26, now a master of the
                 ' ear the beginning of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                     bone at Mannes School of $
                   movie "JFK," a car                                                                                                                                                                                                                           New York City. Mack and hlr
                  careens wildly down a                                                                                                                                                                                                                         split up in 1991.
      „            country road. A pair of                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In 1972,; he started worktf
      hinds hurls a woman from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KRUX-AM in Phoenix. He do?
      speeding vehicle, just as Air Force                                                                                                                                                                                                                       as a DJ and music director-untl
      (jfae and John F. Kennedy are arriv-                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when he moved to Wichita{2jj$gi _
      ing in Texas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             after getting a job as a program -
        ^Moments later, the woman is fight-                                                                                                                                                                                                                     director at KLEO-AM. In 1976,'ptft;
      ing for her life in a hospital emer-                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a chance to be a program d i r f y
     gency room- Dazed and hysterical,                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a major market by moving to-
      she's begging for doctors to inter-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FM (97.1), known then as      i
      vene,                 -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Worth.
         "They're gonna .,. kill Kennedy,"
     she says. "Call somebody ... Stop
     them ...These are serious..."
         Killers, she's trying to say.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In 1975, Mack'sinterest in t S t f f e ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sination accelerated shargl£«lfe;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 had gone to the ABC afliliitelin"'
         Despite the avalanche of criticism                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wichita to watch Geraldo Riyeffc
     that followed Oliver Stone's hit                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ABC talk show, Good Night, AmsH<&;
     movie - - despite the flaws, the flat-                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when Rivera introduced hisiguest,:
     out falsehoods and the naked bias —                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Warren Commission critic ijotyerj-
     there is reason to believe the scene                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Groden.. (The station in Wi($h.fta*
     with the woman actually happened.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           '-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 declined to air the show.) •" • i-; ' '
         Or so says Gary Mack, archivist of                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Groden, who today sells books op
    T h e Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the grassy knoll, had managed in-
     Plaza, who in 1994 arrived at his job                                                                                                                                                                                                                       secure a first-generation cop> ;ofi
     in the former Texas School Book                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Abraham Zapruder's 8-miHuneter
     Depository after a long career in                                                                                                                                                                                                                          home movie of the president's i l l -
    xadio and. television.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fated passage down Elm Street the>
      ; The incident involving the woman                                                                                                                                                                                                                        result was the first public showing of.
     and the runaway car is oneof thou-                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Zapruder's film, about which people;
     sands Mack has chosen to study as.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         are still talking.      •          . ' -'
     his life's work. He managed to turn a                                                                                                                                                                                 Da'ias Morning News photograph
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Like, thousands of others who',
     hobby — which'one family member Gary Mack pose* on the tamed grassy knoll, outside the Texas Book Depository In Dallas.                                                                                                                                    experienced the same sensation,'
     (falls "ah obsession" — into a full-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mack was shocked by the film's most-
     time calling, a passion that actually                                                                                                                                                                                                                      arresting image: The president's!
     earns him an income.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       head jerks back violently and all but.
      . This year, i t also earned him an                                                                                                                                                                                                                       explodes when the final shot is fired,;
    fimmy, which Mack won as a co-pro-                                                                                                                                                                                                                          directly in .front of the grassy knoll. •
    ducer who borrowed liberally from                                                                                                                                                                                                                            . Why Would that happen, he rea-
    the file footage of KDFW-TV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 soned, if the.shots came from the-
    (Channel 4) and .pieced together                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rear, as the Warren Commission con-
    what -became a riveting special                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cluded they did?                V . !
    about the darkest chapter in Dallas
    history.       .         ' -
                                                 Archivist still trying to sort out the Kennedy Assassinatibn                                                                                                                                                      "The Zapruder film is without*,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                question the most significant visual'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                record of what went on,'" the"
    S ject, getting53, hasmiraculous:sub-
       ince
            Mack,
                   interested in the
    what some consider
                           accomplished
                                      He
                                                 was Mack of his pro-conspiracy posi-
                                                 tion that, when he met Aynesworth,
                                                 "he was afraid to be with me,torfear
                                                                                             casings presumed to be from the bul-
                                                                                             lets he.fired. (A fourth, unspent car-
                                                                                             tridge was found in the chamber.)
                                                                                                                                       machine we're ever gonna have are
                                                                                                                                       those images. So, if you have pic-
                                                                                                                                       tures, please bring them in."
                                                                                                                                                                            bers a trembling lip and potato soup.
                                                                                                                                                                              "The president has been shot in
                                                                                                                                                                            Dallas," the man said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                archivist says. "He's the only one;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                who caught the entire shooting. Hev
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                got the whole thing in color, sharp
    appears to be equally respected by           of having his buddies see us togeth-           "While it's fair to say that Gary         But beyond the photographs and.   • At the time, Mack was 17 and far                                                  and clear."       -       .       .   .'••. \
    both sides in the ongoing debate             er," the reporter says, with a chuckle.     leans toward a conspiracy, I never        documents, the museum also hopes     more interested in being a teenager.                                                   Almost overnight the public show-'
    over whether the president was                  "He was scared to death they             thought he was paranoid about it or       "to be the first stop for people mak-His fascination with mysteries was                                                  ing of the film gave birth to a cottage^
    killed by alone gunman or by a Care-         would see him consorting with a vil-        fixated on one* theory to the exclu-                                           pretty much limited to the stories of
                                                                                                                                       ing a serious effort at trying to figure                                                                                 industry. Mack was among those!
    fully orchestrated conspiracy of             lain from the enemy camp,"                  sion of all others," says Blakey, now a   out what really went on.... There's aSherlock Holmes. •                                                                  hooked.               .    "           ;
    unknown origin.                              Aynesworth adds, noting that the arc        law professor at the University of        Jot of nonsense out there about the    A year later, he began his college                                                   "It's why most people believe1
        "As conspiracy theorists like to         in Mack's development how includes          Notre Dame. "A lot of'conspiracy          Kennedy assassination. -Part of our  career at nearby Colorado College,                                                  there's a conspiracy," he says.'v
    say, you're either a lone-nutter," says      "being open to all possibilities."          theorists focus on one aspect and         job is to clear ajway some of that stuff
                                                                                                                                                                            thinking,he might want to major in                                                  "Physically, it doesn't make sense to;
    Mack; a bespectacled, scholarly                 Mack admits as much.                     then exclude any consideration of*        and get some straight answers."      engineering or business. He was so                                                  people. We hear from hunters who;
    native of Oak Park, 111., "or you're a       . "The best lesson I've learned             any. other aspect. .                                                           Unsure, however, that when a young                                                  say, during all the years they've hunt-i
    CT — conspiracy theorist"                    about studying this subject is not to                                                       oments after John F. Kennedy woman he hoped to begin dating told                                                   ed, they've never had an animal:
     ' i n his view, both sides have merit
     ' "You can make a convincing case
                                                 get locked into anything," the
                                                 archivist says. "There were times
                                                                                                "They assimilate the evidence in
                                                                                             light of their thesis, and any evi-
                                                                                             dence inconsistent with that thesis is
                                                                                                                                       M     was gunned down, Mack was him, "You have a great voice — you
                                                                                                                                       sitting in the lunch room of George should be in radio," he chose to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                they've killed fall toward them,";
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mack says. "In every case, the animal'
    that Oswald acted alone, but there's         when I was not as open-minded as I          largely ignored. Gary has never been      Washington High School in Denver! explore it.                                                                            falls away."      .                   *
    a lot of information out there that*         should have been." . .. : .                 that way. He's tended to apply the        eating his Friday favorite, cream of   "We had one date," he says with a                                                    But as evidence of Mack's meta-;
    indicates there's a lot more to it than         G. Robert Blakey, the chief coun-        same thesis whether the evidence is       potato soup.           .             laugh, "but she gave me my career."                                                 morphosis over the years, he now;
    just Lee Harvey Oswald," Mack says.          sel and. staff director of the House        consistent or inconsistent He has            When an ashen-faced assistant       He got a part-time job at a station                                               believes it's possible that the final!
    "The problem with the Kennedy                Select Committee on Assassinations,         the attitude of a scientist, and he's a   principal walked in. Mack remem- in Colorado Springs, where he                                                           shot came from the rear. He says that
    fase is, you can prove all sorts of          credits Mack with playing a key role        superb person to put in charge" of        bers that the man's lower Up was acquired the DJ name of Larry Dean.                                                     if you Jook at the film frame b->;
 ' stuff."                 ;       .     •       in putting together evidence that, in       The Sixth Floor Museum's archive          trembling. Just as millions of After his parents moved to Arizona,                                                       frame, it appears as though the pre: •
    > Some of that stuff is ridiculous to        1979, prompted the committee to             collection.                               Americans remember where they he transferred to Arizona State
    the point of farce, and some of the          conclude with a "95 percent, or                                                       were and what they were doing when University, where he graduated in                                                                   See MYSTERY, P^e
    jvriters of this ongoing-drama are, he       greater" degree of probability that a     Teff West, the museum's executive           the news was delivered, he remem- 1069:                    •
   concedes, "a bit goofy." So where             conspiracy existed.                      J- director, says he hired Mack five
   does he stand?                                 . The finding had to do with record-    years ago at a time when "we needed
    i He is much more of a CT than a             ings found in old Dallas police files.   tQ aggressively go after the phdto-
   lone-nutter, and he always has been.          Mack came up with the theory that       graphic, video and film collections"
   While it isn't the museum's job to            the assassination might have been        related to the president's visit.
   investigate the assassination, part of        recorded by Dallas police and            Because of his knowledge surround-
   his role involves keeping up with             brought it to Blakey's attention.       ing the event, Mack had worked as a
   developments, and he has never                                                        consultant to the museum even
   been convinced that Oswald acted                A lthough it remains controversial before it opened in 1989.
   alone.                                        x \ e v e n now, a recording taken          "It's not that he's academically,
   ; To those who say a conspiracy isn't         from a microphone strapped to an archivally trained," West says; "it's                         'HOTELS                                                                                                                      'SMALL INNS
   possible because "that many people            officer's motorcycle in Dealey Plaza just that his expertise is amazing.
                                                 and transferred to a Dictabelt Somebody can bring in a shoe box of                             •MOTELS                                                                                                                        •LODGES
   can't keep a secret that long," Mack                                                                                                     • CONDOMINIUMS                                                                                                                • CAMPGROUNDS}
   Jikes to say, "Who was Deep Throat?"          machine at police headquarters old photographs, and just by looking
   ; The identity of the anonymous               indicated there were four shots fired at them, he can tell you the time, the
   source behind Bob Woodward's and              at the president, according to an location and who the people are in
   fcarl Bernstein's investigation of            acoustic sound study conducted by the pictures. He has so much in his
  Watergate in the Washington Post               the House committee.                    head, I'd like to figure out a way to
   has never been revealed, which rais^             That prompted the committee to download his head. Gary's knowl-
  es other questions.                            conclude that, of the four shots fired, edge of the subject is nothing short
  ? What would Americans know                    three came from behind and one of encyclopedic."                                                                                                                                    '^ .•    I    I    I   I     I   I   I . I       "       "
. about Watergate, Mack contends,                from the grassy knoll — which              No matter how innocuous they                            DISMETS A1EA CELEBRATION SALE                                                   T     SUMMIT CRUISE & TRAVEL
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