On Thursday February 28, 2019 from 9-10 PM ET, my guest for a one-on-one conversation live on video Skype was John Barbour. It was an extremely memorable encounter. A video podcast of the interview can be accessed at YouTube here.
Our primary focus was John’s ongoing and exceptional work on solving the crime of the 20th Century: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
Back in the day, when I had the honor of interviewing people who excelled in many different fields, I thought of these encounters as “Meetings with remarkable men and women.” John Barbour more than fits that definition.
John has had an amazing career in American media, entertainment, journalism, and documentary film making.
An introduction of John Barbour could go on for some time and at some length. Here is a thumbnail version:
Born in Canada, John Barbour began his work in the U.S. in the 1960s doing stand up, topical comedy. It was the era of groundbreaking and provocative political and social commentary from people like Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Dick Gregory, George Carlin, and many others. They all considered John one of their peers. He was very successful, opening for major acts in Las Vegas, and appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
In the late 1960s, John took his talents to television, writing and delivering his own reviews and commentaries on KNBC – the flagship NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, the #2 media market in the country. John also hosted a number of television talk shows on different major Los Angeles TV stations. His name became a household word in Southern California.
For his work on Los Angeles television, John won five Emmy Awards.
In 1979, John essentially created, wrote, and co-produced Real People – based on a concept that he had come up with. It became a major hit on the NBC network and television’s first prime time reality show.
In 1980, John was in charge of a short-lived spin off, Speak Up, America! – another NBC TV network reality show that was inspired by the brilliant 1976 feature film satire Network. It was for Speak Up, America! in September 1980 that John arranged to interview New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison for two segments on the JFK Assassination. DA Garrison is the only prosecutor to ever charge someone for being part of a conspiracy to assassinate JFK.
Twelve years later, in 1992, John released a feature film documentary on the Kennedy Assassination, The Garrison Tapes. This is one of the best documentaries on the Kennedy assassination that was ever made.
In 2017, John released his latest documentary, American Media & The Second Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
On April 1, 2019, John’s autobiography Your Mother’s Not a Virgin will be published and widely available including at Amazon.
For further information and research, consider these links:
John’s Barbour’s Web site John Barbour’s World.
John Barbour’s page of YouTube videos, John Barbour’s World.
Video of John’s 1992 documentary The Garrison Tapes on YouTube.
Link to John’s latest, 2017 JFK assassination documentary – available at Amazon for rental for as little as $0.99.
Amazon page for John’s autobiography scheduled for publication on April 1, 2019.
John’s YouTube video announcing the availability of Jim Garrison’s files on the JFK assassination, “The 1st Garrision Files Release” January 26, 2019.
Peter Barry Chowka writes about politics, media, popular culture, and health care for American Thinker and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @pchowka.