New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
dave kramer# Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE, Managing Editor
Paga4A Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, November 1.198'
Editorial__Willkommen zuni Wurstfest; we’re glad you’re here
Media helicopters circled overhead as the cars began to line the roads surrounding Landa Park.
Leather pants, Tyrolian hats and Bavarian dresses will be conspicuous for the next nine days, and some natives will complain that their town has been invaded.
That’s true, it has. Thank goodness.
Willkommen zum Wurstfest. amigos New Braunfelsers have been working hard for your visit to the City of Prince Solms. The logistics of preparing to feed, water, house and direct a total influx of five times as many people as live here resembles a drill for emergencies.
You will be paying to get onto the grounds, into the Wursthalle, for food and drink and hotel rooms — and we want you to know we appreciate it. Your expenditures mean we will have bigger and better Wurstfests in coming years and our community is able to afford things it’s size might otherwise preclude.
Dallas has the Texas State Fair, New Orleans has Mardi Gras. Pasadena, Calif., has the Rose Bowl Parade; and we have our sausage festival. It’s a once a year project that takes all year long to plan. And while it is indeed an inconvenience for some, it is lot of fun, too.
So while visitors to Wurstfest and our city may be guests by definition, don’t be surprised if you’re treated like friends Little Comal County is among Texas’ most visited by tourists and recreationists. We’re into it as an industry and despite our size deal with things pretty well.
So willkommen. willkommen zum New Braunfels und Wurstfest. Drive carefully, walk carefully, enjoy We're glad vou came and look forw ard to vour return
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Letters should be sent to Forum. Nev* Braunfels Herald-Zeitung F‘ O Drawer 311:128. New Braunfels Texas 78131 1328 or brought to our offices at 707 LandaWe need vision
Dear Editor Some random thoughts by a new resident who doesn t know much at>out the town but can see some problemsStreets and traffic
Slow down traffic on San Antonio Put in traffic bumps if necessary How about a cobblestone European style* paving Emphasis people come first Provide angle parking on one side. protected by narrowing at in tersections for easy pedestrian crossing Take out the meters Insist that employees park off street and en force it This includes the boss W elcome the people
Sidewalks Make them inviting Replace with wood decking < womanized lumber lasts 30 years' or similar treatment Recognize the handicapped with easy ramps and store entrances Plant flowers in the boxes trees at intersections and other locations Texans will pick up litter along highways, so why not organize civic pride groups to take over a block and beautify it Pick a theme Whether you want antique historic in the Henne Hardware style or Spanish or German, establish an identity, design a logo, be somebody and then go for it
Store fronts Clean them up make them in
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F.ditor and Publisher
JIM WE BHK Managing Editor
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Mike Royko.Samaritan’s predicament changed her life
citing open the doors and extend the shade with wide overhangs or colorful awnings Hang a bunch of flags and banners Put out chairs and benches for people Set up some small checker or chess boards, maybe a shuffleboard area Encourage a sidewalk cafe pushcarts, sidewalk vendors kiosks entertainers and more art on the plaza
The circle is sterile now Enliven it with more band concerts, invite amateur musicians and teen bands Whether Bavarian or spanish there are hundreds of ideas for store front exploitation from balconies to hitching posts Open doors between stores so customers can go from one to another from the inside Utilize second floor space inter connect several buildings for added specialty shops crafts galleries and give them easy access including for the handicapped
Parking Find more parking Open up space in back of the stores Tear out a building if necessary and mini mall part of it A good example is the friendly Landmark .Square in Seguin
How about a two-Ie vet parking ramp*’
The railroad track is a disaster and the old depot a disgrace but both can become assets There s space for a mini park and flowers and a spot to relax over a domino game or horseshoe pitching Across the street from the Chinese
See FORUM. Page SA
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a kind hearted woman who gave a stranger mouth lo mouth resuscitation after he collapsed on a Chicago sidewalk and appeared to be dying When the city's paramedics arrived they look ed at the man s arm and discoved that he wa** a mainlining junkie And as it turned out he was not only a junkie but a gay junkie And not only a gay junkie but one with bleedmg gums Naturally the woman was alarmed at the possibility that she might have tieen exposed to AIDS So she tried to persuade the hospital where the man was treated for a seizure to give her information including his name The hospital refused saving the law prevented it from giving out any information on the man So she turned to the city » Health l»epartment for help She told tier story in detail to a depart ment employee who listened then asked Did you have sex with him ’
And that was were we left the story of Diane the good Samaritan Since then, there have t**en other developments "My social life has taken a nose* dive says Diane who is divorced "There s been someone in my life I showed him the article and obviously he's rather hest tant We haven t broken up but I haven't s***n him very much in the last couple of weeks "My dentist read the article and now he wears a mask when he works on my teeth Friends who used to shake my hand no lunger do • I don't know if I can describe st, but my friends seem different now It'* just a feeling I have a gut reaction They re concerned about my welfare but they re also concerned about their own But with all the misinformation going around about AIDS I rn not suprised
The impression I get from people is they look at me with amazement and the look on their faces says Why did you do such a Ntupid thing It s as if I could have somehow known that he was an addict < lr a promiscuous quern Some of the neighbors have told me about thut Diane lives on the North Sid«- in the heart of the gay community as .? is called The hospital where th** man was treated still ha^n t done much for Diam* although ,t has tried
They ve fried to get him to come in for a test They v* been in contac t with hts mother and she think- it would ta* a good idea Hut be s refused
What s reath infuriated me is that the
hospital told me that he d like to talk to me and they asked me if they amid give him my phone numtier
When they asked me that I was furious I told them \ tm won t tell me who he is tmt you want to give him my name and phone number Do you think I want some junkie calling rue at two o clock in the morning telling me he s sorry ^
They ve offered tc• give me free blood tests and monitor me every three months But I rn not going to go there for ti a* tests because thev might have some vested iegui interests in the results I rn going to get the tests but somewhere els**
\ spokesman for th** hospital concedes that the hospital is in kind of a bind
We ve been trying to g«*t him to come in to ti** tested but we haven t t«een successful W** v«* also trial to get him to agr**e to let her have his phone numtier but we havent t«een aide to ask him He s hard to get in Iou h with so we vc had
to deal with his mother and he doesn t live wtth
his mother Working on her own however Diane has discovered the man s name When the paramedic s treated him thev took down that in formation and it is a matter of put'lie record But that haan t helped thane trac k him down because as the hospital ikes rn ar said the man seems to ta* constantly on the move k husv lifestvle I assume
So Diane is going to go ahead and tahr the srr.es of tests There > no great urgency tv a state health official saki It x not like she c ar go rn and take a shot and change anything In other words if she % got it she x got it and that s that
The state official also said I ve talked to our medic al extis and they said that her chances of getting \IDS is extremely slim
Incidently after I wrote the first coil'.mn about Diane * experience I beard from an organua tion that promotes educating the public on ho* to give cardiopulmonary resume Ration Th** organization said that I may have teen tr responsible in writing the article tin aas** I might discourage others from giving mouth to mouth ald to stranger*
They might have a point so I want to make it clear that I was not trying to frighten people into ignoring someone in need of help im the otftt*r hand it might not t«r a bad idea to take a couple of seconds and c bec k tv ***** A hr has needle marks on his arms and is wearing lipstic k
Mike Hoi ho is a syndic afar columnist we irking for thr (hit ago Tribune new spa/wr
An Outsider’s View
One little singer can make you lose 20 years
By MARTHA E BERSOLE
I watched the Country Music Awards last night and was pleased to se** that Dan Seals was not only a presenter but one of the nominee's He didn t win, but a whole lot of talented people went home empty handed too
The Capitol Records recording star was the headliner at the 18th Annual Chilipiad in San Marcos this year and I had the pleasure of inter viewing Dan Seals before the show We talked just after his sound chec k and then he wore khaki pants a dark blue* tee shirt and a gimme cap just one of the guys He was gracious as we sat in a country star s home away from home the tour bus We weren t alone however He travels w ith his four man band his sound man and his manager
Dan s made a big name for himself with a career that spans over thwenty years Fans will remember that he was Dan of "England Dan and John Ford Coley,’ the popular duo that went their seperate ways in l#7y to pursue different career goals Coley was into rock and roll and Seals wanted to remain true to his country roots
And that he does however his music has an edge to it. reminiscent of rhythm and blues at times His style is sincere and straight forward, singing every thing from sweet remantic ballads to bluesey rockabilly His favorite is his cross over hit, "I wanna rock with you baby all night long, t wanna be bop the night away ”, in which he blows ail of us away with his jazzy sax play mg
Seals remained smiling and not the least upset
when his performance was delayed ta** uuse of the Chilipiad Queen contest that seemed to drag on forever Tm* Country Music Awards brought out a different side however and he looked ner vims almost grim faced like .:< kid waiting in -.peech class knowing any minute he s going to be called up in front of his peers At Chilipiad I was going to watch tile show from a table tmt as soon as seals stepped out on stage people crowded around the bandstand making it impossible for me to see I ended up standing in back of a row of screaming girls wtaj went into a frenzy with Dan seal s every move Even his tongue in check song about his old car that ends with I wish it was oriental”, caused hysteria in these girls Before the show I had asked Seals about his reputation as a straight shooter He's a family man who doesn't smoke, drink or do drugs and still manages to have a career in a profession that has been known to corrupt even the most strong willed He credits his religion with having a lot to do with how he leads his life And judg mg from the outpouring of "Praise God that came from Country Music Award winners. Seals isn t the only one Seals is a member of the Baha’i Faith which stresses the elimination of prejudice from one s daily life In the religion. he said. one person is never above another, even if he is a country music star Seals demonstrated that principle when he signed autographs for clamoring fans and took the time to speak to each person, asking names and children's ages From what I could see Dan Seals is as genuine as they come
The audience at Chilipiad was a mixed gump ranging in agr from about ten to senior citizens A 37 year old married friend of mine com merited I think I m in love ' when I asked tier how stir liked Dan Seals She and I giggled like a couple of aging groupies and our conversation went something like this
He talked to you before the show Martha Go ask him lf we can buy him dinner after tile show ”
"I can t do that It s unprofessional "Oh, come on' This might tie our only chance”
Our chance at what was never quite delermin ed The matter was resolved when we stood talk mg too long to do anything about It I remembered the time eons ago when my tern age cohorts and I went to see then heart throb Tommy Sands perform and wangled our way backstage to take a photo for the school yearbook After the photo all we did was look at him and snicker, none of us had an intelligent thing to say I realized then that "what might have been was infinitely belter than what was In the words of a country music poker en thustast “You got to know when to hold em know when to fold em '
But as I watched Seals surrounded by all the glamour of the awards night I kinda wished I d let my friend wtn that hand
Martha Ebersole is a Texas playwrlte and newspaper columnist living in Lockhart.