New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS FOR KEEPS
The Smithson Valley baseball team opens the regional quarterfinals against CC Carroll. Page 5A
Columnist Charley Reese says using military force is not the only way to deal with terrorism. Page 4A
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Vol. 154, No. 157 16 pages, 2 sections
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Nigeria scam still targeting elderly in NB
By Ron Maloney
Carolyn Barry received a nicely typed letter Thursday — one with only a few small mistakes in it.
It was from a South African gentleman who was in the Netherlands in school.
He knew of an investment made more than a decade ago by another person who shared Barry’s last name. The man had subsequently died and had no heirs, the writer stated. The investment, now worth $5 million, could be picked up with her help.
The man, who was responsible for
stewarding the investment through a South African mining concern, would file an affidavit saying Barry was the man’s legal heir. She would get the money and would share 60 percent of it with the writer and an associate of his.
All she had to do was either e-mail
him or call him and he would set it up.
Everything looked correct except for one thing — he was offering her the opportunity to take part in a scam and perhaps make $2 million for her trouble.
Barry, who lives off EM 306 just
outside New Braunfels, acknowledges she could use the money, but realized helping the “gentleman” was not likely the way to get it.
Barry doesn’t know how the man got her name. But she did understand
See SCAM Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
Cindy Ernst is convinced she has the best job in the world.
Never mind the long hours, overnight trips and days spent away from her family — when she is sailing through the clouds on her way to Tokyo, she cannot imagine doing anything else.
Ernst works for Continental Airlines, piloting a Boeing 777, a job she admits is unusual for a woman.
That just makes it more fun.
“The harder I worked, the more glorious every achievement was,” she said.
Sitting in her living room, with a breathtaking view of Canyon I .ake before her and a picture of her husband, Jim, and 4-year-old daughter, Katrina, on the coffee table in front of her, Ernst has everything she wants.
life, however, was not always so satisfying.
Ernst grew up on a farm in Missouri, where she dreamed of an adventure-filled existence.
“I always knew life had something exciting for me, but I couldn’t figure out what it was on a farm in the middle of the country,” she said.
In college, Ernst’s boredom only grew. She was working as a secre
tary to help pay for her studies, but she knew life behind a desk was not in her future plans.
After church one Sunday afternoon, the young business major picked up a flyer advertising parachute instruction at the local airport. Jumping out of an airplane seemed like just the thing to chase away the “ho-hums.”
“When I got there, I found out they weren’t jumping that afternoon, but the instructor offered to take me for a ride in the airplane for $12,” she said. “I thought it was interesting as he went through the preflight checks, but as soon as we took off, it became clear that was what I wanted to do
with my life.”
By the time Ernst graduated from the University of Missouri, she had both her private and commercial pilot licenses.
Her family was proud of her accomplishments, but she was too scared to tell them when she signed up for the U.S. Air Force to work as a simulator training instructor.
For five years, she traveled to various bases, including Bergstram in Austin, and gave flying lessons at the base Aero Clubs for fun.
“I made a lot of connections, which became very important later on,” she said.
See PILOT Page 3A
Art League returns a piece of history to New Braunfels
By Ron Maloney
The marker commemorating the historic designation of the Plumeyer Bakery, now home of the New Braunfels /Art League, will be dedicated this evening.
The designation takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the gallery, located at 239 W. San Antonio St., in conjunction with this year’s first I lot Art After Dark reception, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. All tire invited.
The reception will include food, margari-tas and art appreciation. The Painters Eight Show is featured this month in lite Elaine Felder Square Foot Gallery, and artist and teacher Linda Calvert Jacobson’s Casa de Linda Studio will be open upstairs.
Built in 1913, the building has been many other things since it was a bakery, according to NBAL spokeswoman Pat Deltz.
“It was a butcher shop at one point,” Deltz said. “ There were doctors’ offices on the second floor. Toward the last, there was a karate club on one side. On the other, it was women’s wear.”
The building had fallen into disrepair and the Art League acquired it July 31,1990, in a
See HISTORY Page 3A
Special Olympians from New Braunfels begin their Quest for gold medals in San Marcos.
‘Star Wars’ fans line up early to see final chapter in epic series
■ For more than a year, the Herald-Zeitung has profiled local churches in our weekly Tour of Faith series. During that time, we have contacted every church listed in the telephone directory and others brought to our attention through our readers. We have worked diligently to ensure every church in the area had the opportunity to be a part of the series.
■ lf your church was not included in the series and would like to be considered, please contact reporter Leigh Jones at 625-9144 ext. 225 or by e-mail at [email protected]
By Ron Maloney
“The Force” was with Jordan Richardson late Wednesday night.
Clad in the rustic brown robe of a monk—more appropriately a knight — Richardson joined hundreds of others who, like members of a religious sect out of the Middle Ages, trekked to the shrine left by residents of a “galaxy far, far away.”
In New Braunfels, that shrine was Marketplace Cinema 12, and Jordan’s robes identified him to the faithful as Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi.
Richardson, of New Braunfels, joined tens of thousands across the country who, a minute after midnight Thursday morning, saw the premiere of “Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith,” which is expected to be this year’s biggest movie — and possibly the biggest ever.
“Revenge of the Sith,” the sixth and said to be the last in filmmaker George Lucas’ epic of good versus evil set in space more than a millennium ago, is the movie that does it all.
It ties the first “Star Wars" trilogy to the second and explains to tile devout how it was that flawed hero Anakin Sky will ker was seduced by the “Dark Side" to become the consummate space villain, Darth Vader.
For Richardson and the hundreds of others, it was a very special moment — one anticipated for years. So he wore the Obi Wan Kenobi costume his mother, Ann Richardson, made him for last I lalloween.
“I thought, ‘I’m going to tile movie,’” Richardson said. “Why not?”
Wily not, indeed.
More than two hours before the 12:01 a.m. show time, more than IOO had shown up to claim the best seats in the theater, and Marketplace officials opened a second and a tliird theater to handle the overflow.
“It’s not often that a movie like this comes out,” said Barry Warren, manager of the Starplex Cinema in San Marcos, which operates the Market-Place Cinema 12. “We expect this movie to be this strong through the
See MOVIE Page 7A
MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi, aka Jordan Richardson, uses “The Force" to locate a seat at the midnight premiere of "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith."
A PIONEERING LIFE
Ernst finds dream job flying around the world
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Cindy Ernst relaxes at her Canyon Lake home, surrounded by some of the memorabilia she has collected as a female 777 pilot for Continental Airlines. Below, Ernst plays around with a model airplane. A veteran pilot, trnst flies a regular route to Tokyo.