New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor
Her ak)'-Zesting, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, July 21, 1991
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Aggies display enviable spirit
The camaraderie, the esprit de corps, that goes with being an Aggie is something to be envied by those of us who are not.
And in few places is that camaraderie and esprit de corps as evident as it is in New Braunfels.
A couple of examples....
As the last school year drew to a close, the New Braunfels Rotary Gub honored the top graduating seniors at each of the county’s three high schools. A representative of each of those schools spoke of each of those students as he or she came to the front of the auditorium where the civic group meets.
One of the elements of the description of each student was where he or she planned to go to college. Many, many of them planned to attend A&M.
And every time that was made known, a chorus of “whoops” came from the Aggies in the audience, making it obvious that a very high percentage of the Rotary Club’s membership attended A&M and that they arc pretty dam proud of it.
Local Aggies will gather for an “Aggie Fish Fry” here on Aug. 9. Former A&M basketball coach Shelby Metcalf will be the featured speaker at that affair, which also will sec the sale of some specially designed T-shirts that in and of themselves arc an indicator of thai special spirit.
But the purpose of the fish fry is perhaps the best example. Aggies will bring with them to the event Comal Countians who will be attending A&M next year. And they will be sharing their reminiscences of their own time at A&M.
Their pride runs so deep that they will devote a goodly portion of a day to sharing it with those soon-to-be Aggies as they welcome them into their informal fraternity.
There’s something very American about that.
It’s something we all should pause and appreciate, whether or not we attended A&M.
It makes us marketable
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is to be commended for the innovation of its plan to market our arca as a tourism stop for Mexican nationals.
That effort will focus on Monterrey and Mexico City.
Members of the committee that studied the plan learned that 74 percent of Mexican traffic in Texas is by car and that Mexican travelers rank Texas high because it offers good shopping, reliable weather, different cultures and outstanding scenery.
The also learned that the majority of those tourists arc affluent and that their prime travel times are before and around May 5, Easter, Sept. 16 and Christmas.
President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D C. 20500
U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Bldg.
Washington, D C. 20510
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Bldg.
Washington, D C. 20510
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith U.S House of Representatives District 21 (Comal County)
422 Cannon Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510
U.S Rep. Grog Laughlin U.S. House of Representatives District 14 (Guadalupe County) 1713 Longworth Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510
Texas Gov. Ann Richards Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini District 21 Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
State Sen. William Sims District 25 Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
State Rep. Edmund Kuempei District 46 Capitol Station P O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
My dream ‘drag’ just too late
It wasjust too late.
About 25 years too late.
Not long ago, I was offered an opportunity to step back in time. I jumped at the chance, knit I was disappointed.
The thrill I expected wasn’t there. It wasjust too late.
My first wife’s brother (she’s my current wife, too, but I’ve used that line so often down through the past 20-or-so years that I’d feel remiss if I missed the opportunity) came to visit us not long ago.
He’s one of those people about whom television series ar e written. His degree is in aeronau tical engineering. He flew Cobras i n Vietnam and went down once after taking a heavy caliber round through the differential that made his tai ll rotor go round. Today he makes a I i ving as the fellow who does the final sign-off on flight simulator installations for one of the world’s foremost aerospace companies. And he gets his kicks racing his own sailboat or crewing on a larger racing boat in larger faces.
Carrol (that’s his name) owns three cars. A Porsche he drives most of the
time, a Ferrari Dino he’s restoring and a Jaguar E-type.
I remember when the E-type was introduced. I first learned about it in an issue of Road and Track magazine. It was a beautiful car. It is a beautiful car. But at $6,000, it was a total impossibility for me or anyone I knew.
In fact, it was barely on the edges of imagination.
But on the edges it was.
And sometimes, as I made “the drag” (up and down the four-lane highway through the little town of Jacksboro where I lived at the time) in my father’s six-cylinder Biscayne Chevrolet with its Powerglide trans
mission, I sometimes could imagine I faintly heard the powerful burble of that V-12 Jag ’ s exhaust.
And, though Dad’s cars were always four-door sedans, I could imagine the wind ruffling my hair as I loafed the imaginary British sports car along with the top down at about 90
(Road and Track said the Jag would do an honest 150).
When Carrol came to visit recently, he came in his Jaguar.
We spent the evening doing all the standard “visit with the relatives” things. Con (my first wife) had barbecued a brisket and after trekking out to watch the kids swim, we’d just kind of driven around taking in the sights.
Former Governor John Connally was hand picked by Governor Ann Richards to head a task force to overhaul the Texas state tax structure. The forming of a committee and their delegated objective is a noble deed; however, to date, the commute c’s brainstorming appears to be following the philosophy of Bob Bulloch and Bill Hobby which is to increase taxes. Is it possible Mr. Connally’s logic was auctioned off along with the ranch? When he campaigned for the presidency, Mr. Connally vowed to reduce the national debt by cutting one nickel out of every doll ar of government spending. Not a bad idea when you recognize that most citizens and business people have had to and been able to do just that. This alternative has not yet been mentioned in the list of brainstoiming solutions. What we have seen is tragic. While President Bush is pushing more and better education our governor’s task force proposed doubling college tuition and increasing gas tat 20 cents a gallon to get there. Folks, we have said for years, “Where will i t stop?” It won’t unless we the people act rather than listen. Please write your leaders in Austin and respectfully demand a moratorium on additional ta nation.
Paul Nosenbury New Braunfels
Snappy, spirited plec e
David Sullens' Sunday, July 14, column was magnificent!
Congratulations for writing a snappy, spirited piece that must I ave taken at least a bit of courage.
The ideas in your column are probably not in line with those o f many of your peers, as you indicated; but being politically incorrect in not such a bad idea these days.
I have no guns. In fact, the most dangerous instrument I own is a small knife (about two inches long) engraved with my initials I use it occasionally to open chip ti that are sealed tightly in plastic bit^s. I think my aversion to guns goei; back to when I was about ten years old and decided lo go hunting with my uncle’s
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22-caliber rifle. I shot a bird. Then I stood over the bird and cried because I thought he (or she) probably had a mate that would be lonely now that I snuffed out his (or her) life. (Notice my inept attempt to be politically correct with pronouns!)
But I’d don’t mind reasonable people like you having guns around — especially because you “try never to point at anyone or anything you like.**
I have much more fear of people who would rob of us of our freedoms. And, as you wrote on another matter, sending money to places like Iran just isn’t right because those just aren’t good folks over there I suspect you’ll get flak from some weirdos. But I hope you get many more positive responses.
Keep writing great columns.
Herbert M J e Hey New Braunfels
David Sullens’ column on Sunday, July 14, was excellent!
I agree with you IOO percent. Your writing reminded me of Mike Royko, whose columns previously were published in the Herald After reading Royko’s words, there was no doubt about his position ... and the same goes for you. Keep it up!
There is another editor who likes guns.
It's Don James in Wichita Falls, Texas. Fax your column to him at the Wichita Falls Times and Record news.
One suggestion — change your picture. The current photo just docs not fit the mental image of your words. Add a hat ck cap of your
choice and don’t say “chcczc" for the photographer.
Art Wolff Canyon Lake
Parade of thanks
On behalf of the Guadalupe Valley American legion Post #35 and Auxiliary, we would like to thank everyone responsible for organizing the recent 4th of July Parade in New Braunfels.
Special “thanks” go to Pam Ross. Cheryl Scott. Wilton Wamcckc Jr. and Margi Handrick.
A great big thanks also to the people of New Braunfels. Your participation, whether in the parade or as a spectator was wonderful. The outpouring of patriotism and support that you gave all our veterans was outstanding
We are looking forward to next year when we know the parade will be even bigger and better.
Leon F. Helmke Joan P Helmke New Braunfels
A beautiful sign
An open letter to Mr. Waclti: Congratulations on completing the remodeling of your New Braunfels facility. It is a beautiful improvement to the Seguin Sirect/IH-35 comer.
You were courageous in your design and building of the “Welcome to New Braunfels” Jack In The Box Sign
Your project brought real class to the marketing and food services industry Congratulations again!
EA "Bart" Bartholomew County Treasurer
About IO p.m., we were just standing outside the house remembering the “good old days.” The conversation rolled around to “cruising the Sonic,” a practice prevalent in both the towns where we spent our teen years, though those towns were three hours apart back when the speed limit was 70.
“Cruising the Sonic” meant circling through the drive-in restaurant to say hi to everybody and let the world know you had access to a car, even if it was only your father’s four-door.
About halfway through that rem?-niscence, Carrol’s eyes lit up and mine were an instant behind.
“You wanna do it?” he asked.
“Why not,” I said.
So we put the top down on that yellow Jag and did it.
But we were badly disappointed.
It was a lot like a trip to the grocery store for milk.
The thrill just wasn’t there.
We drove around the Sonic once and then we went home and watched Johnny Carson.
It was just too late.
David Sullens is editor and publisher of the Ne* Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Let’s ‘live forever!’ ;
By JOHN INGRAM WALKER, M.6.
In our Sunday school class before beginning our Bible study the members discuss a miracle that occurred to them the preceding week or they review something that happened to them that fulfilled John 10:10: ?1 came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.’* The point of this exercise, of course, is to make all of us more aware of God’s daily action in our lives. God docs manifest Himself lo each of us in one way or another either through people, ut events or an inner awareness of Hin>. God is with us always, we just need to tune into his presence.
In the June 1991 edition of Guideposts science fiction writer Ray Bradberry tells of an encounter that galvanized his writing carcer. He points out how
God often touches_____
our lives through >
other people. wander •.
When Bradberry was 12 years old! the Dill Brothers Combined Traveling Shows came to his hometown oij Lake Michigan’s shore. Arriving at the side show the impressionably Bradberry encountered a magical man known as Mr. Elcctnco. AQ assistant threw a switch proclaimin| that ten million volts of electricity were passing into the flesh of Me, Elcctrico, making his white hair btl} low and his body glow with incandesx cent fire. Of course the electricity wai a harmless low amperage but whed; Mr Elcctrico touched the young bo* on both shoulders with a silver sword! and shouted “Live Forever!,” th< sensation made a profound; impression.
The next day Bradberry visited Mr-Elcctrico again to discover what h<£ meant by “Live Forever!” Mr. Elcc-* irico emphasized the importance of* being true to what we had been gtveiC to do in life. The admonishment “liveg forever” emphasized that life was* sacred and must be lived to the fullest! each day.
As Bradberry listened to Mr. Elec-% trico he realized that his gift from! God was the excited imagination he* had for distant planets. He had care « fully collected Buck Rogers comic ^ strips from the newspaper but when J his classmates learned about hts inter • est in science fiction they mocked ^ him and Bradberry tore up the comic J strips in embarrassment. Mr, Elcc * trico gave Bradberry the courage to!* enjoy those things that fired his im- ^ agination. From dial day on Brad j berry wrote science fiction stories. He \ began celebrating the gift God had ' given him.
Some of us ignore our talents; % others of us let our companions talk I; us out of them as being impractical; % still other reject our God given gifts in % the mindless pursuit of money. Rec- .* ognizing our unique talent and having J the courage to cultivate that talent \ enable us to fill each day with joy — * and we become aware of daily mira- > des and the abundance of each day’s ! life. JJP