This blog is about the 1963 Coup d'Etat, also known as the JFK assassination. Email me at Morrow321@aol.com and I will send you my complete "LBJ and CIA killed JFK" file. I also accept phone calls at 512-306-1510. - Robert Morrow Austin, TX
JFK researcher Phil Dragoo on his friend Charles M.
Putney who was a witness to LBJ insider Eliot Janeway in summer 1963 touring
the power investment houses and telling them what vermin the Kennedys were and
how great it would be to have LBJ in the White House:
Our friend [Charles M. Putney] died November 22, 2007,
and I have held a copy he gave me of his letter of July 18, 1998 to Mr. Robert
A. Caro, 91 Central Park West, New York New York 10023.
It reads in part:
"In the summer of 1963 the economist Eliot Janeway kept an appointment he
had made with William H. Gassett, vice president and economist of Eaton &
Howard, Inc., located at 24 Federal St., Boston. Bill Gassett had previously
telephoned me, two floors above him, and asked me to attend the meeting. I was
a portfolio manager, not an economist, and when I entered Gassett’s office I
expected to see some other people from Eaton & Howard there as well. But I
was the only one invited.
Gassett’s office was large and had extra chairs. His desk chair was backed
up to two windows on Federal Street, and on the opposite side of his desk were
two chairs where visitors would sit. Strangely, Eliot Janeway sat beside
Gassett, apparently having moved a visitor’s chair near him.
For the next twenty to thirty minutes Janeway spoke to us
as a “close friend of LBJ of long standing” about the dangerous man called John
F. Kennedy who occupied the presidency of the United States. He whispered his
comments in what I have always referred to as a hiss. Janeway had not one good
thing to say about JFK or his brother Robert, and strongly advised us to
consider the great damage that they could and probably would do to the nation.
Following the assassination, when I saw many older officers, who were
staunch Republicans, openly weep, I telephoned Gassett from my office and
reminded him of Janeway’s earlier visit. Gassett said, “I don’t even want to
think about it.”
Janeway is long dead; Bill Gassett died some years ago also, and I am 75
years old now. I have told this story as an anecdote from time to time over the
years. If you care to pursue it, here are some details that might help toward
authentication. Eaton & Howard is now known as Eaton & Vance, and is a
much larger operation than it was in 1960-68 period when I was a portfolio
manager there. But it was a factor in the Boston investment scene, with over
100 employees and with offices in New York City and San Francisco.
I fell that Janeway was on a tour encompassing more than
Boston to spread his words as a messenger of LBJ among the investment
community. I suspect that someone in another and perhaps larger investment firm
that he had visited earlier in the day, may have telephoned Bill Gassett and
advised him to have a witness in the room if Janeway appeared. I can’t
prove that, but I am sure that Janeway would have booked meetings at such
larger Boston firms of that time as Mass. Investors Trust (now Mass. Financial
Services), Keystone, and probably The Old Colony Trust Co. (wholly-owned by the
then First National Bank of Boston). Possibly Scudder, Stevens & Clark and
Loomis, Sayles may also have received visits. In Boston in 1963 one would have
no trouble visiting many investment firms in just one day.
It was obvious while Janeway spoke to us that he was more
than just a friend and messenger of LBJ’s. He was virulent, he was evil, and I
am sure he believed every word he spoke. There was no discussion of current
economics in that meeting, nor were either Gassett or I allowed time to comment
or question his statements. It was a prepared speech, and when it ended,
Note: On stationery bearing address, telephone, fax. Dated July 18, 1998
I have the copy handed me by the writer.
To clarify his position on LBJ, his ire was evident in recounting, “Brown
& Root would show up every week for another check for a billion dollars.”
I have wondered what relation to a) EO 11110, and b) the American
University speech had to Janeway’s circuit. And of course in Horne is
stipulated the Dallas event was being typeset as of April 23, a date associated
with Secret Service defiance of 1992 JFK Records Act responsibilities.
JFK Researcher Phil Dragoo on his friend Charles M. Putney (1922-2007) who was a
witness to Eliot Janeway’s summer 1963 tour of the power investment houses as
he hated on the Kennedys and extolled the virtues of having LBJ in the White
Phil Dragoo email to Robert Morrow (4-20-16):
We met Charles M. Putney when he
retired from the New York and Boston financial world and moved to Santa Fe in
We knew him for the final decades of
He was a master of economic factors and
missed no detail.
He had a house full of books and
remained an active reader for the time we knew him.
He gave me a copy of his two-page
letter to Robert Caro (1998) and it remains in my file.
He was born in 1922 and died November
Eliot Janeway, in early December 1963, told his close
friend Gordon Ferrie that
Wikipedia on Eliot Janeway, a very close
advisor to Lyndon Johnson
Janeway was an informal adviser to Lyndon B. Johnson during Johnson's
career in the United States House of Representatives
and Senate. Janeway was among those who urged
Johnson to run for the presidency in 1956 and was an active fundraiser for
Johnson during the 1960 Democratic presidential primaries.
After Johnson became president in November 1963, Janeway disagreed with him on
many points of fiscal policy, and broke irrevocably with the president when
Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam in 1965. Janeway's book, The Economics
of Crisis, resulted from his break with Johnson.
Janeway's analysis and criticism of Johnson's handling of the Vietnam War
was economic in nature and affected by Struggle for Survival, his early
work on the history of the World War II mobilization. "I was not arguing
against the war itself; that is not my field of expertise," he said in an
interview. "I said that putting it on the back of the economy without
raising taxes and instituting controls would bring on disaster."[
Mr. Janeway's analysis and criticism of President Lyndon B. Johnson's
handling of the Vietnam War was considerably more prescient. As an informal
adviser during Mr. Johnson's career in the United States House of
Representatives and the Senate, Mr. Janeway urged him to run for the presidency
in 1956 and was an active fund-raiser for Mr. Johnson during the 1960
Democratic Presidential primary. Breakoke With JohnsonLBJ Over Vietnam
After Mr. Johnson became President in November 1963, Mr. Janeway disagreed
with him on many points of fiscal policy, and broke irrevocably with the
President when Mr. Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam in 1965.
"I was not arguing against the war itself; that is not my field of
expertise," he once told an interviewer. "I said that putting it on
the back of the economy without raising taxes and instituting controls would
bring on disaster."