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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Sunday, December 11,1983OpinionsHwrald-Zeitung Daw Kraaer, General Manager    KohartjohiiwoMgJEjiforRobert JohnsonAh, the wonder and beauty of a dream fulfilled I am basically an average guitarist. Even “guitarist" is a misnomer, since it implies a certain amount of proficiency. “Guitar player” is more accurate. But, like other average guitarists, I have these fantasies. There are several variations, but the theme is the same. I’m onstage in front of 80,000 screaming fans at the Cotton Bowl (or Shea Stadium, or the Hammersmith Odeon in London) with Mick and Keith and Bill and Charlie and the rest of the Rolling Stones. We’ve just concluded a spectacular, sweat-drenched show with a killer “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and everyone is just ga-ga over my frenzied solo — magic fingers streaking so quickly over the fretboard that even Leo Kottke would be impressed. Invariably, these fantasies are played out in secret in front of a fulllength mirror. The only fast fingers and screaming fans are on a live album playing on the stereo. Given this you can imagine my surprise when I was offered a shot at actually fulfil mg this dream, at least in a sense. Last Thursday, I backed up The King. Elvis. Swivel-hips himself. The man who touched off a musical revolution. Well, not quite. Obviously, it wasn’t really Elvis; he’s been dead for six years. It was Canyon High senior Matt Kyle, who’s been doing Elvis impersonations since seventh grade. And it wasn't at the Hollywood Bowl or the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. It was for a talent show in the school’s commons. But there were enough ingredients — a large audience, screaming girls, and fine renditions of Elvis favorites like "Jailhouse Rock” and "Heartbreak Hotel” — to make it close enough for me. Matt has really become pretty good at this, although he seems an unlikely choice for an Elvis impression. Elvis was slicked-back black hair and long sideburns, and, in his last years, decidedly paunchy to boot. Matt, on the other hand, looks like he came off a Wheaties box. He’s short and stocky. He has exactly one Remember when 10 years ago today A 33-year-old former music director w ho was the last person to apply has been named to succeed Mrs. Norma Moeller as county tax assessor-collector. Robert Schlabach was chosen from among 14 applicants for the $9,300-a-year position by Commissioners Court. He will assume the office Jan. I. At least one incumbent county officeholder has decided not to seek reelection in next spring’s primary elections. He is Charles Wood, Peace Justice for Precinct 3. Wood told the Herald this week that he will be 75 next year and does not feel he should continue on the job. Using NBISD trustees as a .sounding board. Supt. O.E. “Pete” Hendricks ventured an idea Tuesday night that board president Melvin Jochec said “could revolutionize the educational system as we know it today.” Hendricks believed that adequate education could be afforded students if the present grades of kindergarten through 12 were condensed into ll years. CAPTION:    "Movie    Extras”: Chatting with Robert Redford, star of the movie “The Great Waldo Pepper," being filmed in the San Marcos area, are two extras from New Braunfels, Mylet Kuykendall and Raymond Fauset Jr. The movie is about the era when aeroplanes were coming into use and the barnstorming days of young daredevils with their flying circuses. The Seguin Matadors scrapped and rebounded past four basketball opponents in the Unicorn gym last weekend for a surprising sweep of the eighth annual NBHS Invitational. Seguin beat the New Braunfels Unicorns, 67-66, en route to the title. Jerry Cross led Ute Unicorns with 16 points against the Mats. The Canyon Cougars captured their second tourney in succession last weekend in Kenedy and ran their winning streak to eleven. The Cougars bounced Tilden. 99-78; Aransas Pass, 80-59; and Pleasanton, 67-65, en route to the title. Kevin O’Connor led the way with 20 points against Tilden, while Paul Walker was high against Aransas Pass and Pleasanton with 23 and 21 points, respectively. 25 years ago today Dean Word Co. was the low bidder on Ute final section of four-lane Expressway construction on Highway 81 through New Braunfels in bid openings Tuesday morning in the State Highway Department offices in Austin. Word’s bid of 81,728,161 was low by about 833,000 under the second bidder. Death of a 4* 2-year-old boy upon arrival at New Braunfels Hospital yesterday morning was definitely established as due to diptheria, it was reported by Dr. Jack Bergfeld, city-county health officer. The child had been taken to a local physician, who immediately had turn rushed to the hospital. CAPTION: “Trophy Ball" — The game ball used in the Unicorns’ 84 defeat of tile Seguin Matadors last mon til, was presented to Senior High Principal E.H. West by Unicorn captain Arian OU, star of the game, in ceremonies at the school recently. Head coach Francis Meyer and assistant coach John Ferrara participated in the ceremony. Noting the Christmas season is already at hand, Postmaster Tug Pf culler this week urged the public to begin Christmas mailing now. A discussion of the “rumors and untruths” being circulated regarding the New Braunfels Independent School District tax revaluation program occupied members of the Board of Trustees for most of the regular meeting Tuesday. Board President Irvin Bonnet said the aims and purposes of the program were being obscured by the campaign of viilification and criticism leveled at the board. Mayor Joseph Faust was elected president of the South Texas Region 7 of the Texas Municipal League at a meeting of the organization in the Gunter Hotel Wednesday night. 50 years ago today Over 2U0 young people are expected to be present at the Court House Friday night for the purpose of organizing a New Braunfels Junior Chamber of Commerce. All young men and women under 35 interested in promoting their own welfare and the welfare of the city and county are urged to be present. Some of the young men backing the project include E.P. Nowotny, Alton Lockett, Hilmar Triesch, Percy Richter, Junior Faust and Roland Weisch. Dairy men who service New Braunfels with fluid milk met with J.C. Corbin, Secretary of Texas Agricultural Association, Wednesday night at the City Hail and worked out a plan for the organization of a cooperative creamery for N„.v Braunfels, Geo. EhUager, county agent, reports. ounce of fat on him — on his right big toe. He has muscles in places where I don’t even have places. His hair is short and brownish, and he has no hint of sideburns. But the physical differences seem unimportant when the music starts. He’s got most of Elvis’ vocal tricks down pat. But he had a problem. He needed someone to back him up. It’s pretty hard to get into the whole Elvis mystique when you have to worry about getting the chords right. And Elvis doesn’t sound right backed up by a piano, as Matt had been for previous shows. The King demands a guitar. Not knowing what he was getting into, Matt asked me to back him up. WIK) could pass that up? I certainly couldn’t. I told him, sure, I’ll do it. I’d just had a gig recently, and I’m primed for another, I said. Of course, I didn't tell him my last gig — and my only public guitar experience — had been at my sister-in-law’s wedding in September. We played such rock classics as “Aqnie’s Song”, "Morning Has Broken” and "Follow Me." You John Denver fans should recognize two of those three, and, ironically, John Denver was going to help me do a decent job of backing up Elvis, errr, I mean, Matt. See, Elvis was going to close the show, but before that, Matt and his sister Kathryn, planned a duet to a song Denver recorded, "Grandma’s Feather Bed." I was backing them up, too. That song probably saved me. It’s an easy song — three chords, and fast strumming. It’s perfect for someone whose adrenalin is pumping too quickly. Dressed in country compone costumes on their feather bed (a dinky little cot taken from the school clinic), Matt and Kathryn got lots of laughs the moment they walked out, which helped me relax. They hammed it up good during the song, and that helped even more. But I still felt the pressure as we waited for Matt’s grand finale. This was his last talent show. He was going to dedicate the last song of the medley, "My Way,” to the senior class. I had forgotten the chords to "My Way" in rehearsal the day before. And there was no one else to fall back on. It was just my guitar — no drums, bass or second guitar to drown out any mistakes. Yes, I was a little nervous. Naturally, we pulled it off. Matt came out in boots, white pants (which his mother thinks are too tight), white shirt and a bright red cape. Everybody went nuts, and all the attention he was getting helped me relax. He threw the cape aside, and I gave him a "D” to get his voice ready. He counted down, and we jumped into “Jailhouse Rock,” and everybody went nuts again. Matt was just great. He bumped. He grinded. He put on a soulful look. He paced. He got down on his knees. They ate it up. At least, I think they did. I was concentrating so hard, I didn t pay much attention to what he was doing. I slowed down for two verses of “Teddy Bear," and then beat the strings into a bloody pulp as he rocked into “Heartbreak Hotel." Finally, there was "My Way,” which he dedicated to the Canyon Class of 1984. Good choice. There’s one line which says “We’ve had our share of losing," and Matt, as starting center on the Cougars' 7-3 football team, had as much to do with changing that as anybody. Better still, he changed "I did it my way” to "We did it our way.” I stopped for a dramatic pause as Matt sang that line to wind up the song and the show. Elvis may have gotten bigger responses, but this one was plenty for me. I started out nervous as anything, but when I heard the applause, I wished it hadn’t ended so soon. Ironically enough. John Denver got his revenge. Matt’s Elvis placed third, but "Grandma's Feather Bed" ran off with first place. I guess that’s showbiz, folks. The New Braudels High School band will receive a bass horn and a bass drum as a result of contributions made by a number of organizations and citizens, according to an announcement made by A .J. Lockett, school board treasurer. Forty-two separate volumes chronicling the happenings in New Braunfels and Canal County for a span of 42 years is the record of the New Braudels Herald as this issue brings to its readers issue Number I of Volume 43. Two New Yak youths were apprehended when leaving Handy Aady Ne. S on Seguin Street Sunday night and were charged with burglary before Justice el Me Peace Baa Faaet. They were charged by Caw-stable W. A. SchelL JIH,ITS MENOUGH MNQNG THE emit HOUK SEOK WWW MAKING IMA® TOTEMS FROUfSEU/ES- I UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE FEEL-1 KHON THEy THOUGHT THIS WAS ARBbCA- WT irsKWtffipUSTIME TD BE PPESW3CKT- I HAVE TO DO THIS, AND I EXPECT MZ PEOPLE TO HEI? PUT THE BEST MACE ON ft- JIM,THE STAFF HAS GOTTO STOP CALLING THIS PLACE 'THE BUNKER." m/L , mein Fuhrer/ NM cur * THAT QUI# > Washington Today White House security tough on everyone By JAMES GERSTENZANG Aesocieted Press WASHINGTON — When it comes to new security procedures in Washington, it’s getting tough on everyone. Concrete barriers make a quick drive up to the White House gates on the south grounds impossible. Briefcases carried into White House offices are examined in spot checks for weapons and explosives. The limousines of visiting Cabinet members and other dignitaries are often given a once-over to see if bombs have been hidden underneath. At a White House party the other day, Sen. Charles Percy, R-IU., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he, too, is taking some steps to make himself less conspicuous in security-conscious Washington. "I'm taking off my license plate tags on my car. That’s the first brae in 17 years that I’ve done that. I like to drive around with Illinois license plates on. We’re all more security conscious, at the Capitol. It’s a lot more complicated than ifs ever been before.” He said that he was planning to give up his Illinois VIP license plate and hide his foreign-made luxury car behind a more anonymous set of numbers.Same party At the party, a reception saluting five American artists being honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, President Reagan had a chance to deal with some familiar material. First, he talked about choreographer Katherine Dunham, working from note cards. Then, it was Virgil Thomson, the composer. Then, he talked about Kila Kazan, the director. But then, the president turned to the other honorees, Francis Albert Sinatra and James Stewart. It was not difficult for the president to carry out his emcee chores. Sinatra, he said, developed "I distinctive song style — long phrase: and glissade — that’s technical tall for crooning ” Old Blue Eyes won an Oscar for hi: performance in “From Here I Eternity,” Reagan noted, and Iv appeared in “On the Town" and sanj with Bing Crosby rn "High Society." As for Jmuny Stewart, a long-tim Reagan friend, the president recaile this tale from his California politici days: "When Jack Warner, head ( Warner Brothers, first heard that was running for governor c California, he said, No, no. Jimrn Stewart for governor; Reagan fc best friend.”’Mailbag Theatre wants to clear misunderstanding Open letter to the community: Aa members of the Circle Arts Theatre board of directors, we would like to correct some erroneous conclusions resulting from a report given at the November 21th meeting of the City Council. From information in the repot recently published, people have mistakenly concluded that the Wurstfest Association had donated 880,800 to Circle Alta Theatre. This is not the case. drek Aits has not received any funds from the Wurst-feat Association. And the report did not Intend to Imply this. As we understand it, the list of “donations in permanent improvements to the city property leased by the Wurstfest Association” included the Circle Arts Theatre facility. Prior to October ’71, that “facility” was a city-owned warehouse that the Wurstfest Association subsequently leased from the city in order to provide another facet to their annual celebration. Fo an estimated 880,000, they restored the budding to use. in the fall of 71, by repairing and painting the interior and installing wiring, light fixtures, and an acoustical ceiling, drek Arts Theatre was then invited to present an old time melodrama during Wurstfest. At that time the building was known as the Klemehaile When the Association gained the use of the other old of the building, they indicated with a sign that IT was the Kkinehalle. Consequently, to avoid confusion, our organization dropped the use of the name "Kkinehalle” and have since referred to that part of the building we lease as Circle Arts Theater. Thus we’re certain that it was in the spirit of cooperation, that, In an attempt to identify the specific area being discussed, the report contained the words "drek Arts Theatre facility”. Several years after that Initial melodrama, the facility became our year round home and we greatly appreciate the original restoration. From the number of peopk who have inquired about the "donation”, we must presume there are many who have wondered and have not inquired. We hope this explanation clartfka the situation. Sincerely, The Boerd af Directors of drek Arts Theatre ;