Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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October 20, 2013

Secret Service agent sets facts straight on Kennedys

ALTAMONT — Many books have been written and many films have been produced about the life of President John F. Kennedy.

But a retired Secret Service agent who witnessed the president's assassination told a group of more than several hundred people at the Altamont Community Banquet Saturday that the repeated historical inaccuracies, particularly in films about the Kennedys, led him to write his own account of life with the First Family.

Special Agent Clint Hill is the author of "Mrs. Kennedy and Me," an account of the three years he spent providing Secret Service protection to the First Family, primarily First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Hill told the group that he was particularly disappointed in "JFK," the Oliver Stone film of the early 1990s.

"The Oliver Stone movie was a travesty," Hill said. "It gave the people the wrong idea about what happened in Dallas.

"It was phony."

Hill wrote the book with the help of co-author Lisa McCubbin, who also assisted with Hill's presentation Saturday.

"It was kind of interesting to watch these films with Clint because he'd scream at the TV," McCubbin said. "He wanted people to know the truth."

Saturday's presentation was conducted with the help of a slideshow shown on a large screen behind the podium and a unique dual-speaker format where McCubbin would ask Hill a question and then give the mic to the agent for elaboration.

Hill was born in North Dakota, but given to an orphanage when he was 17 days old because his mother knew she couldn't care for him during the depths of the Great Depression. Soon afterward, he was adopted by Chris and Jennie Hill and raised in Washburn, N.D. He later graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

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