New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 29, 1991, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 29, 1991

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas PRIMETIME Herald-Ze/fung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, May 29, 1991 Paoe 5 Land man now mapping out floor By TRAVIS TULLOS Comal County Senior Citizens' Foundation Dealing in big-time land deals is ' just about as pragmatic a business as * an individual can become involved in. It means thinking legalistically about -such lofty concepts as equity and fairness — and such not-so-lofty concepts as old-fashioned greed. Above all, it means coming up with arrangements between people and corporations that prove to be workable and >r binding. Like a metal-working apprentice . learning step by step in the labor guild system of pre-industrial England, Ted Pilcher eschewed the lecture halls of law school to acquire a choke-hold on the art of fashioning land contracts by doing it “hands-on” in industry. Maybe it was something he picked up about the learning process during his childhood in Childress, as he watched his blacksmith father take on new kinds of jobs bending and shaping ' metal to perform certain unique tasks. Whatever it was, Pilcher was to study '.indefatigably and come to understand enough (“you’ve go to know land * deals backwards and forwards”) about land and the law of contracts for the Texaco Company to appoint him to ' the post of chief of land contracts for a period of 23 years. Pilcher’s early years (his total career lasted 44 years) with Texaco were spent on the High Plains of West Texas and the rugged terrain of Colorado and Wyoming, mastering working level understanding of the applied sciences of seismology and geophysics. In 1949, he moved to Houston and settled in the Bellaire community, where he spent the rest of his tenure . with the company. . As chief land man, Pilcher initiated and trained scores of young lawyers in , the fine art of crafting contracts between Texaco and other entities, from joint operating agreements to “unitization” agreements. Working * with aspiring attorneys can be a demanding assignment at best, according to many senior lawyers, but • Pilcher found die opportunity to supervise the fledglings in land law to be a productive process of cross-fertilization of ideas and a peculiar brand of mental creativity. “In my Texaco job,” he said, “every morning I just couldn’t wait to get there and get started.” He prides himself that he often hears form his former colleagues who continue to seek . his counsel on tough tasks. Eight years ago, Ted Pilcher and his wife of 52 years, Jessie, came to New Braunfels to look at potential residences for retirement. “We saw Ted Pilcher the deer in the yard and bought the house,” said Pilcher. It proved to be a well-chosen move for the Pilchers and their adopted community. Now, as a senior center volunteer, Pilcher is confronted with a quite different version of “blocking up” or aggregating items. Instead of land parcels, it turns out he’s in charge of 64,000 I-inch by 4Vi -inch oak parquet floor tiles. If placed end to end, the small pieces would stretch five miles, he indicated. When combined into 9'/j -inch square panels, they will be use to handsomely cover the 4,200 square-foot area which is to serve as auditorium and community meeting room in the renovated Seniors’ Center of Comal County, located on Landa Street. Characterizing himself as “lead man" on the floor-covering project, Pilcher meets 30-hours weekly with 6 to 8 fellow volunteers who scrape edges and sand the ends of the used parquet tiles which once covered the dance floor of the now empty Heidelberg Hall on Interstate Highway 35. To date, the tile restoration project is about 50 percent complete, with about a month to go to finish the work. Les Thorn, president of the Comal County Senior Citizens' Foundation, describes Pilcher as “a caring, concerned and committed man who'll go the last mile for others. We will have a Seniors’ Center here soon that ranks with the best. And that's because Ted Pilcher is devoted to being a man we can all respect and appreciate for his unselfish contribution of time, sweat and imagination.” Pilcher finds other rewarding outlets for his lime, all speaking to his willingness to not only continue to learn, but to also teach. As a “teacher” in the HOSTS Project (Help One Stu dent to Succeed), he has spent one hour a week during the last two years with 4th and 5th graders who need assistance with math or reading skills. “It brings tears to your eyes when those little folks come to tell you goodbye at year’s end, and the gratitude in their eyes says how much patience, love and attention they need.” Pilcher also serves as vice-chairman of the administrative board of the First Methodist Church in New Braunfels, continuing an active role in the Methodist Church since his early years in Houston. • • • The center’s Thrift Shop, featured in a story appearing in Sunday’s edition of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, is located at the rear of the new facility in the 600 block of Landa Street. Tom Bluntzer, the Seniors' Center fund raising chairman, recently announced that fund-raising is approaching the final third of the total amount of needed contributions, and that all amounts large or small still are greatly needed from individuals and businesses. He’s especially anxious to see an improved response from individual contributors. Those wishing to participate should mail pledges or taxdeductible contribution checks to Fund Drive, Comal County Senior Citizens' Foundation, P.O. Box 312085, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-2085. For further details, call Walter Oaks at 620-5315 or Les Thorn at 629-4711. FREE hearing tests set for area. Right now your Beltone Hearing Center is accepting appointments for FREE audiometric evaluations. If you have trouble hearing sounds or understanding conversations, take advantage of this free evaluation. In less than an hour, you'll know exactly what you're hearing and what you're not. Start enjoying ail the sounds of Spring. 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