Six of us in three canoes were paddling tandem on a whitewater river, the Yampa, which is a tributary of the Colorado. My canoe partner, Fred, was one of the best I’ve ever had. We read the river the same way and anticipated each other’s moves.
In the calmer sections between rapids we chatted. I remarked that I had just seen the movie JFK and it convinced me that Oswald did not act alone. Fred’s response surprised me and opened my eyes. He said that he knew from day one that Oswald didn’t kill Kennedy. He said “I’m a good shot, and I couldn’t have killed Kennedy from Oswald’s position (the eighth floor of the book depository). Oswald was not a good shot.”
I remember reading at the time in the mainstream press that Oswald had tested poorly as a marksman when he was in the Army. I didn’t make a connection because I’m not a hunter. Fred is a hunter. He based what he said on his own knowledge and went no farther — no speculation on who killed JFK, no conspiracy theories.
My New York City daughter just sent me a book “JFK and the UNSPEAKABLE, Why He Died and Why it Matters,” by James W. Douglass. It is an excellent book which I highly recommend to anyone with an ounce of curiosity.