New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 239 18 pages in 2 sections September 30, 2000
■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0, 1 or 2 can water today before 9 a m. and after 7 p.m. For information, call 608-8925
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Hossein Hagigholam of Mamacita’s Restaurant inspects the quality of the homemade tortillas at the popular local
Hagi finds American dream in Mexican food
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
So far Hossein Hagigholam, better known as Hagi, has escaped a revolution, conquered a language barrier and laid the first tier of an empire.
Even though he only had television shows like “Starsky and Hutch” upon which to base an opinion of America, 18-year-old Hagi decided to leave Iran to become an engineer in an American school.
"It was very scary,” Hagi said. “I think I was home sick the first year.”
Despite feeling homesick, he left Houston for Schreiner College in Kerrville so he could get away from the Iranian students that were his closest link to home: they made it hard to learn English.
Speaking English well was a lesson he learned before he even stepped outside a U.S. airport. After landing in New York, he walked up to a ticket agent and asked for a passage to "Hawston,” and wound up in Boston.
He planned to return home and make his parents proud after completing his studies, but the leaders of the Iranian Revolution had a plan of their ow n.
As his country dealt w ith civil and political unrest, his parents had to stop sending money. He quit school and worked full time in the States.
Now he calls both countries home.
"I think it’s really good to have two countries, two cultures,” Hagi said.
Not only has he mastered the language, but he also has mastered the American dream. This past year 1.6 million people dined in Hagi’s four Mamacita’s Restaurants in Kerrville, Fredericksburg, San Marcos and New Braunfels, and every year his business increases by 15 percent.
"We (immigrants) all heard about this land of opportunity. If there is a heaven and hell in this world right now, America is heaven,” Hagi said. “If you work hard and set your goal, w ith the system in this coun-
fair to remember
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With so many flags, floats and animals to watch, it was hard for some to know when to stand and salute and when to wave hello. Friday’s parade went off without any noticeable hitches.
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Top: Even this hound dog seemed to be enjoying the parade in Main Plaza Friday. Above: members of the New Braunfels High School Band march to the beat of their own drummers. Left: The New Braunfels Fire Department led the parade with a ladder truck.
Everybody loves the parade in downtown New' Braunfels
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Downtown New Braunfels looked as if it had stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting Friday.
American Bags lined San Antonio Street. Stray balloons that were not tied quickly enough to a young child's wrist floated into the sky.
Lawn chairs lined the Main Plaza, and police roadblocks kept traffic from hitting children who sat on blankets on the edges of the streets. Grandparents held wriggling children in their laps, and young parents prepared film and video cameras.
It seemed as if the whole town had turned out for the Comal County Fair Parade, the annual event that kicks off Fair Day in New Braunfels.
Hundreds of people lined dow ntown streets. They
craned their necks and listened intently for the telltale sounds of sirens that meant the parade had begun.
Several children sat in lawn chairs at the West San Antonio Street entrance to the plaza. One of the young boys advised another earnestly to, “Hold your ears. Its going to be really loud.”
Nearby, six-year-old Clarence McClung, of Canyon Lake, fidgeted as he waited to see the parade for the first time. His mother, Darlene McClung and sister, Briana McClung, 3, stood nearby.
“This is all I’ve heard about all week,” Darlene McClung said.
The sirens of the fire trucks and police cars that led the parade were quiet in the distance, but grew louder as they neared
‘High tech’ lake search tested today
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
CANYON LAKE — Searchers will mount a major effort today and believe they may find the 14-year-old Houston boy missing since Saturday and presumed drowned in Canyon Lake.
A world-renow ned rescue specialist and disaster planner who invented an electronic device that helps find bodies buried under rubble, mud or even IOO feet of water flew in from California Thursday anil believes he knows where Anthony Shepherd’s body can be found in Canyon Lake.
Two members of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMART) were unable to complete their search of the location Friday because, one said, “our nitrogen levels are too high.”
Daniel Misiaszek, commander of the SMART divers, told Shepherd’s family the divers have a 20 minute linger time on the bottom of the lake, which is 91 feet down at the location they’re searching. Water temperature on the bottom was 56 degrees Friday. Misiaszek and one other diver stayed down 48 minutes, risking a dangerous bout with “the bends,” which occurs after too much nitrogen builds up in a diver’s body under compression in deep water.
“We’re confident of the location where we’re searching,” Misiaszek said.
The reason they took the added risk was Doug Copp, rescue chief and disaster manager for the American Rescue Team International (ARTI) out of Alameda, Calif.
Copp is well known for his disaster relief work on every continent and in virtually every type of emergency over the last 15 or so years from Turkey to China to Venezuela; from earthquakes to mudslides. He worked the Sw issair crash off Nova Scotia and helped find John F. Kennedy Jr. — well actually did not, Copp said: his suggestion when he arrived oft'the coast of Massachusetts that searchers consult area fishermen resulted in the Kennedy plane being found before Copp turned on his equipment.
“I asked, ‘has anybody talked to any of these fishermen here?’ I was sure there was some old fisherman who knew where that plane
Dawson recovering from heart surgery
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO — Comal C ounty Pct. I Commissioner Jack Daw son remained in a San Antonio hospital Friday, recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery.
An official at Southwest Texas Methodist I lospital said Dawson was in stable condition.
Comal C ounty Judge Danny Scheel said he had heard Dawson was doing very well, considering.
“He’s getting back to his old self,” Scheel said.
Dawson was admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital one week ago and transferred to Methodist hospital for surgery on Friday.
His recovery w ill take several weeks, he said Friday night.
“Eve been doing some exercises, getting back together, taking it easy,” Dawson said. “The plan now is to send me home for recovery Monday.”
Dawson’s doctors want him to spend six weeks convalescing.
“You can’t do it any faster,” Dawson said.
"I’m anxious to get back, but I’ll be out of commission for six more weeks.
Dawson’s medical team w ill want him to stay at home — try not to be exposed to any viruses or illnesses exercise and just plain rest up.
“I’m not supposed to work, have any company or very many phone calls, but I don’t want to seem like a snob,” Dawson said.
Dawson noted he wanted to try to write a few letters — and that he had plenty of get well cards to answer.
Wild Card plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
today at the Comal County Fairgrounds. Admission is $7.
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