Reading about Secret Service agents partying with prostitutes made me think of the late Roy Stamps. The former KXOL radio personality was working as a news reporter in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie visited Fort Worth prior to their fateful trip to Dallas.
Here is Stamps’ own written account of partying with CIA agents who were here for the president’s visit on Nov. 21, 1963, and ended up drinking until the wee hours at The Cellar, Fort Worth’s notorious after-hours joint.
“We were setting up in the parking lot across from the hotel to broadcast the President’s address to the general public the next morning. Everything seemed to be in place so Bruce Neil, one of the regular newsmen, and I went into the hotel seeking a cup of coffee. It was there that we ran into eight Secret Service agents who were looking for a place to eat. We told them that the best place at that time of the night was the Fort Worth Press Club, so they piled into a couple of black cars and followed up to the hotel where the Press Club was located. By the time the food was consumed it was after closing time and one of the Agents…his first name was Claude…wanted to get a drink. When I explained the Texas liquor by the drink laws, he thought I was kidding. Then I told them about The Cellar. Five minutes later the eight Secret Service men and I hit the door at The Cellar. I left them there at two in the morning. There were reports that some of those guys got into a fight that night. I didn’t see it and in talking to [owner Pat] Kirkwood later, he said it didn’t happen.”