New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
State / National
Friday, Aug. 15,1980
In the Big AppleTexas Democrats retain their senses of humor while adjusting to life in New York City
NKW VOUK (AP) "I Urn* New York," Now York Gov Hugh Carey sang in a rousing tone to the Texas delegation at its first Democratic National Convention caucus this week.
‘ And I learned to love it when I was in Texas," he added jokingly “Well. I love Texas." retorted Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, jarringly off-key, when the Texas senator’s turn came to take the microphone. “And I learned to love it when I was in New York "
But putting regional pride and competition aside, Texas delegates, alternates and assorted friends and relatives have taken to the streets of New York with some real flair and good humor “I had a terrible time Just awful." Joyce Peters of San Antonio. Bexar County’s Democratic party chairman, said with the
glee that travelers favor to describe their adventures.
She said her most difficult times have been getting cabs late at night to return from Madison Square Garden, the convention site, to the Texas delegation hotel.
“I .ast night, Calvin Guest I the former state party chairman from Bryan), Billy Goldberg (current state party chairman) and myself were flagging down cabs in the middle of the street. We were ready to buy a car,” Ms. Peters said. But she was laughing.
A special bus runs between the convention hall and the New York Hilton, headquarters for the Texas, New York and Indiana delegations.
Those who don’t catch the bus at the right times choose between catching a taxi, which can bi* difficult at peak times; riding the subway, dreaded by some, or walking the 20
blocks through midtown Manhattan.
At least, most do.
Lucy Efurd, a Kennedy delegate from El Paso, said she and a friend missed the bus one night and, finding it hard to get a cab, decided to walk. They made some friends while they rested along the way.
“We found some good samaritans. This couple was just leaving, they were at a Broadway show We became friends and they gave us a ride to the hotel,” she said.
Was she concerned about safety in New York late at night?
“Do you believe that never crossed my mind? They were very, very nice people,” Ms. Efurd said.
Billie Veach, a Carter delegate from Burnet, pulled off a shoe and pointed to the blisters when asked about how she was getting around New York.
‘Tm a country girl,” she said. “We walk on grass in Burnet. All they walk on here is this cement.”
Many of the delegates know New York from the 1976 convention or from previous trips.
Time spent exploring the city has been limited for some.
As assistant director of the state Democratic party, June Middlebrooks has spent a lot of her time taking care of convention business and logistics.
She said her only views of New York this trip were the hotel, the convention hall and, on business, the Plaza — “a beautiful hotel.”
Paul Looney, a Kennedy delegate from Lubbock, put in more variety by taking in a New York Yankees baseball game, walking through Harlem and riding out to Coney Island.
When some delegates do get out to see the
city, they sometimes find reporters trailing behind them.
Linda Shoemaker, a Carter delegate from San Angelo, said a television crew trailed her only sight-seeing excursion, a trip to the Statue of Liberty.
“I don’t really have any fears. I really like this city,” she said. “We did take the subway last night, and four people got off at the wrong stop. They had to walk a few blocks to catch up."
W.D. O’Neill, a Carter delegate from Victoria, said the pace and the size of New York may make it different from Texas but he’s figured it out anyway.
“Everyone seems to be going someplace in a hurry, and yet they’re really not," he said. “It’s not the same type of friendliness that we’re accustomed to, but everyone has been very courteous.”Adios, WalterNetworks' salute to veteran CBS anchorman closes Democratic convention
IX)S ANGELES (AP) The tumult had died, and Madison Square Garden had nearly emptied itself of its contentious tenants, finished at last with the noisy business of nominating their man for the White House There was but one story left to report.
ABC turned its cameras away from its anchormen, Frank Reynolds and Ted Koppel, and aimed at the booth next door, The image of Walter Cronkite, CBS’ anchorman, came into focus.
It was tile ultimate tribute to the veteran newsman working his last convention We are happy to have hun
on our screen,” Reynolds said, "and we wish him good luck."
CBS, appropriately, was the last network to leave the air after Thursday night's closing of the 38th Democratic National Convention, and before the lights went out, Cronkite’s colleagues gave him an on-air tribute. Charles Kuralt presented Cronkite with the microphone he used to report his first convention for CBS in 1952.
It was a self conscious bit of television, perhaps, to conclude coverage of a news story with a tribute to a TV newsman.
But the Democrats w ill be back in four years. Cronkite won’t.
As for the rest of Thursday’s show, it could have used some of the tingle of the Cronkite farewell. President Carter earned anew his reputation for lackluster oratory, and the crowd in the Garden was tepid.
So, the TV folks spent a lot of time remarking on the lack of enthusiasm and pondering the Carter-Kennedy enmity, which had sustained an army of story-hungry television reporters through 16 hours of prime time.
One of television’s dearest questions
through the week had been whether Senator Edward Kennedy would join Carter on the platform Thursday night for the traditional unity picture, a question answered affirmatively by Kennedy people earlier. But CBS’ Susan Spencer reported that Kennedy wouldn’t be in the hall for Carter’s acceptance speech.
She reported that Kennedy was afraid the cameras would focus on him rather than on Carter. This is a television show, remember.
Kennedy did arrive, but agonizing
moments late, forcing Carter’s people to kill time by inviting every Democrat they knew by name onto the podium.
Finally together, Carter and Kennedy seemed cool to one another.
“He didn’t physically embrace the president,” ABC’s James Wooten observed.
"That was a fairly cold reception," said Cronkite.
"I’m bound to say," Reynolds noted, “it would have almost been better if Kennedy had not shown up.”
CBS’ Bob Schieffer put the whole
Kennedy matter into much needed perspective, noting “how much the Democratic party seems to love Edward Kennedy when he’s not running for
Finally it was over, and an embarrassed Walter Cronkite tried to gracefully endure his farewell tribute.
It was appropriate that Charles Kuralt, whose job it is at CBS to take inventory of the nation’s sundry parts, was the last CBS reporter to end a convention report with:
“And now, back to you, Walter.”
Local taxes should fund administration, TFT says
AUSTIN (AP) Local taxes would have to pay the salary of school superintendents and any administrative positions above that of principal, according to a legislative proposal of the Texas Federation of Teachers AF DOTO.
“We want state money to go into education alone," Hon Wilcox. TFT president, told a news conference Thurday. “U»t the local money pay for bureaucracy.”
“We could save enough money on administrative expenses so there would Ik* no need for an alarming increase to tax payers," said John Cole, head of the TFT legislative committee.
Cole said 1,069 of the 4,(KH) employes in the Corpus Christi school system are administrative. and supervisory.
Wilcox said 61 percent of the proposed 1981-82 budget for Austin schools will go to administrative sources
Wilcox said the TFT now has about RMKR) members out of the 166,IRK) teachers iii Texas.
Neither Wilcox nor Cole would put a price tag on the TFT school finance proposals to be presented the 1981 Legislature. "Obviously it will bt* costly but we can afford it," said Cole. "A well-head tax ton oil) would pay for all this w ith no problem."
The finance proposal provides for a state teacher’s minimum salary of $12,000 in 1982 and $14,IRR) in 1983, compared to the present $9,430 minimum wage.
The Texas State Teachers Association is expected to recommend a minimum wage of $10,600
In addtion to the 34 percent increase iii teachers’ salaries, the IFT recommendations call for a teachers retirement
system that includes cost-of-living adjustments, collective bargaining for teachers, a “right-to-eat” act that would give teachers at least a 30-minute lunch period free from pupil supervision, statewide health insurance and a new
or a meaningful voice in their law to make assault on a teacher a felony.
"Of all our challenges, perhaps the worst is (Gov.) Bill Clements." Wilcox told the news conference.
Death hoax originated from Lackland AFB
SUSQUEHANNA, PA. (AP) The Amirult family’s nightmare of a late-night call which told of their son’s death ended Thursday morning w ith the disclosure of an appparent cruel hoax.
Authorities at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas said they were investigating the false death report of John L. Amirult, 18. which they said appeared to tx* deliberate.
The family had begun funeral arrangements and had
placed a newspaper obituary Thursday morning before their son telephoned to say he was alive
Peter Amirult said he and his wife received a phone call from a man who said he was a Ll. Johnson from lackland about 11:15 pm Wednesday night.
“He said John had been seriously injured iii a truck accident, that he had ruptured his spleen and had a lot of other injuries." Amirult said.
About midnight, the couple
received a second call from “Johnson," who told them their son was dead.
Peter Amirult, who said he suffers from diabetes and a heart condition, said he arranged with the caller to be flown to San Antonio as soon as the Air Force could send him flight tickets.
The family called a local funeral home to make arrangements for burial, and the home placed an obituary notice in the Evening Press in Binghamton, N Y.
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