|Bill Carlisle of Ruskin, FL writes "I'm writing
this to let you know that, while perusing your photos, I happened
to recognize an individual in the picture of JFK visiting Tampa
in Nov. '63. The man standing immediately to JFK's left (our right)
and facing the camera (partially obscured) is my late father-in-law,
J. Fred Dickman. Fred, as we knew him, gave the invocation at Al
Lopez Field that day."
"He was an Episcopalian Priest back in the day, before leaving
the church to become a psychology professor and substance abuse
counselor. He helped many people from all walks of life, through
his years as a priest & counselor. He was as Liberal as they
come, but he actually did GOOD things by helping people help
themselves. (Hell, ALL of my in-laws are Libs, but I don't hold
it against them too much! ;) )"
"He retired from USF as Professor Emeritus around 1996, just
as my wife and I were about to be married. Unfortunately, he
away in October 1996, about 4½ months after we were
wed. I wish to God that I had had more time to get to know this
wonderful, caring, but occasionally cantankerous (In a good,
humorous way) man. He was one of the few TRULY GOOD Liberals
that I've ever met in my lifetime. (Most mean well, but actually
do more harm than good, in my humble opinion.)"
"Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know a little bit about an
otherwise anonymous face that happens to appear beside one of
the most famous faces in all of American history."
Thanks... Bill, all information is appreciated. -- Teddy