New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 2, 1985, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung October 2, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas AV i.l_LL Wednesday, October 2, 1985 Opie and Annie never grow old, see below Op H«rald-Zeitun$ inions Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Satan Haire, Managing Editor THE DI Am..    *•    'Ulfii    '    • Awabi-Aortal ^3kei£buta(( Utvanai ^ttoeS»»i Tom Loeffler Soviets are attempting to sway public opinion As the November summit between President Reagan and Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev ap-proaches, Soviet leaders are conducting an all-out media offensive iii the U.S. aimed at turning the public opinion against the President's tough bargaining position. Americans have been bombarded by smooth-talking Soviet apologists. They are using our freedom of speech and freedom of the press to sell themselves as ' just plain folks" who sincerely desire an end to world tensions, if only President Reagan would stop stirring up resentment against them. This strategy' might work with people who have had their ideas and their information spoon-fed to them for decades as the Soviet government has done to its people but Americans have enjoyed freedom of the press for more the 200 years, and we definitely can separate truth from fiction. We sincerely desire a peaceful world, but we cannot accept the “peace-at-any-price" that the Soviets are selling. As the Soviets preach about peace, Americans might ask what the Soviet Union has done lately on that front. In Gorbachev's eight-page ratio magazine interview, not much was mentioned about the Soviet Union's ‘ quiet little war" in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union's brutal assault upon the people of Afghanistan is now in its sixth year. More than U&.ihmi Soviet troops are conducting a systematic extermination of entire villages, burning crops, poisoning water supplies and bombarding the Afghan people with chemical weapons. We have also heard little about how the Soviet government represses the freedom of its own people. At one point in the Time interview Mr. Gorbachev actually invoked the name of God and referred to the ‘‘flowering of Soviet democracy" as tie expressed hopes for better relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Such calculated appeals ignore the persecution of Soviet Christians, Jews and human rights advocates by i government which is tin* very opposite of democracy. A public relations campaign also cannot erase the coldblooded murder of the passengers on Flight 007 or the murder of Col. Arthur Nicholson. It cannot erase Soviet .support for worldwide terrorism. While terrorists plot in Bulgaria to assassinate the Rope, while they train in North Korea, Cuba or Libya to overthrow democracies around the globe, the Soviets present a smiling face to the world. They protest loudly when President Reagan plainly labels Soviet actions and intentions for what they are, but their actions speak for themselves. The truth is, despite te war of words being waged for the hearts and minds of Americans, the Soviet Union remains an aggressive and disruptive force against the peace and freedom of the world. Whenever the United States has deluded itself into believing otherwise, we have conceded huge advances to Soviet imperialism. Surely, we owe it to the freedom-fighters in Afghanistan to Andrei Sakharov, to Poland’s Solidarity movement and others who have stood agamt communism to resist the urge for “peace at any price" with the Soviet Union. In the nudst of the Soviet public relations blitz, let’s not forget all that they have to answer for. Mike Royko We sometimes read about angry citizens seeing a crime and springing into action. They'll see somebody’s purse being grabbed, or some old guy being mugged, and they’ll chase down the thief and kick and punch him and sit on him until the police arrive. Then the story, with the angry citizens' pictures, appears ut the newspapers and on TV, and they say modest things about what they did, and are hailed as heroes. The reason these stories receive prominent display is that they are, indeed, news. They’re news because they are unusual, out of the ordinary. And that’s what makes news. What is overlooked is the common, ordinary, everyday conduct of the people who see crimes being committed — the people who turn their heads away, shuffle their feet, pull down the shades, scurry off in the other direction, and look out for number one. So, to remedy ttus oversight, I devote today’s column to these unsung people. It begins with Winsome Ruddock, 28, who lives in die nuddle-class South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, getting abroad an elevated train to go to her job downtown. Because it was I.abor Day morning, there were only a dozen or so people on that car of the train. One of the passengers caught Mrs. Murdock’s eye when he got on because he was, as she put it, "a real runt.” He couldn’t have been much more than 4 feet high, she said, and he bad a nasty look on his face. The runt walked past her to the other side of the car, out of her sight, and she thought no more of him. But a couple of stops later, as the train was pulling into a station, she felt a .sudden pain in her neck. She glanced around, and there was the runt. He was yanking at her gold chains. “Those were strong chains," she said, “and he damn near broke my neck pulling them off." Small as he was, the man was strong. And the chains broke lose. Mrs. Ruddock tried to grab him and the chains. She was furious, because the chains had belong to her late mother and Mrs. Ruddock had brought them with her from Jamaica, her homeland. But the runt was not to be denied the chains. He swung a roundhouse right and smacked Mrs. Ruddock square on the nose. Mrs. Ruddock let out a robust scream. Everybody in the car could hear it. But nobody moved. They just sat there gawking or looking in indifferent or staring out the window. So in the few seconds that passed before the doors opened at die station, nobody did anything and the runt jumped off the train. The train was beginning to creep from the station when the conductor ran up to her, asked what happened. She quickly told him, and he ran to the driver. “The conductor tried to help," Mrs. Ruddock said. “He told the driver that a lady had been bashed in the face and robbed and that he should stop the train. “The driver looked out and said: i don’t see anyone on the floor. I don’t see no blood. I've got a deadline.' “The conductor said: ‘Call the police.’" u 3 X! if) V a o o a - i2 trillion ’ IN DEBT! DOUBLE OR NOTHING AND THE    CO / ‘ti >' LISTEN TOME, r PEOPLE! ITS TIME TO •STOP THE 8I66EST FREE LUNCHER , v, .EVER IO BRUNCH IN THE WHITE HOUSE' OPEN TOUR EYES, EVERYONE! BY 1989,    ONEHALfO REVENUES WILL BE USED TO PAY INTEREST ON THE DEFICIT! WE NEED TAXES! r A PROPHET WITHOUT HONOR. DON’T BE SO SURE. THAT MAN could ae IN CONGRESS IN TWO TEARS. / David King Opie and Annie will never grow old It’s Sunday morning, and Andy Taylor is sitting on the porch reading the comics to his son Opie. Opie, wearing pajamas with cowboys and Indians on them, lies on his stomach, listening intently. ANDY: And Orphan Annie she says: “Jumpin’ Jehosaphat. The crooks are headin’ for that nice Mr. Deacon’s ranch!! .. We better go tell the Chief of Police!!” And Sandy, her dog, says “Arf.” OPIE: What? ANDY: “Arf." You know, when he agrees with her he says “Arf." OPIE: Oh. Paw. how old is Little Orphan Annie? ANDY: Oh, about 42,43,1 reckon. OPIE: (startled): Little Orphan Annie90 ANDY: No, the comic strip’s that old. Little Orphan Annie’s about your age, I guess. For me, the same holds true for Andy and Opie. They’ll always be the same age they were when they sat on the front porch and read the comics, or went down to the fishin’ hole, or watched when Deputy Barney Fife locked himself into one of the cells. I could sympathize with Opie’s amazement at Annie’s age when it dawned on me that The Andy Griffith Show was having its 25th anniversary this week. The show premiered Oct. 3.1960. October, 1960. Wow. Kennedy and Nixon were winding up their campaigns for the White House. No man had been into space. Twenty-five years is a long time, especially to somebody who’s 27. Not much of popular culture from 1960 is left. Certainly not much entertainment. But people — and Ted Turner, whose SuperStation WTBS has run the series since it was in syndication have kept The Andy Griffith Show alive. It’s a piece of entertainment that won’t become dated, won’t lose its charm or appeal simply because its charm and appeal are timeless. The stories are about people, and the humor comes from them and their lives instead of from innuendo and one-liners. It’s a humor of subtlety, of interplay between characters. It’s filled with rich detail that you don’t often find in modern television, aside from the high-quality shows like St Elsewhere that also use the interplay of characters These folks blew their chance to be heroes and attention to detail instead of the shoot-em-up or bounce-em-a round approach. Richard Kelly, an English professor at the University of Tennessee and a long-time watcher, wrote an interesting little book on the show, discussing everything from the show’s cast and writers to tile reasons it remains popular today. Kelly’s book also talked about the nationwide network of Griffith show fans, including The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club and The Andy Griffith Show Appreciation Society, both loosely organized groups mainly dedicated to keeping the show on the air. Kelly’s book, which was as hard to find as Andy’s gun, also was filled with little tidbits of information on the show that only a hard-core watcher would know. Things like: Barney was Andy’s cousin. They never mentioned that fact past the first couple of episodes. Barney had at least three different middle names the writers never could keep it straight He’s referred tons Bernard Milton, Bernard P and Bernand Q F ife on three different shows. A number of actors whose names would later become known for other exploits appeared on tile show, including Jack Nicholson, Buddy Ebsen, Don Rickies, Barbara Eden and Gavin MacLeod. Don Knotts won four Emmies Replaying Barney Fife after he left the show His four guest star appearances were the ones that took the awards. The show lias produced enough trivia to fill a book, and one is coming out later this year But for now, the dedicated Griffith fan will simply have to go over to Goober’s, get a bottle of flop, and watch for himself. What's Your Beef? That’s what the motorman is supposed to do. He has a radio and can contact the police immediately. If there was a squad car in die vicinity of the station, and if they had a description, they could conceivably grab the man. On a quiet holiday morning, there can’t be too many ugly guys 4 feet tall running away from a South Side train section. “But the driver looked out the window and said:    I don’t see anybody, so he’s probably gone away.’ ” “The conductor said to me: i’m sorry. I tried my best, but he won’t stop." ’ Mrs. Ruddock rode to her stop downtown, reported the robbery to the police, then went to a hospital emergency room to have her nose attended. It turned out that her nose had been busted by the one punch. So, to the motorman and people on the train, I offer this thought: You blew your chance. You could have been heroes and had your pictures in the paper. And your friends and neighbors would have patted your backs and bought you a drink. Why, they would have even let you pose holding the little guy up like a record fish. And wouldn’t that have been something for the family scrapbook. Got a complaint or a comment about something iii Comal or Guadalupe counties Write it down or call the HeraldZeitung with it and it might wind up as a part of Bob Baker’s ‘Whats Youi Beef?" cartoons. Our mailing address is P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels 78131. The phone number is 625-9144, and we’re open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All kinds of local ideas are welcome, but the Herald /aitony reserves the right to select the ideas to be used in the paper. lf you idea appears in “What’s Your Beef?”, we’ll give you credit in tile cartoon Your reps San Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D C 20610 San Lloyd Benison United State* Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington. D C 20510 Gov Mark White Governor s Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin. Texas 78/01 Sen John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin. Texas 78/11 Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives PO Box 2910 Austin. Texas 78769 Rap Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U S Housa of Raprasantativas Washington. DC. 20515 Rap TomLoafflar U S House of Representatives 1212 Longport!) House Office Bldg Washington. D C 20616 ( ;

  • Andrei Sakharov
  • Andy Griffith
  • Andy Taylor
  • Arthur Nicholson
  • Barbara Eden
  • Bernard Milton
  • Bob Baker
  • Don Knotts
  • Don Rickies
  • Gavin Macleod
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Mike Royko
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Orphan Annie
  • Phil Gramm
  • Richard Kelly
  • Russell Bldg
  • Ted Turner
  • Tom Loeffler
  • Winsome Ruddock

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: October 2, 1985

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