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Audio Feature: A Novel Look at the JFK Assassination

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?

Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, this question is still debated and probably will be for 50 more years.

Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business management in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), subscribes to the lone-gunman theory but that did not stop him from writing a novel about the assassination that is filled with  “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies,” according to the jacket of the book.

Last Witness opens Nov. 22, 1963, with 4-year-old Reece Landis and his father anxiously anticipating a glimpse of the president as his motorcade moves toward them in downtown Dallas.  They are just 20-feet from Kennedy’s limousine when shots ring out. Fast forward to present day and Landis is a 54-year-old faculty member at Syracuse University “who is still haunted and obsessed with what he saw in Dealey Plaza that day,” said Wilczek.

In this latest installment of Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott on WFLR, Wilczek tells what inspired him to write the book, his fourth mystery-thriller. The former nuclear engineer also shares some plot tidbits and a few facts he uncovered about Oswald.

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“Dr.” Slocum: 50 Years and Counting

Don’t expect George Slocum to settle in to a rocking chair anytime soon.

The Keuka College maintenance man may technically be retiring Sunday after 50 years of employment on campus but the word “retirement” is hardly in his vocabulary, let alone his character. He’s held his second job, a part-time shift cleaning the Keuka Park post office after working 7 – 3:30 daily on campus, for close to 35 years.

In fact, Slocum intends to keep his part-time job after he “retires” this weekend. He said he has plenty of projects to do on his own house, in addition to assisting his wife, Joyce, who underwent hip surgery in January. But taking it easy?

“I’ll see how my health goes,” he allows. “But yeah, if you don’t stay busy, you’ll get old in a hurry.”

Slocum does a lot of walking on the job – delivering mail and packages across campus, heading to his home on Assembly Avenue each day for lunch, and the multiple trips a handyman makes for tools and projects. But he’ll take a more imposing walk Sunday: to the front of the stage, to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Keuka’s 103rd Commencement.

“It’s a very, very high honor for me,” said Slocum, whose formal schooling ended after graduation from Penn Yan Academy. “Back then, farm boys didn’t go to college.”