All aboard! "The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning" took an imaginary journey through Winterville history during February's Community Snapshot. Long time residents Donny Seagraves and Mary Quinn were our guides as we visited schools, a one-of-a-kind Country Doctor's Museum, Victorian homes and events that continue to make this tiny town a special place! Enjoy discovering the rich history of Winterville through time. Click on the button to view the video in full screen mode.
Eugene Wilkes held an engrossed audience while he explained that many important findings of the Warren Commission could not be substantiated from the perspective of what we know now. Speaking at the Athens Clarke County Library on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, the University of Georgia Law School Professor Emeritus explained that many Congressional investigations and scholars, including Georgia's own Richard B. Russell, expressed serious doubts that the CIA could be trusted to provide the truth. He noted evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald very likely did not act alone. Further, it is now known that Jack Ruby, who murdered Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station, was assisted to gain entry and had known ties to the criminal world.
Wilkes admitted there were plenty of "kooks" who put forward absurd conspiracy theories that might discredit even the rational investigations and thinking that would challenge the Warren Report. He noted many intriguing circumstances including that the two top CIA agents were on vacation that day, and a less experienced agent was on his first motorcade ride that day.
Listen to Wilkes' talk in its entirety.
Some Athens area residents recorded their memories of the day Kennedy was shot.