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Rank this week: 33 (↑27)
Duration: 5:52 (Dave AuJus) 
Release Date: 1960  (DJRockdoc) 
Lyrics By: Bill Dana - Don Hinkley (Dave AuJus) 
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Released By: KAPP Records Inc. (Dave AuJus) 
Published By: Bill Dana Publishing Co. (Dave AuJus) 
Licensing: ASCAP (Dave AuJus) 
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Interviewer - Don Hinkley

{Part I}

DH) The gentleman you`re about to meet is the most important man in any of our lives. He`s the United States officer who has been sent into outer space. I`m referring to the chief astronaut with the United States Interplanetary Expeditionary Force and here he is now. How do you do sir, may we have your name?
JJ) My name, Jose Jimenez
DH) And you`re the chief astronaut with the United States Interplanetary Expeditionary Force?
JJ) I am the chief astronaut, with the United States, Interplanetary, (long pause).... My name Jose Jimenez
DH) Mr. Jimenez could you tell us a little about your space suit?
JJ) Yes, it`s very uncomfortable.
DH) How much, how much did the space suit cost?
JJ) That eh space suit cost 18,000 dollars.
DH) 18,000 dollars?
JJ) Yes
DH) That seems rather expensive.
JJ) Well it has two pair of pants ...So that`s only 9,000 dollars a piece...
DH) I`ve been noticing this, Mr. Jimenez. What is this called, a crash helmet?
JJ) Oh I hope not.
DH) What are the physical qualities that they look for in an astronaut?
JJ) The physical qualities they look for in the astronaut, you got to have the perfect hearing, you got to have the perfect vision, you got to have the normal blood pressure, you got to have four legs.
DH) You have to have four legs?
JJ) Yes, they were going to send a dog but they thought that would be too cruel.
DH) Mr. Jimenez you must have some opinions on the race for space.
JJ) All right I will (long pause) I got one.
DH) What do you think of Vanguard I and Jupiter II ?
JJ) That was a pretty close game ...I thought for sure that Vanguard was going to take it...
DH) The west coast yes...
JJ) ...What you were reading the papers about...
DH) ...Yeh I know, Tell me Jose,
JJ) I`ll tell you Jose
DH) Tell me,
JJ) Yes I`ll tell you, you just ask me and I tell you...
DH) Alright
DH) Were you a participant at any of the rocket launchings at Cape Canaveral?
JJ) I was a participant, at any of the rocket launchings at Cape Canaveral, I was there, when they opened the door into the nose-cone, and they took that mouse, and they put that mouse inside the nose-cone, then, they closed the door, on that little mouse, (long pause) I don`t want to talk about it.
DH) Please Mr. Jimenez please, please let`s ah, try to continue here, ah,
DH) I want to ask you: What is the most important thing in rocket travel?
JJ) To me the most important thing in the a rocket travel is the blast-off.
DH) The blast-off.
JJ) I always take a blast before I take off, (pause) otherwise I wouldn`t get in that thing
DH) Well after that: What is the procedure in taking off?
JJ) The procedure after that in taking off, you got to put on the tetra-hydraulic double dynamo rebostable booster, you got to activate the decompression activator, and you got to put on the anti-magnetic escowsinga system.
DH) And then you`re really up there!
JJ) No that opens the door, (long pause) and lets out that little mouse.

{Part II}

DH) Let`s talk about the rockets themselves.
JJ) Well, I, I had trouble once with one of The Rockettes.
DH) At Cape Canaveral?
JJ) No at the Radio City Music Hall, It was something about separate maintenance...
DH)(Yes)
JJ) (I don`t know)
DH) Let`s ah change the subject.
JJ) Okay if you know how.
DH) Let`s talk about the actual rocket trip.
JJ) Okay
DH) By the way do you know that it`s costing the government seven billion dollars, to send you on this trip into outer space?
JJ) That`s not my fault, I told them I was willing to go tourist, and they said it was such a long trip, go first class and that`s what I done...
DH)...Okay do you think the...
JJ)...(no overweight baggage)...
DH) Do you think there will be life on Mars?
JJ) Maybe, if I land on a Saturday night, something might be happening, otherwise I`m going to bring a book.
DH) That`s something I ah, wanted to ask you about Mr. Jimenez, of coarse it`s a very long trip into outer space...
JJ) Yes it`s a long trip alright.
DH) ...And I just wonder what you`ll do to ah do to entertain yourself during those long, lonely, solitary, hours when you`re all by yourself?
JJ) Well, I plan to cry a lot.
DH) I ah, I would imagine that food is a major problem on a trip into outer space.
JJ) I would imagine that food is a major problem, on a trip into outer space, and it is you know, they only allow you to have the ten ounces of food.
DH) Only ten ounces of food?
JJ) That`s right.
DH) Well how will you manage?
JJ) I`ll eat out.
DH) After you`ve ah been into outer space Mr. Jimenez, and you return to earth, where will you be landing?
JJ) I am going to be landing in Nevada.
DH) In the state of Nevada.
JJ) In the state of Nevada.
DH) Then you`re convinced that they will get you back to earth?
JJ) I am convinced that they will get me back to earth,
DH) Good.
JJ) Just how far into it, (long pause) that`s what I`m not convinced about.
DH) Well surely they`ve made some provisions to break your fall?
JJ) To break my fall?
DH) Yes
JJ) Sure Nevada!
DH) Well Mr. Jimenez I think you`re certainly to be congratulated for this very very dangerous, undertaking.
JJ) Oh don`t say undertaking.
DH) Ah, mission, this very dangerous mission,
JJ) That`s a better choice of words.
DH) And before you go...
JJ) Don`t even say go.
DH) Before that I just wonder if there are a few words that you`d like to say to the people of the United States?
JJ) Yes there are a few words that I`d like to say...
DH) Please go ahead
JJ) ... to the people of the United States
JJ) People of the United States of America, Please don`t let them do this to me.

{Transcribed from an old recording - spelling of some nonsense words may be incorrect.}

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