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Ruby Slippers? No, Ruby’s Shoes!

Jack Ruby shoesSaturday, November 22, is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In remembrance, Wayne Lensing is giving the public a special viewing — of the shoes worn by Jack Ruby when he shot Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Wayne is the guiding force behind Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe, Illinois, and a self-confessed JFK buff. His oddly-named attraction, which is in fact a top-of-the-line pop culture/history museum, has an entire section devoted to JFK assassination artifacts. The shoes, which Wayne purchased at an auction in March, will be permanently added to the museum’s collection next year. Wayne, however, wanted the public to see them on the assassination anniversary (although not the Oswald assassination anniversary, which is two days later).

Jack Ruby hatWe visited with Wayne this past summer, and he showed us the shoes (which were just sitting on a shelf in his office), as well as the hat and jacket that Ruby was wearing, which Wayne had also acquired for his museum. He bid on the assassination gun, too, but he didn’t get it. In fact, no one did. “My God, I’d love to have that for my museum,” he told us. “But it’s got a price tag on it of at least $1 million. That’s a lot of zeroes.”

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Historic Auto Attractions

Historic Auto Attractions

Address:
13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL
Directions:
I-39/I-90 exit 3. West on Rockton Rd, then after one mile look for the small oval Historic Auto Attractions sign on the right. Turn right onto Metric Drive. At the end of the street, on the right.
Hours:
Summer Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 11-4. Off-season by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
815-389-7917
Admission:
Adults $13.
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