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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Possible Hijack Collaborator -- Jack Leslie Bowen

This article is the third in a series.

The first article was Lee Harvey Oswald's Activities During the Housemans' Vacation.

The second article was The Oswalds' Plan to Hijack an Airplane.


From about August 9 to September 10, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald planned to hijack an airplane in order to fly himself, his wife Marina and his daughter June to Cuba. Marina tried to talk him out of the plan but reluctantly agreed to go along with him.

Lee did not have the money to buy the necessary airplane tickets. He took some ineffective actions to obtain money from family friend Ruth Paine, from his aunt's Murret family and from Marxist political parties.

At one point during this period, Lee told Marina that some other man -- Lee did not name the man to Marina -- had offered to help Lee take over the airplane. Lee considered the man's offer but ultimately rejected it. Lee explained to Marina that, "your accomplice is your enemy for life".

(Lee said those words in Russian, but I don't know the Russian words. The English words were stated in the book Marina and Lee, a biography of Marina Oswald written by Priscilla Johnson McMillan.)


I think that it really did happen that another man did offer to help Lee hijack an airplane. Furthermore, I think that two different men might have offered separately. In this article here, I will that such an offer might have been made by a man named Jack Leslie Bowen.


Oswald and his family moved from the Soviet Union to Fort Worth, Texas, in June 1962. Lee soon got a job at the local Leslie Welding Company. He quit that job, without explanation, on October 8, 1962.

On the following day, Lee began renting a post-office box under two names -- Lee Harvey Oswald and A. J. Hidell.

Three days later, on October 12, 1962, Oswald was hired by a local company called Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval in Dallas. The company's main business made graphic artworks for billboards, posters and advertisements, and Oswald's job was to process photographs.

One of Oswald's associates at his new employer was Jack Leslie Bowen. When Oswald applied for a library card, he named Bowen as a personal reference. After the assassination of President John Kennedy, the FBI wanted to question Bowen, but he had disappeared in January 1964, right when the FBI began trying to contact him. He remains disappeared to the present day.

I think that when Oswald was in New Orleans and trying to get money for airplane tickets during August and September 1963, he contacted Bowen, who probably still was living in Texas. Perhaps Bowen even traveled to New Orleans to discuss Oswald's hijack plan with him. Bowen even offered to board the airplane with Oswald's family and to help do the hijacking. Bowen's offer raised Oswald's suspicions about him, however, and so Oswald rejected the offer and broke off contact with Bowen.

Lee told Marina about Bowen's offer, but she would not have known who Bowen was even if Lee had named him to Marina.


Oswald's switching his employment from the Leslie Welding Company to Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval in October 1962 seems to have something to do with Bowen, with Cuba, and with intelligence collection.

Bowen's middle name is Leslie, so he might have had some familial relationship with the owners of the Leslie Welding Company. At Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval, Bowen's position was "assistant art director", so he might have supervised Oswald.

Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval is said to have done some graphic-arts work for intelligence agencies. In particular, the company is said to have done some work involving aerial photographs of Cuba.

Two days before Oswald began working there, he began renting that post-office box under that false name Hidell. Marina explained later that Lee chose the name Hidell because it rhymed with the first name of Fidel Castro. That rental of that post-office box is Oswald's first known use of that false name.

In light of such considerations, I speculate that Bowen arranged for Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval to hire Oswald and that Bowen intended to use Oswald in some intelligence-collection work involving Cuba. Perhaps Bowen figured that Oswald's defection to Russia and his Russian wife might enable Oswald to befriend Communist sympathizers among Cuban exiles.

At the company, Bowen was able to train Oswald how to take, edit and process photographs -- skills useful in intelligence collection. In January 1963, Oswald enrolled in a typing class, and perhaps that too was part of Bowen's training of Oswald.

Marina said that during this period Oswald often stayed late at work, was gone three evenings a week for his typing class, and spent time at home studying at maps and bus schedules.

When Oswald had worked six months at Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval, he was fired. That was when he moved to New Orleans and ended (as far as we known) his regular association with Bowen.

In August or September 1963, when Oswald was trying to get money for airplane tickets, he contacted Bowen, because Oswald's previous association with Bowen caused Oswald to think initially that he could trust Bowen to keep secret his plan to hijack an airplane to Cuba. However, Bowen's offer to collaborate in the actual hijacking caused Oswald to distrust him.


I do not think that Bowen worked for a government intelligence agency such as the CIA or FBI. Rather, I think that he worked for a non-governmental, Masonic organization.

I am not going to write here a long description of the Masonic Order. Suffice it to say here that the organization is ancient, is secret, is based in Scotland but operates world-wide, and involves itself in the business of collecting intelligence. Bowen was one of this organization's intelligence collectors, and he tried to groom Oswald as a secret agent.

Bowen did not have anything to do with the assassination, but his Masonic intelligence organization told him to disappear and gave him a new identity.


The person known to Oswald as Jack Leslie Bowen was born with the name John Caesar Grossi in Paterson, New Jersey. He spent time in several penitentiaries before moving to Ft. Worth in about August 1961 and becoming an assistant art director at Jaggars-Chiles-Stovall in Dallas.

Bowen was married, but his wife, Patricia Gervan Bowen, lived in Ontario, Canada, with her mother, Mable Gervan, and near her sister, Edna (née Gervan) Elliott. Despite this distance, Bowen maintained frequent contact with his in-laws, the Elliott family.


After Oswald gave up his hijack plan, he traveled to Mexico City to apply for a visa at the Cuban embassy there. On his bus ride to Mexico City in September 1963, Oswald sat next to a man who was named John (Jack) Howard Bowen.

This second Jack Bowen in Oswald's mysterious adventures had been born with the name Albert Osborne in 1888 in Grimsby, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1914 and later claimed that he was ordained that year as a minister in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1916, he moved to Canada, where he served as a soldier until about 1920.

He subsequently returned to the United States and settled in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1929. He lived there for the next 14 years and said that one of his closest friends there was a social worker named Mary Elliott (the same family name as that of the first Bowen's in-laws).

Still named Osborne, he  managed a boys club in Knoxville for a while, but was fired for encouraging homosexual and anti-American activities among the boys. In 1943, he left Knoxville and began to travel as a minister throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. By 1956, he had assumed two aliases -- John Howard Bowen and John H. Owen -- and was operating an orphanage in Mexico.

Albert Osborne, aka Jack Bowen,
Oswald's seatmate on the bus ride
to Mexico City in September 1963 
I suspect that both of those Jack Bowens worked for a Masonic intelligence service but misled Oswald into thinking that they were associated with the Cuban intelligence service.


The Bowens might have helped Oswald to make secret trips. For example, Oswald's trip to Mexico City was a secret trip, and the second Jack Bowen sat next to him the whole way.

Below are a series of allegations about Oswald's whereabouts and about false evidence being planted about his whereabouts.

On March 29, 1963, Oswald was seen in a barber shop in Sparta, Wisconsin (a little east of La Crosse). He might have visited Sparta to meet some of the Bowen associates based in Ontario, which shares a border with Wisconsin. As Oswald's supervisor at Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval, the first Bowen might have been able to facilitate Oswald's absence from work without the knowledge of the company's other personnel.

On March 31, two days after Oswald was seen in Sparta, Wisconsin, he began his involvement with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee by writing a letter from his home in Dallas to the organization's president. Less than two weeks later, on April 10 Oswald tried to murder retired General Edwin Walker in Dallas. Perhaps this incident was the Bowens' test to verify whether Oswald would commit murder for them.

On July 26 someone signed the register of the Atomic Energy Museum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with the words "Lee H. Oswald, USSR, Dallas Road, Dallas Texas." The FBI later determined that this entry was not made in Oswald's handwriting.

In some paperwork for unemployment benefits he wrote that he had applied for jobs with a series of employers from July 29 to August 3, but all those employers later denied that he had indeed applied. On July 31 the New Orleans library recorded that he had returned two books and checked out two others, but other witnesses claimed he visited the Selective Service office in Austin, Texas, on that day to ask about changing his undesirable discharge from the Marines. The library transactions may have been performed for the specific purpose of documenting Oswald's presence in New Orleans on days when he was not in fact there.

On September 5, the Oswald family was seen at the airport in San Antonio, Texas, according to the statements of two women, Martha Doyle and Joanne Dunsmore, who worked for car-rental companies there. Doyle remembered the date precisely because the incident happened on her birthday. The two women described the family and said that Lee Harvey Oswald tried to rent a car from them. During the course of the conversation, he mentioned that his family had come to the airport "in a friend's car" and that he worked in a "publishing business" involving schoolbooks. These two women tell a story that is detailed and compelling.

At another time -- estimated to be the "late summer of 1963" -- Oswald was seen near Brady, Texas, which is on a fairly direct highway route from Ft. Worth to San Antonio (via U.S. Highways 67, 77, 87). This report was provided by a gun dealer named Robert Ray McKeown, who claimed that Oswald and someone named "Hernandez" visited him near Brady "in the late summer of 1963." There, Oswald asked McKeown whether he was interested in a deal to supply weapons to an unidentified group that intended to take over [El] Salvador. McKeown turned the offer down. Hernandez and Oswald departed and then returned about a half hour later. This time, Oswald more specifically offered $10,000 for four .300 Savage semi-automatic rifles with telescopic sights. McKeown turned down that offer too. McKeown's story is detailed and compelling.


I speculate that after Oswald was fired from Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval in Dallas and moved to New Orleans, he and that first Jack Bowen continued occasional secret contacts. Bowen sometimes enabled Oswald to make secret trips and planted false evidence about Oswald's whereabouts.

 Therefore, when Oswald decided in August 1963 to hijack an airliner, he contacted that Jack Bowen to discuss the plan and to ask for money. Bowen did not want Oswald to commit such a stupid crime, and so he gradually manipulated Oswald into giving up that plan and traveling instead to Mexico City to apply for a visa in the Cuban embassy there. On that bus trip, Oswald was accompanied by the second Jack Bowen.


I don't think that this Masonic intelligence service ever intended that Oswald would assassinate President Kennedy or expected him to do so. Oswald was an occasionally employed asset who might be useful in the future. Oswald wanted to work as a spy, and so maybe he might be used as a spy in some situations.

The Masonic Order has its own agenda, its own activities, its own goals. Sometimes the Masonic Order wants to collect information and accomplish actions secretly. Therefore the Masonic Order develops a network of secret operatives. Oswald was being developed.

When Oswald unexpectedly (for them) assassinated Kennedy, they did not want to be questioned in the subsequent investigation. The first Jack Bowen evaded questioning completely, and the second Jack Bowen evaded and lied.

I have written much more elsewhere about the Masonic Order and about the false name Jack Bowen, but I will limit myself to the above information in this blog about the movie Dirty Dancing.

My main here is that during the Kellerman's vacation, Lee Harvey Oswald was planning to hijack an airplane to Cuba with his wife Marina's reluctant agreement. During that period, Oswald might have discussed his plan with the Jack Bowen whom he knew from his earlier employment at Jaggars-Chiles-Stoval in Dallas.


My next article in this series will be titled "Possible Hijack Collaborator -- Richard Case Nagell".


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Oswalds' Plan to Hijack an Airplane

This article is the second in a series of three articles. The first article was Lee Harvey Oswald's Activities During the Housemans' Vacation.


A major reason why I am so interested in the movie Dirty Dancing is that the story takes place about three months before the assassination of President John Kennedy. Although I was only 11 years old when the assassination happened, I know a lot about the events of 1963, because I have read and written a lot about that assassination. For example, this webpage shows part of a long work that I wrote about Jack Ruby.

I have written another long work (which I never have published) titled "The Oswalds' Plans to Hijack an Airplane". From about August 9 through September 10, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was plotting to hijack an airliner to Cuba. That period of time overlaps closely the Housemans' stay at Kellerman's from August 10 through September 2. (I wrote my hijack work long before I began writing this blog.)

My hijack work is about 25 single-spaced pages, with many footnotes, written for people who are very knowledgeable about the assassination. My work is too long and complicated to post as an article in this blog, so I have shortened and simplified it to cover just the days of the Dirty Dancing story for my readers here.


After Oswald was fired from his job in New Orleans on July 18, 1963, he began to think seriously about moving to Cuba. Already in 1959 he had thought about moving to Cuba, but he moved instead to the Soviet Union. In June 1962 he had returned to the United States with his wife Marina and their baby daughter June.

Marina and Lee Oswald with their daughter June.
The photo was taken in 1962.
His desire to move to Cuba grew after July 25, 1963, when he received a letter from the US Marine Corps rejecting his request that his dishonorable discharge be upgraded to an honorable discharge.

He was qualified to receive unemployment benefits for 13 weeks – until about October 10. These benefits are his only known income during that period. Marina was due to give birth to their second child in October.

On August 5 and 8, 1963, there were two attempts to hijack airplanes from the USA to Cuba. These were the only hijackings that happened anywhere in the world during the year 1963.
* On August 5, a man named Roy Siller unsuccessfully attempted to hijack a small private airplane, which was flying entirely within the Miami area, to Cuba.

* On August 8, a man named Robert A. Michelena successfully hijacked a Beech T-34 private airplane to Cuba.
The hijackings apparently gave Lee his initial idea to hijack an airplane flying from New Orleans. He figured that his employment prospects and his family's medical would be better in Cuba. He could not simply emigrate to Cuba, because the US Government had imposed an economic embargo on Cuba.


Lee Oswald's hijack plans are known because he discussed them with his wife Marina and persuaded her to participate. She, however, kept the plan secret until she revealed it through a 1977 book titled Marina and Lee. The book was written by Priscilla Johnson McMillan based on her exclusive interviews with Marina.

Because Marina felt culpable for the hijack plan, she did not mention it during the investigation of the JFK assassination. Only after more than a decade had passed did she feel secure enough to tell her biographer, McMillan about it.

Although Marina tried to talk Lee out of the plan, she eventually did agree to help him hijack an airplane. McMillan's book called Marina an "emotional accomplice" and explained her agreement as follows::
At this stage in their marriage, Lee was confiding to Marina, making her his touchstone, his lightning rod to reality. And Marina understood what he was asking of her. Even though she wondered, as he unfolded his hijacking scheme, whether or not he was crazy, she drew funny word pictures for him to show how his plan looked in the clear light of day....

She perceived that Lee needed her. With what appears to be an inborn sympathy for anyone who is lost or in trouble, or on the outs with the world, she reached out and responded to his need.

"Do you know why I loved Lee?" she once said. "I loved him because I felt he was in search of himself. I was in search of myself, too. I couldn't show him the way, but I wanted to help him and give him support while he was searching." ...

As the one person whom Lee trusted, and feeling responsible for his actions, as she did, Marina was painfully at odds with herself and her surroundings. She, too, had been a rebel. In part, it was this that had drawn her to Lee, and this that still helped her to understand him ....

Marina tried, not always successfully, to resist complicity in Lee's deceptions. She refused to approve such of his schemes as she knew about. But she now insists that he had a stronger character than she, "because he brought me low and made me cover up his 'black deeds,' when it was against my morality to do so. I felt too much pity for him. If only I had been a stronger person, maybe it would have helped." ...

The truth is that there is no such thing as being married to a man like Lee Oswald and not becoming his emotional accomplice.

Lee began scheming right after the hijackings of August 5 and 8, but he did not inform Marina until the last half of August. On August 11, before he informed her, he asked Marina to write a letter to a friend, Ruth Paine. Much later, after the assassination, Marina feared that the letter might be used as evidence of her participation in the hijack plan. This fear caused Marina to say nothing about that plan for many years.


Ruth Paine was a 31-year-old woman who had learned some Russian and had befriended Lee and Marina in Irving, Texas, soon after they had come there from the Soviet Union. In April 1963, Lee decided to move from Irving back to his home town, New Orleans. He went alone to New Orleans to find a job and an apartment, and Marina and June moved into Paine's home.

In May, Lee found a job and apartment there, and so Ruth drove Marina and June from Irving to New Orleans. Paine stayed in the Oswalds' apartment for a few days and then drove on to the East Coast for a vacation. Paine gave Marina a mailing address in Paoli, Pennsylvania, in case Marina needed to contact her.

On August 11, when Lee told Marina to write the letter, Paine still was traveling around on the East Coast.

By that time, Lee's thinking about hijacking an airliner had evolved. His first idea had been to hijack an airliner that was scheduled to fly from Dallas to Miami. He worried, however, that an airliner doing such a flight might not have enough fuel to fly the additional distance to Cuba.

Because Paine was traveling in or near Pennsylvania, Lee figured that such a fuel problem would be eliminated if he hijacked an airliner that was fueled to fly from Dallas to (for example) Philadelphia. With this consideration in mind, he told Marina to send a letter to the Paoli address, informing Paine that Lee was unemployed and that their family had no money.

Lee apparently hoped that Marina eventually might persuade Paine to buy airplane tickets for the Oswald family to fly to Pennsylvania. When Marina wrote the letter on August 11, she still did not know anything about Lee's hijack plan, but later she realized that this plan was his motivation for her writing the letter.

Because Paine was traveling, she did not receive the letter in Paoli until about August 25. On that date, she wrote a letter back to Marina. Since that date was a Sunday, the Paoli post office would not have begun to move the letter until Monday, August 26. I estimate that the Oswalds received Paine's letter in New Orleans on about Saturday, August 31.

Paine's letter lacked any hint that she might arrange for the Oswalds to join her on the East Coast. Paine did not even send any money. Rather she said that she would return home through New Orleans in late September and, if necessary, would drive Marina and June back to Irving.  When Lee read the letter, he understood that his family would not fly to the East Coast with tickets purchased by Paine.


Marina mailed her letter (August 11?) close to the day when the Houseman family arrived at Kellerman's Mountain House (August 10), and Marina received Paine's letter (August 31?) close to the day when the Houseman family departed from Kellerman's (September 2?).

So, while the Houseman family was at Kellerman's, Lee Harvey Oswald's was thinking that he and Marina might hijack a Dallas-Philadelphia flight to Cuba.


Marina told her biographer McMillan that she was informed about Lee's hijack plan in the third week of August -- a few days after she mailed her letter to Paine.

Lee explained to Marina that she and June would sit in the airliner's back end, whereas he would sit in the front end, near the pilots' cabin. During the flight, Lee would pull out a pistol to demand control of the plane, and Marina would stand up and persuade the passengers to not resist the hijacking. Marina rejected this proposal, because she spoke English too poorly to persuade the passengers.

After arguing about Marina's objection for a few days, Lee altered his plan so that Marina would not have to say much on the airplane. He would buy her a small pistol, which she would use to silently threaten the passengers into submission. Lee informed Maria that he was shopping for a pistol that she could use.

Of course, Marina rejected this second plan too. Lee and Marina continued to argue about his plan for several days. Eventually and reluctantly, however, she did agree to go along with the hijacking.

Eventually Lee modified his plan yet again. Now he planned to hijack a smaller plane from a smaller town (smaller than New Orleans). He reasoned that a smaller plane would carry fewer passengers who would have to be controlled. To develop this new plan, he went to some unknown airport and returned with a new set of airline schedules.

I think that Lee redirected his plans toward smaller airports after Marina received Paine's disappointing letter (disappointing to Lee) at about the end of August. In this article here, I will not discuss Lee's subsequent hijack plans, which evolved mostly during September. I will discuss them in my next article.


On August 31 -- about the same date when Paine's letter was received -- Lee wrote a letter to the editor of The Worker newspaper in New York City applying for a job as a photographer, explaining that he and his family intended to move to New York "in a few weeks." On the next day, September 1, he wrote two more letters – to the Socialist Workers' Party and to the Communist Party – indicating that he and his family intended to move to the Baltimore-Washington area in October. He apparently hoped one of these organizations might offer him a job and advance him the money for the airplane tickets that would enable him and Marina to hijack an airplane to Cuba.

September 1 was the day of the talent show at Kellerman's.


On the same day, September 1, Lee also called the family of his aunt -- of his mother's sister -- and proposed that he and Marina visit on Labor Day, September 2. Lee might have intended to probe his aunt's family -- the family name was Murret -- to loan him the money for the airplane tickets. Lee and Marina did visit the Murret family on Labor Day, but the conversations there did not get around effectively to any loan being given to Lee.

At that Labor's Day party, Lee did talk with his cousin, Marilyn Murret. She had traveled abroad a lot during the previous several years and had just returned from a two-month bus trip through Mexico and Central America. According to McMillan's book, Lee said nothing to the Murrets that day about traveling to Cuba or even Mexico. However, Marilyn Murret's stories about her low-cost travels might have prompted Lee to consider the possibilities of buying tickets for a small airplane flying from a small airport instead of tickets for a major airline flying from the New Orleans airport.


At about the beginning of September, figured that he would not be able to hijack an airliner, but he continued to think about hijacking a smaller airplane. He eventually gave up on all hijack plans -- probably around September 10. Subsequently he began developing a different plan to emigrate to Cuba by obtaining a visa in Mexico City.

At some point in his arguments with Marina about his hijack plan, he mentioned to her that he had found another man who had agreed to use a gun to help him take over an airplane. Lee told Marina that he had considered using this other man (Lee did not name him to Marina), but ultimately decided not to do so. Lee's explanation to Marina about his decision to reject this other man's help was "your accomplice is your enemy for life".

I think that Oswald's discussions with this other man about the hijacking began during August. I will speculate about this in this series' next article, titled "Oswald's Possible Accomplice in the Hijack Plan".


Sie steht auf Dirty Dancing

Since I have found and translated the lyrics, I have bumped this post forward.


Jay Khan was born in 1982 in London. His ancestors are British and Pakistani. When he was four years old, his family moved to Berlin. When he was 16 years old, he joined a German boy-band called Overground. After he graduated from a gymnasium in Berlin, he moved back to London to study journalism. Soon, however, he returned to Germany to continue his music career.


The German lyrics:
Seit einem Jahr
Lebt sie allein.
Der richtige Mann
Schien nie dabei zusein.

Sie weiss was sie will.
Denn er ist ihr Typ --
Der sampfte Rebell
Der nur die eine liebt

Und am Abend wenn
Die leisen Studen ruhen,
Fluechtet sie sich dann
In ihrem lieblings Film.

Sie steht auf "Dirty Dancing".
Und Liebe, die noch zaehlt.

Und mit ein,
Zwei Wein,
Taucht sie hinein,
In die heile Welt.

Sie steht auf "Dirty Dancing".
Mit einem anderen Gesicht.
Sie steht auf "Dirty Dancing" --
Doch nur Johnny hat sie nicht.

Sie kennt jeden Satz
Sie singt jedes Lied
Kein einziger Blick
Denn sie uebersieht

Und sie traeumt
Von dieser uebergrossen Liebe
Und dass einer sagt,
"Mein Baby gehoert zu mir".

Sie traeumt
Von wahrer Liebe,
Die niemals
Mehr zerbricht.
My translation:
For one year,
She has been living alone.
The right man never has come.

She knows what she wants.
Her type is the gentle rebel
Who loves only one woman.

In the evening's quiet hours
She escapes into her favorite film.

She relies on Dirty Dancing,
Where love still counts.

With a glass or two of wine,
She submerges
Into a sacred world.

She relies on Dirty Dancing
With its fresh outlook.

But she does not have a Johnny.

She knows every sentence
And sings every song.
She doesn't miss a single moment.

She dreams of such an enormous love,
Where the man says:
"My Baby belongs to me".

She dreams of a true love,
That never will fall apart.

Love Man - 4

Love Man - 3

Love Man - 2

Love Man - 1

I have written an article titled The Song "Love Man" by Otis Redding.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dirty Work

The Movie's Editor, Girish Bhargava

Girish Bhargava, the editor of the movie Dirty Dancing, died on November 11 at the age of 76.

The NYT obituary photograph of Girish Bhargava.
(Photo by Sara Krulwich)
The New York Times obituary includes the following passages.
... Mr. Bhargava mixed the various shots and techniques available to a film editor in a way that both made for engaging viewing and earned the confidence of the great choreographers whose work he was depicting. ...

Mr. Bhargava edited films that captured the work of Balanchine, Peter Martins, Bob Fosse, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and many other prominent choreographers, in the process creating an archival record of a genre that had historically been difficult to preserve. And through Dance in America and other television work, he spread the art form to people who might not have been able to get to a theater.

“Girish is responsible for editing some of the most important and brilliant dance programs of our time,” Jodee Nimerichter, who worked under him as an associate producer and is now executive director of the American Dance Festival, said by email. “He brought dance into the homes of hundreds of thousands of people, including many young dancers who were inspired to grow up and pursue a career as a choreographer, dancer or administrator.”

Girish Kumar Bhargava (pronounced BAR-gah-vuh) was born on Aug. 17, 1941, in Delhi, India. His father, Jagat, was a lawyer and judge, and his mother, Shanti, was a homemaker.

After graduating from the Birla Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering, he took a job at All India Radio, and then, at age 24, was offered an internship at the German television broadcaster ZDF. Two years later he came to the United States for a job at CBS. ...

In 1971 he moved to the New York public television station WNET to work as an editor on The Great American Dream Machine, a satirical variety show that featured performers like Chevy Chase and Albert Brooks.

Then came his first dance assignment, a documentary with the choreographer Antony Tudor and American Ballet Theater, and in 1976 he was delegated to work with the directors and producers Merrill Brockway and Emile Ardolino on Dance in America, a new show being produced by WNET. ...

“What he brought was a musicality,” said Virginia Kassel, a longtime friend who worked with Mr. Bhargava on another WNET series from the 1970s, The Adams Chronicles, which she created. “His sense of movement and feeling was unbelievable. Martha Graham wouldn’t work with anybody else. And she was not the most flexible person in the world.”

Dance in America became part of the Great Performances series on PBS, and Mr. Bhargava’s work was seen nationally. His dance work came to be so well regarded that Mr. Ardolino brought him in to help edit some crucial scenes in a low-budget movie he was directing. The film, released in 1987, was Dirty Dancing ....

Eleanor Bergstein, the writer and co-producer of that movie, said it is Mr. Bhargava’s work that viewers see in the “Time of My Life” finale. But, she said in an email, he was also responsible for a memorable scene earlier in the film, built around the song “Hungry Eyes” and some uncontrolled laughter by Ms. Grey.

“It was Girish’s idea to create the ‘tickling sequence,’ ” she said, “by combining a shot of Patrick running his hand down Jennifer’s side, Jennifer giggling, Patrick scowling, into an erotic sequence of shots ending with Patrick spinning Jennifer out.” ...

Last year the Huffington Post published an article titled Girish Bhargava: A Beloved Dance Film Editor Shares His Story, by Alexandra Villarreal. The article includes the following passages.
.... For four decades, Bhargava has edited dance on film. The iconic scenes from Dirty Dancing are his doing.

Dance in America was once his main stomping ground. He has cut choreography by some of the biggest names in the United States. Twyla Tharp is the only woman to ever have sent him flowers — a bouquet of roses three feet long. ...

Editing is an art, just like dance. As director Emile Ardolino wrote in 1987, at the start of his career, he had made “the assumption that videotape editors were merely technicians.” After meeting Bhargava in 1974, he realized “I was working with an artist of the first rank — one whose precision, talent, and passion have given me the gift of an ever-deepening collaboration.”

You could call Bhargava a collagist. His mastery comes from the ability to take raw footage and fuse it with the music for an ideal compilation of takes.

“I’ll screen all the shots,” he said. “I have like four hours worth of shots. And I listen to this music 10 times. And I’ll say, ‘Ah, I like that,’ so I take that shot and stick it where it belongs. I’ve filled up the music with the most beautiful pictures that I like. Now the only thing left is these tiny segments, so now I’m looking for accents. Someone throwing a hand up.”

Dance is an especially tricky medium to edit, as one mistake can ruin an entire shot. If a corps member turns a second too late, or the soloist falls off her pointe in a pirouette, the frame is not “very perfect,” a phrase Brockway associated with Bhargava. “I will take the best take of the main dancer and somehow put it into the shot, if I can, and take the good part of the other dancers, and merge it together,” Bhargava said.

This is the benefit of dance on film: it allows editors and directors to clean the chaos of live performance for the most pleasing visuals. ...
There is much more to read about editing dance films in Villarreal's entire article.

Delmy Rivera's Photographs

Delmy Rivera does a blog called Fashion Bananas, which she describes as follows:

Delmy Rivera
Fashion Bananas was created in September 2008 by yours truly. For those of you that have been following me since then thank you so much for the love and support. For my new followers: What took you so long?! I kid! Thank you as well and hope you all continue to follow me on all my highs and lows. Love you lovelies!
The blog includes a webpage called Baby and Johnny Castle. Below are three of the nine photographs.

She comments her photographs as follows:
So this is my Baby costume from Dirty Dancing.

The shoot didn't exactly turn out the way I wanted. Kevin got out of work late and by the time he was ready to shoot the lighting sucked.

Then my little Johnny Castle wasn't into it, he just wanted to run, which is understandable, after all he is a 3 year old boy.

Also hate that I wore a white bra! Anyway, hope you guys like this one and my attempt to dirty dance. :-)
I myself was not critical of the photographs. I enjoyed looking at them.

Her idea is such a good one that I hope she tries it again on a better day.

You can see all the photographs there.

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This post follows up my previous post Baby Houseman's Walk of Shame.

Home-Made Dirty Dancing - 2

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Auditions for the Stage Musical in France

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Lee Harvey Oswald's Activities During the Housemans' Vacation

The Houseman family vacationed at the Kellerman Resort Hotel from August 10 through September 2, 1963. As the family was driving toward the hotel on August 10, Baby Houseman narrated from the future:
That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me "Baby", and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came -- when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman's.

During all of August and September 1963, 25-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald was living in New Orleans, Louisiana, with his 22-year-old Russian-born wife Marina and one-year-old daughter June. Marina was about seven-months pregnant (a second daughter would be born on October 20).

On July 19, Lee had been fired from a machinery-maintenance job. On July 11, he established an unemployment claim and collected unemployment benefits through August and September.

His employment prospects were complicated by his undesirable discharge from the US Marines (because he had defected to Russia in 1959). He had requested a revision of that status, but his request was rejected on July 25, and he received the notification in the mail a few days later.

During August and September, Lee spent much of his time in political activities involving Cuba. His activities during those two months are described by The Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (commonly called The Warren Report) as follows (pages 407 and 287-288).
He [Oswald] distributed [pro-Cuba] literature in downtown New Orleans on August 9, 1963, and was arrested because of a dispute with three anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and again on August 16, 1963. Following his arrest, he was interviewed by the police, and at his own request, by an agent of the FBI.

On August 17, 1963, he appeared briefly on a radio program and on August 21, 1963, he debated over radio station WDSU, New Orleans, with Carlos Bringuier, one of the Cuban exiles who bad been arrested with him on August 9. Bringuier claimed that on August 5, 1963, Oswald had attempted to infiltrate an anti-Castro organization with which he was associated. ...

Oswald also attempted to initiate other dealings with the Communist Party, U.S.A., but the organization was not especially responsive. From New Orleans, he informed the party of his activities in connection with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, submitting membership cards in his fictitious chapter to several party officials. In a letter from Arnold S. Johnson, director of the information and lecture bureau of the party, Oswald was informed that although the Communist Party had no "organizational ties" with the committee, the party issued much literature which was "important for anybody who is concerned about developments in Cuba."

In September 1963 Oswald inquired how he might contact the party when he relocated in the Baltimore-Washington area, as he said he planned to do in October, and Johnson suggested in a letter of September 19 that he "get in touch with us here [New York] and we will find some way of getting in touch with you in that city [Baltimore]."



On the morning of August 10, Oswald was in jail. He had been arrested during the previous day because of a street fight with Bringuier, an anti-Castro Cuban immigrant. While in jail, Oswald asked to talk with an FBI official, and so FBI special agent, John Quigley (who had not known anything about Oswald previously) came to the jail to talk with him.

Oswald told Quigley that the street fight had happened because he was attacked while handing out leaflets for the pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Oswald said he belonged to the Committee's New Orleans chapter and showed Quigley his membership card, which Oswald had signed with his false name, A. Hidell.

Although Oswald himself had requested to talk with an FBI official, he refused to answer many of Quigley questions about Oswald's activities and about the Committee. Quigley did not understand why Oswald had requested to talk with him.

Unbeknownst to Quigley, Oswald was thinking about emigrating to Cuba and perhaps sending his wife and children back to Russia. In Oswald's own mind, his request for an FBI interview might have intended to advance that scheme. Anyway, Oswald's request for the FBI interview remains mysterious.

On the afternoon of August 10, Oswald was bailed out of jail by a family friend. On August 12 he pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was fined $10.

A local radio station invited Oswald to be interviewed about the incident. Oswald accepted the invitation and was interviewed for 37 minutes on August 17. The recording of the interview was edited down to four-and-a-half minutes and was broadcast that night.

Then the radio station invited Oswald to debate Bringuier on a live broadcast. Oswald accepted the invitation, and he and Bringuier debated on the evening of August 21.


Little is known for sure about Oswald's activities during the remainder of August. Perhaps he was working secretly for a former FBI official, Guy Banister, who now was working as a private investigator in New Orleans. If so, then perhaps Oswald was earning money from Banister by collecting information about local Cuban immigrants and about other matters. Perhaps Oswald had been distributing the leaflets on Banister's orders.

Many of the conspiracy theories about Oswald's assassination of President John Kennedy involve Oswald's suspected relationship with Banister. The following video clip shows Ron Lewis, who claims that he himself was involved with both Oswald and Banister.

The Warren Report ignored indications that Oswald might have been involved with Banister.

In the following scene from the 1991 movie JFK, Banister is played by the actor Ed Asner, and his assistant Jack Martin is played by the actor Jack Lemon. The scene takes place a few hours after the assassination of President Kennedy. In the scene, Banister beats up Martin to keep him quiet about Banister's relationship with Oswald.


Some people have testified that Oswald family traveled to the towns of Jackson and Clinton, Louisiana, at about the end of August. Those people's combined stories indicated that Lee was trying to get a job at a hospital near Jackson. In order to have any chance at getting such a job, however, he had to be a local registered voter. Therefore, Oswald registered in nearby Clinton and was seen doing so there.

Those stories about Oswald being in Jackson and Clinton at the end of August probably are false. If they indeed are false, then there is no evidence that the Oswald family traveled out of New Orleans during August and early September.


The Oswald family continued to live in New Orleans through most of September.

Marina and June Oswald moved from New Orleans to Irving, Texas, near Dallas, on September 23.

Lee collected his final unemployment check on September 25 and then traveled by bus from New Orleans to Mexico City. From there, he joined Marina and June in Irving on October 3.


This article is the first in a series. The second article is The Oswalds' Plans to Hijack an Airplane.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Billy Kostecki was Johnny Castle's Wingman

This is the third in a series of three articles.

The first article was Baby Houseman's Walk of Shame.

The second article was Johnny Castle's Alibi That He Was Alone and Reading.


Johnny Castle was an extremely attractive man who was able to seduce many women, but he still benefited from having a wingman. When women socialize, they usually are in a group that includes at least one so-called cockblocker who interferes in men's seduction efforts. The Return of Kings website defines the following common types of cockblokers:
The deck is stacked against men getting laid by a prevailing culture of cockblocking. .... On a day-to-day basis, we’re more likely to face the more visible types of cockblocker: actual people who do things to your face — intentionally or not — to salt your game, and in the process, scare off your prospect, extinguish your hard-earned rapport, or rattle you enough that you drop the ball. ... Cockblockers break down into traditional taxonomies. ...

The Wrist Grabber
The classic cockblock move that remains as effective as it is simple. She drops in deus ex machina and extracts — often physically — your prospect from the conversation. The excuses range from a rushed, ambiguous “we have to go” to a more elaborate “we’re meeting our friend.” They’ll often fool less experienced players with the promise of going to the bathroom and coming “right back.” The goal is to “rescue” your girl whether or not she actually wants to be rescued.

The Snarky Color Commentator
This is often a problem in group settings where you’re outnumbered by her friends. You’ve successfully entered their group and captured everyone’s attention with your scintillating observational humor. But this girl, often on the uglier and fatter side, is accustomed to getting the laughs and loud-mouth attention in this hen house. She will compete with you for the group’s attention, interrupting you with bitchy remarks, resorting to inside jokes in an effort to exclude you, or lob thinly veiled insults at you in a passive-aggressive tone.

The Curtain Puller
This is one of your more hostile types. This is a sideline observer—often one of your target’s friends, but not necessarily — who’s taken up the mission of “exposing” that you’re hitting on your target. She will say rude shit like “Is that your line?” or “Do you always hit on girls here?” in an effort to rattle you and “warn” your “innocent” would-be “victim” that you have intentions. Given that you’ve done this before, you’re not phased by being outed, just likely irritated. More importantly, it may embarrass your target and ruin the interaction.
Even an extremely attractive man has to deal with cockblockers, and that is why he often benefit from having a wingman. The Urban Dictionary website defines the word "wingman" as follows:
A Wingman is a guy you bring along with you on singles outings (like to bars) that helps you out with the women. Typically in these ways :

• The Wingman will always be there to “occupy” least attractive girl of the pair so that you may engage in the “hotty”.

• Often, when an attractive girl is out with an ugly friend, she often feels restricted to not leave that ugly friend alone, thus making the hot girl, un-touchable.

• When the wingman technique is used, both girls are approached by the men, and the Wingman automatically engages in conversation with the ugly girl. ...

• The Wingman then offers the ugly girl to dance, (which rarley happens to her) so she wont be able to resist.

• At the end of the night, after you have worked your magic, the Wingman, AND ONLY THE WINGMAN, offers the girls to comeback to his place for a little ‘after-party’.

• Once everyone arrives, the Wingman “occupies” the ugly girl IN ANOTHER ROOM, leaving yourself and the sweet sweet little hotty alone so that you can bang her, bang her like a drum....

Learning and practicing the Wingman support system is an unbelievable asset if done right. Your wingman is an invaluable assistant for you so don't underestimate the value of finding a Wingman that can work with you.
The following two videos portray the wingman's role.


The movie Wedding Crashers portrays a pair of successful pickup artists who were each other's wingmen.


Johnny Castle was extraordinarily promiscuous, which was why Penny Johnson did not become his romantic mate. Johnny seduced a large number and variety of women at the resort.

Johnny was forbidden to romance the female guests, and he well might be fired if he were caught doing so. Therefore, most of the women he seduced were non-guests:
* The hotel's female employees -- maids, waitresses, hairdressers, receptionists, counselors, etc.

* Bungalow bunnies -- women who lived in rented rooms outside the resort grounds.

* Local women who lived in nearby towns.

* Girlfriends and wives of male staff members. (For example, Baby Houseman was the girlfriend of Neil Kellerman.)

* Visiting girlfriends of the above women.
Many of the non-employee women surely were able to get into the "dirty dancing" parties in the employees' bunkhouse.

Johnny was able to seduce many of those women -- often with the help of his wingman, who distracted the cockblockers while Johnny was trying to isolate his preferred women in a group.

The wingman's reward was that he too was able to seduce many women in the circumstances.


I suppose that Johnny Castle's primary wingman was his cousin Billy Kostecki, who had the following personal qualities:
* Good-looking

* Sociable

* Self-confident with young women

* Loyal to Johnny
Billy recruited young women to become stooges for the magic shows. This task indicates that he was able to persuade and manipulate young women.


As stated above, a wingman sometimes facilitates a another man's seduction by inviting a pair of women to an "after-party" in the men's apartment. The two women feel safer going together to the apartment. Later in the apartment, each man isolates one woman in a separate room.

Johnny's cabin certainly was large enough to include two separate sleeping areas. Therefore, in some cases Billy slept in Johnny's cabin when they were collaborating to seduce two women.

On some occasions when no women were involved, Billy might have spent the night in his cousin Johnny's cabin merely to keep Johnny company. On most occasions, of course, Billy slept in his own cabin with the ordinary employees.


Another wingman task that Billy perhaps did was to drive the women home afterwards. If two women had spent the night in the cabin, then Billy drove both of them home if they needed rides.

Even in cases where just one woman spent the night with Johnny, Billy might have accompanied or driven her home in the morning. If the woman were a hotel guest, then Johnny could get into trouble if he were seen accompanying her in the morning. If the woman had to be accompanied or driven home, then Billy should do so instead of Johnny. Billy's being fired was less of a potential problem.

Johnny or Billy could have arranged a signal that would communicate to Billy that he would have to accompany or drive Johnny's lover home in the morning. For example, Johnny might place a flower pot at a particular location on the cabin's porch if Billy was supposed to come to the cabin in the morning.


Based on the above reasoning, I think that that sports car in the following screenshot belongs to Billy.

A sports car waiting outside Johnny's cabin one morning. 
On this particular occasion, Baby did not sleep in Johnny's cabin overnight. Perhaps the sports car belongs to some bungalow bunny who did spend the night with Johnny.

I prefer to think, though, that the sports car belongs to Billy, who is waiting to drive Johnny's lover home. Perhaps the woman is a hotel guest, and Billy will drive her closer to to her hotel room so that she will not be seen with Johnny.


If my speculations about Billy are true, then there is an explanation of the absence of Baby's book from Johnny's cabin when the cabin was searched by the Kellermans after Moe Pressman's wallet disappeared.

When Billy arrived in the early morning, he went to the cabin door and knocked on it. Johnny came to the door and gave Billy the book and purse that Baby had brought the previous night. Billy took the book and purse into his car and waited there until Baby came out and kissed Johnny goodbye on the porch stairs. Then Baby got into Billy's car, and he drove her closer to her family's suite.

In other words, Baby's walk of shame was only from Johnny's cabin to Billy's car.

Johnny's Alibi That He Was Alone and Reading

This is the second in a series of three articles. The first article was Baby Houseman's Walk of Shame.


Johnny Castle's alibi -- that he was alone and reading in his room -- was not believed, because a search of his room found no books.
Neil Kellerman
Moe Pressman's wallet was stolen when he was playing pinochle last night. It was in his jacket hanging on the back of his chair. He had it at.1:30, and when he checked again at quarter of four [3:45], it was missing.

Max Kellerman
Vivian thinks she remembers this dance kid Johnny walking by. So we ask him, "You have an alibi for last night?" He says he was alone in his room reading.

Neil Kellerman
There are no books in Johnny's room!

Baby Houseman
There's been a mistake. I know Johnny didn't do it.

Neil Kellerman
There's been similar thefts at the Sheldrake. It's happened here before. Three other wallets.

Johnny was not alone in his room. He was in his room with Baby Houseman, who was a compulsive reader.

On vacation, Baby is reading an economics textbook.
In her vacation hotel room, Baby had a pile of textbooks on her nightstand.

On the left side is a night stand,
on which is a pile of Baby's textbooks
Baby went to Johnny's room with the intention of spending the entire night there. Her intention was to give him as many orgasms as possible by the means of masturbation and humping.She herself would keep her panties on and would not have any orgasms.

Baby knew by now that Johnny tended to fall asleep after an orgasm. If she herself didn't fall asleep with him, then she might want to read a book while he slept.

Therefore compulsive-reader Baby brought a textbook to Johnny's room.


While Johnny was not sleeping between orgasms, he might have browsed through Baby's book. Normally he did not read books. He did not even have any books.

Johnny was impressed by Baby's intelligence and education, and he surely was impressed by her textbook as he browsed through it in his room.

So, although Johnny was not alone in his room, he indeed was reading.


On the following morning when Baby left Johnny's cabin on her walk of shame, she was not carrying a book. She was carrying only a pair of high-heeled shoes.

Baby is not carrying a book
on her walk of shame in the morning.

In the morning, before breakfast, the Kellermans searched Johnny's cabin looking for evidence that he had stolen a wallet from Moe Pressman. When Johnny was asked what he had been doing during the previous night, he answered that he had been "alone in his room reading".

Because no books were found in his room, the Kellermans deduced reasonably that he was lying in his alibi and so they fired him.

Because Moe's wallet disappeared between 1:30 and 3:45 a.m., Johnny could have said simply that he had been alone in his room sleeping. Johnny said that he had been reading, because he really had been reading.


If Johnny indeed had been reading Baby's book, then what happened with the book? She did not take it with her on her walk of shame.

My best guess is that Billy Kostecki took Baby's book from Johnny's cabin. Furthermore Billy drove Baby herself from the cabin to her family's hotel suite.

On a previous morning, a sports car is seen parked outside of Johnny's cabin.

A sports car parked outside of Johnny's cabin.
Does the car belong to Billy Kostecki?
I speculate that the car belongs to Billy Kostecki and that he was Johnny Castle's wingman. In his wingman role, Billy sometimes drove Johnny's lovers home in the mornings.


This is the second in a series of three articles. The third article is Billy Kostecki was Johnny Castle's Wingman.