New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Builder happy with progress in city department
Beach Boys' drummer drowns after dive
MAMMA DEL HEY, Calif i AP) -Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson,
* host California rock ’n* roll brainchild took America on a 20-year musical Surfin’ Satan,” appeared to be clowning when he dove off a boat and drow ned, a friend said.
Wilson, 39, an avid surfer who gave the band its name, did not come up after diving in 12 feet of water at a yacht slip Wednesday, said boat owner Bill Oster, the friend Wilson was visiting.
"I saw some bubbles come up,” said Oster, who was on the boat with two other friends. ' He popped up and waved his hand I saw his body slip down. I thought he was clowning. I knew he had to come up for some air.”
Wilson s body was recovered by the Harbor Patrol 50 minutes after he disappeared.
An autopsy was scheduled for today, said Bill Gold, spokesman for the l>os Angeles County coroner’s office.
It was Wilson who first noticed California’s surfing craze and talked the other members of the group into changing their name from Carl and the Passions to the Beach Boys in 1961.
Made up of Wilson, his brothers Brian and Carl, cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine, the Beach Boys turned out 35 albums, 15 of them gold.
Among their hits were “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ USA” and “California Girls,” harmony-heavy tributes to languid summer days, youthful bikinied beachgoers and the perfect wave.
Earlier this year, Interior Secretary James Watt touched off a storm of protest from fans — including first lady Nancy Keagan and Vice President George Bush — when he banned the Beach Boys and other rock groups from the July Fourth celebration in Washington, D.C. Instead. the group played Independence Day in Atlantic City, N J.
Though the Beach Boys’ recent songs never matched the popularity of such ’60s hits as "Help Me, Rhonda.
• “Catch a Wave” and “Little Surfer Girl,” nostalgic fans continued to pack into concerts and buy their records Their most recent releases, “Endless Sununer’’ and "15 Big Ones,” sold over 2 million and I million respectively.
Nicky Morns, who lives on houseboat near where Wilson went down, said Wilson talked with her and her family a few hours before he died. She said he was in a good mood and had told her he was diving for old chairs and chains. “He was a very-likeable person and very friendly,” she said.
Oster described Wilson as “hardheaded ... a real clown. He was always having a good time.” He said the drummer, who also sang ami played keyboards, liked to scrounge around the harbor bottom for old rope and boat fittings.
“He was so vibrant and gifted, lovable. He was a very sensitive man. Everybody loved him,” said Elliot Lott, a road manager for the group, said today from his Orange County home.InsideToday's Weather
The Comal County forecast calls for clear and very cold today with a high near or slightly below freezing. A lake wind advisory will be in effect this afternoon because of northerly winds at 15-25 mph. Continuing clear and cold tonight and Friday with light northeast winds Forecast for the New Years weekend calls for mostly cloudy and not so cold. Sunset tonight will be at 5:45 p m with sunrise } riday at 7 25 a rn.Peach Pits
Lagging attendance may cost Atlanta's Peach Bowl its NCAA sanction this season — unless almost 3,000 tickets can be sold for Friday’s game. The game kicks off a long weekend of football action. Sports, Raga 8Israeli Fears
A sharp increase in guerrilla attacks in southern lebanon has left the Israeli army in a virtual state of siege, and military commanders are looking for ways to cut their losses.Ss* Page 8Enough already
Already devastated by a Christmas cold wave which froze their crops on the trees, Texas citrus growers are bracing for another cold snap this weekend. Meanwhile, water gushed from broken pipes across the state, thanks to a brief thaw yesterday. See Weather Page 2.
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Fire hits service station
Fire broke out at the Freeway Pit Stop Wednesday night, but stopped short of the gasoline tanks Fire Chief Jack Wilson said damage was confined to the storage area of the Texaco station, located at 1122 III 15 West A short-circuited extension cord is believed to be the cause of the fire.
Four trucks reported to the scene after tha alarm was called in at 6:52 p m. Wilson said the station was open when the fire started, but the attendant on duty didn t put in the call.
"it was the funniest thing. She called another store, and they called us,” the chief said It didn t take long to bring the fire under control, and no one was hurt. The last truck left the Pit Stop at 9:30 p.m. Department officials returned to the scene Thursday morning to make a more thorough chec k and get damage estimates.
"It's so hard to do things at night up there,” Wilson said.
Compromise moves Wurstfest suit from Bexar to Hays County
The negligence suit filed in November against the Wurstiest Association and William Dale Savage has been moved on a change of venue from Bexar to Hays County.
"Call it a compromise,” Savage’s attorney Hick Woods said Thursday. “Improperly filed in Bexar County to begin with, the suit should have been filed in Comal County. (Attorney Ruben) Sandoval wouldn't go for that, so it came down to Hays or Guadalupe, and Hays won out.”
Savage was stationed at Fort Sam Houston as an Army private, when he killed four members of the Ruben Sauceda faimly on U S. Highway 81 the opening weekend of Wurstfest 1982
Fort Sam Houston officials gave Savage a discharge under honorable conditions on Oct. 14 of this year.
Hays and Guadalupe County came into the picture, Woods said, because Savage was living in San Marcos but has since moved to McQueeney. Woods said he wasn’t sure what Savage was doing there, then added, “Ifs something like installing garage doors.”
Tom Purdum, executive secretary for the Wurstfest Association, said Thursday no one had told him why Sandoval wouldn’t agree to Comal County. "I just know he didn’t want it here.” Purdum surmised,
“I just know he (Sandoval) didn’t want it here, probably because he might get an honest opinion. But it certainly wouldn’t be what he’d want to hear.” — Tom Purdum.
“probably because he nught get an honest opinion But it certainly wouldn’t be what he’d w ant to hear ” In what he called a "coincidence,” Sandoval filed the suit in a Bexar County district court Nov. 3, one day before Wurstfest 1983 opened The suit charges that Wurstfest Association was negligent in allowing Savage to consume an excessive amount of beer at the German-style celebration on Oct. 30, 1982 Savage and the Wurstfest Association are named as defendants.
Sandoval is seeking unspecified damages to cover funeral and medical expenses and mental anguish for the Ruben Sauceda Sr. family.
See WURSTFEST, Page ll
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
When it comes to managing the building department, the president of the New Braunfels Builders Association believes City Hall’s intentions are good.
"I think (the department) is a lot better right now than it has been in the past — even
with the problems,” said Jerome Schuetz, responding to questions raised in a story published in Wednesday’s Herald-Zeitung.
He knows the department has been short-handed these past weeks, ever since building inspector Dan Montrose resigned in November. That leaves just one inspector to make the rounds. Schuetz conceded that some contractors may have gotten impatient
waiting for him to come when called — but he’s sure the city will hire another inspector as soon as possible.
“The new truck is forthcoming,” he added. In November, City Council approved the purchase of a second inspection vehicle to improve the efficiency of the department. The truck has been ordered through John Kenagy Motor Co., and should be here by early
February, city officials said.
Schuetz admitted the builders association had been less than satisfied with the city department in the past. “For a while, we felt as if we were being treated like stepchildren,” he said. “Now, we have a liaison committee that works with the city. They’ve made strides in trying to work with us on our problems.”
He urged individual builders to bring their
complaints to the association, which can launch an organized effort for corrective action. “That’s what the builders’ association
is for,” he said.
“It’s taken us a long time to get where we are, into a working-talking relationship (with the city). I d hate to destroy any ground work we’ve laid," said Schuetz.flsU^ai Braunfels Herald-Zeituno
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Reagan—no changes despite critical report
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan’s spokesman says US policy toward war-torn Lebanon will not be changed even though a Pentagon commission said "an urgent need for reassessment” exists in the wake of the suicide attack that killed 241 U.S. servicemen last October.
While the Pentagon report, released publicly Wednesday, stopped short of calling for the withdrawal of American troops. Democratic presidential hopefuls were more critical.
Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, called the report "a harsh and critical and objective evaluation of a failed policy." When Congress reconvenes in a month, he said, he will try to force an early withdrawal of the 1,800 Marines.
Another Democratic presidential hopeful. Sen. Ernest Hollings. D-S.C., said the report shows the Marines' safety "was not given a high priority and their mission was not properly defined” and he called anew for their removal Former Vice President Walter Mondale. another Democrat seeking the presidential nonunation, did not issue a statement, but a spokesman said he believes the Marine mission was poorly defined While the commission headed by retired Adm Robert L.J. l-ong was critical of I).S. intelligence and senior officers responsible for the safety of the Marines, it also said their mission rn lebanon was so badly defined that officers were unable to agree
While the commission was critical of U.S. intelligence and senior officers responsible for the safety of the Marines, it also said their mission in Lebanon was so badly defined that officers were unable to agree on what it was.
on what it was.
The Marines were sent to the Mideast nation in September 1982 as part of a four-nation peacekeeping force to be a “’presence’’ in support of the lebanese government’s attempts to gam control over the country, the report noted.
But that military role expanded even as "initial conditions had dramatically changed." putting the Marines in danger, the panel noted It concluded that * there is an urgent need for reassessment of alternative means to achieve US objectives in lebanon and at the same time reduce the risk to the U S. multinational force."
lr. Los Angeles, Larry Speake**. President Reagan's spokesman, answered "there’s none at the moment” when asked about a possible change in U S policy. He also argued that the commission members
were "talking from a military standpoint” and noted that the commission didn’t consider the administration’s diplomatic policy.
In addition to questioning the mission, the commission:
—Said that U.S. conunanders made a mistake by putting more than 350 Marine* — a quarter of the U S. contingent — into a single building.
Faulted U S. intelligence.
Criticized the "rules of engagement" which say when a soldier can fire.
—Praised the medical care given the wounded.
Peace talk in Israel
TEL AVIV. Israel (AP) - The first senior Egyptian official to visit Israel in more than a year arrived today for what he said was an effort to "speed up the peace process” in the Middle East.
Safi Abdel-Hamid. an assistant secretary of state for foreign affairs, was scheduled to talk with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and top Foreign Ministry officials.
Abdel-Hamid said he had come "to discuss points of mutual interest in order to enhance and speed up the peace process.” IL.> visit followed last month’s trip to Egypt by David Kune he. director general of Israel s Foreign Ministry
Mesh? Sasser.. Israel’* ambassador to Egypt, said he believed "that by such direct contacts we will be able to advance and improve relations between Israel and Egypt.”
Power outage hits portion of New Braunfels
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff wntar
High winds caused an electrical outage Wednesday afternoon that left almost 200 people without power for about 30 nunutes. ‘ Everything from Academy St. to Coll
St . on San Antonio St. to White s Auto. Mill St from the railroad tracks to Santa Clara St. was affected,” Frank Panebianco, New Braunfels Utilities electrical distribution superintendent, said Thursday.
The 4 p m. outage was caused by high
winds. Panebianco surmised.
‘ Some feeder line wires were blown together and shorted out,” he said. "We had to repair the conductor at the end of Academy St., but between 150-200 people were without power for about 30 nunutes.”
A fireman aims at flames inside the Pit Stop on Walnut at IH 35