Former UNC-system President Bill Friday was prepared to take a bullet for the 1961 University Day speaker — President John F. Kennedy.
A Secret Service agent showed Friday a security plan before the Oct. 12 speech, highlighting the armed security guards that would patrol every section of Kenan Stadium.
“And he said, ‘I just wanted to show you this, because you’ll be up there standing by President Kennedy, and they might miss,’” Friday said in a 1990 interview with UNC’s Oral Histories of the American South.
He said he invited everyone in the Chapel Hill area to hear the president’s speech, including local elementary and high schools students.
“We invited all the faculty here and everybody in town,” he said.
“They filled the place up.”