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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeuung — Thursday, April 21, 2005 Pieces of history will be on display at car show FAA CONTINUED FROM Page 1A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer A piece of New Braunfels history will be offered for sale during this weekend's swap meet and car show at the Comal County Fairgrounds. Fred Willard, the event’s cofounder, will try to find a new home for Mrs. Howard McKenna’s 1967 Cadillac Sunday. “It looks like brand new,” he said. “It’s only got 21,000 miles on it. She didn’t dfive it much.” The Cadillac is only one of three cars Willard will have on display. He also plans to bring his 1938 Ford, a prize possession because the two were made during the same year. “I was bom in 1938, and my daddy bought one just before AT A GLANCE • What: New Braunfels Swap Meet and Car Show When: Begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday ® Where: Comal County Fair Grounds, 803 Common St. I arrived,” he said. “We drove that car all through the war. This one’s identical to it.” Willard’s other show entry is a 1950 Buick. The annual swap meet and car show, in its 13th year, is a great place for old car enthusiasts to stroll down row after row of automotive history. It also provides the best opportunity for local hobbyists to pick up parts for the next year. Barney Calvert, another of the event’s co-founders, said he expected to have 1,000 vendors come through the gates Saturday. “A lot of people come, even from out of state,” he said. “Last year, we were full, and we expect to do the same this year.” Calvert has been so busy organizing the business end of the weekend he has not had time to get any of his own vehicles ready for the show. “I thought about bringing my 1974 Ford pickup that Willard and I ran in the Great Race Texas several weeks ago, but I just haven’t had time,” he said. While Calvert, an avid collector who trailered his car collection to New Braunfels from Pasadena, Texas when he moved here almost 20 years ago, collects parts to take to the swap meet, Willard will be readying his front-end loading tractor. “My job during the meet is to take people’s large purchases back to their cars for them," he said. “One year, I moved this engine three times between vendors. The next year, it was back and I had to move it twice.” If the projected 25,000 shoppers come through the gates between Friday and Sunday, Willard will be busy. "We’re expecting a good turnout, and we don’t think it’s going to rain,” he said. The swap meet is not just for cars. Vendors will offer parts for all kinds of vehicles, including tractors. Although most parts will be for cars 20-years-old or older, some items will be available for newer vehicles. Reunion brings 130 to New Braunfels “In the early days after World War II and until the 1960s, control of air traffic consisted of pilots reporting their position along their route of flight, so air traffic control could track the aircraft’s position,’’ Bode said. “Later, satellite communication sites were installed and so direct communication with pilots became possible, which was real progress. Then long range radar came along until entire control areas were covered by radar. Today, state-of-the-art computer systems are used by air traffic controllers to control traffic from coast to coast." Airspace is divided into lanes, or highways in the sky, Bode said. “Commercial traffic flies anywhere between 30,000 and 37,000 feet,” he said. “And each highway, or air lane, is separated by 1,000 feet.” Bruce Beard, 58, still works for the FAA in Fort Worth. I Ie worked as an air traffic controller 12 years before being promoted to administration. “It was kind of like being a fireman or policeman,” he said. “There were times that it got extremely stressful and hectic when traffic backed up, but usually it was pretty even keeled.” Prather said he enjoyed his career as an air traffic controller. “I’d do it all over again,” he said. “It was the kind of job that you felt like you were doing something worthwhile. But when you left the job at the end of the day, you left your work at the office so to speak.” All three men said they each had their share of close calls. “I was controlling an F-4 one day," Prather said. “The plane was flying a training mission over West Texas and hit an eagle head-on. The crash knocked the cockpit oft and he front pilot was injured so badly he couldn’t fly the plane so the co-pilot in the back seat had to fly the plane, which was difficult. But we finally got them landed.” To relieve the stress, all three said laughter and joking were common in the control room. “It’s a serious business, and you’re constantly responsible for a lot of lives," Beard said. “But you had to relieve the stress somehow.” Bode said the annual reunion began in the 1970s. Close to 130 FAA vets came to New Braunfels this week to look back on their careers. Asked how she coped with her husband's career, Mary Lou said humor helped. “If air traffic controllers didn’t have a sense of humor, they’d all end up in the booby hatch,” she laughed. TECHNOLOGY CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Bill would give schools option of buying textbooks or computers said Rep. Kent Grusendorf, R-Arlington, who authored the legislation. The measure converts the current textbook funding into a new allotment, which school districts could use for either textbooks or technology from an approved list of products. Districts would get $150 per student for instructional materials and technology, starting in the 2006-07 school year. The allotment would be $70 per student for the 2005-06 school year. Districts would be required to use a portion of the allotment for a technology immersion program at a specified campus, grade level or student population. The remaining money could still be used to purchase textbooks. Grusendorf said he hopes that a quarter of Texas liigh school students will have laptops in the next two years. “Next biennium, we’ll have data on how that program was implemented and we ll hopefully take the next step to get the same tools in the hands of the rest of the kids,” Grusendorf said. By using software, digital textbooks and interactive teaching materials, students could have updated information immediately, rather than waiting for the six-year textbook adoption process the state now uses. For instance, students next fall could have instructional materials naming the new pope and citing last year’s tsunami disaster, Grusendorf said. Vendors would submit their products to the State Board of Education to verify that the materials meet the state-mandated curriculum. 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