|On the morning of November 22, Ed Hoffman, twenty-seven year old, was excused from his job in a machine shop at Texas Instruments North Dallas because had had broken a tooth. While he was driving to the dentist, he was reminded by seeing the crowds of people along the street that President Kennedy was visiting Dallas that day. Hoffman momentarily forgot about his tooth and decided to stop and see the president, who was expected a little less than an hour. He parked his car on the broad shoulder of Stemmons Freeway just west of the freeway into Dealey Plaza, and walked to a point where he would able able to look down from the freeway into the president's car when it passed below him. He found he also had a panoramic view of the railroad bridge at Dealey Plaza and the area adjoining it behind the wooden fence at the top of the grassy knoll.|
Although he was standing beside a freeway roaring with traffic, he heard none of it. He explained later his attention to what he was seeing: "I think my vision is much sharper than a hearing person's, because I concentrate totally on what I'm seeing and there are no sounds to distract me. I was really enjoying the view."
In the forty-five minutes before the presidential motorcade arrived, Ed Hoffman became completely absorbed in the watching the activities of two men behind the stockade fence at the top of the grassy knoll. He saw a stocky man in a dark blue business suit and black hat standing near the fence. In Ed Hoffman's mind, this was the "suit man." The second man Hoffman observed was tall, thin, and dressed like a railroad worker. The "railroad man" stood waiting by the switch box at the railroad tracks, after passing across the bridge, ran perpendicular to the fence. Hoffman was puzzled by the fact that the two men, although dressed quite differently, seemed to be working together. The "suit man" kept walking back and forth between the fence and the switch box, where he would confer with the "railroad man."
Hoffman also noticed two cars drive into the parking lot behind the fence: first, a white four-door; then a light green Rambler station wagon. Hoffman thought the drivers were looking or parking spaces. After driving through the parking lot, the Rambler station wagon parked near a railroad switching tower. Ed Hoffman's sharp eye had just spotted a vehicle that he and other witnesses would identify as a getaway vehicle in the hour ahead.
November 22, 1963
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