New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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— Richard W. Riley U.S. secretary of education, 1995
O R I A LKUDOSRed Stocking Revue, benefit barbecue both receive successful because of support
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■The Community Service Genler’s Red Stocking Revue has just completed to fiffl) traduction. The show is produced every other year and with the exception of lighting, sound and a professional director, is accomplished from start lo by your friends and neighbors right here in New Braunfels, who vol-
their tune and talents to bring it to you. his always amazing lo me that so much can be accomplished in such a short time. Before the dnmor arrives we have no idea of what kind of a show it will be, but miraculously, three weeks from the day the director arrives, the show comes together! The only thing the director brings is his talent, the sheet music and the costumes. The advertising, tickets, program, walking ads, acts, props, talent, refreshments, music, and the list goes on and on, all come together through die efforts of local volunteers!
Vohmaeerism is where our community truly excels, lf the cause is honorable and Just, die people of New Braunfels will respond with whatever is necessary to ensure success.
The Community Service Center is definitely an honorable and just erase! It accomplishes its mission of providing whatever services are necessary to help those individuals less fortunate than ourselves, and all without federal, state or city funding. That is volunteerism in action!
Mehney and I have been honored to serve as chairpersons for the last two productions of dis Bad Starling Revue, W^faavc maria hating friendships md hare assn first-hand what New Braunfels is all about We thank all who have taken part in the production and all who attended the performances.
Thank you, New Braunfels! See you again in 1988!
Melaney and Jim Beath General Chairpersons
■ The Brian Scheele Benefit Barbecue, sponsored by the Knights of v Columbus, was a huge success. Approximately I XXX) plates of barbecue chick-v en and trimmings were prepared and served to the public.
The response from our community was excellent. The New Braunfels Police Department held with the ticket sales and the following businesses contributed toward the success of this event:
New Braunfels Smokehouse, Clear Springs Catering, Ben E. Keith Foods, Gamins Barbecue, Schwab’s Sausage House, REB. Food Stores, Tree Tops
On behalf of the Scheele family, we wish to thank all for their assistance.
Mark Puck Event ChairmanWrite us...
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Stephens is visiting his motor, Tknya Dunmore, in New Braunfels following hts graduation from SEAL training June 21.
About three-fourths of those who begin the training don’t graduate. And just being eligible fcr SEAL training is an honor.
Tiach class has a mono," Dunmore said. "Theirs was, 'It only hurts once—from beginnings end.*** Stephens began his training about a year ago—a long year, he said. He spoke to the HeraldZeinmg in December 199S, when he had just finished *Tie!l week," probably the most grading week of military training in the world.
Since hell week he has spent a lot of time under water. Besides training with traditional scuba gear, Stephens spent about a month perfecting the use of the ultra-high-tech Draeger re-breathing device.
Formerly trained by Bud DaQmran at the Landa Park pool, Stephens practiced under-water night time navigation. He did not wear any sort of night-vision goggles. “You have a tachometer and you navigate by kicks, a certain number of kicks for a certain distance," he said. Kind of like flying on instruments, only in pitch-biack water.
During the water phase of his training, Stephens had to swim 5 1/2 nautical miles (about 7 land miles)
in the open ora*. He also took intensive land-based cant* training, part of which was a 14-mile run.
He didn't share much of his expertise in weapons and demolition technology — it's too highly classified.
Held at Coronado Island near San Diego. Calif.. Stephens’ graduation ceremony was a mix of somber tradition and exultation at having made it. Lt. Gen. J. T. Scott, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, gave the , keynote speech to the 27 gradu-
Stephens' class began a new tradition. Each graduate walked one-by-one before a line of his instructors and senior officers so they could exchange memories and comments.
Women aren't allowed to be SEALS. The physical training is just too rough. In fact, CBS morning host Praia Zahn visited Stephens’ class (rn a ‘CBS This Morning" feature.
She tried to train alongside Stephens and his colleagues. Zahn is a pretty athletic woman, a long distance runner. “She didn’t fare very well there," Stephens said.
Teamwork is everything for SEALS. “I was impressed with the way they told the men not to be Rambos," Dunsmore said. “Survival is steam effort*’
Stephens leaves July 6 for six months of medical training. “I’ll learn about the medical aspects of diving," he said. “Everybody’s assigned certain jobs and mine’s medical." Besides the standard combat gear for a mission Stephens will carry medical gear and the knowledge to use it for his teammates.
After the medical training comes paratrooper school, and then he finally becomes a part of a SEAL team and go on highly secret highly strategic missions.
When he leaves on a mission, Stephens won’t be able to tell anyone when or where he’s going, not even his mother. She’ll know he’s gone when she doesn’t hear from him, and she won’t know when he’ll be back until he is back.
“As a mother, it’s going to be difficult not knowing where he’s going or what he’s doing, but I know that he’s had the best training in the world," Dunsmore said. ‘TMI know that he’ll be doing something honorable and that God is with him."
Stephens asked his mother if she had prepared that statement “No," she said, “but I’ve given it a lot of thought over the past year."
(Susan Ffynt England is a columnist and editorial assistant for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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Letter to the Editor
Pifvirti have ehangad complexion of PMT society
Many years ago when I was a small boy, on a farm in northeast Texas, my day was made if an old man, any old man, paid attention to me. I remember that most old men with a beard seemed to be always saying something (fay but humorous to the youngsters. There seemed to be a very special bond between the very old and the very young.
Today, we teach our children to avoid ANY contact with strangers, especially old men. Although I only knew my grandfather until I was less than six years old, I still remember his attention and humor. I wanted to Ik just like him when I was old. Unfortunately he died that year.
In today’s sick society we have perverts that have succeeded in destroying this bond of affection between the old and very young. If a young child drops his toy and if I make the mistake of trying to hand it back to him, the parent picks up the child and suspiciously glares at me! How SM! I quit playing Santa Caus — which I thoroughly enjoyed — because when a parent handed me a baby to hold in a snapshot, I had to balance it by its rear in case it jumped suddenly and fell from my grip. When they are older you can lift them underneath their arm-pits but not when they are babies! Professional Santas are instructed in this technique to prevent liability suits. I became aware as the seasons passed that more of the older women were coldly staring at me for this as if I had
some affection for handling a soiled baby diaper or some other motive.
I try not to hate most people but there must be a special place in hell for the sexual deviates that have turned this country into Sodom and Gomorrah. It would be better had they been thrown into the sea with a millstone around their necks. You see, we have not broken the laws of America, which today’s politicians make and then exploit for their own political advantage. We have broken God’s laws! Three witnesses: Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Jim D. Mooney New Braunfels
Whim questions accuracy of quotes
I appreciate that the newspaper sent a reporter to the youth sports complex board meeting. However, there were a couple of inaccurate quotes attributed to me. I did not say that Mr. Weston owned 6,000 to 7,000 acres. I do not know Mr. Weston and I do not know how much land he owns. However, I admire him in that he is willing to give so much to the youth of New Braunfels. The other inaccuracy was that I said that the city terminated the lease of the girls softball at Comal Park. What I said was that the city manager said that if he gets an offer on the land at Comal Park he will recommend selling the property and that it is a very valuable piece of property.
Larry C. Wenzel New Braunfels
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300 E. 8th St Austin, TX 78703 512-482-5834Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today it Friday, June 28, the 180th day of 1996. There are 186 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist — the event which triggered World War I.
On (Ms date:
In 1778, Molly Pitcher (Mary Ludwig Hays) carried water to American soldiers at the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, NJ.
In 1836, the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died in Montpelier, Va.
In ISM, Labor Day was established
as a holiday for federal employees on the first Monday of September.
In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War!.
In 1919, Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence, Mo.
in 1934, President Roosevelt signed into law die National Housing Act, which established the Federal Housing Administration.
In 1958, North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea.
In 1951, a TV version of the radio program “Amos ’N' Andy” began a two-year run on CBS. (Although criticized for racial stereotyping, it was the first network TV series to feature en all-black cast).
In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California Medical
College at Davis to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he'd been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.
Ten years ago: President Reagan used his weekly radio address to blast sweeping trade legislation passed by the House, saying it would “jeopardize our hard-won economic prosperity.”
Five years ago: In Detroit, a white woman was attacked by a group of black women at a downtown fireworks display in an incident captured on amateur video. (Five women tatcr pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the assault.) Two people were killed when an earthquake of magnitude 6 shook Southern California.
One year ago: The House overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from desecration (however, the amendment was later defeated in the
Senate). Webster Hubbell, the former No. 3 official at the Justice Department, wu sentenced to 21 months in prison for bilking clients of the law firm where he and Hillary Rodham Clinton were partners.
Today's Birthdays: Comedienne) vie director Mel Brooks is 70. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., is 62. White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta is 38. The head of the National Economic Council, Laura D’Andrea Tyson, is 49. Actress Kathy Batre is 48. Football player John Elway is 36. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 30.
Thought for Today: “The secret of a man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested." — William Dean Howells, American author (1837-1920).