New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Now, there are two ways to approach a subject that frightens you and makes you feel stupid: you can embrace it with humility and an open mind, or you can ridicule it mercilessly.”
- Judith Stone essayist, 1991
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Kudos!Herald-Zeitung salutes those who make the world a better place
Kudos, a weekly feature of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, is intended to highlight the good news of our community.
You can be part of this. If you know someone deserving recognition, call Mark Lyon at 625-9144. Also, you can submit your Kudos in writing to Kudos, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
This week’s Kudos:
■ All prize winners and contestants through all the contests held last week at the 101st Comal County Fair.
■ The 550+ volunteers, including board members, directors, drovers and committees who helped make the 101st Comal County Fair events successful.
■ The New Braunfels Cross Country team for winning a tie-breaker with Round Rock for the second consecutive week to win the University of San Antonio’s 75th Annual Cross Country Invitational held last weekend.
■ To the more than 600 scuba divers who will submerge into the Comal River Saturday to clean the trash from the river's bottom. The effort will mark one of the largest gatherings of scuba divers in the country, drawing divers from all over the state.
■ The Comal ISD Board of Trustees for maintaining the same tax rate for three consecutive years. A tax increase is a tax increase, and the recently-passed tax rate for the coming year was not an increase.
These days, not having a tax increase is worth a pat on the back.Write us
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Looking back at die good old days
Today, I’m feeling nostalgic. Maybe because of a recent article written by Express-News Book Editor Judyth Rifler, reminiscing about the “good old days.** Her source was “Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana,” by Susan Jonas and Marilyn Nis-scnson.
The readers were asked to see if they could remember a host of items once common in American life. Some of these items were automats, black and white movies, carbon paper, caid catalogs at libraries, drive-in movies, enclosed telephone booths, gas station attendants, girdles, handkerchiefs, paper doUs, rotary phones, soda fountains, stockings, telegrams, typewrites and TV antennas. Well, I guess that's die “good old days” to some folks, but most of the members of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center remember way back before any automation, any movies, or at least only silent ones, no telephones at all, before automobiles or gas stations and way, way before television or even radio.
So, I started thinking about some of those things and was reminded of an article left anonymously on my desk one day. It was titled, “For Those Bom Before 1943.” I liked it, and I think you will too.
Paraphrasing, it read: We were bom before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, radar, laser beams, ballpoint pens, dishwashers, air conditioners, credit cards, and before man walked on the moon.
People got married first and then lived together. Closets were for clothes, not for “coming out of.” Designer jeans were scheming girls named Jean, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins.
Everyone thought fest food was what you ate during Lent, and outer space was the back of the drive-in theater. This was before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, group therapy, and nursing homes. No one had heard of FM radio, tape decks, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt, and guys wearing earrings.
In 1940, “Made in Japan” meant junk, and the term “making out” referred lo how you did on your exam. Pizza, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
A rive and ten cent store was where you bought things for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel, you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a soft drink, or buy enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.
In those days, cigarette smoking was fashionable: grass was mowed; coke was a cold drink; pot was something you cooked in; and aids were helpers in the principal's office.
That was before the sex change, and people made do with what they had. And, perhaps it was the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby.
In addition to those things, a lot of us have special memories. I know we kids collected empty bottles to get the two cents deposit money. My brothers and I went up and down alleys to collect them from garbage cans. And what about those four sack shins and dresses. My mother made many of those in her time, and also bleached out blueprints to make dresses. Blueprints were made of linen in those days. I don’t know what they are now made of now. Remember before aluminum foil, cling wrap or baggies. What did we wrap with? I can't remember, or, maybe we didn’t have any left overs. I know in my family when “times were pretty tough,” there were very few left overs, and besides you had to feed the dog. He had to tough it out with the rest of us and had to eat what we ate — no fancy science diets for him. Inciden
tally, today’s dogs would give a month’s worth of barking for some of those soaps. Our dogs were happy. I rarely saw a neurotic dog.
Phones, radios, and television were non-existent, and when cars were reality, no one could afford to buy one.
Yes, people smoked in those days—mostly men, but they rolled their own, and beer came in pails not in bottles or cans. And, you bought that pail of beer down at the comer beer joint, or you made your own in the bathtub like my grandfather did.
Also, I remember the wonderful old department stores with the wooden floors and ceiling rims that stood on the floor. The drug stores had wooden floors too, and they all had soda fountains where you could get a BLT and an ice cream soda for very little money. I guess the Landa Pharmacy Coffee shop comes about as close as you can get to “holding out" May they always continue to do so.
Of course, I’m not saying everything was better then, I’m just remembering. In fact, no invention was ever greeted by a happier consumer than I when they came out with those heavenly pantyhose. Ladies, do you remember those horrible girdles, and stockings, and especially those rubber Playtex girdles — and no air conditioning anywhere? I don’t know now how we did iL I guess we’re becoming a nation of softies, but that’s okay. I don’t want to go back to the days of girdles, gloves, glamour, and glitz. And, I especially do not want to go back to days of no air-conditioning.
I hope you all will have some of these memories, and if you have some special ones of your own, I will include them on the next “good old days" or a sequel to the pet peeves article of a few weeks ago.
(Marie Dawson is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing exclusively for and about the Comal County Senior Center.)
Summit ends with pledge to speed end of nukes
By BARRY SCHWEID
AP Diplomatic WriterAnalysis
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin are putting the dismantling of long-range nuclear missiles on a frat track in another dramatic transition from the Cold War era.
Their two-day summit also produced new measures Wednesday to keep tabs on removed warheads and to expand U.S. investment in Russia’s rebounding economy through rimier insurance guarantees for entrepreneurs md a revision of the Russian tax code.
Clinton apparently made some headway, meanwhile, in curbing Russia’s annual sale of rn estimated $1 billion worth of submarines and other military equipment to Iran. No new deals will be signed, Yeltsin promised.
But the Russian leader insisted on delivering on existing contracts. American officials said they did not know — md Moscow promised to
Tod.iy in history
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Sept 30, the 273rd day of 1994.
There are 92 more days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept 30,1931, British. French, German and Italian leaders ended the Munich Conference with a decision lo appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudeten tend.
tell them — what was in the pipeline and would get to Tehran as a result. Already, two submarines have been delivered to what the administration calls a “pariah state.”
Clinton and Yeltsin cemented rn already warm relationship established in rive meetings over the past 20 months. “We don’t need to waste a lot of words md chew a lot of fat,” Yeltsin said at a windup news conference.
As Clinton eyed him with amusement, Yeltsin leased reporters with a rapid-fire listing of scores of topics he said they had discussed head-to-head over 4 1/2 hours.
Yeltsin took special delight in Clinton’s decision to extend indefinitely a low-tariff system for imports for Russia, having concluded the flow of Jewish immigrants met the requirements of the Jackson-Vanik legislation of the Cold War era.
“Every single kid in Russia knows
On this date:
la 1777, the Congress of the United Stales, forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces, moved to York, Pa.
la 1791, the opera “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered in Vienna, Austria.
la 1148, Dr. William Monon, a dentist, used rn experimental anesthetic — ether — for the first time on a patient in his Boston office.
who those people are — Jackson and this guy Vapik,” he joked.
At a dinner later at the new Russian Embassy, Yeltsin said, “ll is my pleasure to greet you on this piece of Russian territory in America.’’ Clearly reveling in his rote as host for some 170 guests at the inaugural social event for the showcase marbled embassy, Yeltsin said it was “a good omen” for blossoming U.S.-Russian relations. “I assure you Americans will always be welcome in this embassy.”
Yeltsin’s next stop was Seattle and a visit to the Boeing Co.’s massive aircraft factory “just to see what kind of Americans live out there on the West Coast”
The decision to dismantle long-range missiles rapidly was the most significant development ai the summit “We will make the world safer for all of us,” Clinton said.
In feet the United States and Russia are already making cutbacks in their arsenals ahead of schedule. There are now about 7JOOO long
ly 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th homer of the season to break his own major league record In 1946, an international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 lop Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
In 1949, the Berlin Airlift which had ferried more than 23 million tons of supplies lo the western sector of the German city in defiance of a Soviet blockade, came to an end.
range warheads in the Russian arsenal and the United Stales is approaching 6,000, below the ceiling set in the 1991 START I treaty, according to arms control experts.
However, they arc not required to cut even deeper — to the 3,000 to til 3,500 level — until 2003 under the 1993 START ll treaty.
And the accord has not been ratified by the Senate or by the Russian Parliament During the summit the Russians gave assurances the parliament would act by May 9, the dale Yeltsii proposed for Clinton to visit Mosco again, a senior U.S. official told Tht Associated Press.
As soon as the treaty is ratified, Clinton said, “we will immediately begin removing the nuclear wartier that are due to be scrapped under START U, instead of taking the nin years allowed.’’
“In other words,’’ Yeltsin said, echoing the president “we save at least seven, maybe more, years by doing it right away.”
In I9S4, the fust aiomic-powc vessel, the submarine Nautilus, < commissioned by the Navy at Glo Conn.
In I95S, actor James Dean i kilted in the collision of his spoils with another automobile nor Chola Calif. He was 24.
In 1962, black student James Me itll succeeded on his fourth try in i •storing for classes at the Univcr of Mississippi.