Everyone remembers what they were doing when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. I was working in Tampa and couldn't understand why anyone would want to kill the president of the United States? Little did I know that twenty years later I would become previ to startling new information that explained how and why JFK was killed! After leading expeditions around the world and producing films of my expeditions with major Hollywood actors, I achieved my "fifteen minutes of fame" and some measure of notoriety in Tampa. When I read in the newspaper that Tampa's famous criminal attorney, Frank Ragano, wanted to produce a film on the life of Teamster president, Jimmy Hoffa, I figured I might be able to help, so went to his office and introduced myself. I wasn's unaware that Frank Ragano was also known as a 'Mob Lawyer', having represented such colorful characters as Tampa's Santo Trafficante and New Orleans' Carlos Marcello. I also knew Jimmy Hoffa had been killed by someone and that Frank might have some insite into how it happened! Luckily, Frank had heard of me and wanted to hear all about my expeditions around the world and especially about my expeditions to search for the Titanic. It wasn't long before we joined forces to produce Frank's film on the life and death of Jimmy Hoffa! I introduced Frank to Robin Moore, who wrote "The French Connection," "Green Berrets" and other famous films. Frank brought in Chuckie O'Brien, Hoffa's foster son, and together, they sat down and told Robin exactly how Jimmy Hoffa became the head of the Teamsters, how and why he got involved with the mob, why Jimmy Hoffa asked the mob to kill JFK, how Attorney General Bobby Kennedy convicted Hoffa of jury tampering, how much he paid President Nixon to get an early release from jail, plus, who killed Jimmy Hoffa when he tried to take back the presidency of his union. Robin Moore wrote a dynamite screenplay, but the film we wanted to produce never received funding. "Deadly Associations", is based on Robin Moore's screenplay and tells the good, the bad, and the ugly about Jimmy Hoffa's death and the death of JFK as well!
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Mike Harris is an accomplished writer, explorer and film producer who has led major expeditions around the world, including the first expeditions to search for the Titanic in the North Atlantic. On Mike's first expedition in 1971 he led a group of professional divers and film makers to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands where they dove on American, German and Japanese warships that were sunk by atom bomb testing after WWII. His film "DEADLY FATHOMS" featured Rod Serling and won a Silver Medal at the Atlanta International Film Festival. During Mike's second expedition he took a group of mountain climbers and biblical scholars up the slopes of Mt. Ararat in Eastern Turkey to search for Noah's Ark. His film "EXPEDITION TO NOAH'S ARK" featured acclaimed Hollywood actor Joseph Cotten as his on-camera host and narrator. Mike's third expedition found him with a group of treasure hunters looking for gold and silver in the mountains of old Mexico. His film " PANCHO VILLA'S TREASURE" featured film and television celebrity Cesar Romero as his on-camera host and narrator. Then in 1980 Mike organized a group of marine scientists and oceanographers and led them on the first-ever expeditions to search for the Titanic in the North Atlantic. His film "SEARCH FOR THE TITANIC" featured legendary actor Orson Welles as his on-camera host and narrator. On Mike's second Titanic expedition he produced "RETURN TO THE TITANIC" which featured television star James 'The Virginian' Drury. Jim actually joined Mike on his second historic expedition. Mike is a member of The Explorer's Club of New York, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London and has been listed in Who's Who in America since 2000.
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