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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A Friday Sept Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Q U O T A B Now there are two ways to approach a sub ject that frightens you and makes you feel stu pid you can embrace it wfth humility and an open mind or you can ridicule it Judith Stone essayist 1991 Looking back at the good old days E D I T O R I A Kudos HeraldZeitung salutes those who make the world a better place Kudos a weekly feature of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung is intended to highlight the good news of our community You can be part of this If you know someone deserving recognition call Mark Lyon at 6259144 Also you can submit your Kudos in writing to Kudos New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 This weeks Kudos All prize winners and contestants through all the con tests held last week at the 101st Comal County Fair The volunteers including board members direc tors drovers and committees who helped make the 101st Comal County Fair events successful The New Braunfels Cross Country team for winning a tiebreaker with Round Rock for the second consecutive week to win the University of San Antonios 75th Annual Cross Country Invitational held last weekend To the more than 600 scuba divers who will submerge into the Coma River Saturday to clean the trash from the rivers bottom The effort will mark one of the largest gath erings of scuba divers in the country drawing divers from all over the state The Comal ISD Board of Trustees for maintaining the same tax rate for three consecutive years A tax increase is a tax increase and the recentlypassed tax rate for the com ing year was not an increase These days not having a tax increase is worth a pat on the back Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald2eilung USPS 377880 707 Landa cr Drawer 311328 New Braunfds Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels lleraldZeilung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months uic year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months one year S56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas three months six months one year S ubajibers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 tollfree for Scguin Mahon Garden Ridge Bracken Bulvcrde and San Antonio by 7 weekdays ot by U on Sunday POSIMASIEK Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfeb Tx 781311328 Marie Dawson Today Im feeling nostal gic Maybe because of a recent article written by Express News Book Editor Judyth Rigler reminiscing about the good old Her source was Going Going Gone Vanishing by Susan Jonas and Marilyn Nis senson The readers were asked to see if they could remember a host of items once common in American life Some of these items were automats black and white movies car bon paper card catalogs at libraries drivein movies enclosed telephone booths gas station attendants girdles handkerchiefs paper dolls rotary phones soda fountains stockings telegrams typewrites and TV antennas Well I guess thats the good old days to some folks but most of the members of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center remember way back before any automation any movies or at least only silent ones no telephones at all before automobiles or gas stations and way way before television or even radio So I started thinking about some of those things and was reminded of an article left anonymously on my desk one day It was titled For Those Bom Before I liked it and I think you will too Paraphrasing it read We were born before tele vision before penicillin before polio shots frozen foods Xerox radar laser beams ballpoint pens dishwashers air conditioners credit cards and before man walked on the moon People got married first and then lived together Closets were for clothes not for coming out Designer jeans were scheming girls named Jean and having a meaningful relationship meant get ting along with our cousins Everyone thought fast food was what you ate during Lent and outer space was the back of the drivein theater This was before house husbands gay rights computer dating dual careers group therapy and nursing homes No one had heard of FM radio tape decks artificial hearts word processors yogurt and guys wearing earrings In 1940 Made in Japan meant junk and the term making out referred to how you did on your exam Pizza McDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of A five and ten cent store was where you bought things for a nickel or a dime For one nickel you could ride a street car make a phone call buy a soft drink or buy enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards In those days cigarette smoking was fashion able grass was mowed coke was a cold drink pot was something you cooked in and aids were helpers in the principals office That was before the sex change and people made do with what they had And perhaps it was the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby In addition to those things a lot of us have spe cial memories I know we kids collected empty bottles to get the two cents deposit money My brothers and I went up and down alleys to collect them from garbage cans And what about those four sack shirts and dresses My mother made many of those in her time and also bleached out blueprints to make dresses Blueprints were made of linen in those days I dont know what they are now made of now Remember before aluminum foil cling wrap or baggies What did we wrap with I cant remember or maybe we didnt have any left overs I know in my family when limes were pretty there were very few left overs and besides you had to feed the dog He had to tough it out with the rest of us and had to eat what we ate no fancy science diets for him Inciden tally todays dogs would give a months worth of barking for some of those scraps Our dogs were happy I rarely saw a neurotic dog Phones radios and television were nonexistent and when cars were reality no one could afford to buy one Yes people smoked in those days mostly men but they rolled their own and beer came in pails not in bottles or cans And you bought that pail of beer down at the corner beer joint or you made your own in the bathtub like my grandfather did Also I remember the wonderful old department stores with the wooden floors and ceiling fans that stood on the floor The drug stores had wooden floors too and they all had soda fountains where you could get a BLT and an ice cream soda for very little money I guess the Landa Pharmacy Coffee shop comes about as close as you can get to holding May they always continue to do so Of course Im not saying everything was better then Im just remembering In fact no invention was ever greeted by a happier consumer than I when they came out with those heavenly panty hose Ladies do you remember those horrible gir dles and stockings and especially those rubber Playtex girdles and no air conditioning any where I dont know now how we did it I guess were becoming a nation of softies but thats okay I dont want to go back to the days of gir dles gloves glamour and glitz And I especially do not want to go back to days of no aircondition ing I hope you all will have some of these memo ries and if you have some special ones of your own I will include them on the next good old days or a sequel to the pet peeves article of a few weeks ago Marie Dawson is a guest columnist for the Her aldZeitung writing exclusively for and about the Comal County Senior Summit ends with pledge to speed end of nukes By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer Analysis WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin are putting the disman tling of longrange nuclear missiles on a fast track in another dramatic transition from the Cold War era Their twoday summit also pro duced new measures Wednesday to keep tabs on removed warheads and to expand investment in Rus sias rebounding economy through firmer insurance guarantees for entre preneurs and a revision of the Russ ian tax code Clinton apparently made some headway meanwhile in curbing Russias annual sale of an estimated billion worth of submarines and other military equipment to Iran No new deals will be signed Yeltsin promised But the Russian leader insisted on delivering on existing contracts American officials said they did not know and Moscow promised to Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Friday Sept 30 the 273rd day of 1994 There are 92 more days left in die year Todays Highlight in History On Sept British French German and Italian leaders ended the Munich Conference with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakias Sudeten land tell them what was in the pipeline and would get 10 Tehran as a result Already two submarines have been delivered to what the administration calls a pariah Clinton and Yeltsin cemented an already warm relationship estab lished in five meetings over the past 20 months We dont need to waste a lot of words and chew a lot of Yeltsin said at a windup news confer ence As Clinton eyed him with amuse ment Yeltsin teased reporters with a rapidfire listing of scores of topics he said they had discussed headto head over 4 hours Yeltsin took special delight in Clintons decision to extend indefi nitely a lowtariff system for imports for Russia having concluded the flow of Jewish immigrants met the requirements of the JacksonVanik legislation of the Cold War era Every single kid in Russia knows On this date In 1777 the Congress of the United States forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces moved to York Pa In 1791 the opera The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered in Vienna Austria In 1846 Dr William Morton a den tist used an experimental anesthetic ether for the first time on a patient in his Boston office who those people are Jackson and this guy he joked At a dinner later at the new Russ ian Embassy Yeltsin said It is my pleasure to greet you on this piece of Russian territory in Clearly reveling in his role as host for some 170 guests at the inaugural social event for the showcase mar bled embassy Yeltsin said it was a good omen for blossoming Russian relations I assure you Americans will always be welcome in this Yeltsins next stop was Seattle and a visit to the Boeing massive aircraft factory just to see what kind of Americans live out there on the West The decision to dismantle long range missiles rapidly was the most significant development at the sum mit We will make the world safer for all of Clinton said In fact the United States and Rus sia are already making cutbacks in their arsenals ahead of schedule There are now about long range warheads in the Russian arse nal and the United States is approaching below the ceiling set in the 1991 START I treaty according to arms control experts However they arc not required to cut even deeper to the to the level until 2003 under the 1993 START II treaty And the accord has not been rati fied by the Senate or by the Russian Parliament During the summit the Russians gave assurances the parliament would act by May 9 the date Yeltsin proposed for Clinton to visit Moscow again a senior official told The Associated Press As soon as the treaty is ratified Clinton said we will immediately begin removing the nuclear warheads that are due to be scrapped under START II instead of taking the nine years In other Yeltsin said echoing the president we save at least seven maybe more years by doing it right In 1927 Babe Ruth hit his 60lh homer of the season to break his own major league record In 1946 an international military tribunal in Nuremberg Germany found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes In 1949 the Berlin Airlift which had ferried more than million tons of supplies to the western sector of the German city in defiance of a Soviet blockade came to an end In 1954 the first atomicpowered vessel the submarine Nautilus was commissioned by the Navy at Groton Conn In 1955 actor James Dean was killed in the collision of his sports car with another automobile near Cholame Calif He was 24 In 1962 black student James Mered ith succeeded on his fourth try in reg istering for classes at the University of Mississippi   

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