New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, Dec. 7,1994
Serving Comal County tor more than 142 years ■ Home of HELEN BRUCKS
(Vol. 142, No. 280
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Birthday wishes from th* HerahUEettungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Helen Bracks, Nancy Brinkkoeter, Jennifer Noble, Lola Herring, Bill Daugherty, Mary Valenzuela, Michael Hughes (8 years!), Bertha Baerwald, Robert Biggers, Mary Lou Broome, Patricia Custer, Norris Flodine, Floris Jo Lewis, Chan-doha Mary, Mildred Reek, Mary Tymrak, Jane Young, Lonnie Curtis, Renea Ritchie, Emu Sanchez, Neat Tipton, Geraldine Smith.
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Donations to N-Z Choor Fund continuo
Area citizens have begunto aibmit donations to the Herald-annual Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local Amities for the Christmas holidays.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so in pemon by coining by the Hcold-Zeitung office st 707 Lands St, or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Volunteers for food delivery am needed, Avery said. Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery cen do so by calling Avery. Today's donations include;
■ David Bl Shirley Brownell -toys.
■ Mr. ft Mn. F.B. Curry-$10
■ Leland ft Mary Jean Cross -$25
■ Helgard Suhr - $25
■ Arnold ft Jean Paulen -$50
■ Mr. ft Mn. Troy Butch,
■ Howard ft Mary Gold-Sucker- $25
■ Rober ft Ruth Alford-525
■ Larry Zunker-$25
Women’s shsttsr to bonoflt from ovont
A special benefit for the Comal County Women's Shelter will be held Dec. 20 from 8 p.m. to 12 pm st Garys Lands Station on Lands St.
A special jam night will be hosted by The Stingaya which will indude several other local musical performer
Cost of admission will be one can of food. An suction will be held during the evening with proceeds going to the women's shelter.
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Molly Joe's Inc., will be host to a community meal "Harvest from the Heart," on Dec. 23 at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Some 3,0004 J)00 people are expected to be served, said Robert Ronkel of Molly Joe's Catering. Volunteers sit needed to help set up the meal on Dec. 23.
Fa mom information, call 625-2954.
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A Day of Infamy
Wassailfest slated for
New Braunfels resident recalls devastation of Japanese I tOIUOrTOW attack on U.S. Naval installation at Pearl Harbor
By MARK LYON
New Braunfels resident Robert Cole was not a witness to the Dec. 7,1941 Japanese bombing of the U.S. Navy’s fleet at Pearl Harbor.
But he almost was.
But if you ask him, hell tell you he is thankful he wasn't
Only hours after the tragic assault on more than half of the U.S.’ Pacific fleet, Cole, s lieutenant in the Navy, arrived in Hawaii on the U.S.S. Acacapa.
Wha he saw horrified him so much that he says he still wakes up in s cold sweat during the middle of the night after reliving the day in a nightmare.
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several miles from Hawaii but could sees great cloud of smoke.
The land was illuminated by the fires in the hsrba. We had no ides of what had just taken place. We were scared to death because we didn't know what had happened and didn't know what to expect. We only knew something very terrible had taken place."
Upon arriving at the scene, death and destruction surrounded Cole, who instantly began trying to assist in the recovery of wounded soldiers.
T wouldn't want anyone to see that," he said. "You just wanted to fell apart, it was so ugly. We were just wiped out It was an awfiil feeling for everyone there. There was mass confusion and destruction everywhere. To see that happen to your country is just horrible. We had no communications with Pearl Harbor. We couldn’t get through to them so we had no ides what was going on. We ill seemed to go into shock.
*T still have the nightmares. I wake up in a cold sweat."
. Cole said he believes that his ship and the U.S. coast would have fallen victim to the thousands of Japanese Zero planes had the squadrons not experienced shortages of fUel and ammunition.
"We thought whatever had hit Petri was going to hit us also," he said. "We could only wonder what .would be waiting for us st Pearl."
However, Cole's finest hour, or perhaps his most heroic hour, would come liter in his career with the Navy - only
Second annual event set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Tourists roam the streets of New Braunfels throughout the year and especially flood the town during the summa.
Thousands also come for Wurstfest, and several out-of-towners can be seen at the Comal County Fair.
So what special even a celebration does New Braunfels have for its own citizens?
The second annual Wassail-feat, scheduled for Thursday night beginning st 6 pm.
Na that local residents don't arend Wurstfest and the others, a that tourists aren't welcomed st Wassailfest.
However, the rest Sucmpts to showcase the hhrwM-ZaHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL downtown vc, KywandUrrj'■ran*. to New Braun- Comal Ftowwr Shop, mix up th»lr
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HmefrZekung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Robert Colo has few things In hit Mrsp book to remember PmH Hsrba by, but he hts a photo of the some airplane he wse shot down In ever Midway Island.
After being sent back to California with some of the wounded soldiers from Pearl Hsrba, Cole soon was sent back into the Pacific to Midway Island. While flying patrol ova the ' island in I PBY5-A.be Th*TO WMS mass OOO-was aho* down by ane- fusion and destruction tv?*- everywhere. To soc
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beck to the mainland.
T was best uo orettv bed," he said.
"My hands were burned and at first, they didn't know if they would be able to save them. I wu sent beck to the mainland to the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Francisco and stayed there for one yea. Much of that time I wu in a cast from the waist-up."
Fa service to his country, Cole wu presented with the Meritorious Service Medal from President Hairy Truman rn
well u the Purple Heart.
"The Navy felt I had done my part so they sent me on a public relations tour in California," he said. "I wu one posters and radio shows and wu kind of looked at like a wa hero since I had been shot down in my plane."
Thou tours became the setting for the beginning of numerous friendships with some of Hollywood's more ferrous people, includ-ing Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O'Hara and Ronald Reagan, to name a few.
Aria his stint in die Navy, Cole spent the next 14 years u an engineer for NASA in Houston.
Since his retirement from NASA, he became married to his wife, Mary, and moved to New Braunfels where he bu been scrive u a memba of the Elks Club, Noon Lions, Comal County Senior Ceria and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Public television braces for federal cuts
By TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writer
The treasurer of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council said San Antonio's Channel 9 would be ready if the federal government follows through with plans to cut public television funding as reports have indicated
Newly-appointed Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he would like lo see government stop fending public television because of its liberal alani on programming.
The conservative congreasnan from Georgia suggested tbs federal government na fond the Corporate for Public Broadcasting, the nation's public television entity.
Although San Antonio’s RLRN counts on the ccxporetion for 17 percent of its budget, it is still an important part of their budget The tea of the station's budget depends on public contributions raised through memberships, auctions and fond drives.
Bill Cone, president of Citizens Bank in New Braunfels, serves ss treasurer for the pubic television station.
"Wa are going to see the government ittpond more responsibly to fiscal matters, and as citizens we Bauld respect that, ba then again I think Channel 9 is a grea resource. I would hate to see it affected," he said.
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that it rot be cut with a mea ax, ba rather ga phased out," he said.
Cone said the statements made by Gingrich did not surprise him, ba whether the statements were made a na RLRN mu* ga into i position to be self sufficient. .
RLRN Finance Director Pa Lopez agreed with Cone.
"We know gradually fonds will decrease anyway as congress gas its householder" he said. "We are looking for otha types of funding."
local folks to come down and see whst's dowiiown," he said.
Wassailing is a Yuletide tradition imported from Europe where people go from house to house in local villages caroling and tasting each home's wassail. In New Braunfels' version, revelers will still try the wassail, ba it will bs a the 50 wassail stops held by participating downtown businesses.
"It's kind of a taste for fee family, and it's a nice femiiy outing with all the Christmas ligfesindwsoeU.lt gets you in the Christmas spirit," said Larry Brandt of the Comal Flowa Shop. "This brings people into the stores, and it’s jure s Arn evening."
At the heart of the fest is the actual wssMil tasting.
Because Wasail festers will be voting on their favorite wassail, several burineasa turned down requests to reveal wha the contents of their wassail will be.
"Its kind of Uke a chili cook-off; nobody will teU you wha's in there," Thompson said.
Wassail is usually made from a mixture of cida, fruit juice, spica and mulled wine. Both alcoholic and non alcoholic.
Carol Johnson, of Johnson's Furniture Innerworka, also would na reveal the contents of ha drink, ba she did any since ha femiiy wa Swedish, it will be serving glogg.
"b's fen competition," she said. ‘It gets people oa of the commercial aspect of the season. It is a goodwill event, and it’s an opportunity tor good friends to see each otha."
In the inaugural Wassailing, more than 500 people joined the Christmas celebration in a turnout tha surprised some organizers. This year they expect even more to attend.
Sponsored by the Main Strea Project, Wassailfea will have a lea* 15 musical groups Uke South Texas Sound, Mariachi Cardenas, Cross Lutheran Bell Choir and Oma and Oompahs and Kinder Choir to keep the Christmas ambiance.
Tho* who collect a lea* eight Ramps (one from cab waste station) in their waoail program, which will be handed out free, will be eligible for one of the 32 door prizes.
In addition, the Brauntex theoa will offer a movie for the kids, "All I Want Pa Christmas," to be chaperoned by the New Braunfels Interact Club, a local youth organization.
The Ida is to give parents some free time while the kids watch the 90 minute film.
The Hinman House will also offer Kids Korea after tbs movie.
The Herald-Zeitung has also learned tha Santa wiU bs dropping in for a visit.
Several "De Wassail ing" stations (re* rooms) will be atnsa-gically based around the downtown ares. Buggy rides along with transportation to and from some of the distant waaaul stops will be made available by Becker Motors.
Unlike Wurstfest, which hardly ever gets good wester, people a Wassaiifo* be exposed to the elements moa of the time.
"I jua hope and pray tha the weather is perfect because many people have gone all oa for this," Project Dime** Karen Candle.
Candle said if there would be inclement weater, no rain da*y ha been scheduled and "the show mu* go on.”
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