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Daughters of Jack Brooks reflect on history
JEFFERSON COUNTY - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
A Southeast Texas family has a strong link to November 22, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Congressman Jack Brooks was in the presidents motorcade, just a few cars behind, when he was shot.
None of his children were born, but they talked about the day with their father on a number of occasions before he died last December.
The amazing events of that day, and to have that history just right in our household, was just incredible, said Kate Carroll Brooks, his oldest daughter.
I wouldn't be here if anything else had gone wrong that day and for any reasons stray bullets had gone his direction, because he was, I believe only two cars behind, said Jack Brooks youngest daughter Kimberly Brooks.
The two said they started asking questions when they learned about it in school.
He was always open about what happened. You know, going to Parkland that he encouraged LBJ to get sworn in on the plane. Whether it was just dad's idea or a group effort, I always believed in my head, that it was dad's idea, Carroll said.
Her father can be seen in the famous picture of President Lyndon B. Johnsons swearing-in ceremony on Air Force One standing behind Jacqueline Kennedy.
When they look at pictures now, they say theyre reminded of the things they didnt get to ask but also the time spent with their father separate from the politician.
Dad had friends. He didn't have politicians. That was how it always was, said Brooks.