New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dave Kramer, General Manager Robert Johnson, EditorAndy Rooney(Video) games people play are games I don't play
Do you ever have the feeling that everyone is doing something you aren’t doing? Do you ever feel sort of out of it?
I feel out of it because I’ve never played Pac-Man. As a matter of fact, I’ve never played a video game. I know that by telling you I haven’t played a video game I could become the laughingstock of the nation, but it’s the truth.
We had some white wine with dinner the other night, and when I drink white wine I fall asleep early and awaken at 3 a.m. I don’t go back to sleep again until just before my clock-radio goes on, so white wine gives me lots of time to review my life while I’m waiting to fall asleep again.
The other night I used those sleepless hours to think about the games I have and haven’t played.
When I was quite young, I played marbles with the other boys while the little girls skipped rope or played jacks. Jacks was sort of fun but it was considered a girls’ game. All of us playerkseveral variations of hide-and-seek, but most of the games we played really didn’t have a name.
There were about five kids I hung out with in the summer and on a rainy day we usually went to one of our homes and played cards on the dining room table. I remember playing Michigan, Hearts, Go Fish, Old Maid, Pounce and various forms of Rummy.
Irater I learned the rudiments of
bridge, but I could never remember which cards had been played, so I did a lot of guessing. Bridge is a good game, but I’m nervous about putting my intellect to that much of a test. The best bridge players are usually pretty smart. I was never a good player. That doesn’t mean I’m necessarily dumb, but it does make me worry about it, so I don’t play much bridge.
In college a lot of guys used to go down to the diner and play the pinball machines. I never played much pinball, either. Pinball was the equivalent of video games today. I’ve watched people play Pac-Man and other video games and they’re the same people who used to play a lot of
When you lie in bed at night thinking of all the games you’ve ever played, you find there’s a long list. I remember enjoying checkers for a few years before I found out how limited the game really was. After that, I had an older cousin who taught me how to play chess and I liked the idea of learning which moves each piece could make, but I was never any good. To play chess well you have to have a good sense of spatial relationships, and I have none. You have to be able to visualize what the chess board will look like five moves from now, and that is so far beyond my ability I don’t even consider playing chess any longer.
The other card game I’ve played and liked is solitaire. In our house we played a form of solitaire called “Canfield.” Canfield was the name of the principal gambling house in Saratoga when Saratoga was I,as Vegas in the years before World War II. I was never in the gambling house, but I was told that you bought the deck of 52 cards for one dollar each, $52, and you were paid back by the house $5 for each card you played out in solitaire.
You could only go through the deck once. If you got out ten cards, you lost just $2, and if you got out ll, you won $3. If you played out the whole deck of 52 cards, you got back $260. In our house, we never played for money,
but it was fun to keep track to see how much you would have won or lost if you had been playing for money.
For me, games are divided into two categories. Games like football, baseball and tennis are athletic contests that are great fun and good for you. They’re personal little wars in which no one gets killed.
Video games like Pac-Man and pinball games are nothing more than interesting time-wasters. If the time comes in my life when I wish to get it over with quicker by wasting some of it, I may start playing the video games, but until that time comes, I think I’ll limit my time-wasting to watching Monday Night Football on television.Remember When
10 years ago today
A total of 23 absentee ballots had been cast at the City Hall by late Wednesday afternoon for the upcoming City Council election.
There are eight persons seeking three spots on the council. Running for Place I, now vacant but previously held by H.E. Knox, are Mrs. Larry (Eva) Mills, John Doster and Robert Nohrn. Seeking the Place 2 seat now held by Mayor Dr. Stanley Woodward are Mrs. Arthur Lee (Betty) Richter, Jose Munoz and Frederick Reinarz. Seeking election to Place 3 are Jesse Gomez, who now holds the position, and W.H. Brown.
Canyon Lake Bank was approved as the new name of the recently chartered Comal County State Bank at the first stockholders’ meeting of the institution Wednesday. The meeting was held in temporary headquarters of the bank at the permanent building site mSattler.
Three more girls have entered the Comal County Fair Queen Contest for
a total of six entries. Most recent
entries are Debra Elder of Canyon High School and Kathy Ferguson and Ginger Kathleen Coburn of New Braunfels High School.
AT THE BRAUNTEX-Second big week-Thru Tuesday: The Godfather. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan.
A New Braunfels woman was injured in a wreck Tuesday afternoon when her husband was driving her to the hospital to have a baby.
Harold Pape was heading west on Camp Street when his car was in collision with a van truck at the corner of Camp and Central. Mrs. Pape was in labor at the time.
She was taken to the hospital by private vehicle with minor bruises. A hospital spokesman said Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. that the baby had not yet been delivered, but they were expecting it shortly.
“We are going to win more than we lose.” according to the new athletic director and head football coach at
NBHS, Bob Gill.
“The kids have a lot of pride and character. They want to win as bad as any group I’ve ever seen.”
The Unicorns begin their non-district play Friday night when they travel to Fredericksburg.
“We plan to go to the air, throw the ball a lot more,” Canyon Cougar coach Troy Burch said of loo 19.2 varsity team. “The quarterback will actually determine when we pass, but I expect we’ll throw at least 15 to 18 times per game.”
The Cougar roster lists 20 boys on the team as the season gets under way, with the first game set for Friday when they host Devine at Unicorn Stadium.
Fernando Gutierrez and Bob Doores each scored an even par 72 to tie for the low gross prize in the first annual Falstaff l^bor Day golf tournament Monday. In the plav-off. Gutierrez won the third hole to earn the trophy donated by the Falstaff company.
25 years ago today
Paul W. Jahn has been appointed to the Governors statewide Water Planning Committee, it was announced in a wire received from Jake Jacobs, the governors executive assistant.
The Comal County budget for 1958. with estimated expenditures amounting to $442,889.97. was put on file in the county clerk’s office last week Estimated personal and real property assessments are listed at $18,600,000, which is an increase of $300,000 over last year.
The Rural School Board gave their approval to the 1958 school budget at the regular meeting Wednesday night. With expected expenditures of $‘204,878 and expected income of $242,249, the budget will be "in the black" approximately $37,470.
C A P T ION Champion
Cheerleaders: New Braunfels High School cheerleaders have returned from Southern Methodist Cheerleading School, where they won over-all first place, topping 360 high school and college students from
Texas and Arkansas. They are Judy Schleyer, Betty Georg, Mary Ann Bishop, head cheerleader, Cindy Jung and Berm ta Elmore.
San Marcos A record enrollment of some 2,500 students is expected this fall at Southwest Texas State Teachers College, according to Dr. Joe H. Wilson, registrar.
A budget of $28,720 was approved for the 1958 Comal County Community Fund Monday afternoon by its board of directors. The figure is up nearly $800 from last year's budget < $27,940).
Chief Radioman Erwin F. Reininger, USNR, was recently commended by Rear Admiral W.G. Schindler USN, Commander of the Eighth Naval District, for his excellent direction of the Radiomans Strikers School held for the past two summers at the U.S. Naval Station in New Orleans, La.
Contract talks for the building of
Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River above New Braunfels are continuing
between the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, according to the word from the District Engineer’s Office in Fort Worth. It is hoped that a decision to sign the contract will be reached at a meeting of the GBRA in New Braunfels next Tuesday.
Mrs. A.D. Nuhn, president of the Comal County A&M Mothers Club,
will attend the executive board meeting of the club’s state federation Saturday on the A&M campus.
Dave Rutherford and Marshall King, standouts for the New Braunfels Unicorns a few years ago, are now members of the Southwest Texas State Teachers College 50-man football squad.
The Unicorns open the 1957 football season Friday in Lockhart. It should be a very close game, and despite the fact that the Lions are 23-AA favorites, New Braunfels a good chance of winning it. The report from Lockhart is that the Lions will field a veteran, weighty line and a light, untested backfield.
50 years ago today
An urgent appeal for volunteer help for the Comal County F air scheduled for Oct. 14. 15 and 16 was broadcasted by E.A. Staats, secretary, yesterday. The fair this year, contrary to previous fairs, is being operated strictly on a non-profit, co-operative basis. A drive for merchants and commercial exhibits on a scale larger than ever before is now underway under the leadership of Paul W. Jahn, chairman of this committee.
The Mexican colony of this city will celebrate the anniversary of their
independence September 15,16 and 17 at the Fair Grounds Hall. The committee in charge cordially invites the American public to the gala event.
An initial registration of approximately 765 pupils in the three city schools on the first two days of the new term, last Thursday and Friday, was announced by E.A. Sahm, city superintendent, yesterday.
Texas Lutheran C ollege at Seguin
will open its 1932-33 season on Wednesday, September 7, registration
Gov. William P. Clements Jr
State Sen. W E. Snelson
Room 200 State Capitol
P O Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78701
Austin, Texas 78768
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen
Sen. John Tower
United State Senate
United States Senate
Room 240 Russell Bldg
Room 142 Russell Bldg.
Washington, D C 20510
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day. I Editor s note This notice was run in the Sept 9, 1932. issue of the Herald, for some reason). While the enrollment will likely not exceed last year’s figures of about 250, indications are that it will not drop below. Coach Doerfler has sent out a call to the football squad to assemble on the afternoon of registration day for the first practice.
Miss Barbara Hoeke will head the Comal Unit, American Legion Auxiliary, as president for next year, as a result of the annual election of officers held Friday night at the Court House. Other officers include Mrs. Milton Tolle, vice-president; Miss Valeska Roessing, secretary; Mrs. Frank Haase, treasurer; Mrs. Leroy Albrecht, entertainment chairman; Mrs. George Eikel-Schmidt, Americanization; Miss Ottie Coreth, child welfare work chairman; Mrs. Wesley Peterson, membership chairman; Mrs. Ella Schmuck, music chairman; Mrs. Arthur Mergele, chaplain; Mrs. Otto Rohde, publicity chairman; Mrs. Alphons Nuhn, sergeant at arms.
'Peso aid' an election gimmick
The Reagan administration's dramatic announcement last week of a $200 million aid program for businessmen along the Mexican border was an election-year political ploy, nothing more.
It's not that the small businessman in southern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California aren’t being badly hurt by the devaluation of the Mexican peso. Their erstwhile customers from across the border can’t afford to shop in the United States any more, while Americans are bargain hunting in Mexico, where their dollars are worth twice what they used to be.
But the fact is there’s nothing special about the Small Business Administration’s “special $200 million ‘Peso Pack’” of direct loans and guarantees to the stricken businessmen.
The money was there all long. It is part of what SBA had left over in funds for this year’s loan program. And one reason it hadn’t been spent is that the SBA has been much more tightfisted in coming to the rescue of small businessmen who are drowning from the effects of high interest rates and the recession.
There's also nothing special about the loans themselves. The border
businessmen will be paying the same rates as any of the SBA’s other borrowers. Ironically, a program that would have provided low-interest loans to the stricken businesses was killed by the Reagan administration last year.
So how did Scrooge become Lady Bountiful overnight?
Texas Gov, Bill Clements claims a big share of credit for the transformation. He issued a press release that explained: “The SBA agreed to Gov. Clements’ proposal to make available at lesat $5 million in direct federal assistance to businesses along the Texas border...a tenfold increase over the amount available to Texas small buisnessmen hard tut by tile peso devaluation.”
Another claimant was San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson. A spokesman put it this way: “San Diego’s Washington lobbyists were checking around and not having much luck, so Wilson went to the White House for help." Presto! The loan program was announced “in response to our request to come down and give us some assistance.”
There’s a certain odd truth in both these claims. Clements and Wilson are Republicans engaged in tough election campaigns. Clemente is currently losing ground in his reelection bid, while Wilson is fighting
to stop the erosion of his early lead over Gov. Jerry Brown in the race for California’s senate vacancy.
So it’s undoubtedly correct technically that the “Peso Pack” loan program was announced as a result of Clements’ and Wilson’s pleas for help from the White House. Even though the funds were already available in the SBA kitty, the hardpressed GDP officeseekers were obviously instrumental in having the loan money gussied up as a new “special” program.
To make sure Texas and California voters got the message, SBA Administrator James Sanders took pains to praise Clements and Wilson "for their leadership in working with us to put this effort together.”
Footnote: An SBA spokesman
admitted that the $200 million would have been available anyway to the border businessmen “if they had gone through the right procedures.” He told my associate Peter Grant that part of the reason for announcing the “special program” was to let the needy businessmen know that the money was there waiting. He also denied that politics had anything to do with the credit given to Clements and Wilson. But if the funds were there all along, what was there to give anyone credit for?
ON VOOR RIGHT ARE THE •SHADY RIVER CONDOS1' AND THE "RIVER RACE CONDOS" ...ON YOUR LEFT YOU CAN SEE THE "RIVER TIDE CONDOS AND, COMING UP .