The flesh-and-blood dealey behind Dallas’ Plaza
Nov. 4, 1940 was “Dealey Day” at the University of Texas as “Mr. G.B.,” founder and guiding genius of the Dallas Morning News, was honored with a testimonial banquet by the journalism department. Seventy years earlier, George Bannerman Dealey walked down the gangplank at Galveston with his English family. Forced by adverse economic circumstances to seek a promising place for a fresh start, the Dealeys chose Texas over New York. An older brother was hired right off the boat by the Galveston News, and 11 year old George focused on filling in the gaps in his weak education. That did not mean the schoolboy had a lot of free time on his hands. When not in class or studying, he did odd jobs like delivering telegrams for Western Union and running errands for a German-owned cotton company.
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