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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas October Opie and Annie never grow see below inions Manager Managing Editor David King Opie and Annie will never grow old Tom Loeffler Soviets are attempting to sway public opinion As the November summit between President Reagan and Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev ap Soviet leaders are con ducting an allout media offensive in the aimed at turning the public opinion against the Presidents tough bargaining Americans have been bombarded by smoothtalking Soviet 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 if only President Reagan would stop stirring up resentment against This strategy might work with people who have had their ideas and their information spoonfed to them for decades as the Soviet govern ment has done to its people but Americans have enjoyed freedom of the press for more the 200 and we definitely can separate truth from We sincerely desire a peaceful but we cannot accept the peaceatanyprice that the Soviets are Soviets preach about Americans might ask what the Soviet Union has done lately on that In Gorbachevs eightpage Time magazine not much was mentioned about the Soviet Unions quiet little war in The Soviet Unions brutal assault upon the people of Afghanistan is now in its sixth More than Soviet troops are conducting a systematic extermination of entire burning poisoning water supplies and bombarding the Afghan people with chemical We have also heard little about how the Soviet government represses the freedom of its own At one point in the Time interview Gorbachev actually invoked the name of God and referred to the flowering of Soviet democracy as he expressed hopes for better relations between the and the Soviet Such calculated ap peals ignore the persecution of Soviet Jews and human rights advocates by a government which is the very opposite of A public relations campaign also cannot erase the coldblooded murder of the passengers on Flight 007 or the murder of Arthur It cannot erase Soviet support for worldwide While terrorists plot in Bulgaria to assassinate the while train in North Cuba or Libya to overthrow democracies around the the Soviets present a smiling face to the They protest loudly when President Reagan plainly labels Soviet actions and intentions for what they but their actions speak for The truth despite te war of words being waged for the hearts and minds of the Soviet Union remains an aggressive and disruptive force against the peace and freedom of the Whenever the United States has deluded itself into believing we have conceded huge advances to Soviet we owe it to the freedom fighters in Afghanistan to Andrei to Polands Solidarity movement and others who have stood againt communism to resist the urge for peace at any price with the Soviet In the midst of the Soviet public relations lets not forget all that they have to answer Its Sunday and Andy Taylor is sitting on the porch reading the comics to his son wearing pajamas with cowboys and Indians on lies on his listening ANDY And Orphan Annie she says Jumpin1 The crooks are headin for that nice Deacons better go tell the Chief of Police And her says OPIE What ANDY You when he agrees with her he says OPIE how old is Little Orphan Annie ANDY about OPIE Little Orphan Annie ANDY the comic strips that Little Orphan Annies about your I For the same holds true for Andy and Theyll always be the same age they were when they sat on the front porch and read the or went down to the fishin or watched when Deputy Barney Fife locked himself into one of the I could sympathize with Opies amazement at Annies age when it dawned on me that The Andy Griffith Show was having its 25th an niversary this The show premiered Kennedy and Nixon were winding up their cam paigns for the White No man had been into Twentyfive years is a long especially to somebody whos Not much of popular culture from 1960 is Certainly not much en But people and Ted whose SuperStation WTBS has run the series since it was in syndication have kept The Andy Griffith Show Its a piece of entertainment that wont become wont lose its charm or appeal simply because its charm and appeal are The stories are about and the humor comes from them and their lives instead of from innuendo and Its a humor of of interplay between Its filled with rich detail that you dont often find in modern aside from the high quality shows like Elsewhere that also use the interplay of characters Mike Royko These folks blew their chance to be heroes We sometimes read about angry citizens seeing a crime and springing into Theyll see somebodys purse being or some old guy being and theyll chase down the thief and kick and punch him and sit on him until the police Then the with the angry citizens appears in the newspapers and on and they say modest things about what they and are hailed as The reason these stories receive prominent display is that they Theyre news because they are out of the And thats what makes What is overlooked is the everyday conduct of the people who see crimes being com mitted the people who turn their heads shuffle their pull down the scurry off in the other and look out for number to remedy this I devote todays column to these un sung It begins with Winsome who lives in the middleclass South neighborhood of getting abroad an elevated train to go to her job Because it was Labor Day mor there were only a dozen or so people on that car of the One of the passengers caught Murdochs eye when he got on because he as she put a real He couldnt have been much more than 4 feet she and he had a nasty look on his The runt walked past her to the other side of the out of her and she thought no more of But a couple of stops as the train was pulling into a she felt a sudden pain in her She glanced and there was the He was yanking at her gold Those were strong she and he damn near broke my neck pulling them Small as he the man was And the chains broke Ruddock tried to grab him and the She was because the chains had belong to her late mother and Ruddock had brought them with her from her But the runt was not to be denied the He swung a roundhouse right and smacked Ruddock square on the Ruddock let out a robust Everybody in the car could hear But nobody They just sat there gawking or looking in in different or staring out the So in the few seconds that passed before the doors opened at the nobody did anything and the runt jumped off the The train was beginning to creep from the station when the conductor ran up to asked what She quickly told and he ran to the The conductor tried to Ruddock He told the driver that a lady had been bashed in the face and robbed and that he should stop the The driver looked out and said I dont see anyone on the I dont see no Ive got a The conductor said Call the ITWA5 i WUPLB OR NOTHING I ANPTHt COUNTRY LOST urSaff wi iHUUi COULP KIN f Thats what the motorman is supposed to He has a radio and can contact the police If there was a squad car in the vicinity of the and if they had a they could conceivably grab the On a quiet holiday there cant be too many ugly guys 4 feet tall running away from a South Side train But the driver looked out the window and said I dont see so hes probably gone The conductor said to me Im I tried my but he wont Ruddock rode to her stop reported the robbery to the then went to a hospital emergency room to have her nose It turned out that her nose had been busted by the one to the motorman and people on the I offer this thought You blew your You could have been heroes and had your pictures in the And your friends and neighbors would have patted your backs and bought you a they would have even let you pose hoMtag toe Uttte guy up like a record And wouldnt that have something for the family and attention to detail instead of the shootemup or bounceemaround Richard an English professor at the University of Ten nessee and a longtime wrote an interesting little book on the discussing everything from the shows cast and writers to the reasons it remains popular Kellys book also talked about the nationwide network of Griffith show including The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club and The Andy Griffith Show Appreciation both loosely organized groups mainly dedicated to keeping the show on the Kellys which was as hard to find as Andys also was filled with little tidbits of information on the show that only a hardcore watcher would Things like Barney was Andys They never mentioned that fact past the first couple of Barney had at least three different middle names the writers never could keep it Hes referred to as Bernard Bernard and Bernand Fife on three different A number of actors whose names would later become known for other exploits appeared on the in cluding Jack Buddy Don Barbara Eden and Gavin Don Knotts won four Emmies for playing Barney Fife after he left the His four guest star ap pearances were the ones that took the The show has produced enough trivia to fill a and one is coming out later this But for the dedicated Griffith fan will simply have to go over to get a bottle of and watch for Whats Your Beef Got a complaint or a comment about something in Comal or Guadalupe counties Write it down or call the HeraldZeitung with it and it might wind up as a part of Bob Bakers Whats Your Beef Our mailing address is Drawer New Braunfels The phone number is and were open from 8 to 5 Monday through All kinds of local ideas are but the HeraldZeitung reserves the right to select the ideas to be used in the If you idea appears in Whats Your well give you credit in the Your reps Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Tom Loefflar House of 1212 Longwortb 20615
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