15 Aug

October 15 – Bill Minutaglio on the Dallas that was in 1963

Where was Dallas in the Fall of 1963?

In the months and weeks before the fateful November 22nd, 1963, Dallas was brewing with political passions, a city crammed with larger-than-life characters dead-set against the Kennedy presidency. These included rabid warriors like defrocked military general Edwin A. Walker; the world’s richest oil baron, H. L. Hunt; the leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world, W.A. Criswell; and the media mogul Ted Dealey, who raucously confronted JFK and whose family name adorns the plaza where the president was murdered. On the same stage was a compelling cast of marauding gangsters, swashbuckling politicos, unsung civil rights heroes, and a stylish millionaire anxious to save his doomed city.

Bill Minutaglio, co-author of Dallas 1963, joins us for the first of two lectures on the Kennedy assassination to open the 12th season of Modern Times. While many authors have made it their work to explain the assassination, Minutaglio, with co-author Steven L. Davis (himself a former guest of the Modern Times series), offers us a glimpse into the swirling political forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. In so doing, he presents not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy, but a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city–and a nation.

Join Mr. Minutaglio at the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2:00 pm on October 15th, 2017. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm.

Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.

Copies of Dallas 1963 will be available for sale and signing during the event. Current members of the Friends receive a 10% discount on the book and other museum shop items.

Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.

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Prefer not to register online? Call museum staff at 512.478.2335 or send us a note.

About the Speaker

Bill Minutaglio is a Clinical Professor of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches narrative nonfiction, book writing and investigative journalism. He has held the Everett C. Collier Centennial Chair in the College of Communication and has received the 2011 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award by the The University of Texas System.

His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Outside, The Los Angeles Times, Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer among others. An 18-year veteran of The Dallas Morning News, he traveled with the Sandinista Army, reported on the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and filed stories about the end of the Marcos regime in Manila. He was a national correspondent for The Sporting News and TALK, where he worked directly for editor Tina Brown. He oversaw People’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He was a feature writer for The Houston Chronicle, the arts editor of The San Antonio Express-News and a police reporter and columnist for The Abilene Reporter-News.

He has been interviewed by Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Dan Rather, Charlie Rose, Terry Gross, Paula Zahn, Bill O’Reilly, Jeff Greenfield, Chris Matthews and many others. He has been featured on The Today Show, Nightline, CNN, NPR’s “Fresh Air,” C-SPAN/Book TV and in several national and international documentaries. His books were optioned by Tom Cruise, printed in China, referenced by Oliver Stone, excerpted by many national publications.