As a matter of fact, I was against putting the EVA in the mission. They—you know, they added the EVA quite late in the program in response to Leonov’s EVA, and I was concerned about the ability to pull it off. But Ed and  Jim  were very anxious to do it; and, of course, it worked out very well. I was wrong.

In his own little squareheaded way, Frank was apparently really rather worried about his buddy Ed before the spacewalk. So glad for Ed that he got to experience the walk though - one of the major highlights of the whole program in my eyes.