Harrison Edward Livingstone- he was a friend of mine

Harry passed in February. I received the news today. Anyone wishing to participate in Harry’s memory may contact me.
Bob Oliver 831 383-2676 boboliver9@gmail.com

Harrison Edward Livingstone- he was a friend of mine


Harrison “Harry” Edward Livingstone, who passed away in February 2015 (just found out tonight), was an eccentric, prolific, talented, paranoid and tireless author of many books, including quite a few on the JFK assassination:

1) HIGH TREASON with Robert Groden (1989)- for all intents and purposes (other than John Davis’ “Mafia Kingfish”), THE book that started my obsession on the JFK murder and the Secret Service. Warts and all (yes, it is a little dated now in places), this two-time NY Times best-seller is a seminal book on the case (I am mentioned in the 1998 and 2006 versions of this book)…

I mailed Livingstone a letter (actually, it was primarily meant for his co-author Groden at Conservatory Press, but Livingstone intercepted it and replied) in February 1991and he promptly wrote back and included this memorable line: “Unless you have something original to offer, don’t bother. You’ll just run yourself into the ground.” Wise and cutting words, indeed, and inspiring, as well- I scrapped my original secondary-source laden manuscript FOR NATIONAL SECURITY and started to focus like a laser beam on the actions and inactions of the Secret Service, inspired in part by the modest chapter in Harry’s book (thanks, Harry). I subsequently met Harry in person at the Third Decade conference in Fredonia, NY in June 1991-my coming out party, so to speak, as a researcher-and I began to work on primary research and helping Harry when I could, including a memorable two-day jaunt (11/22-11/23/91) to a nearby Pittsburgh suburb to film Bethesda x-ray tech Jerrol Custer (and Tom Wilson) for what would become Harry’s second book (Harry thanked me in the book [the very first book I ever appeared in]):

2) HIGH TREASON 2 (1992)- another NY Times best-seller, thanks in large part to the hooplah over the Oliver Stone film (to which Harry had a chapter and was an ardent critic) “JFK”. In my opinion, this is Harry’s crowning achievement; excellent stuff on the medical evidence, in particular…then things got “harry” (pardon the pun)- I helped Harry once again in 1992 (going to Ohio to interview Steve Barber) for what would turn out to be his most controversial work:

3) KILLING THE TRUTH (1993)- this book, while having some important information in spots, greatly alienated the critical community towards Harry (and vice versa) due in large part to Harry’s criticism of several sacred cows in the community (I am mentioned in this one, as well);

4) KILLING KENNEDY (1995)- NOT to be confused with the later Bill O’Reilly junk with the same title, this was a somewhat mixed bag of a book (I am mentioned in this one, too);

5) THE RADICAL RIGHT AND THE MURDER OF JOHN F. KENNEDY (2006)- Harry’s best book (and last good one) since HIGHT TREASON 2 (yes, I am mentioned in this one). A good synthesis of what was good about his prior works, along with a few new items and surprises;



7) PANJANDRUM (2013)- JFK X-RAY faulty expose

8) KALEIDOSCOPE (2012)- a too critical attack on Doug Horne


9) TEXAS IN THE MORNING by Madelaine Brown


Not to mention many other non-JFK novels and books of interest.

Harry inspired me greatly and started my path into PRIMARY, ORIGINAL research and thinking AND being my own person in the community, even if that meant being a “loner” at times within it.

I will remember the good times and miss him. Not everyone will, for he alienated some (a lot?)…but I will always be grateful.

Thanks, Harry. RIP. I hope you get to talk to JFK now- you idolized him so.

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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3 Responses to Harrison Edward Livingstone- he was a friend of mine

  1. Jack says:

    I was a friend of Harry’s. We were going to do a movie, however he wanted too much control of the script and lost the opportunity. He was a character.

  2. Martin says:

    I met him in 1993 at the AIC. He was talking to Larry Howard when I was there and I stepped up and introduced myself to him and shook his hand. He then turned back to Mr. Howard. That was the extent of my contact with him but I felt that I had been in the presence of a great man.

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