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    Two of JFK's Last Signatures

    John F. Kennedy Autographed Notebook Twice Signed and Dated November 22, 1963. President Kennedy signed twice on one page of Airman Second Class Hector Alaniz's ruled spiral-bound notebook (4" x 5") at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, almost exactly two hours before the president's assassination, making these two of his final signatures. The notebook is moderately worn; the pages have light browning.

    According to Airman Alaniz's two-page typed narrative (included with lot), he was on duty at Carswell Air Force Base on Friday, November 22, 1963, when the president and first lady arrived in a black limousine to board Air Force One and make the short flight to Love Field in Dallas. Alaniz was on the flight line when they arrived in the limo shortly after 10:00 a.m. Alaniz first shook Mrs. Kennedy's hand. Then he shook the president's hand and asked for his autograph. Taking Alaniz's notebook and red ink pen, the president signed his name, but noticed gaps where the ink skipped in the signature (the morning was cold and misty). He then signed a second time above the first. Alaniz writes that the president signed "around 10:25 a.m. or a few minutes later." The presidential entourage then boarded Air Force One and flew to Dallas. At 12:30 p.m. while in the motorcade driving from Love Field to the Dallas Trade Mart, the president's next appointment, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated the president.

    Kennedy's signatures appear on a blank page. On the facing page, Airman Alaniz wrote the details of the presidential signatures. Many of the other pages in the notebook contain ink or pencil notes kept by Alaniz that are unrelated to the presidential visit. Also included is a copy of Airman Alaniz's service record, verifying that he served at Carswell Air Force Base in November 1963.


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    April, 2014
    3rd Thursday
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