Elkhart’s Lerner Theater to Host Lecture on Kennedy Assassination

November 04, 2013

Many remember the tragic events of Nov. 22, 1963, like they happened yesterday. Others have learned about their importance in the shaping of this country in history classes.

On Thursday, Nov. 7 — nearing the 50-year anniversary — the Elkhart community will have the chance to learn more about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Jack Gordon, who has specialized his research on the president’s assassination, will give a lecture about the incident, what happened in Dallas the day of the assassination and why the truth still matters after 50 years.

The lecture will be held at the Lerner Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the lecture will start at 7 p.m.

Tickets will be $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $7.50 for students. All proceeds will go to the Alcohol and Addictions Resource Center, and the Child and Parents Service (CAPS.)

Stacey Anderson, development manager with CAPS, said Gordon contacted the two organizations with the idea of the lecture.

Gordon wanted to help both organizations, which is why he decided to organize the event in the first place.

“We are so thankful. This is exactly why the community is so wonderful,” Anderson said. “It’s because of people like Jack who go out of their way to do something for us like this.”

Gordon, who now lives in northern Indiana, was born and raised in Albany, N.Y., according to his website. He graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in history, and completed his masters and doctorate degrees at Indiana University.

It was during his years at IU that he began to research U.S. political assassinations.

He was a consultant to NBC and British Central TV during production of the miniseries “Kennedy.”

In 1986 he was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Thomas Bradley to a 12-member committee in charge of finding a repository for the Los Angeles Police Department records on the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. Those records became public two years later.

Gordon has lectured on the two Kennedy assassinations over the last 35 years.

During his lectures, Gordon reviews the history of political assassinations in the U.S., examines medical evidence from autopsies and summarizes theories of what took place in each incident, according to his website.

WNIT Public Television also has programming related to Kennedy’s assassination throughout the month.

“American Experience: JFK,” a two-part documentary, premieres at 9 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.

At 10 p.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 22, “Secrets of the Dead: JFK,” will be featured. The channel will feature “NOVA: Cold Case JKF” at 9 p.m Nov. 13.