Astronaut Ed White popped open the hatch of Gemini 4 on June 3, 1965, and stepped out into the boundless and beautiful universe.

If ever there was a son who followed in his father’s footsteps, it was San Antonio native Edward Higgins White II. Ed Sr. was a graduate of West Point, who made a career of the Air Force advancing to the rank of major general.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at

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