As a 17-year-old high school student growing up in rural Kansas, Brad Parker got his foot in the door.
He was working on a term paper on John F. Kennedy and began to make some phone calls. He talked to people who knew Kennedy personally, or who had seen him alive. He spoke with eyewitnesses and even doctors and officials who were in downtown Dallas on the fateful day when the charismatic, young president was shot and killed in his limousine motorcade.
The details of the assassination began unfolding and piquing Parker’s interest. He was young, but driven. Those with personal accounts or information about the event were willing to talk to him because, well, “how much harm could a high school student do?” he said.
From that time on, Parker has continued to devote time, energy and research to the study of JFK’s assassination and has written a variety of articles and a book on the subject.