The Truly Great


“I think continually of those who were truly great…

Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.

Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun

And left the vivid air signed with their honour.”


~ The Truly Great, Stephen Spender


Arlen Specter and the Warren Report Legacy


FIFTY years ago this fall, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy — known to most as the Warren Commission — presented its final report to President Johnson and, three days later, to the American public. The 889-page document has received its fair share of commentary since then, from Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment to Gerald Posner’s Case Closed and beyond. But rarely, in all these years, have we heard from anyone associated with its creation.

One notable exception was the appearance of the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter at the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law’s 40th anniversary conference in 2003. Never having previously appeared at a JFK assassination conference, the former staff counsel, widely known as the principal architect of the “single bullet theory,” stepped into the proverbial lion’s den to offer a frank portrayal of the Commission’s time and budget constraints before labeling his theory the “single bullet fact.”

Those interested in Senator Specter’s provocative remarks and the comments and questions they drew are encouraged to check out Into EVIDENCE, the 2-album, 8-DVD boxed set produced from the 2003 conference.

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