New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Whitaker runs past archrival
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By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The scene was one of merry confusion. Beer flowed from taps behind the bars; balloons and “dillybob-bers”, bounced Jauntily above the heads of the crowd. On the dance floor, couples whirled as a band oomphed polka music.
But the threesome on the sidelines
wasn't dancing in time to the music. They were waiting for something, not quite satisfied. When the two girls in the group faced each other, and began practicing peculiar hand motions, it became obvious what they wanted.
They were waiting for the band to play that wing-flapping, hand-clapping, back-to-the-barnyard number — the dance that every Wurstfest band has to play at least
once each set, or risk being pecked off the stage.
The Chicken Dance.
“Oh, we love it,” said one of the young women, obviously speaking straight from heart (or gizzard?) She looked over her shoulder at the bandstand. “Do you think we ought to go over there and...?"
Asked why the Chicken Dance should be so popular, her companion
looked thoughtful for a minute. “It gets everybody excited. Everybody gets up,” she said.
A visitor in the outdoor Biergarten, with its smaller dance floor, agreed with that. “You see all these people sitting down,” he said. “When they play the Chicken Dance, they'll get up and do it.”
Indeed, this silly bit of choreography may be the biggest
thing to hit Wurstfest since Myron Floren. As far as the Herald-Zeitung has been able to determine, the Chicken Dance made its New Braunfels debut at Wurstfest 1981, when a performer at one of the tent-shows taught the crowd a sit-down version of the dance.
It moved into the big hall in 1982, with a unique tail-twisting maneuver added in the third bar. The rest, as
they say, is history.
Not everyone likes the Chicken Dance. One local man said he generally sits it out, professing, “I’m just not into poultry.” A Houston visitor said, “I like to dance, but I like to hold the one I’m dancing with.” Chuck Buehler of Port Arthur, who had apparently just arrived Saturday
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Amtrak derailing kills 4 persons
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) — The Amtrak train Eagle derailed rn a wooded, rural area Saturday killing four people and hospitalizing at least 24 others, authorities said.
Rescue workers using heavy cranes lifted three overturned cars and poked through the dirt with shovels but did not find any more bodies at the accident site 13 miles north of here Authorities said they presumed that passengers not accounted for left the scene on their own by catching rides with cars on nearby U.S. Highway 59.
Harrison County Sheriff Bill Oldham said the “lack of a good (passenger) manifest” contributed to the confusion about the number of dead, injured and unaccounted-for passengers. Witnesses also said they saw passengers walk away from the accident and get into cars.
Oldham, who earlier said 25 people were unaccounted for, said Saturday night that only four passengers still had not been located. He said the manifest showed 183 people on board, including 145 passengers and IS railroad workers.
A ticket agent said the train, bound for San Antonio, Texas, from Chicago, had been running late, but its speed at the time of the accident wasn't immediately known. One passenger said the train had been speeding to get an ailing passenger to a doctor Missouri L Pacific Vice President Richard Davidson said a data recorder on board confirmed that the train was traveling "something just under'' 75 mph — the speed limit for passenger trains — when it derailed He said workers still had a few other portions of the train to raise and would continue working through the night “We have no information on the cause at this point,” Amtrak spokesman R Clifford Black said in Washington
Davidson said he had no indication what caused the accident, but he said repairs made earlier in the day to the tr«*ck did not appear to have had any impact.
“There was a rail pull-apart this morning that had been repaired. There is no indication that had anything to do with it,” Davidson said.
The last five cars in the nine-car, two-engine train left the track. Three were on their side, another was off the track and tilted at a 45 degree angle and a fifth was off the track but still upright.
“It happened so quick,” said passenger Adah Sarber of Lakeville, Ind.. who was en route to Tucson, Anz. “There was no warning. We were going along ... heard this terrible crash ... glass was flying.”
Funeral home employees stood by at the scene while workers used heavy cranes to lift the wreckage to make sure nobody was buried beneath the overturned cars. Giant spotlights were brought in to illuminate the wreckage. Nearby residents were brewing coffee and making sandwiches for the rescue workers.
Railroad spokesman Tim Hogan said Saturday night that workers had turned their efforts toward repairing 700 feet of track and removing the Amtrak cars.
Department of Public Safety spokesman larry Todd identified two of the four dead women as Cybil Fisher. 59. of Mineola, Texas, and Dorothy Blask, age and hometown unknown He said one body was identified only by a last name and the fourth had not yet been identified
Earlier, Jim Pears, administrator of Marshall Memorial Hospital said four bodies had been brought to a temporary morgue there and that authorities had told him there were six more bodies at the scene
Black initially said at least nine were dead, but later said he was wrong “I earlier gave you nine and I've since been told that's inaccurate and I can only confirm four. And I’m told that may change,” he said from Washington
Other passengers were treated and released by medical teams at the scene of the accident. Authorities said most of the victims were riding in the rear of the train
Oldham said 101 passengers were taken to a National Guard armory, where they used pay telephones and watched football on television while
See AMTRAK, Page MAIn KoreaReagan makes unprecedented trip into DMZ to visit
U.S. soldiers stationed there
CAMP LIBERTY BELL, South Korea (AP) — With a white flag of truce waving from his armored limousine, President Reagan made an unprecedented journey rn to Korea’s desolate demilitarized zone Sunday and visited with American GIs standing watch "on the front lines of freedom ”
“Right now, I’m filled with pride,’’ Reagan told reporters after shaking nands with GIs rn camouflage uniforms and using binoculars to peer into North Korean territory On the other side of the DMZ, the president could see the North Korean village of Paek Chon-ni, which servicemen say is simply a facade. “It
looks like a Hollywood backdrop,'' said Reagan, a former actor.
Standing about of a mile from North Korea, the commander-in-chief was given a briefing from Army Col. Thomas P. Carney. “You can see that the demilitarized zone is hardly denulitarized,’’ he told Reagan
Carney also commended, “Our role
here is critical.”
The trip into the ominous territory followed a Sunday morning prayer service the president attended with about 200 troops after he arrived rn this rugged, mountainous area under extraordinary security.
With Secret Service agents walking at the side and a van of SWAT team
agents immediately behind, Reagan’s armored limousine drove slowly from the helicopter landing zone to a motorpool depot for a prayer service with troops. In accordance with the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, a white flag of truce was attached to the door of the lunousine.
Under a canopy of green and brown
camouflage netting and surrounded by two machine gun-topped armored personnel carriers and two trucks, Reagan worshipped at a service with about 200 uniformed GIs. A choir of Korean orphans sang “Jesus Loves Me.”
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Annexation, liquor sales top crowded City Council agendaInside
A public hearing on two strip annexations will be held, and the annexation ordinances read for the first time, at Monday’s 7:30 pm meeting of the New Braunfels City Council.
The council, meeting at City Hall, will also its first vote on an ordinance that would ban 2 a m permits for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the dty.
An ordinance setting new speed limits on FM SM from the north city limit to IH 35 will be read, and may be passed on a single emergency reading.
Council will also hold public hearings and vote on tho rezoning of two tracts of land from two-family residential to C-3 commercial. One tract is located at 1824 Old McQueeney Road; the other at 1354 Road.
An ordinance concerning 5.8 additional acres on Old McQueeney Road, proposed for multi-family zoning, will be voted on for the second time.
The city will consider accepting an order for the extension of Common Street and Walnut Avenue from the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation. Council applied through that agency for some federal funds to help finance these projects.
Council will vote for the candidate(s) of its choice for the Comal County Appraisal District Board of Directors. lite city nominated only one candidate, incumbent director George Erben. However, it may choose to cast its 496 votes for any of the nine people running. All votes are due in the county clerk’s office by Nov. 15.
The group may also make some
nominations for the Appraisal Review Board, members of which are appointed by the Appraisal District Board of Directors.
In other action, the council will advertise for bids on the Hillman Island Park Improvement Project. It will also consider an application for a wrecked-vehicle storage permit on 103 N. Faust; a variance allowing a Texas Lutheran College student to study Rio Grande perch in Lands Lake; and a request that Civic Center rental fees be waived.
In addition, it will consider granting permission for the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council to hold its Holiday Community Sing on the Main Plaza, and for a helicopter landing at the Courtyard Shopping Center.Today's Weather
Saturday’s beautiful weather should last a while, with skies to remain clear to partly cloudy through Monday. Winds today will be for the south at 10-15 miles per hour. Highs will be back in the 80s, and nighttime lows in the 50s The sun will rise at 6:53 a.m. today.Reagan in Korea
President Reagan welcomed South Korea’s “increased respect for human rights” Saturday, while sources said that 42 dissidents were under police surveillance during the president’s visit. Sa# Raga ISAWoman in Space
Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan says NASA has selected her to become the first woman to walk in space and she plans to start training next week for the space shuttle mission next August See Page UAArafat Worried
Yasser Arafat on Saturday demanded
guarantees for the safety of his fighters and civilians before he could leave Tripoli, which has been besieged for more than a week by Syrian-backed PLO mutineers See Pege 15AEmergency Landing
Passengers on an Eastern flight forced to land because of a burst tire described it as "a little bit rough but ... fine” when the jet’s landing gear collapsed and it skidded rn on its belly — sparks flying See Page ISA
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Wurstfest 1983 closes tonight, after one more day of sausage, singing and waltzing.
So far, most of those participating have rated it a very successful festival, despite some unexpected rain last weekend.
At the end of Wednesday night, approximately 70,000 people had come through the gates. Official counts for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were not available, but most Wurstfest workers thought the crowds had gotten bigger since Wednesday.
Saturday night saw almost every seat in the Wursthalle filled, and more than half the tables in the Biergarten, which was mostly empty on opening night and during the week There were a few traffic jams in the Marktplatz, but a worker in one booth said Thursday was the busiest night.
“This is a good crowd. You can (still) walk around and buy things,” said Opa Donnie Seay, working the information booth in the Halle.
Security officers were keeping a watchful eye on the crowd, which seems, in general, to be better-behaved than in past years.
The story at the Comal County Sheriff's Office was pretty much the same as it was last Saturday. There was a full staff on duty, and enough for them to do. But Deputy Frank Dees said the jail wasn’t full yet.
“Oh, they’ve got plenty up there, but it’s nothing like how we used to bring them in,” he said. “It’s consistent — two or three come in, ^ ^ w and two or three go out.”
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Tina Svajda enjoys every bite of her funnel cake -dyanne fry