New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Clinton Ludwig recalls WWII fighting in Italy (below)
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overnight. The high was 71 and the morning low was 58 Saturday. Sunrise was at 6:52 a.m. and sunset will be at 5:38 p.m.
Shuttle ready for rescue try
SPACE CENTER. Houston (AP) -Discovery's astronauts successfully deployed a second satellite Saturday and then concentrated on the most daring part of their mission tracking down and rescuing a pair of errant satellites trapped rn useless orbits.
The l^easat 2 satellite, whirling like a flying pie plate, spun out of the shuttle, leaving the cargo bay empty for the two satellites that are to be salvaged on Monday and Wednesday.
As the satellite spun free, astronaut Dale Gardner announced,
‘ The second Frisbee is on its way."'
“Good news," replied Mission Control. “Sounds like you're two for two."
The launch followed Friday’s successful deployment of a Canadian communications satellite and frees the astronauts to concentrate on preparations for a daring spat e-walk capture and recovery of Palapa B2 and Westar 6, satellites that were left in useless orbits by rocket misfirings after being launched by the shuttle in February.
The astronauts unpacked and checked the space ,'*uits and equipment that Gardner and Joe Allen w ill use to corral Palapa and Westit They almost immediately found a minor problem flashlights that failed to work Gardner reported that the left light in each of two pairs of work lamps
Wurstfest over 1982
By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Gayla Gngson of New Braunfels, a passenger on a motorcycle hit headon by a drunken driver two years ago during Wurstfest. has filed suit against the Wurstfest Association and the driver of the motorcycle The driver of the car, Wendell Herman Schnitz of Nixon, was not named in the suit. Schnitz was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of the road, pleaded guilty in ■ County Court at Law in Feb., 1983, and received a one-year sentence, a $500 fine plus court costs and was to pay full restitution.
The Wurstfest Association in a cross-action suit is suing Schnitz for all damages, if any are eventually awarded toGrigson.
The driver of the motorcycle, Tony liee Williams, suffered a broken left leg and arm and bruises and lacerations in the accident. He had to have a pin put iii the leg while it healed and a plate in the arm which took an operation to remove after the
worn on the .spacesuits failed to turn on during a test.
Worn like miner’s lamps on the helmets of the spacesiuts, the lights focus beams at arm’s length and are used by space-walking astronauts when the shuttle is orbiting through darkness. Failure of the left lights will give the astronauts only half their normal illumination, but flight director larry Bourgeois said this presented no problem.
Since the Discovery’s launch on Thursday , commander Rick Hauck and pilot David Walker have been stalking Palapa and Westar on a 1.6 million-mile hunt through the heavens.
On Monday, Hauck will guide Discovery to within 35 feet of Palapa and then fly in formation.
Allen and Gardner will corral the satellite and lock it into the cargo bay Allen, wearing a rocket backpack, will fly free from the shuttle and out to Palapa. He will attach a handle on the craft, using a pole-like device called a “stinger.”
Astronaut Anna Fisher will use the shuttle’s 50-foot arm to grasp the handle and bring the satellite into the cargo bay.
On Wednesday, Gardner will fix with the backpack to attempt the <alvage on Westar.
The satellites, each worth about $35 million, are to be returned to Earth for refurbishment, resale and new launches.
break healed, according to the case file on the Schnitz criminal case.
Gngson had a broken ankle bruises and lacerations and had to be readmitted to the hospital Dec. 14, 1982
Grigson's medical expenses and loss of income during her recovery amounted to $8,988. according to the criminal case records; and Williams expenses amounted to $9,779. The motorcycle cost was estimated at $3,069.
However, Schnitz never paid any restitution because the victim's attorney at that time conunumcated to the court that “other sources of compensation were being pursued and iSchnitz’s paying restitution! may not be in the best interest of the victims.’’
In the civil suit, Grigson’s attorney, Terry Gorman of Austin, lists the reasons for Wurstfest’s liability as the fact that Schnitz had been drinking at Wurstfest and had not been refused alcohol at the point he appeared intoxicated.
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Doing their impression of the Four Tops after defeating Brownsville Pace are (from left) Dana Mills, Michele Doeppenschmidt, Rhonda Reed and Heather Seay
r-_ Close-knit Unicorns eye
rainilymatt&r trip to state tournament
By DAVID KING Sports editor
ALICE — Six years ago, a group of seventh-grade girls conspired to win a state volleyball championship.
Idle dreams of 12-year-olds, right? Like promises forgotten with last week's slumber party and last night s three-hour phone conversation.
But that group that family, that six-year long slumber party, along with some adoptees — is now w ithin two matches of that goal The New Braunfels Unicorns, champions of Class 4A's Region IV after Saturday’s 15-7,15-7 victory over Brownsville Pace, are within two matches of dreaming a six-year-old dream.
“This is the first time we’ve all been back together since the ninth grade.’’ Dana Mills said on the bus trip back to New Braunfels “But we’ve had something all that time We seem to spark each other’s abilities."
Those sparks have started a fire that has swept New Braunfels through District 13-4A play undefeated and carried the Unicorns three rounds into the playoffs for the first time since 1976.
And as the team has won, the togtherness has grown.
“We have our own little cliques, but we’re
all friends,” Mills said. "We decided before the season that if we couldn’t be friends, we couldn’t win.
“We carry that relationship onto the court.
If you make a mistake, you can still turn around and see somebody smiling.”
That harmony on the court shows. The Unicorns run Coach Claudia Perry’s complex attack and tough defense with ease, moving on the court as one body with six extension;* Few balls fall to the floor accidentally; few signals get crossed.
Of course, playing together on and off for six years doesn’t hurt. The members of the seventh-grade conspiracy — seniors Mills,
Kim Wright, Sabrina Sanchez, Rhonda Reed. Usa M ck I nnis and Michele Doeppenschmidt won championships in the seventh and eighth grades and lost only once as freshmen.
After the ninth grade, they were split, with some going up to the varsity and the rest to the junior varsity But Heather Seay transferred from Canyon last season and was adopted into the family, and this year’s every body’s back together. Juniors Jana Chafin, Kelly Wright and Linda Schwarz were taken into the fold as well.
“We’ve always said that when we got back together, we'd win,” Doeppenschmidt said.
"We’ve been waiting six years for this weekend.”
The drive for the weekend in Austin might have started back on Oct. 5, in a loss to Round Rock, a strong Class 5A team To that point, the Unicorns were 10-5; they 're now 24-8.
“Round Rock beat us that day. but we played good ball,” Reed said “After that, we got to where we weren’t going to lose iii district.”
.As the success continued, the family ties seemed to grow. Even a disheartening loss to San Marcos in a practice match two weeks ago couldn’t slow down the Unicorns
“That was an eye-opener,” Coach Claudia Perry said. “But they responded to it well.”
The Unicorns’ response ’ In bidistrict, they ;>eat South San West foi the first time in seven years. In the area playoffs, they beat a big, strong Gregory-Portland team In the regional championship, they outfought a feisty Pace team.
Now all that’s left is the state tournament, beginning Friday at Gregory Gym.
“I feel like I'm dreaming; I keep waiting for somebody to pinch me,” Sanchez said.
Nobody in the family would. if this is a dream, I don't want to wake up until we've won state," McKinnis added.
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World War ll veteran retraces steps of campaign in Italy
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Clinton Ludwig returned to Italy this fall to see old World War ll battlefields and remember fallen camrades-in-arms with '200 other survivors of "The Fighting 36th" Infantry Division.
Several other New Braunfels residents were members of the 36th, but were unable to go on the tour that was commemorating 40th anniversary of the Italian invasion.
The division, originally with the Texas National Guard, was inducted into the Army before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and were in at Camp Bowie for combat training when war was declared.
1940. At the end of the war there w ere 24 left in our unit, but that was not all casualties. Some were transferred to other units I left the service July 4, 1945,” Ludwig recalled.
The tour started in Sarento, a town near the coast of Italy where the American troops first invaded, and continued with a few side trips basically along the route that the Army had taken to Rome
“I almost didn’t go because I am a bachelor and I didn’t know anyone else from here going, so I thought I might end up not seeing anyone I know. But I met two guys who had been in my unit and they and their wives and I spent a lot of time reminiscing,” the veteran said.
The 36th, or T-Patchers as they
were known because of their distinctive division insignia, were one of the first divisions to hit the
“Everyone thought it was going to be easy, but it wasn’t We took a lot (rf casualties We landed on Red Beach, and the infantry units went first. When the landing craft came back after taking the first batch, they were already loaded with wounded That’s when we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Ludwig said.
The tour visited Paestum. Greek ruins from the 6th century B.C. where the 36th had dug in right after they gat off the beaches, Ludwig said.
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“I was in the service battery attached to the 155th Artillery. We supplied the ammo for the firing battery ahead of us. There were 42 of us originally that enlisted Nov. 25,