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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zed jog New Braunfels Te/as    Friday    August 1 ■    °ageTexas mechanic runs a different kind of garage SAN ANTONIO AP Whore do you find an honest mechanic these days" Its a question people pose to each other over a few fleers and a dish of peanuts or while standing around the office water cooler comparing woes Kver since ain Minutes surrep titmusly filmed mechanics piercing perfectly good tires with knives they'd concealed iii their pockets indeed, well before that blistering ex pose people have dreaded trips to the garage .lim Skinner, owner of .I K.'s Christian Automotive, hopes his approach to things a- a born again Christian helps customer', to have confidence in hun The .I rn the company name stands lot .bm, the “K for his deceased wife Mary Kav I give the Lord credit for all this he say s, gesturing around his order In three bay garage on Kisenhauer Hoad I in jus* lh- emissary down here Coming from some pompadour sporting diamond encrusted TA evangelist this statement might elicit moans and eye rolls But com mg from Skinner a big jolly man in a blue uniform and gimme cap it has the ring of authenticity One thing s definite he has the most unusual garage in town There s tfn* same smell of oil and rub Ih*i the same high pitched zing from drills and whoosh of air from pneumatic tools The cinder bhx'k bay u’-ea is much like any other its walls festooned with black draping rubier and my riad metal objects In s ie the of fit e there s the same fake wood paneling vinyl couch soft dr ink machine and rack of chips But instead of posters of halt naked women with car part* propped on th* i hips *he hack w all holds a pen cli sketch of Christ comforting a land’ and a brass heart shaped pia que proclaiming Jesus Lives On an opposite wall a sign reads No Jo * ii* sn I’* ,i».e Know Jesus Know Peace " Across from that a devoutly praying Jesus has been painted on a chunk of lacquered wood And in the wicker magazine rack instead ot go Iv magazines or issues of < ar and Driver, you'll find stacks of \itional Geographic. Redbook and l adies Home Journal Granted, a recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue peaks out mid pile, hut at least the corners aren't curled Garage manager Jimmy Zawatski. whom Skinner made co owner after his wife succumbed to leukemia last year, says business is extremely good. even though theii only adver Using is through word ol mouth We used to make Si .000 a week.” fie says in his flat New Jersey accent Now there are times when we make $1 ti**' a day ” He says much of their trade comes from the military and not surpris ingle local churches Sirnc clients are attracted by the sign alone with its large painted ichthys shaped Christian sy mbol for God •ive never been much of a businessman, the 54 year old Nkin ner says “Jimmy s got the same say-so here as I do Everybody answers directly to him And I don’t make any big decisions without talk mg to him first And without toing a whole lot of pray mg some people come in here think mg they can take advantage of us because we re a Christian shop says Zawatski who comes from a Catholic background I can -pot them like a bod penny They ll -av thev re from a certain church for u Love ut it Continued Dom Page 6 relationship was strained >ung* ’ woman was not sure iv stir pi «>. lf tfuit she might he *s-»- J aith .« calm spirit and fhat I ■ • I . I »ui ’ help he! -a, * hi tight ng "f •• baked a po* ami prepared a •I n *s of coffee and a en* to visit i mottler in law not knowing what I ut ti** option sh*1 would receive a* Olde? woman * expression was i \»*rv warm ll was one of tlw*-e vt,.*,' it* v.; i J. -lr ». f je i *•    i**>*k- I Im* young womaii would not tie -•Hi? .get sp, determined t« Briefs stance, then try to get off without paying their bill. They think we won t battle it out in court I will.” We work real well together says Skinner I did a lot of praying and lo and behold Jimmy showed up here two and a half years ago He just walked in and applied He takes up for areas Tm weak in. and vice versa ” Skinner who says his prices are very comparable” toother garages estimates his clientele is split up equally between believers and non believers ‘Do any of his customers suspect the Christian motif is a giro mick ’ oh. there are some people who are unsure at first ' says Skinner Sure there are people who are skeptical,” adds Zawatski “But you get people like that in every business Skinner was born in Detroit Mich He got his taste for grease at 18 work mg in the factory of his uncle an inventor After spending 20 years in the Navy during which time he studied in more than hi automotive training programs he retired to become a -hop teacher After that he worked for a California corporation travel mg around the country training peo pie in the use of various automotive machines In PCH he came down to San Antonio where he was left high and try' by the corporation With no immediate plans for the future and Aith a wife Aho liked the town he iecided to stay on and work for a rn.rn who owned a garage on Hildebrand The man later moved his shop to Harry Wurzbach In 1981 Skinner finally got his own shop on Kisenhauer Mary Kav was his second wife 1 he is divorced from his first and also served as the catalyst behind his con version Skinner, who calls himself a Christian first then a Lutheran by-product,” wasn’t particularly religious until Me day his wife walk ed in with some rather startling news She came to me and said You re not going to believe this, but I ve had a vision There s going to come a time when Tm not going to be with you and Kern Dawn his daughter from the first marriage and I want you to join the church so you ll he OK After Mat we said the Lord s Prayer together, and right then a bunch of birds in our chimney chimney swifts broke into song And they 've been singing to me ever since ” Customers amble in and out of the -hop all morning Some hang around for coffee and the ever-present doughnuts One man is eager to add his comments “Ive been coming to Jim for eight years and these people stand behind their work They guarantee it They don't pull any pun ches ” Alter that a teacher from St Pius X a nearby Catholic church and school wants to put in his plug These guys are extremely reliable It s not very often you ll find somebody who does an honest job And hey they drop me off at school (Skinner murmurs Praise God' during these accolades A little while later when a priest is seen sauntering about the garage he doesn’t seem at all out of place Skinner insists a person doesn't have to be deeply religious to work in his shop It s not for me to judge that person, he says adding bes been “blessed” with good mechanics through the years Zawatski s brother Emil a financial advisor handles the company's health and life insurance Presently a 17 vear-old ex-high school drop-out named John works for Skinner half a day as part of an Alamo Heights High School coca tional program Patsy Martin, an Alamo Heights vocational adjust ment coordinator heard about Skin ner’s shop through the grapevine and figured it might be a good place for a youth to spend some time Those people are just so wonderful and sup portive.' she says John is currently-becoming a specialist in lawn mower repair But there are certain rules of garage decorum There's no cussing fuming, ranting or throwing of tools allowed.” says Skinner who admits to having a violent temper before tieing saved I won t put up with it This is a Christian shop and when customers come in they don’t expect to hear someone taking the Lord's name in vain Til fire them in a minute says Zawatski They reoutta here Skinner arrives at his shop each morning at ti a rn to spend about 40 minutes reading his Bible Then he say- a few prayers for protection of the shop and grounds ‘We've never had a serious accident here he beams Prayer comes in handy too he says, whenever he encounters a particularly thorny car problem And he admits prayer can also help when business slacks off When it s very very slow sometimes 1 11 pray for the Lord to steer people here who w ant to come here He occasionally plays host to free after hour car clinics for groups of women of eight or more usually from the various churches And he offers free labor to Youth for Christ and the Christian Athletic Associa tion Zawatski shows off a recent letter he received from the local chapter of the Ronald McDonald House, thanking J K s Christian Automotive for fixing a woman's brakes free-of-charge The woman s son is currently receiving care for cancer in a local McDonald house When asked it he thinks it’s a bit ironic that his shop is located near one of the seedier sections of Austin Highway Skinner just shrugs a little He wasn t even aw are of the fact his garage lies directly behind Dirty Sal Iv s. the infamous, now-defunct Austin Highway strip joint, until a customer pointed it out to him one day. “I kind of said to myself. Oops’ But then I figured, so what'’ It's not for me to judge I can t hold anything against someone because they make their living in a different way ’ blanket of love * love * over- sui it I- a ne vet existed Ibis % th* prophet I • mw    I    even NIA * * *—t is telling u-lovt -> > Minpletely lovers Ma! lh not on \ tor give- but g* ’ - al! ,-trout out ai ought* ,< I!Us v not !*«• pet tee t The g. of wrongs done lo us may -ti so t omplelt iy t lur wound • may o< quickly ileal (*u? ta forgive arid lot get may In i * ven nonexistent I his is a each out to God, allow mg His Iii! us In turn by His glace t md tin love to - *»vet the sins tot civ mg aud forgetting C ontmued from Mage 6 pia* e ii if. get to know people and i I .«,« *i at you are needed and tov ed < all * * 71*17 tot more informa OL P H to tio I cl ♦ lea mat ket, sale Ila' Mud annual flea market and home craft sale at oui Lady of Perpetual Help ( lunch will l*e held Aug I i I rom is a in to J p rn t here will be an an conditioned hall, food booths home i i tilts and old treasures < all 629 el ti in *>25-85,14 tor inhu mation attour renting Boor spate of taffies All proceeds will go the palish hall Episcopal Day School still lias openings st John s Episcopal Day School has a few openings tor the tall and spring sessions (lasses are available iii the 8 months to JU mon tbs Mothers Day Out progiam on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a rn to Jo j) rn and in Me J veal alit pro glum I rom '* a iii to noon with up turn al abel noon care until J Mi p rn ( all .susan Peteele at b‘25 .1977 or Surah Reeves at (>29 0479 School Bound SALE 25°/< OFF LEV IS JEANS FOK ( Mil DK EN I .Ulm rn - »  .....s.,»i    , .. *U I La «h»« .ti and c a. *■ Un •** Si.-im ».iU, sn,, md w:    >..*-!    «i ijtjtv In *11 * <<u*»a *knut* I ml*ti* i Knit. n> I \M ll md si-.a.    lf    < I c. ,    IU    k    I*,    in    I * in 19.99 O R TORS EOK YOUNG MEN iii-: j n 11 ii •> ti * >nf and ba* v an . , , - am, In aii(» d kl lits will i *; til anti t v i • af* lunk I* >*;*> if 111. 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