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[i]Before leaving Brooks, he invited Astronaut Gordon Cooper to accompany him to Dallas, saying he could use having a "space hero" along on that leg of the trip. Cooper declined, explaining that he had to be at Cape Canaveral the following day for some important tests. Had he gone, he would have ridden in the president's limousine, sitting in the backseat between Jack and Jackie.[/i]
[i]I spoke with him the night before he was killed. We were together at a function at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio and the president came over and asked me if I could go to Dallas with him the next day. He said he could use a "space hero" with him on the trip. I couldn't make the trip because some important systems tests were scheduled at the Cape for the next day: November 22, 1963. Had I gone, I suppose I would have been riding in the presidential motorcade that day.[/i]
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