New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 89-No. 103 62 Pages —4 Sections (USPS 377-880)
New Braunfels. TexasGroup backs crackdown on U.S. dissidents
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Ronald Reagan and the new Congress should take a harder line against domestic radicals, including reviving congressional internal security committees, an influential conservative research group said Saturday.
In the early 1950s, internal security committees achieved wide prominence when the late Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., conducted hearing on alleged communist infiltration of the government, labor unions and other areas of American life.
The Heritage Foundation called for the
stepped-up activities against dissidents as part of a blueprint for conservative policies that was presented Thursday to top officials of the Reagan transition team, some of whom have close connections with the Washington-based foundation.
“The threat to the internal security of the Republic is greater today than at any time since World War II,” the Heritage report said in recommending “presidential emphasis on the nature of the threat, ... the reality of subversion and emphasis on the un-American nature of much so-called ‘dissidence.’”
Besides reviving at least one internal security
committee in Congress, the conservative group called for ending restrictions that ban mail openings by the FBI, require prior approval from the president and attorney general before the FBI can conduct break-ins, and only permit investigation of political groups when they are suspected of criminal activity.
The Heritage Foundation listed among groups that should be put under tighter surveillance communist parties, radical and New Left groups, “anti-defense and anti-nuclear lobbies,” and white racist groups like the Ku Flux Flan.
The report also said the nation’s internal security was threatened by “an expanded
presence of immigrants from unstable and sometimes Marxist influenced states whose number may include foreign intelligence agents and agents provocateurs.”
It added: “Clergymen, students, businessmen, entertainers, labor officials, journalists and government workers may engage in subversive activities without being fully aware of the extent, purpose or control of their activities."
The House Internal Security Committee, formerly known as the House Un-American Activities Committee, was disbanded in 1975 and the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Internal Security was abolished in 1978.
Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., who w ill take over the Senate Judiciary Committee in January when the new Republican-controlled Senate is seated, has made no decision on reviving the internal security panel, according to aide David Elam. Thurmond opposed the disbanding of the subcommittee in the 1970s.
The Reagan transition office, however, declined to comment on the role that the Heritage study will play beyond repeating an earlier statement that the report had “no official status” and noting that “we’re paying attention to a lot of different reports.”
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss a proposed master plan for the future development of Landa Park and to make recommendations to the City Council.
The board will examine a plan prepared by Groves, Fernandez and Associates, consulting engineers, calling for eventual removal of car traffic through the park. The San Antonio firm was hired by the city to find solutions to overcrowding and overuse of park facilities.
The meeting will be held at the city’s Parks and Recreation office in luanda Park.
Parking lots at park entrances, a park use
fee, a tram system to carry people to and from picnic and recreation areas, reservations and a charge for large groups and picnic pavilions are all included in the plan.
A joint workshop with City Council members defined some problem areas: how-many changes should be implemented, at what pace and what cost? Should city residents be charged an entrance fee as well as tourists? How much should it be? Should traffic restrictions and other changes be enforced all year ’round, or only during the busy season?
These and other questions are expected to dominate the meeting.
Sheriff's race recount scheduled for Thursday
The official ballot recount of the 1980 sheriff’s race will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the County Clerk’s office in the courthouse.
The recount was ordered by 207th District Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer in response to a request by defeated sheriff candidate John F. Mullins.
Comal County commissioners Monday refused to certify the election results, citing a discrepancy of 61 more voter signatures than ballots counted. Commissioners expressed suspicion of the punch card ballot
counting equipment used to produce the unofficial results on election night.
The sheriff’s race recount will be conducted on the same equipment. A ballot counter obtained from San Antonio will be reconnected to the county’s election computer in the same fashion as on election night, when trouble with the county’s card counter forced technicians to improvise.
A representative from Computer Election Services Inc., which sold the computer equipment, will be present Thursday. A logic and accuracy test will be run on the machine before the recount.
Greedy, despicable J.R. loved by 'Dallas' fans
By SCOTT KRAFT Associated Press
The shooting of villainous J.R. Ewing has created a phenomenon that does ol’ J.R. proud — devilishly playing with the minds of millions while at the same time picking their pockets.
About 250 million people around the world are watching the wildly popular “Dallas,” where the oil-rich Ewing clan hangs out its dirty linen in television’s prime time.
They’re wondering — even betting — who shot J R. And they’re gobbling up the wares of an industry that may soon make even Ewing Oil’s fictitious fortune look like a cowpoke’s savings.
Sales of J.R. buttons, bumper stickers, Stetson hats, games and jeans are booming. T-shirts read: “Will Rogers Never Met J.R.” Macy’s is opening J R. boutiques in New York and London. Bantam Books recently published “The Dallas FamilyInside
The show’s audience spans geography, social status and income. Even President Carter, during a Texas appearance, wondered aloud if anyone could tell him who shot J.R.
THE question of the television season will be answered before the week is out. CBS has promised. But another question remains.
What is this show doing to us?
J.R. Ewing, the “Dallas” centerpiece played by l^rry Hagman, hasn’t one redeeming quality. He’s greedy, he’s despicable, he’s unfaithful, he’s immoral.
And he’s proud of it.
On the show, he’s despised by virtually all who know him. Hence, virtually everyone is a suspect. But they’re outnumbered — millions of viewers love him, or at least love to hate him.
Dozens of reasons for the show’s popularity have been advanced, to wit:
—Ordinary Rich Folk. We love to be told the problems of the wealthy aren’t so different from our own problems.
—Revenge. We get a vicarious thrill from J.R. Ewing’s vengeance and his penchant for ruthless revenge. We harbor revenge plots of our own, but lack the guile to carry them out.
—Power. We fantasize about having the power of J.R. Ewing, using it as they please and never having to suffer the consequences. J R. never gets his comeup-pence.
—Hate. We need to hate someone. And J.R. is eminently hateable.
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
For the last few days, New Braunfels has had a touch of Hollywood in it.
Well, maybe not exactly Hollywood. But the lights, the cameras, the action were all here, as an Austin production company was in town to shoot scenes for a commercial.
The commercial, which is sponsored by the Texas Tourist Development Agency, will be used to promote Texas and the lifestyle Texans lead. It depicts a family of four as they are vacationing in various areas of Texas during the 1980s.
Also included in the commercial, the same family will have “flashbacks” to such legendery times as when Davy Crockett was at the Alamo, or when pirates were invading Padre Island, according to John Crosby, who wrote the script. He is with Neal Spelce Associates, the advertising agency handling the commercial.
In any event, all of the scenes will come together to form the theme of the commercial, which is “Texas — Come Live The legend.” Crosby said, “the free-wheeling lifestyle of Texas, including the friendly people and good times,” is what the commercial will try to depict.
As an example of Texan lifestyle, a segment on country-western dancing was shot Thursday afternoon in Gruene Hall where both professional and amatuer actors could be seen “kicking up the dust on the dance floor.”
According to Crosby, who suggested Gruene Hall as a possible shooting location to the producer, “You can’t get a much more authenic spot.”
Two of the family members who will be seen throughout the entire commercial were in the filming Thursday, while the rest of the dancers were either friends of the actors or people which Crosby said he knew and had seen dance.
However, a few local faces may be showing up in another segment of the commercial, which was filmed last Tuesday evening at Bavarian Village.
But, you’ll have to look hard and fast to see those faces, because the entire segment will probably only be about 4 seconds long in the final version of the commercial.
According to the producer, Bob Elkins, they were looking for an authentic bur gar ten and after visiting various Texas spots, the atmosphere of the outdoor garden at Bavarian Village seemed like a perfect setting.
No professional actors (of the family of four) were used in the shots filmed Tuesday night, however, of the few local residents who “tried their hand” at the acting
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lf you couldn't see the camera, the above picture would look like a typical night at Gruene Hall. Actually, the scenes above and below will be in eluded in a commercial promoting the Texas tourist industry. That scene below involving the Opa Band, incidentally, was filmed at Bavarian Village. That producer Bob Elkins in the chair discussing position of the band
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