New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, December 8, 1996 □ 5ARemember Pearl Harbor, but don’t neglect some fonder memories
“Let’s remember Peart Harbor, as we did the Alamo.” Yesterday, Dec. 7,1996, was the 55th anniversary of the devastating and “dastardly” attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7,1941.1 remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on that Sunday morning when the shocking news was broadcast over the radio. I’m sure almost every member of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center remembers that day, ”... a date which will live in infamy...,” and what he or she was doing at the time.
It is the same with Nov. 22,1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. People everywhere seem to remember just where they were and what they were doing when the news was broadcast. And all seem to remember the shocking aftermath with Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Thinking about these things made
me want to remember a little more of December 1941 and the war yiears. I remember bits and pieces of speeches. I remember war posters and ration stamps, meatless Tuesdays, “Knittin’ for Britain,” “Rosie, the Riveter,” “Uncle Sam Wants You,” and “Lucky Strike Green goes to War.” And there were many, many more.
What spirit and enthusiasm. Every man, woman and child rose to the occasion from 1941-1945, everyone doing a job, either at home or in the
service. We kept our radios tuned in for news, and how many times a day did we hear this song:
“Buy a Bond for Freedom today. Bonds for Freedom,
That’s what we’re selling in the USA.
Strike up the Freedom Band.
Play it throughout the Land Asking you to buy a Bond for Freedom today.”
« I think those words are at least pretty close.
There are other times that many people remember where they were and what they were doing. Perhaps, when Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, or, perhaps, when Marilyn Monroe committed suicide, or Jimmy HofTa disappeared, or the day Worid War II ended. I still remember the radio announcement of the surrender and the frantic and frenzied happiness
Interesting that all these events have to do with death, war, politics, and other horrors.
Now, enough of morbid recollections. What I really want to remind you of is something very pleasant. This is a reminder not to forget our “Potluck” Christmas Cocktail Party and celebration at 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Dance music will be provided by J. B. and Eudene Moore via tapes. Kenneth Triesch will start the party by leading us in a few Christmas carols and will present a Christmas reading. Please bring a snack to share: sandwiches, cheese, dip, chips, cookies — whatever you choose. The center will provide wine, tea, and coffee. Please join us. It should be fun, and you will still have time to make that special dinner date or another party. Come enjoy a Christmas celebration with friends.
Glowfest to add its part to ballooning^ 200-year history
What is it about hot air balloons that stirs the spirit? Just the sight of one on the horizon gets our attention. People stop whatever they are doing to watch — and sometimes to chase — a single hot air balloon.
The prospect of seeing more than 20 hot air balloons at once is enough to ignite the enthusiasm of the entire community of New Braunfels. The excitement is building as the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce prepares to conduct its first hot air balloon festival on Saturday and Dec. 15. More than 20 balloons are expected to dazzle the crowds with daytime flyovers and a dramatic evening glow during Glowfest ’96.
The “glow” takes place on Saturday at Prince Solms Park. The tethered balloons, inflated at nightfall by propane burners, will hover over the park like giant Christmas ornaments. Spectators can walk among the balloons or spread out blankets in the park to enjoy the glow, listen to holiday music and sip hot chocolate. There is no admission charge to Glowfest *96. Refreshments will be sold on the ^ark grounds. ti „
Glowfest organizers expect families from New Braunfels and surrounding communities to be drawn to Prince Solms Park by the same sense of adventure that has
Estimated federal tax payments due Jan. 15
The Internal Revenue Service reminds people who make estimated tax payments that the fourth installment for 19% is due Jan. 15, 1997.
The payment should be sent to the IRS along with the fourth quarter payment vouchers from Form 1040ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. To make sure that the payment is properly credited to your account, the IRS asks that you write your social security number and the words “1996 Form 1040ES” on the check.
If you expect to owe $500 or more in federal tax on your 19% return,* you probably should make a quarterly payment by the Jan. 15 deadline, the IRS says. However, you can choose to skip the fourth quarter payment if you file your return early. To take advantage of this option, send in your regular 1996 federal income tax return and pay the entire amount due by Jan. 31.
pcople who are self-employed are usually required to make estimated tax payments. The same goes for those who receive income not covered by withholding, such as interest and dividends.
lf you held a second job this year or were laid off and received unemployment benefits, you also may need to make these payments, the IRS says.
Form 1040ES has a worksheet which can help you figure the correct amount due.
To get a free copy of this form, call the IRS toll-ftee at 1-800-TAX-Form (829-3676).
If you prefer, you can have Form 1040ES faxed to you.
Using your fax machine’s handset, dial 703-487-4160 and request Item Number 32.
Computer users can download this form from the IRS Home Page on the World Wide Web, http://www.irs.ustreas.gov.
To listen to a recorded summary of the estimated tax rules, call TeleTax at 1-800-829-4477 and request tape number 335.
(Submitted by the Internal Revenue Service)
attracted man to hot air balloons for more than 200 years.
The fascination with ballooning dates to the late 1700s when hot air balloons became the first aircraft to satisfy man’s urge to fly. The Montgolfier brothers of France are credited with launching the first unmanned balloon in June 1783. Next the brothers sent up a balloon with passengers — a duck, rooster and sheep. The balloon flew for eight minutes and rose to a height of 1,500 feet. The animals survived the flight with nothing more serious than a bad case of nerves, so the brothers felt confident enough to send men up.
The first manned flight was made on June 21, 1783, and was witnessed by most of the population of Paris. Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Ariandes rose about 3,000 feet and
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stayed aloft for 25 minutes. After that, “Montgolfier fever” swept Europe with people trying to create bigger and better balloon designs. Unfortunately several fatal accidents followed as the balloons caught fire easily.
In the search for safer balloons, Professor J.A.C. Charles created balloons filled with hydrogen gas. The gas balloon, called “Charliere,” was safer because no fire was needed and it stayed up longer than the “Montgolfier” hot air balloon. These terms are still used to describe the different types of balloons.
In the United States, hot air ballooning has been growing in popularity since the early 1960s when propane-fueled balloons were introduced. The balloons are safer than ever and accidents are rare. The
Federal Aviation Agency monitors these events and inspects the balloons just as they inspect all other aircraft. Now hot air balloons are flown by thousands of sports enthusiasts at hundreds of hot air balloon festivals around the United States.
Nighttime balloon “glows" are a fairly new addition to the festivals. The colorful, tethered balloons literally glow with dazzling brilliance when their propane burners are lit. During New Braunfels’ Glowfest ‘96, the air also will be filled with holiday music and the aroma of hot apple cider. The unique holiday light display is guaranteed to stir the spirit!
For information, contact Jim Scheele, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce 1-800-572-2626.
(Submitted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce)
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Here we are in the computer age. Believe me, things can go wrong.
It may be human error or it may not, but this month, somehow', a couple of hundred of the newsletter labels did not print from the computer.
At this point, these members did not receive a newsletter and the special “Remember when ...” booklet, a pictorial history of the Center, which was sent out for December. We are trying to rectify
this error every way we can. If you did not receive your newsletter packet (mailed in a large envelope this month), please call the center at 629-4547 and we will see that you get one, or you may come by to pick up your newsletter and booklet. That would be of great help to us.
We apologize and hope you understand.
(Marie Dawson lives in New Braunfels and writes a column on matters of interest to senior citizens.)
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