The return of Howard Willens

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Howard Willens was in town last week with a new book. The OPRF High School grad, class of 1949, was a member of the Warren Commission (see LifeLines, page 32) and, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination (this Friday), has written a book about his experiences investigating the murder, titled, History Will Prove Us Right. He was interviewed by journalist Charlie Meyerson at the Oak Park Public Library for a program last Wednesday.

Willens was captain of OPRF's state championship tennis team and valedictorian of his class. He was also a speaker at his graduation from the University of Michigan, then attended Yale Law School and served two years in the Army before starting his law career in the criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C., which led to being named to the Warren Commission.

Sounds like a great prospect for next year's Tradition of Excellence awards, OPRF's "wall of fame" for distinguished alums.

Those who would like to hear a tape of Willens' presentation at the library, can find it at the following link:

http://www.meyersonstrategy.com/2013/11/warren-commission-lawyer-howard-p.html

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