New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Death toll climbs to 83 in Las Vegas hotel fire
LAS VEGAS, Nev. I AP) — A grim new search for bodies uncovered the 83rd victim of the devastating MGM Grand Hotel fire Saturday as outsiders got their first look at the casino’s ruins and guests returned to their rooms to pick up belongings.
And Clark County Coroner Otto Kavenholt said he was afraid more bodies would be found — particular in secondary elevator shafts — and that toxicological tests would be conducted to determine if any of the victims died from inhaling poisonous gases that may have been generated by burning materials such as plastic.
The I^as Vegas fire chief said late Saturday that investigators determined that the blaze, which injured more than 500 persons and was the second worst hotel fire in the nation’s history, started above a delicatessen ceiling on the hotel’s main floor and was caused by an electrical problem.
“We have determined the origin of the fire
to be in the attic (between floors) above the deli,” said Fire Chief Roy Parrish. “It is electrical in nature.”
Parrish said the fire apparently smoldered in “a preburn period’’ for about two or three hours but was not noticed until it burst through the ceiling of the delicatessen in a ball of flame.
The latest body was found near a slot machine in the casino a few moments before fire officials gave reporters a tour of the darkened, cavernous casino, where a smell of smoke and water hung over the remains of burned-out gaming equipment.
Authorities guessed about 8,000 people were in the hotel at the time, including 5,000 guests and perhaps 1,500 gamblers who walked in off the street.
Relatives poured into I,as Vegas to search for their loved ones. Many went from hospital to hospital seeking fire victims.
The survivors, many wearing clothes provided by the Red Cross, returned to the hotel for their belongings Saturday.
One survivor was found late Friday, cowering in her room several hours after the fire was extinguished. “We found one woman in her room,” said Fire Capt. Ralph Dinsman. “She was just too afraid to come out. She is all right.”
The Clark County coroner’s office said 52 of the dead had been positively identified as the search for bodies continued in charred closets and blackened stairways of the monolithic 2,076-room pink granite hotel on I-as Vegas’ famed Strip.
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(USPS 377-880) New Braunfels, TexasAnnexation tops crowded council agenda
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Monday’s meeting of the City Council promises to be a marathon session, with three items of major importance dominating the agenda: annexation, the electrical ordinance, and city parks.
All three areas have been the subject of argument and controversy at recent public hearings.
Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken will preside at the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall. She will substitute for Mayor Max Winkler,
hospitalized since Oct. 31 for an obstruction in the small intestine.
Discussion and action on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s annexation recommendations will come near the end of the meeting, but are likely to draw a considerable audience.
The commission has recommended 1981 annexation of two large parcels of land, one in the Solms area and the other north of the city limits I bounded roughly by Gruene Road, IH-35 and FM 306), as well as three small “fingers” along Highway 46 and FM 725.
Representatives of cement and rock-crushing industries located in the Solms area have long been on record opposing city growth in that direction so soon, as have farmers in the northern parcel and residents along FM 725.
Other land areas on just about all sides of the city are recommended for annexation either in the period 1982-1985, or 1986-1989.
If council members approve all or part of the proposed revision of the city’s master plan — and they can amend or change the commission’s recommendations any way they see fit — their next step would be to schedule public hearings
for any 1981 parcels that survive the deliberation process.
A new electrical ordinance submitted by New Braunfels Utilities passed its first reading Oct. 27, but problems remain with residential deposit provisions and complaints from General Portland Inc. that the rate classification for its cement plant puts it in an unfairly high rate bracket.
No final action will be taken on long-range development plans for luanda, Hinman Island and Prince Solms parks, but council is expected to discuss them and set up a second workshop session with Parks and Recreation Advisory
Board to thrash out solutions to problems of overcrowding and overuse.
The board met last week and tried to balance an ambitious plan submitted by Groves, Fernandez and Associates, consulting engineers, with the desires of nearby residents to keep the parks open to traffic and, somehow, preserve them for New Braunfels citizens.
The residents, backed up by petitions with 485 signatures, were emphatic in their demand that no park improvements be financed by a bond issue, and most denounced the Groves plan, saying it would only make the parks more attractive to out-of-town tourists.
sponsored by Texas Symphony Guild of New Braunfels. Fourth runner-up was Kim Langford, daughter of Mrs. Nan I Langford, sponsored by New Braunfels Aquatic Club.
All runners-up received scholarships from lambda Psi, bouquets from Flowers by Sharon, and various gift certificates. All the winners are students at New Braunfels High School.
Herb Skoog was master of ceremonies. Each of the 28 contestants was introduced to the audience after being presented with a yellow rose and being escorted by a member of the New Braunfels High School Junior Marine Corps R.O.T.C. She then paraded to the tune of “The San Antonio Rose”, played by the Canyon High School Stage Band, under the direction of larry Cornell.
Several entrants gave representative talent presentations during the evening. Outgoing Junior Miss Susan Marsh performed a song from “Oklahoma ”, and 1976 New Braunfels and Texas Junior Miss Christi Bueche played the piano and sang “Jesus Ixives Me”.
Spirit of Junior Miss, elected by the girls themselves, was Judy Haeussler, of Canyon High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Alfred H. K. Haeussler, sponsored by Zeta Iota.
Poise and Personal Appearance award went to Korri Scheel. Mary Jane Rubarth won the Scholastic Achievement honors. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F.
Rubarth, she is a .student at Canyon High School and was sponsored by New Braunfels New Car Dealers Association.
Creative and Performing Arts award was won by Kelly Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Miller. Sponsored by Preceptor Rho, she attends New Braunfels High School.
“Every girl who participates in this Junior Miss week in New Braunfels is a winner,” said I amixia Psi member Camla McNeill. “No one is a loser.”Mb© West
HOLLYWOOD (AP) — legendary Hollywood bombshell Mae West — who starred in vaudeville, plays and films as a brassy, bosomy sex symbol of the 1920s and ’30s — died “very peacefully and painlessly” Saturday at her apartment here at the age of 87, a spokesman said.
“At 10:30 I a.m. PST) she just closed her eyes. Thank God it was peaceful and there was no pain,” said Jerry Martin of the William Morris Agency, Miss West’s longtime public relations representative.
The aging sex queen died just three weeks after leaving a hospital where she had spent three months recuperating from a mild stroke that left her speech impaired.
“She’d been home almost a month and she was doing fine,” Martin said Saturday. “She was so glad to be home. But this morning when she got up she was having trouble breathing.”
Martin said that Paul Novak, a former muscleman in Miss West’s night club act and her companion the last 25 years, called a doctor who examined the actress and said that nothingdead at age
further could be done. Novak was with her at her death, Martin said.
I^ast rites were performed by a priest who was summoned from a nearby church, Martin said.
The Forest I^awn-Hollywood cemetery was asked to handle funeral arrangements for Miss West. Martin said a memorial service tentatively was scheduled for Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills.
Burial will take place at a cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Miss West’s father, mother and brother are buried, Martin said.
“She always planned to be buried back there,” he said.
Miss West had lived in the Ravenswood Apartments since 1932, “when she came out to make a movie and remained there,” Martin said.
After a 27-year hiatus from filmmaking, she returned to the big screen twice in the 1970s.
“Myra Breckenridge” in 1970 was her first picture since 1943, and in 1977 she played a film star on her sixth honeymoon in “Sextette.”
But for the most part she was rarely seen in87
public in recent years. She lived in palatial splendor near Beverly Hills — almost a recluse — on enormous wealth resulting from shrewd real estate investments and top salaries in her years as a star.
Miss West was with the Morris Agency in her early days of vaudeville and stayed with the agency throughout her career.
“She was a lovely lady. She really was,” said Martin. “She had a great sense of humor right to the end.”
Actor Anthony Quinn, who got his start from Miss West, said she “should be remembered as a very special and unique person in the entertainment world, and I’m sure she will go down in the industry’s history as such.”
Miss West made millions muttering spicy comments, while her chassis moved like a parked car with the motor running.
She had perfected an inimitable style, although many tried: the silken, hip-swinging walk; the languid glance; the lethargic but meaningful gestures, and the tantalizing drawl.
By SANDRA JACKSON Kaleidoscope Editor
New Braunfels High School senior Laurie Strzelczyk was crowned 1980 Junior Miss last night after several minutes of anxious waiting by contestants and audience alike while judges make their final decision. An overflow crowd at the Civic Center watched while the winners were announced, as contestants stood hand-in-hand in a semicircle on the stage.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton J. Strzelczyk, I^iurie was sponsored by New Braunfels Evening Lions Club. Earlier in the evening, she was awarded the Youth Fitness award. “I feel terrific,” she said, lips aquiver, as the curtain closed and the 27 other girls rushed to congratulate her.
Prizes awarded to the Junior Miss include an $800 scholarship from Mary Hardin Baylor College, a plaque from Lambda Psi sorority, sponsor of the pageant, a crown from Ix?ah’s Bride and Formal Shoppe, roses from Weidner’s Flowers and a banner from lambda Psi.
Also a $200 scholarship from lambda Psi, a $50 savings bond from New Braunfels National Bank, a $50 savings account from New Braunfels Savings and Loan, a $50 savings bond from First National Bank, a $50 savings account from First Federal Savings and Ixian, a $25 savings account from Guaranty State Bank, a diamond pendant from Zales Jewelers, a $20 gift certificate from Bachelle’s, and a $20 gift certificate from Carolyn’s.
First runner-up was Korri Scheel, sponsored by New Braunfels Art league, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Scheel. Second runner-up went to April Free, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Free, who was sponsored by ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War 7110.
Third runner-up was Carolyn I Lemmon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lemmon,
Laurie Strzelczyk, New Braunfels Junior Miss, struggles to keep her crown on her head shortly after learning she had won the title Saturday night. Below, fourth runner-up Kim Langford (left) and runner up Korri Scheel give her a hand with the uncooperative crown. That's second and third runners-up April Free (far right) and Carolyn Lemmon looking on.
Staff photos by John Settler