New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, September 11,1983 4AJames J. KilpatrickHow many ways can we mangle sentences ?
Sentences are Uke suitcases. The ought to be packed neatly, with no socks, ties or bra straps sticking out, and they ought never to be so over* packed that they bulge with strain. Newsweek magazine recently provided a splendid example of how not to pack a sentence: “ ‘Silent Cal has gotten a raw deal,' says Rep. Silvio Conte, a Massachusettes Republican who persuaded the House to declare last week the first annual Calvin CooUdge Week, marking the 60th anniversary of his swearing-in after WArren G. Harding’s death by his notary-public father in the family home in Plymouth Notch, Vt."
Is that not godawful? Let me offer another example, even though I have quoted it before. It comes from United Press International:
“TEL AVIV - The 16-1 vote followed a grenade explosion in a crowd of Peace Now protectors outside the Cabinet meeting that killed a paratrooper who friends said fought in the Lebanon invasion and injured nine others who demanded Sharon be fired."
Yet one more, this from The Washington Post’s man in London, in a piece about The Economist'. “Founded in 1843 — and edited later in the century by Walter Bagehot, the period’s most famous English jour
nalist of democratic poUtics and capitalist economics — the weekly’s circulation has doubled to about 200,000 over the past decade."
The authors of this mush had forgotten the most useful key on a typewriter’s keyboard. It is on the botton row, at the far right. When properly struck it produces this symbol: “." It is called the period. Every writer, amateur or professional, now and then contrives a portmanteau sentence. We try to pack everything at once — subjects, predicates, objects, modifying clauses, amplifying afterthoughts, bits and dabs of possibly relevant
information. Once we discover the problem, the solution is simple: Unpack and start over. When we recast one sentece into three or four smaller sentences, everything fits. We do not speak of Harding’s death “by his notary-public father." We do not have Cabinet meetings that kill paratroopers. We do not have a magazine's circulation founded in 1843. Recast, recast, recast!
Verb of the week: “to mother-hen." This comes from a young lady in Florida. I assume she would prefer to remain unidentified, because she invented the verb in a moment of exasperation at her overly solicitous beau: “Stop mother-henning me!"
she cried. His reponse is not recorded.
Runner-up, from The Seattle Times: “President Reagan will Air Force One his way into the area Tuesday..."
Honorable mention, from the minutes of a Midwestern hospital's “quality assurance panel.” The panel, having considered complaints that patients’ meals were often cold by the time the meals reached the floor, “was assured by the dietary department that meals will be rethermalized by use of microwave oven before delivery to patients." Webster’s informs me that “to thermalize" is “to change the effective speed of a particle to a ther
mal value," as in, improve hospital food, let us thermalize, rethermalize, and again rethermalize. But let us leave the Jell-0 alone.
The Washington Post recently reported on a suspicious fire in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland. Said the assistant fire chief: “I would unequivocally say it very probably could have been set."
Mangle of the week comes from the Marysville Journal-Tribune in Ohio: “According to the (police) report, a vehicle apparently ran off Ketch Road and struck the mailbox as it attempted to get back on the roadway." Follow that mailbox, men!
10 years ago today
Incumbent Wilburn Fischbeck
swept by other contenders in the City Council election Tuesday night to easily capture Place 6. while Alvaro Garza just squeezed ahead of Leroy Zunker before the last box came in to confirm his victory in Place 7. Fischbeck received 760 votes to 251 for Robert E.L. Scholl and 186 for Joe Gomez. Garza received 660 votes to 557 for Zunker.
Landowners — more than 600 of them — in Comal Independent School District are up in arms over revaluations which have in some cases raised the market value of their farms and ranches IO times over present values.
After months of anticipation, word has finally come from the Savings and Loan Department, State of Texas, concerning two applications for local savings associations entered in June. The state has approved the application of New Braunfels Savings and Loan to do business here, but has denied the application of San Antonio Savings Association for a local branch office.
New Braunfels resident John Newcombe is still for official tennis purposes an Australian, and he served notice that U.S. dominance of international tennis may be at an end when he outlasted Czechoslovakia’s Jan Kodes, 6-4,4-6,6-2,6-3 to take the U.S. Open Tennis Championship Sunday.
A darkened sky supplied a steady rain, but the New Braunfels Unicorns provided their own thunder and lightning en route to a season-opening, 13-0 victory over the Fredericksburg Hillbillies in Unicorn Stadium Friday night. The Unicom defense held Fredericksburg to 83 yards total offense, and quarterback Eric Ammaan hit split end John Kaufmann for two touchdown passes.
In a contest almost devoid of sustained offensive activity, the Canyon Cougars stumbled, fumbled and fell last Friday beneath the heavily shod hooves of the Devine Warhorses, 13-0. Canyon could generate only 76 total yards and three first downs.
25 years ago today
The Comal County Commissioners Court Monday approved the 1959 county budget, setting the tax rate at its current 77 cents per $100 valuation level. Also to be collected is the 30-cent former state ad valorem tax, now split 50-50 for county roads and flood control.
CAPTION — Beginning their final season with the New Braunfels Unicorns Friday night against Lockhart are senior linemen of whom Coach Francis Meyer is counting on for both offensive and defensive chores. One of the five, Arlon OW, may not play this week because of a pinched blood vessel in his arm. The others include Fidel Acevedo, Ray Rappel, Bob St. Clair and Jim Norwood.
A new and stiff policy governing all clubs at New Braunfels Senior High was handed down by Supt. M.E. Rust last week. All initiation activities are to be conducted on school property only under supervision of a sponsor and cm one day specified by the principal. No secret initations or hazing will be permitted at night or after school hours.
Bill Lehman, a former footballer for the New Braunfels Unicorns, will be with the Texas Lutheran College
Bulldogs when they open their 1956 football season Saturday night in Pensacola, Fin., against the Pensacola Naval Air Station Hawks.
Comal County bounced back over the weekend from its August drougth. During the Friday to Monday period, a total of 1.80 inches was recorded by the official weather observation station at KGNB. August had totaled only .47 inches.
A petition asking the County Commissioners Court to make a budgetary appropriation for maintenance and improvement of Allen Park at Starts Hill and other county parks was presented to the court at its annual budget hearing in Comal County Courthouse Monday.
Of the 75 qualified voting members of the production and maintenance workers of U .8. Gypsum, one member was out of the state on vacation last Friday when the National Labor Relations Board held an election to determine whether they would be unionized. Members who did vote split, 37 to 37, the result being that since no majority was obtained by the union, no union representation is authorized.
50 years ago today
New Braunfels Thursday was awaiting the stroke of midnight for 3.2 beer legalization with sufficient stocks on hand to quench a 15-year accumulated thirst, it was believed. County Judge B.W. Kliugemaun has been holding hearings on license applications for the past week regularly and the end was not in sight Wednesday.
Twenty-nine states today marched he repeal path. Only seven more need »llow to end national prohibition lf he seven states now needed to supply he three-quarters of the Union squired for repeal are among the IO oting before November 8, the repeal mendment will be ratified formally n Dec. 6 - date of the 38th con-ention.
A proposal that the city of New Braunfels employ the Texas Appraisal Company to reappraise certain properties which seem to be assessed out of proportion to other property, was not acted upon by the city commission Monday, in response to a proposition submitted by a representative of the concern.
H.J. Holzmana was named business manager of the Legion Dram and Bugle Corps by action taken by a special meeting of the Board of Directors of Carnal Psst 178 Wednesday night, and an executive committee consisting of Holzmann, George Eikel-Schmidt, drill master, and Gilbert Kroesche, drum major, was named to have full charge of drum corps activities under the general supervision of the post's board of directors.
Missing son case offers no relief
WASHINGTON - For Miami businessman Murray Rozynes, the long search for a missing son is a poignant reprise of the movie “Missing" — but with the curtain scene yet to be written.
His son Steven, a 29-year-old attorney, disappeared in Panama four years ago. The elder Rozynes has tracked down every lead, followed every tip, investigated every rumor.
He has been to Panama IO times. He has hired a battery of attorneys and investigators to help him in his quest. He has met with countless Panamanian officials and U.S. diplomats. He has questioned scores of Panamanian villagers and peasants in the constant hope that one of them just might have crossed paths with his son.
But like the father Jack Lemmon played in the movie, Murray Rozynes has come up against one stonewall after another.
Steven Rozynes was seen for the last time in the sea town of Viento Frio where he had gone, as an amatuer anthropologist, apparently to study the people. He had planned to cover Panama by carnie, so he traveled light, carrying a radio, field glasses — and 82,000.
A postcard dated April 16, 1979, brought the Rosyneses the last message from their son. “Dear folks, it read, “all is perfect." The card was mailed from Balboa, Panama.
He reached Viento Frio the next month. Eyewitnesses in the town later told authorities that they had seen two national guardsmen, Pedro and Manuel Ceballo, stop Steven for a security check. After he was cleared, Steven apparently tried to hire one of the Caballos and his motorboat to tow him in his canoe down the ocean to nearby Nombre de Dios.
The eyewitnesses said they had observed Steven and the Caballos get into an argument over payment. But the two gentlemen, the last people to have seen Steven alive, denied that there had been a quarrel or that they had known the younger Rozynes was carrying money.
Eyewitnesses insisted, however, that they had seen Steven show he had the money during the argument.
Through U.S. Ambassador Everett E. Briggs, Murray Rozynes asked that the Caballos be given lie detector tests. But Panamanian authorities won’t issue the necessary order because, they say, lie detector tests are not admissible in the courts of that country.
In April 1982, the Panamanian Justice Department closed the Steven Rozynes case after a Panamanian marine expert submitted a report saying that Steven’s canoe was unsafe for an ocean journey.
In “Missing,” the father eventually learns that his son had been killed by Chilean police. But Murray Rozynes,
still uncertain about the fate of his son, persists in his search.
“I just want to know for sure whether my boy is dead or alive," he says. “But I don’t know, and no one will tell me."
Of late, I have been portrayed as the bete noire of the press, let loose in the nation's capital to hound the resident politicos, who consider my existence to be an intolerable affront. I appreciate the honor and will try to measure up.
The Washington Post’s Tony Kornheiser discussed my minacious qualities with an unnamed Senate aide, who tried to describe what it was like to get an inquiry from my office. “His call is a grand dong,” said the aide.
This is a political term which he defined as: “When things get hopelessly fouled up and you suddenly feel your bladder rushing to your heart."
Explained the aide: “Your first thought is that you’re in big trouble. His power is incredible. The vast majority of people who read him represent the vastmajority of the people in the country. He can paint you any way he wants to."
Not long after this appeared in the Post, Newsweek magazine reported
that Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican viewer-with-alarm from my native Utah, has been evoking my powers of intimidation to frighten fellow senators. “Some fear Hatch’s access to the widely syndicated column of his good friend Jack Anderson," Newsweek noted.
Hatch is a man of intelligence, industry and integrity who has used his considerable analytical and forensic talents to discredit Democrats and occasional Republicans whom he believes to be misguided. But I should explain that I am not a partner in these endeavors.
Any reporter of national catastrophes and international crises, it seems to me, ought to keep a prudent distance from the rascals who cause these events. Yet all too many who write about government have been seduced by those who govern.
Correspondents who form entangling alliances with the officials they write about, reporters who share rarefied atmosphere on the mountaintop with political rulers can become separated and estranged from the masses below.
So I accept with modest pride the latest honor bestowed on my by the political tenants on Capitol Hill. In a survey taken by the Washington Journalism Review, they named me their “least favorite journalist."
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