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Cryptonym: GPDROLL

Maybe a U.S. Senator - maybe JFK's close friend George Smathers, who retired from the US Senate in 1969. A CIA cable in March 1970 talked about Miami GPDROLL travelling between Washington and Miami on a plane, and sitting next to Irving Davidson.


03/16/70, Cable from Withheld to Director: "1. During plane trip between Washington and Miami GPDROLL sat next to Mr. I. Irving Davidson, Suite 806, City Building, 1612 K Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., telephone district 7-3400. Davidson spoke knowledgeably of Haitian affairs and alleged personal friendship with Duvalier, Marie Denise and Max Dominique. Also stated that he had at one point attempted to intervene on behalf of son Harry Tippenhauer but was informed by Duvalier that son had been killed by Elois Maitre CA 1965. 2. GPDROLL requests traces and background information that we may have. No Station traces. 3. No file. GP-1."

Ron Fimrite, "Pinning Down the Voodoo Ball", Sports Illustrated, 8/27/73: https://www.si.com/vault/1973/08/27/615731/pinning-down-the-voodoo-ball

"...it has been five years since a major league ball was stitched in the continental United States. Before Spalding reached an agreement with Haitian industrialist Harry Tippenhauer, the sewing was done in Puerto Rico. Rising labor costs there soon compelled a move elsewhere. For three years Tippenhauer's Precision Manufacturing Company stitched all Spalding balls except the major league model. By January of this year it was decided Tippenhauer had enough stitchers of big-league caliber to make the move out of the bushes. Now every ball purchased by the National and American leagues has been sewn in his Port-au-Prince plant..Rolf Tippenhauer, nevertheless, bounces one in his hands as he talks. It is his product, not a plaything. "The girls don't really know what they are making, only that it is something used in a game played in the United States," he says. "I have never seen any baseball except on television in Puerto Rico, where I worked for a time. Actually, I am only managing the plant to help my father out. I am an architect, educated at the University of Geneva and the National University of Mexico. But we are proud here of our baseballs...At 72 Harry Tippenhauer is as tall and erect as his son. He is a Haitian aristocrat of German descent, a man of property, a manufacturer, a builder, an engineer, a college professor, a maker of baseballs...If Spalding sent us the materials we could make the entire ball, not just sew it," he said over a beer in the bar of the picturesque Grand Hotel Oloffson. He is black, but he looks Prussian, a black uhlan. "There is, as you can see, no shortage of labor here. Quite the contrary. But I suppose the major leagues want to maintain certain controls. Still, we work very closely with Spalding. They can terminate our contract with six months' notice."

John Simkin, Bobby Baker biography: https://spartacus-educational.com/JFKbakerB.htm

Bobby Baker had also started a relationship with his secretary, Nancy Carole Tyler, She lived with Mary Jo Kopechne, who worked for George Smathers. "What started as a harmless affair eventually evolved into a romance, and I grew to love Carole Tyler. Young and beautiful and vivacious, at once a former beauty queen and a quick mind with a flair for politics, she was not difficult to love. Though I knew the guilt of a longtime family man with a loyal wife and five children, I did nothing to discourage our romance once it began."

The Third Decade, Volume 3, Issue 5 Current Section: Dead Suspects - Part 4, by Scott Van Wynsberghe

"The Teamsters and the government of Nicaragua - as well as the government of Haiti and the oil-rich Murchisons of Texas - shared a Washington lobbyist, I. Irving Davidson. Aside from being a friend of Jimmy Hoffa, Davidson's accomplishments included helping influence-peddler Bobby Baker make a deal in Puerto Rico, and securing a loan from the Teamsters pension fund for the Murchisons..."

Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich

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