No such meeting ever occurred but the Umbrella Man was spotted in the Zapruder film, which led to some wild speculation since it was a gorgeous sunny day in Dallas 50 years ago today. Errol Morris did a short film for the NYT 2 years ago, which contains the answer as to why this guy had an umbrella. The film also features one of the most interesting and engaging figures in JFK assassination buffdom, Josiah Thompson, philosophy professor and gumshoe:
Speaking of Zapruder, one of my favorite non-fiction writers, Ron Rosenbaum, has an excellent piece in October’s Smithsonian Magazine about the Zapruder film, Errol Morris, Josiah Thompson and the quirks of history.
More on the 50th anniversary later. The obsession continues.