Courtesy of James Dolan.

Jim Dolan’s family moved to Dallas in 1954, when he was 3, so that they could be near Seagoville Federal Penitentiary, where his father was finishing a sentence. Discharged from prison in 1957, James Henry ‘Doc’ Dolan, went to work at Sears on Jefferson. In 1959, he became the head of the local office of American Guild of Variety Artists, or AGVA. As such, he looked after the careers of jugglers, knife throwers, comics, circus acts and … oh, yeah, strippers. He probably got this job through Mob connections. It was well known in those days that AGVA was a front of sorts and operated more as a protection racket. Read more about Doc Dolan’s mob connections and his mention in the Warren Commission Report here.

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