The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 23, 1978 · Page 3
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 3

Galveston, Texas
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Saturday, September 23, 1978
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Collection Of Old Bulbs Began With TV Interference By SUSAN BURNS News Staff Writer A former vice president of Houston Lighting & Power in Galveston has a hobby quite in keeping with his career with the electric company. He collects antique light bulbs. According to K. Karl Kreamer, who is retired and lives in Houston, the whole thing started about 15 years ago with a television set. "Actually, it was a lot of television sets," Kreamer said. "We had a case of television interference in Galveston and no one could figure out what the problem was." He said HL&P, which had the equipment to locate the interference, spent several days trying to track down the cause of the problem. "Through a process of triangulation," he said, "we finally pinpointed the trouble area. It was an old house." Kreamer explained that HL&P personnel went to the house and asked the woman living there if they could look through her home to see if they could locate the phantom interference. "We found what we were looking for. A carbon filament globe, circa 1900, was burning in a cioset. That was the problem. Carbon filaments emit oscillations similar to television waves," he said. According to Kreamer, the HL&P workers gave the woman a new, modern bulb and asked if they could have the old one. "They gave the globe to me, and I just set it up on my desk," he laughed. "From time to time, someone would come into my office and see the globe. They would say they had an old bulb and brought it to me. So the collection started without any real effort on my part." Kreamer added that once word got around, people began just sending him old bulbs. Recalling some of the unusual bulbs he collected during his time with the electric company, Kreamer commented that one of the See This Sunday's TV Guide for all. The Local TV Listings most unusual additions to his collection were two small Christmas tree lights. "A man from New Jersey visited my office one day and saw my old globe. He said he had some lights I might like to have and sent me two Christmas tree bulbs. It turns out that these bulbs were part of the first two strings of Christmas tree lights in the country. His father bought them, and he gave them to me," he recalled. Kreamer also noted that he had one or two bulbs from an old church in New England. He said they were made when light bulbs did not screw in, but were just pushed in. He also obtained an early-model mercury vapor light,' 'one of the first ones used on the Gulf Freeway. That light had over 40,000 hours' service." Another old bulb Kreamer received from his aunt. "It was put in a fixture on her front porch when the house was built," he said. "In 1968, my brother was visiting and told my aunt about my collection. She sent me the bulb and noted that it had given her continuous service from 1912, when the house was built, until she sent it to me to add to my collection," Kreamer said. According to Kreamer, one of his more impressive- looking bulbs was found when the Texaco Company remodeled its Galveston office. "When they were doing the remodeling, they found this bulb boxed up in the basement. Someone put it there and forgot it. It had never been used," he said, describing it as a large 500- watt round globe which looked like a crystal ball. In 1973, after 38 years with the electric company, Kreamer retired. At his retirement, he decided to give his antique collection to the company. "There was no value in having it at my home in Houston where no one could see it," he explained. "I thought that if it were going to be of benefit to anyone, it would have to be displayed. - I wanted people to see it." And see it they do. Hundreds of HL&P customers doing business at the 2116 Church St. office have the opportunity to view the fascinating display of electric - memorabilia. (fjaUu'BUw jOaily ^X'ctas «J"A Saturday Morning, September 23,1978 Hostages Released; Suspect Gives Up HL&P'S MARGARET TRINER VIEWS ANTIQUE LIGHT DISPLAY VP Gives Collection To HL&P Upon His Retirement HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (UP1) -A Huntington Station, N.Y., man.who shot and killed his girlfriend at an apartment complex, then held her 1&year-old son and 2-year-old niece hostage, surrendered early Friday morning after seven hours of negotiations, police said. The two children were released unharmed. Suffolk County police Commissioner Donald Dilworth said the suspect, George Harris, threw his gun down the stairs to police from the second floor apartment shortly before 1:30 a.m., then came down with his hands in the air. A police spokesman said Harris appeared "rational and reasonably calm considering the circumstances." The. dead woman's son followed Harris, carrying the infant who was crying. The girl was taken to Huntington Hospital for observation. The man several times during the negotiations appeared on the verge of surrendering but . then changed his mind and the negotiations continued. Police said a violent argument ensued before the woman -. identified as Betty Scott — was shot and killed about 6 p.m. on the first floor of the building. AIDS on All Shifts No Experience. Necessory. Apply in Person. WINCHESTER LODGE 1112 Smith, AtvIn.Taxat Ptit 331-6125 OLD TIME ID AYS v 2 WPS TO CMISC MM VALUES TO $19.98 ASSORTED DRESS AND SANDAL ONLY VALUES TO $12.98 800 PR. SPORTS AND CASUALS ONLY $100 ALL SALES FINAL, NO PHONE CALLS OR REFUNDS Marine Log Isle-Built Barge Sets Departure By JOEL KIRKPATRICK Maritime Editor A 286-foot barge built in 1977 in Galveston will sail Wednesday from Channelview, Texas, loaded with $10 million worth of oil rig equipment for Salvador, Brazil. The barge was built at West Gulf Marine Works, 6000 Port Industrial Shipping flctivity GALVESTON GULF QUEEN iLykesl American, Container Terminal ALCOA SEAPROBE (Alcoa) American, Pier 12 North NEWARK SUNRISE iNewpark) American, Pier 14 Wesl FREDERICK LYKES (Lykes) American, Pier 15 LORD FRONTENAC (Del Monte) Panamanian, Pier2l SPILJDA (Gulf Coast I Bunge Grain Elevator LORD FLEUR D'EPEE (Del Monte) Panamanian, Pier 34 ANTIGUA (Hansen & Tidemann) Greek, Pier 35-:i6T-head DMITRIS (Biehl) Greek Pier 36 North OLGA BRAVO (Slrachani American, Pier 38 North VALENTIN KHUTORSKY (Ford) USSR, Pier 39 North NAIMEY (Strachan) Italian, Pier 39-40 T-head MEXICAN GUNBOAT, Republic of Mexico. Pier 41 South RIVERBANK (Ford) British, Pier 41 North TEXAS CITYc NEDl!TTT)Greek,No:40 VENTURE BRITTANNIA, (Evans) No. 41 COASTGUARD-NAVY HATCHET, Fort Point TODD SHIPYARDS EXPORT BAY (Farrell Lines) American COASTAL TEXAS (Coastal States) American SEA VENTURE I (Navitrade) Panamanian MARITIME HAWK (TTT) Panamanian Boulevard in Galveston. The barge will be towed on the 4,800-mile voyage by the Seattle-based tug Drew Foss. Dillingham Maritime, owns and operates the Foss equipment, and John S. Connor Inc. is the broker for the move. The unassembled rig aboard the Foss 286-2 (the barge's name and number) was built by Offshore Systems Inc. of Channelview. Rig pieces up to 59 feet tall fill the 21,700-square- foot barge. The cargo is being shipped for Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, under contract with Lloyd Braseliero, the national flag carrier of Brazil. John S. Connor Inc. of Baltimore and Houston made the arrangements for the move. Connor, in business since 1917, specializes in worldwide movements of project cargoes and heavy lifts. The ocean-going tugboat Drew Foss is 126 feet in length overall and is powered by two diesel engines that develop 3,000 shaft horsepower. The tug has a cruising range in excess of 42 days. Capt. Paul Platt < will skipper the tug on the trip to Brazil.' Although the' voyage is the first time Dillingham Maritime has transported an oil rig to Brazil, it is only the latest of several company operations on the Gulf and East coasts this year. Winfield cast HOLLYWOOD (UPI) — Paul Winfield has joined the cast of the 14-hour continuation of . Alex Haley's historical family saga, "Roots," to be beamed next year on ABC- TV. Winfield will play the president of a black college during the depression. THE LOWEST PRICES TOWN WIG SALE Once again we are bringing you the short or flip up back wig. Black, off Black, dark >rown, and other colors. Come in early. Reg.$15 OLD TIME BARGAIN E T I C S P E C I A L S Suits reg. to $325... NOW... FIRST FLOOR MEN'S CLOTHING Sport Coats I CIIKT [ reg.toS95...NOW.. FIRST FLOOR MEN'S CLOTHING 199 Shirts logn and short sleeve .. . reg. to 27.50 ... NOW FIRST FLOOR MEN'S CLOTHING ................... reg. to 27.50.. UP TO .. FIRST FLOOR MEN'S CLOTHING /2 Off Warm-up Suits I CIDCT ci nn» Mft ....reg. $18... NOW... FIRST FLOOR MEN'S FURNISHINGS 4 Off Shorts final reduction . .. reg. to $17 ... NOW .,. FIRST FLOOR MEN'S FURNISHINGS 199 Ties . reg. 7.50 to 8.50... NOW... FIRST FLOOR MEN'S FURNISHINGS 199 Billfolds reg. to 12.50... NOW.. . FIRST FLOOR MEN'S FURNISHINGS off Socks 99 < FIRST FLOOR MEN'S FURNISHINGS SPORT SPECIAL GROUP Shirts 8.98 VAL .. NOW SECOND FLOOR BOY'S 99 SUMMER Boyswear SPECIAL GROUP vol. »o 8.99 .... NOW SECOND FLOOR BOY'S 99 99 SPECIAL PURCHASE FAMOUS MAKER KNITS D resses r eg . $se to $90... NOW .. THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR 61 " Dresses and styles.... SPECIAL PURCHASE THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR Of 99 reg. $40 to $58 ... NOW.. . jL3 \ VINYL Coats SPECIAL PURCHASE specially priced . .. NOW .. . THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR 19 |99 MISSES AND HALFSIZE Dresses . . . some pantsuits . .. vol. to $50 ... NOW .. . THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR 18 99 LARGE SIZES 38 TO 52 Sleepwear values to S-10 ... NOW .. . THIRD FLOOR LINGERIE COFFEE Goats values to $24 .. . NOW THIRD FLOOR LINGERIE LONG • LVJINW Loungers values lo $20 ... NOW .. . THIRD FLOOR LINGERIE Panties SPECIAL PURCHASE reg. 3 pr. for $6 NOW 3 pr.for THIRD FLOOR LINGERIE 199 Separates • T Values to $54. .. NOW.. . THIRD FtOOR READY-TO-WEAR 8 99 SUMMER MISSES AND HALFSIZE Dresses 15 99 THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR MISSES AND HALFSIZE m*r Pantsuits r eg $4 5 NOW 23 s - THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR reg $58 to S90 NOW .. THIRD FLOOR READY-TO-WEAR 39",. 61" /% ASSORTMENT OF PIECES ft Sportswear reg su NOW 6 I FIBCT Finnp^pnoT^ujpAB 99 FIRST FLOOR SPORTSWEAR GIRLS Knit tODS reg. to $10...'NOW... 4 I PANDORA SHOP... 518 TREW PANDORA SHOP ... 518 TREMONT GIRLS OIKLS _ I , Peasant Skirts reg. To $14... NOW... PANDORA SHOP ... 518 TREMONT ^^ I . LrmUKtN 5 < Odds and Ends reg. to $8 ... NOW .... PANDORA SHOP ... 518 TREMONT 99'J 99 Suits SPECIAL PURCHASE reg. 58 to $90 THIRD FLOOR.READY-TO-WEAR 39",. 61" BRUSHED and I.J. S. ..reg. $1 Ho $14... NOW.. THIRD FLOOR LINGERIE |99 Robes SPECIAL PURCHASE QQO , .' reg. $25 to $38... NOW. .. I 0 lo THIRD FLOOR LINGERIE 23 99 MISSY AND JR. r^ MISSY Ari Pants reg. to $25 ... NOW . FIRST FLOOR SPORTSWEAR 799 Jr. DresseS: r eg t 0 $4o...Now.. 19 FIRST FLOOR SPORTSWEAR i99 INFANTS, TODDLERS. CHRLS 4 TO 6X Sportswear I pAMnni reg. lo $10..,NOW... PANDORA SHOP—518 TREMONT 2 99 E A R R I N G S I 1 * FIRST FLOOR ACCE5. DOWNTOWN CENTRAL PLAZA .. .765-6301-

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