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Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film
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About the Author
Gayle Nix Jackson holds an MA from Texas Woman's University in English and Rhetoric. She is former English professor, current neurotic, happy and blessed Mother and sometimes patient wife and daughter. Her greatest dreams include finding the Nix film, inspiring a new generation to think critically, and to see her favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers, win a World Series.
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Top Customer Reviews
Orville was a simple man who never wavered from what he saw...shooters on the Grassy Knoll ahead and to the right of the President. His film showed that area clearly, and is still today perhaps the best existing photographic record with the Knoll in the background.
She takes you along on her grandfather's journey, and lets you know what it was (is?) like to publicly disagree with a story the government is determined to sell at all costs.
The book is more than a personal retrospective though. It also contains a wealth of details and information of the bigger picture surrounding what happened that day.
I would highly recommend this work. While it was never intended to solve the case, it does open doors that allow the reader to step into the shoes of an honest man who didn't want to doubt what his government said and did, but wound up with no choice after his experiences. I think this is an important book that fills in previously unknown gaps in the assassination story.
It's interesting, compelling, and a worthwhile read.
In the movies there are fictions we call drama and facts we call documentary and there is the blended we dub docudrama. When done well, the docudrama is very a powerful media medium giving the viewer insights and understanding to events that could not be told in the dry facts of the documentary. Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film is the literary equivalent of an excellent docudrama. This is a very well crafted, tightly written book based on the inside knowledge and insights in the main characters of the book only a person who lived with those main characters could possibly have.
Author, Gayle Nix Jackson, granddaughter of Orville Nix spent her life growing up watching her grandfather deal with the inconsistencies of what he knew to be true and what the government gave the press and the press gave the people. As a child she would have been invisible to the guarded facade adults put up for other adults giving her the insights and understanding into the views of the adults around her. That becomes important when one of those adults was Orville Nix, the man who witnessed and filmed the assassination of JFK from the physical opposite point of view of the famous Zapruder film. In fact Mr. Zapruder is seen in the back ground in the Nix film.
Orville Nix may have been the most pivotal person in the understanding of the assassination. Not because of his job which was inconsequential, or his investigation which didn’t occur, and surprisingly not because of his having shot what appears to be truly the most important photographic record of that horrible event. He may have been the most pivotal person because of his unique position as both the recorder of events, and personal friends with many of the key individuals on that historic day. He was, most assuredly unwittingly, the equivalent of the personal assistant who is in the accidental right place at the right time to have all of the key information. Gayle Nix Jackson personally also met many of those people, listened to their conversations and grew up hearing her grandfather's musings about what had been said to him. Unfortunately, our government chose not to recognize this valuable resource. Fortunately, his granddaughter and author not only has her personal privilege position memories, she is also a thoughtful careful researcher into the mysteries of the assassination.
I can’t be strong enough in my recommendation that you read this book.
At last we have a Kennedy assassination book written by a relative of a first person witness that is well written, thought-provoking, and intelligent.
Gayle Nix Jackson, the granddaughter of Orville Nix, weaves a compelling tale of what happened to her grandfather before, during and after he photographed the assassination from the opposite side of Abraham Zapruder’s position. Additionally we have the extraordinary mystery of what happened to this now missing film as it wound its way through time?
With the advent of better technology one can only wonder what the original film contains in the shadows. Copies show it reveals the area of the purported position of several shooter locations behind the picket fence. Since the original images could resolve issues related to conspiracy it remains a crucial piece of lost history. And this story of the man and his vanished film is well worth reading.