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The Door of Memory: Aubrey Rike and the Assassination of President Kennedy by Aubrey Rike with Colin McSween
Tribute by David Lifton

180 pages, 37 photos
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ISBN 9780977465750
Size 6" x 9"
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Aubrey Rike passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2010. You may post your condolences on this forum thread and I will pass them on to his wife Glenda and son Larry. Al Rike, age 72, of Plano, Texas passed away April 22, 2010. He was born December 18, 1937 in Dallas, Texas to Argus and Lois (Longley) Rike. Al received his associate’s degree in law enforcement from Abilene Christian College in Dallas. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, actively from 1955- 1959, and as a reservist for the following four years. Al married Glenda Spears on August 27, 1960, in Dallas. He retired from the Highland Park Police Department as a Detective Sergeant after 26 years of service. Al worked from 1994-2002 for the Dallas County Sheriffs Department. Al is survived by his wife, Glenda Rike of Plano, Texas; son, Larry Rike of Plano, Texas; sister, Carolyn Hawkins and husband James of McKinney, Texas; sister-in-laws, Violet Taylor, Ruthie Keenum, Jarlene Graham, and Janet Spears; brother-in-law, J.T. Spears; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, James Young, Bill Rike, and Richard Rike. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, 2010 in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with the Rev. Ron Hathcoat officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Aubrey Rike

At The Door of Memory: Aubrey Rike and the Assassination of President Kennedy
by Aubrey Rike with Colin McSween

From "At The Door Of Memory" I was self-assured when working the ambulance with Peanuts, and maybe overly so. I had served in the military, been overseas, and was confidently determined I had seen just about everything between combat and working on an ambulance. Nothing on the job could surprise me; I had seen it all. Until that day in Trauma Room 1, I never imagined just how wrong I could be. *** The President and Jacqueline Kennedy looked absolutely wonderful, both glowing with happiness. The President was stately, dressed in a suit, waving and smiling broadly at the crowd as they passed. Mrs. Kennedy was wearing a pretty pink suit with a matching hat, her gloved hand waving to the people pressed along the road. The President of the United States was looking directly at me. He was smiling and waving as though he had recognized me as an old friend. Peanuts and I were absolutely ecstatic. The President had waved specifically to us! *** Suddenly, men dressed in suits came running into the emergency room. However, it was not their alarmed faces that shocked me; I was stunned to see they were brandishing shotguns and green colored machine guns. Suddenly, the normal routine of our day had erupted into terrifying pandemonium.

AUBREY LEE RIKE was born in 1937 in Dallas, Texas. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1955 at 17 years of age. Once discharged in 1959, and back home in Dallas, Aubrey was employed as a driver for the Ambulance Service Company. He married Glenda in 1960, and in 1965 their son Larry was born. In 1961 Aubrey went to work for the O’Neal Funeral Home & Ambulance Service. While employed with O’Neal’s, Aubrey was at Parkland Memorial Hospital when President Kennedy was brought in after being shot by an assassin. Aubrey was the attendant who placed the President’s body into the casket while in Trauma Room 1. Aubrey has led a colorful life, including driving race cars, and performing as a rodeo clown. In 1967, Aubrey dedicated his life to public service as a police officer. He gained experience both as a police officer and fire fighter while serving with the Highland Park Police Department for 26 years. On retirement, Aubrey went to work for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. In total, he devoted thirty-five years of his life to the law enforcement profession.


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COLIN MCSWEEN has had an interest in the assassination of President Kennedy since the day of the event in 1963, and has lectured throughout North America, having been featured on TV, radio, newspapers & magazines. He has consulted for a number of people in assassination research including David S. Lifton, Matthew Smith, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, Dr. Phillip Williams and William Law. A licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, Colin has served the B.C. Coroner’s Service & also as Chief Instructor of the B.C. Funeral Service Education Program. Colin & his family reside in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. 


Errata

1st Printing Corrections as of March 4, 2009.

Contents
Page V.
“Chapter 15: Back At O’Neal’s 87...”
Should Read
“Chapter 15: Back At O’Neal’s...”

Acknowledgements
Page Prologue IX.
“...Deane Gurney, Bruce, Scott Baumann, and Jenny Clark for their...”
Should Read
“...Deane Gurney, Bruce and Jenny Clark, and Scott Baumann for their...”

Eulogy for President John F. Kennedy
Page X
(Caption Punctuation)
“The body of President John. F. Kennedy lies in...”
Should Read
“The body of President John F. Kennedy lies in...”
Chapter 1: Beginnings
Page 5
“...and three days snow bound in a two-man pup tent...”
Should Read
“...and three days snowbound in a two-man pup tent...”
Page 6
“...but making a movie making required four days...”
Should Read
“...but making a movie required four days...”
Page 6
“In 1957 Hawaii was not a state...”
Should Read
“In 1957 Hawaii was not yet part of the United States...”

Chapter 2: The Good Life
Page 8
“...and near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is now located.”
Should Read
“...and near where the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is now located”

Page 10
“I loved to drive fast, but Glenda was not quiet the fan of speed...”
Should Read
“I loved to drive fast, but Glenda was not quite the fan of speed...”

Page 10
“Glenda says I was a dare devil...”
Should Read
“Glenda says I was a daredevil...”
(can also be cross referenced against this same word as all one word as used at the bottom of page 18)

Chapter 3: Peg O’Neal
Page 12
“From the 1960s until the mid to late 1970s, emergency ambulance service was most often service provided by local...”
Should Read
“From the 1960’s until the mid to late 1970’s, emergency ambulance service was most often a service provided by local...”
Page 15
“...and of course, the portable folding ambulance gurney or gurney.”
Should Read
“...and of course, the portable folding ambulance cot or gurney.”
Page 16
“My daily work routine at usually started at 8:00 a.m.”
Should Read
“My daily work routine usually started at 8:00 a.m.”

Chapter 4: Peanuts
Page 20- Intro paragraph in Italics
‘Combat’ deleted as was was never in, nor was he ever exposed to Combat.

Page 21
“...he was married with a child and serious about his job.”
Should Read
“...he was married, had a child and was serious about his job.”

Page 22
“I do know he was sent to Vietnam and severely wounded while there.”
Should Read
“I do know that he was sent to Vietnam and was severely wounded while there.”

Chapter 5: The Twenty Dollar Man
Page26
“...from the Hotel Adolphus on Commerce Street, about 6 blocks from Dealey Plaza...”
Should Read
“...from the Hotel Adolphus on Commerce Street, about 9 blocks to the east from Dealey Plaza.”

Chapter 6: The President’s Wave
Page 29-30

“...we were not going to be able to return to the funeral home in time to seen the motorcade pass...”
Should Read
“...we were not going to be able to return to the funeral home in time to see the motorcade pass...”

Page 30
“...there were flags on the front sides of the long...”
Should Read
“...there were flags on the front fenders of the long...”

Chapter 7: Parkland
Page 41
“...as even more men brought in another gurney and begin to push it...”
Should Read
“...as even more men brought in another gurney and began to push it...”

Page 42
“She was openly crying and trying to run as fast as she could...”
Should Read
“She was hanging onto the gurney and trying to run as fast as she could...”

·     
·      Mrs. Kennedy was never observed crying or having been crying by anyone at Parkland Hospital so far as anyone knows. This includes the say so accounts of Mack McLain, & Drs. Williams & McLelland.

Chapter 8: Inside Emergency Major Medicine
Page 44
“Dr. Phillip Earl Williams found a folding metal chair...”
Should Read
“Dr. Phillip Earle Williams found a folding metal chair...”
Chapter 9: Smoke Break
Page 52
“She sat very still, stoically seated in a folding metal chair...”
Should Read
“She sat very still, stoically seated on a folding metal chair...”

Chapter 10: The Casket
Page 56
“...we opened the lid and placed the casket along side of the bed or the emergency gurney...”
Should Read
“...we opened the bed and placed the casket alongside of the bed or the emergency gurney...”

Page 56
“After a few moments, a crying Mrs. Kennedy gradually reached out and grasped the sheet...”
Should Read
“After a few moments, Mrs. Kennedy gradually reached out and grasped the sheet...”

Page 57
“Silently, with tears running down her cheeks, she bent over and gently kissed...”
Should Read
“Silently, she bent over and gently kissed...”

Chapter 11: Last Rites
Page 60

“...as he pulled at the sheets wrapped the President’s head...”
Should Read
“...as he pulled at the sheets that wrapped the President’s head...”

Page 61
“... he nodded to me, indicating he had finished administering the sacraments...”
Should Read
“...he nodded to me, indicating that he had finished administering the sacrament...”

Page 62
“There was no federal law in the United States in 1963 that made the assassination of a U.S. President a federal legal matter.”
This Sentence Should Read
“There was no federal statute in the United states yet in 1963 that made the assassination of a U.S. President a federal legal offense.”

Page 62
“There was a Texas State statute in effect, as there likely was in every state, indicating...”
Should Read
“There was a statute in effect in Dallas County in Texas as there was in every county in every state of the union indicating...”

Page 62
“...there had to be an autopsy performed on the murder victim’s body before it could leave the county...”
Should Read
“...an autopsy on the body of the murder victim was required in the jurisdiction of the county where the crime was committed before the body could legally leave that county.”

Chapter 12:
Page 65
“I jerked open the rear door of the hearse and begin to load the casket...”
Should Read
“I jerked open the rear door of the hearse and began to load the casket...”

Photo Section
Page 75
“...the ambulance is the white vehicle to the left of the photos.”
Should Read
“...the ambulance is the white vehicle to the left in the photos.”

Chapter 14: Meet the FBI
Page 86
“Feeling the worse was over...”
Should Read
“Feeling the worst was over...”

Chapter 16: Glenda’s Story
Page 92
“...when he said FBI agent everything he had said previous to that was lost.”
Should Read
“...when he said, “FBI agent”, everything he had said previous to that was lost.”

Chapter 17: Looking Back
Page 98
“...I feel what I managed to do for Mrs. Kennedy and the remains of President Kennedy while in Parkland Memorial Hospital what I hope anyone...”
Should Read
“...I feel what I managed to do for Mrs. Kennedy and the remains of President Kennedy while in Parkland Memorial Hospital is what I hope anyone...”

Page 99
“...that is all anyone can do. That and stand later at the door of those memories.”
Should Read
“...that is all anyone can do; that and stand later at the door of those memories.”

Afterward/ Afterword
There is a skip or something in the flow of a couple of the pages-
ie. The bottom of Page 127 has its’ continuation at the top of Page 130.

Photo Section
Page 160
·      The caption beneath this photo of the solid bronze casket (top photo) is not the caption that I typed & sent with the rest of my data & photo captions. The problem with the way caption currently in the book is worded is that it indicates that the casket shown is the ‘Elgin Britannia’. This photo is not of an Elgin Brittania, the photo is of a Batesville ‘Classic Gold’ solid bronze casket similar to the Elgin Britannia.
Please replace the existing caption with the following original caption;
“This solid bronze ceremonial casket is as close as is currently (2008) available in size, weight & design to the Elgin Britannia as provided by O’Neal Funeral Home in Dallas for the repatriation of President Kennedy on Friday November 22, 1963.” (C. McSween & Joe Weigel, Batesville Casket)

Chapter: Appendix 2
The Parkland/Love Field/Air Force One Transfer
“The wounds as photographed at Bethesda bore little resemblance to the one Aubrey felt the sheets wound around the President’s head at Parkland.”
Should Read
“The wounds as photographed at Bethesda bore little resemblance to the ones Aubrey observed and felt through the sheet that was wound around the President’s head at Parkland.”

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