New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
10 New Braunfels Hwa\&Zeitung Thursday, January 12,1984
Veteran doesn't let disability get in his way
DAINGERFIELD, Texas (AP) -Hunters stalking deer around East Texas are a common sight. But when Buddy Wayne Ellis takes to the woods in search of the elusive trophy buck, nothing is commonplace.
Ellis, a Vietnam veteran who in 1967 lost his lower legs to an incoming mortar blast, takes his hunting seriously. So much so, he often has to leave his wheelchair by the car and make his way through the dense forest the best way possible.
“I don’t let my disability get in the way of life,” said the 37-year-old vet who lives in Daingerfield. ”1 live life to its fullest and I don’t let my troubles get in the way of going on with the important things in life.”
Recently Ellis bagged a four-point, 175-pound buck on the International Paper Company property in Marion County. Not exactly a record-setting size but, under the circumstances, a prize buck in any man’s book.
“It’s hard to try and find a place for a person in my condition,” said Ellis. “It’s hard to roll through the w*>ds, so sometimes I just leave the chair behind and take off through the woods with my
And bagging his prize buck was no easy chore, he said.
“Once I shot the buck, I had to drag him about 80 yards to my car and then lift him up in the trunk,” said the avid sportsman. “I’m pretty strong in my arms. I’ve been doing this for a long time now, so I’ve got all the little details figured out.
“I go hunting by myself all the time. Most of my friends are working when I want to go, so I just take off. I wouldn’t advise anyone to go hunting by his or herself, but I've been doing it so long, I guess its kind of second nature.”
Ellis appears unique in this day of uniformity and uncertainty.
His disability has not left Ellis sour to the world. And the fact he continues to pursue life to its fullest is a constant reminder to friends and acquaintances that life is too precious to allow minor inconveniences to get in the way.
“All my friends think I’ve just done great. They don’t really see me in a wheelchair,” Ellis said. “They know I’m not the type of person who gives up, so they don’t treat me any different than they
would if I had my legs.”
Ellis’ positive attitude for living is deeprooted. And it’s his command over life that probably saved him that day in Vietnam when he and friends fell victim to Viet Cong fire.
“We were walking across the compound heading for lunch, when all of the sudden the Viet Cong started their mortar fire. They were always doing that and you never had any warning,” recalled Ellis. “One of the incoming rounds landed right in front of me and blew both my legs off. I managed to drag one of my buddies, who was behind me, about 50 feet to a bunker. But later I found out he didn’t make it.”
With son Michael Wane and support from his mother and father, Lottie and Buddy Sr., Ellis has managed to adjust to his environment, sometimes better than those who are more fortunate.
“My mother and father have really helped me,” Ellis said. “And the Lord has given me strength to go on. My son is great. He supports me every day and never once does he look at me as someone confined to a wheelchair.
Baby whale dies at marina
GALVESTON (AP) — Ground squid, vitamins, milk and the love of workers acting as surrogate mothers failed to keep life in a baby whale who beached himself New Year’s Day.
LaFitte, a 125-pound, 6-foot pygmy sperm whale, died about 3 p.m. Wednesday, said Sandra Alexander, a spokeswoman for Sea-Arama Marine World.
Scientists had been hopeful LaFitte might become the first whale to survive beaching himself. Whales usually seek shallow water only when they are sick, but Sea-Arama officials thought the year-old l,aFitte might only have been following his mother when he thrust himself ashore.
Their hopes were inflated when LaFitte began to eat on his own early this week, Ms. Alexander said.
“We were so encouraged and thought there might be a chance he would make it,” she said.
Workers watched the baby around the clock. He basked in their attention and soon began swimming toward anyone who entered his tank, Ms. Alexander said. Workers responded by petting and stroking him as he ate.
But LaFitte “just suddenly stopped breathing,” Ms. Alexander said. His body will be sent to Texas A&M University for an autopsy.
WATS plan angers PUC
AUSTIN (AP) — Southwestern Bell today faced an ultimatum from a Public Utility Commission judge who does not like a company proposal that would hike bills for some Wide Area Telephone Service (WATS) customers.
Administrative Law Judge Angela DeMerle said if the plan is not withdrawn today she would delay consideration of the company's pending $1.3 billion rate hike request.
Dale Johnson, a Southwestern Bell spokesman, confirmed that the WATS proposal, filed Dec. 29, could raise bills for about 40 percent of WATS customers. He said the amount of the increase was not known.
WATS is a flat-rate long distance service used by businesses. Charging for WATS was complicated as of Jan. I because of the breakup of AT&T and its regional companies including Southwestern Bell.
The change gives AT&T most long distance revenue, but Southwestern Bell still receives money for relatively short long distance calls — those within certain regions of the state.
The problem is that the money from WATS customers now must go to both AT&T and Southwestern Bell. On Dec. 29, Southwestern Bell submitted a plan to the PUC on how WATS revenues should be divided up between Southwestern Bell and AT&T
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