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News Archive - Apr 2007

Jack Valenti, Aide to President Johnson, Dies at 85

Apr 27, 2007: Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America and former aide to Lyndon Johnson, died at 85. See stories in the Dallas Morning News and Washington Post. Valenti was a close advisor to President Johnson, riding in the Dallas motorcade and accompanying Johnson on Air Force One on the return flight to Washington on November 22, 1963. Valenti spoke out against Oliver Stone's film JFK, and joined Bill Moyers in their attack on the History Channel for showing an episode of The Men Who Killed Kennedy called The Guilty Men, which pointed a finger of blame at Johnson.

Moorman Photo for Sale on eBay

Apr 23, 2007: The Moorman photo is for sale on eBay, though as of April 23 no one had offered the starting bid price of $100,000. The bidding is schedule to end April 26. Mary Moorman's famous photograph captured the Presidential limousine just after the fatal shot that killed Kennedy was fired.

Newly Discovered MLK Papers to be Auctioned

Apr 4, 2007: A collection of drafts of speeches and other writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, which apparently sat in a friend's basement for four decades, is set to be auctioned, according to an AP story. Isaac Newton Farris of the King Center was unaware of the papers until very recently. Dr. King was assassinated 39 years ago today, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

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