New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
merely curious, a chance to see and buy hundreds of firearms.
And it’s not all just guns. Knives and bayonets, holsters, and other accessories share the spotlight. One table displayed bookends, jewelry and key chams made from spent shell casings. "How-to” manuals for sabotage, guerrilla warfare and all-around anarchy are available. Also for sale are uniforms from a variety of nations and an unbelievable assortment of wartime memorabilia.
NBPD Officer Kevin Clayton sat by the door collecting the $1.50 adult admission fee.
"We’re doing better attendance-wise than the last two years. There’s a lot of people here. Out of 125 available tables we’ve
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Gun shows are hard to describe: part retail store, part museum; there are no rules governing price, quality, make or model. Each exhibitor is free to wheel and deal. You pays yer money and you takes yer choice.
The third annual gun show of the New Braunfels Police Officers’ Association is no exception. Dealers from across the state gathered at the Civic Center Saturday to barter and sell everything from modern sporting arms to antiques.
The show, which continues today from 9 arn to 5 p.m., gives gun aficionados, and the
An tique weapons, WW ll relics highlight annual event
rented out about 98 percent of them,” he said.
Inside, tables are laden with firearms, and the predominant colors seem to bt' the rich wood hues of rifle stocks and the olive drab of uniforms and equipment.
Chris Starlin. a quiet young man with big sideburns, sat behind a tableful of Nazi regalia, including two mannequins in full uniform.
"We get our stuff from individuals, and some from mail order. People put out lists of items for sale, and there’s even a magazine, "Der Gauleiter," devoted to German Army things.
“This is just a hobby. I’ve really only been into it for two and a half years. If we make
any money on it, I just turn around and put it into something else,” Starlin said.
Individual veterans are his favorite source of supply.
"That’s the main place to buy as far as I’m concerned. I’d rather get them from a veteran because you know they’re authentic.”
Prices depend on quality, which is rated "mint, excellent, good, and p<*or" for dealer sales purposes. Starlin specializes in Nazi paraphernalia, "although we do get a couple of Jap items once and a while.”
"I’ve always thought the Germans were sharp-looking,” Starlin said.
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Three more jetliners hijacked to Havana
MIAMI (AP) — A dramatic surge in the new wave of airplane hijackings broke out Saturday as three jetliners were ordered to Havana — two of them within half an hour — and four Cuban men were arrested as they tried to board an airplane in Tarnpa, Fla., carrying gasoline, officials said.
The hijackings brought to six the number of planes commandeered and ordered flown to Cuba during the week, and to ll the number of planes hijacked arnee June 12,1979 — after 87 planes were commandeered from the United States to Cuba from 1961 to 1973. Saturday’s takeovers came one
day after federal officials announced a step-up in airport security.
Two of the hijackings — of a Delta Air Lines wide-body L-1011 and a Republic Airlines DC-9 — occurred within half an hour Saturday night, according to the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington. An Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 was ordered to Cuba Saturday morning and returned to Miami in the afternoon, a few hours before the Saturday night hijackings were reported.
Roger Myers of the FAA in Atlanta said the Republic plane was commandeered by three persons, and that
one to three persons who Myers said "apparently had four containers of gasoline,” diverted the Delta jet.
Further details about the methods used were not immediately available.
The Republic plane, carrying 106 passengers and five crew members, arrived in Havana at about 7:30 p.m., EDT. The Delta jet had 157 passengers and a crew of eight aboard when it landed in Havana at 8:01 p.m., government and airline officials said.
Within 90 minutes of landing in Havana, the two planes were being
See HIJACK, Page 16A
Gypsum eyes growth
Plans for expanding the United States Gypsum Company plant in New Braunfels have been announced by the company’s board of directors.
The expansion will nearly double the local quicklime and hydrate capacity, making the city the largest lime producer in the state.
The plant, located approximately 20 miles northeast of San Antonio, will the
second facility in the country to produce both types of lime.
The expansion reflects the company’s commitment to increase its ability to serve industry in Texas and the Gulf Coast area, Graham J. Morgan, company chairman, said.
"The Sun Belt region, and particularly Texas, is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States,”
Morgan said, "and the New Braunfels plant is centrally located to meet industry demands.”
Lime, a critically important chemical for which there is little economical substitution, has a variety of commercial uses. One of its oldest but still current uses is in building construction applications—mortar, stucco and plaster.
When the local expansion is completed, quicklime production capacity will increase by 88 percent. Con-struction work is expected to begin the first quarter of 1981 and anticipated
KALEIDOSCOPE............1 4B completion date is mid-1982. The
current plant is one of the major
OPINIONS..................4A employers in the New Braunfels area
SPORTS 5-7A arM* an appropriate 15 percent increase
in the work force will be required upon WEATHER................16A completion of the plant expansion.
British author says real Kennedy assassin was Soviet agent
FORT WORTH (AP) - Some dismiss it as just a publicity stunt, others insist it is the key move in discovering details of a massive Soviet conspiracy. And the main character in the drama has been dead nearly 17 years.
The question: who is buried in Lee Harvey Oswald’s grave?
At the center of the controversy is British author Michael Eddowes, who believes the man in the grave is not Oswald.
For three years, Eddowes has insisted Oswald, accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy, is institutionalized in the Soviet Union, where he defected in 1959.
The day of the killing — Nov. 22, 1963 — police arrested a man they said was Lee Harvey Oswald and charged him with the president’s death.
Two days later, before he could be indicted, that man was shot to death in the basement of the Dallas police station by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who died in jail
three years later while awaiting retrial of his murder conviction.
Eddowes claims the man arrested, shot by Ruby and buried in Fort Worth’s Rose Hill Cemetery is a Soviet agent named Alek James Hided who assumed Oswald’s identity, returned to the United States and shot Kennedy.
"I know — I know — a Russian agent shot your president and I intend to prove it,” Eddowes told the Associated Press last week.
"I think that’s a bunch of b.s.,” said Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy Walter Potts, who executed the search warrant at Oswald’s apartment the day Kennedy was killed.
"There’s no doubt in my mind that the guy killed in the basement and buried in Fort Worth was Lee Harvey Oswald,” Potts said.
Eddowes wants the body exhumed and examined to make sure. The exhumation,
approved by Oswald’s widow, was delayed at the request of Oswald’s brother, who purchased the grave plot and pays for its maintenance.
A state judge has agreed to hear arguments on the exhumation Friday, perhaps clearing the way for resolution of Eddowes’ theory, which he began actively pursuing three years ago.
His original petition for an exhumation order, filed last year, is pending before the Texas Supreme Court after rejections by lower courts.
Bill Alexander, chief prosecutor for the Dallas County district attorney in 1963, believes Eddowes’ motivation is not a search for truth, but for publicity.
"There have been a bunch of people making a living out of the assassination ever since it happened,” Alexander said. "There were books written about Lincoln’s death for IOO years after it happened, and now there
are books about the books about lincoln’* death.”
Dallas Police Sgt. Gus Hose, who interrogated Oswald after his arrest, said, "I think this is only a publicity stunt.”
Oswald’s widow, Marina Oswald Porter, said she agreed to the exhumation order to put rumors to rest, but that she does not need reassurance that the man in the grave is l^ee Harvey Oswald.
"I don’t need the proof,” she told The Associated Press from her home in Rockwall, east of Dallas "I don’t need it for myself ... I just signed the release.”
Others have speculated Kennedy was killed through the clandestine machinations of organized crime, Fidel Castro, right-wing Dallas oil millionaires, the South American remnants of Nazi Germany or the Ku Klux Klan.
Allan Saxe, a political science professsor at the University of Texas at Arlington, admits he is fascinated at the number and
variety of theories surrounding Kennedy’s murder, but believes it is merely an outgrowth human nature.
"I don’t want to make this sound too bizarre, but I Hunk there is a shadowy’ side to man, and we gravitate to violence. Our TV shows and movies prove that. Ixiok at all the books that make millions of bucks, that say the world is full of spies, that Armageddon is just around the corner.
"Also, we tend to look for other explanations than the obvious, ui many cases.
Saxe writes a weekly column of social comment for a suburban newspaper and does sinular commentary occasionally on a Dallas TV station. He adnuts an academic interest in the Kennedy conspiracy theories, but wonders what end will be served if Oswald’s grave is opened and the man inside is not I^ee Harvey Oswald.
"What are we going to do — declare war on the Soviet Union?”
Staff photo bv John Sent*
Headlights on cars traveling along iH 35 form eerie patterns