This comment from researcher Ed Tatro sheds a different light on Erik Johnson than the article below.
J. Erik Jonsson:
President of the Dallas Citizen’s Council
President of Texas Instruments
Future mayor of Dallas
Finance co-chairman of the Committee to Re-Elect Nixon in 1972
Even the HSCA implied this guy was lying about his involvement in planning the JFK motorcade route through Dallas on November 22, 1963:
From the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation:
HSCA 180-10105-10408—Agency File Number 014022—Deposition of J. Erik Jonsson, September 28, 1978:
The report states, “Although from other sources (Jerry Bruno is cited as one example), there is information that Jonsson worked closely with Governor Connally in implementing the governor’s specific plans for the Dallas visit, Jonsson portrays his role as peripheral and does not recall any instance personally directly contributing to the outcome of any aspect of the trip planning, scheduling, or security. He even denied having discussed with the governor the security factors involved in the selection of the site where the President was to have given his luncheon speech. In fact, Jonsson, again, in direct contradiction of other sources, stated that the Trade Mart had already been selected when he entered the picture.”
The Old Red Museum Announces “J. Erik Jonsson: Dream No Small Dreams: Dallas In The 1960′s”
My Sweet Charity
JUL 23, 2013
BY JEANNE PREJEAN
If you think it’s hot now, just wait till November when all the activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination take place. The events that are being planned are considerate, well-thought through and of a historic nature.
The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture has just announced plans for an exhibition and special event that will coincide with the anniversary — “J. Erik Jonsson: Dream No Small Dreams: Dallas in the 1960’s.”
According to Old Red Museum Chairman of the Board David Biegler, “The Old Red Museum will tell the rest of the story with a particular emphasis on the aftermath. It is a story of civic action that pulled the city from depression and helped it regain the pride and momentum that had been so much a part of its past. The story will be examining the individual leader, who, as mayor, took the helm of the city. This exhibit, ‘J. Erik Johnson: Dream No Small Dreams: Dallas in the 1960s’ will focus on his extraordinary leadership after the dark days in 1963.”
It’s hard to imagine what those days and years were like after Dallas bore the brunt of the death of the young president. The recovery was monumental. But just imagine what Dallas would be like today without the amazing vision and leadership of the late Brooklyn-born Erik Jonsson. He led the creation of the Dallas City Hall, Dallas Convention Center and Dallas Public Library. He was also a driving force for DFW International Airport. And that’s not to mention a plethora of other legacies he left us, like Texas Instrument and the University of Texas at Dallas to mention just a few.
Joining David in co-chairing the project are Lindalyn Adams, Diane Bumpas and Lynn McBee. Plans call for a “first look” of the exhibit for patrons on Sunday, November 3, and the official opening to take place on Monday, November 4. It will run through August 31, 2014.
Here’s an interesting factoid: At the recent Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, a journalist reported that only 5% of those who were living in Dallas on November 22, 1963, are still in Dallas today.