Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 1980 · 2
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Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico · 2

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Friday, July 25, 1980
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A-2 ALBLQL'ERQL'E., JOL H.NUFriUv. July 23, 1980 . n rr il wk ? .i", .. lllllilipllilllis (" Y - , 1 . -v1'! ' Journal Pnotoi by Brian Wtliki v. X bviM(.;.;iit;imts.-M-.,im Benny Koske Goes "Boom Boomr Just for Kicks Thursday Night "Boy, Am I Glad This First One Is Over" 'The Human Bomb9 Has a Blast . . . and a Slight Headache By BARTRIPP Journal Staff Writer ', ; The wind whistled through the rocks and 'dust and rabbitbrush, and thunderheads loomed to the north Thursday evening when Benny Koske blew himself up. ' : With a storm gathering and a6but 40 people ' watching, Benny, who answers to the nickname "Boom Boom," crouched into a coffin, the kind he makes for himself almost every day. After counting down from 10, Benny hesitated for an instant, then pulled an electric switch. This triggered five charges of a low-grade explosive called 40 percent dynamite, which blew Benny a foot in the air. If something had gone wrong, this story might have a Bloomfield or Loco Hills, N.M., dateline. When the dust cleared and the remnants of the coffin were still fluttering about Albuquer-! que, Benny was on his knees. With the concus- sive blast still reverberating, Benny waved his hand, heralding the refurbishing of 84 Lumber Yard at 70S Comanche NE and proving for the 1,000th time or so that he had lived through another explosion. I The man who invoked the countdown as if it were a launch to Mars, an 84 Lumber executive named Brink SpruilL cried into a bullhorn, "Benny's all right. Let's hear it for the human bomb, ladies and gentlemen!" The congregation clapped, then headed into the lumber store to buy nails and try to shake the noise from their ears. "Boy, am I glad this first one is over," Benny said after pulling a well-padded helmet from his head. He'll repeat his big bang theories tonight at 6:30 and Saturday afternoon at 1 While the spectators dispersed and television cameras recorded the sweat rolling down Ben ny's forehead, he stood in his grimy red and white leather outfit and his white boots and tried to explain how a 39-year-old man survives headaches and concussions, how Boom Boom can cope with "lacerations and burns all over my body." The secret lies in the 2-by-6 foot coffin of particle board with foam padding. Benny refused to let reporters look inside the coffin before he blew it to Wagon Mound. "If s my design and I'm gonna keep it that way," Benny said. "Not even the people who work for me know. It's my secret." Benny later revealed that nobody really works for him. He bases himself in Palm Bay, Fla., hitches a trailer to his 1978 Chevrolet and careens around the country, playing wherever promoters will pay him to pull the switch. "I'm calming down now," Benny says. He is soon calm enough to pass out to lucky report ers books of matches advertising "THE HUMAN BOMB," ballpoint pens shaped like a wooden match and to sign programs, "Best Wishes, Benny Koske Boom Boom 1980." ', 11 When Benny wrote the year, he easily remembered the first three numbers. Then he -had to think for a moment before adding the zero. "I been on Mike Douglas and he's gonna have me on again next week," Benny said. "I've been on with David Frost. National Enquirer did a centerfold on me. "Real People is doing a thing on me for this fall. I play all over. The Astrodome. I played Veterans Stadium (in Philadelphia) before a Phillies-Pirates game. They love me there. "I really had them going in that place where the Atlanta Hawks play (The Omni). Oh. did they go crazy there. Got 'em all loaded on 25-cent beer, then ran a wire cage around the coffin. "You shoulda seen 'em pour out of that place. They couldn't stop talking about me. They , should have taken time to settle down before ' they go out on the freeways and drive. If that isn't violent, what is?" fn ' Benny again swabbed the sweat from his forehead and walked toward the car and trailer painted red, white and blue, emblazoned with the legend, "All American Daredevil." The wind was still blowing. The black clouds had gone. Benny Koske had a slight headache. "I get uptight, you know," he said. "You can only do this for so long before you got to get borne and sit yourself down and think about everything.' Admirer Decides Unwelcome House Is Worth Buying , An old house that was trucked into a new subdivision last week, to the consternation of residents there, has already been sold. Jerry Maxwell of Kachina Realty, said he has bought the house and lot at 14325 Mel Smith Court NE from the Rev. Ron McConnelL McConnell moved the bouse into the Supper Rock Subdivision with plans to remodel it and then sell it But residents of the area became upset when they saw the house being moved into their neighborhood. - . - - : Maxwell said Thursday that he believes the house will sell for $80,000 to $85,000 when it has been remodeled and the lot has been landscaped. That ; is comparable to other homes in the Maxwell also said he is trying to get a meeting of the Supper Rock residents so he can show them the remod- ; eling plans. "I think as soon as they see what we are planning to do they ; will be pleased" and their fears that w mmamaot ttshtat will iu nrwmn down will be disposed or. ' '' Meanwhile, McConnell'l ' business manaser. Kenneth Hildebrandt, said the house and the property were per- . Tmirrnl atnriit had indicated that the , "property was owned by the Christian ; tor. t. Th hoiiu mum tnnvM rn it current . I11AA HTTP TL. ., iruui mtjv in ins Christian Center is located at 12120 " L1 Ut ' , , ' i:ranat aiso s:a mcujnneu is ;i xta rtrssnd owner of the property in arcs tr'-o-f waf r""nH Snr1ifT to a shstr j rink could be built Pre-Cvi;v,s Jcrr::il itrri-s h.-i s!o ero T-iur's irJ tv'-t ra Chrisfifln Cer.t;r owned tiM rrc?city. Ten Coinmandments Issue Remains at Impasse LOS LTJNAS An impasse continues on the question of whether copies of the Ten Commandments will remain on display in Los Lunas classrooms. Superintendent A.H. Ruybalid Thursday said that the school system remains firm in its resolve not to remove the plaques "unless a court orders us to." Ruybalid said the system's last communication with State Superintendent Leonard DeLayo, who ordered removal of the plaques in June, was on July 10. "He informed us he is obligated to challenge our stand and plans to do so," Ruybalid said. DeLayo ordered the plaques removed, saying their display could violate laws governing separation of shurch and state. 4 But school officials have steadfastly refused to comply, saying they don't think there is a violation of law. "The next step is Delayo's. We are waiting to see how he intends to challenge," Ruybalid said. In another school-related matter, assistant principal Burrell Ross was appointed principal of Los Lunas high school, replacing Abe Armenderiz who resigned recently. Ross, an employee of the Los Lunas-schools for 14 years, has worked as an elementary school teacher, counselor and assistant principal Appointed act ing assistant principal was science teacher Leslie Fluke. Ruybalid said the appointments are temporary. He added that the school board felt it had to act quickly because of the approaching school year. "We felt like we need people in charge right new," Ruybalid said. 8 , He said the system has received about eight to ten applications for the principal's post, but added, "we're in , no special hurry", . School officials have also decided to impose a closed campus when school opens this year. Ross said the change is being made "because there's problem with kids who don't eat at the school" Y '. He said a snack bar will be set at the school, and that fencing will be put up around the high school parking lot: "Not so much to prevent students from leaving but for protecting the cars," Ruybalid said. , '" Developers in Los Lunas Reaffirm Need for Sewer Hookups LOS LUNAS Complaining that skyrocketing interest rates are delaying construction, several developers appeared before Los Lunas village councilors Thursday to reaffirm their need for sewer hookups. The developers noted that interest rates have eased and most said they are ready to proceed with their development v y The developers had been asked to reaffirm their sewer hookup approval because of problems the village is having with an overworked sewer plant. , Plans for a new sewer plant to replace the old one were scrapped, at least temporarily, when it was re- ' moved from consideration for federal funding earlier this summer. Village officials are hopeful the project will be put back on a priority list, but in the meantime are asking developers with previously approved hookups to explain the status of their projects. p i j ' . The council is considering revoking hookup approval if developers don't proceed within a specified time peri od. ' "We are progressing but with interest rates so high, it's been slowing us down. But we're not standing idly by," said Ernie Sichler, who is planning a 26-unit apartment complex at Luna Manor. JVeir TV Station To Begin l V By WILL HOFFMAN , Journal TV Writer ' Albuquerque has yet another new television station. ! 1 1 K48AM, UHF Channel 43, is scheduled to begin broadcasting Aug. 17. It will carry round-the-clock, programming from the Spanish International Network. ! 4 j ' - - The station has a permanent translator license from the Federal Communications Commission, with 1,000 watts maximum power, said Bill Stiles, a SIN 1 official In New York. The FCC license was granted . to Graciela CUvsrez. of Albuquerque. -- ; 4 a-- -.- y. ' Mrs. Olivsrez, who was out of town and couldn't be rraehed, is e?.oyti by United Way of America. She is the former director of the federal Community Services Administration end the New Mexico State, " planning Office. ' ; - - - ' SIN programming was carried by KMXN-TV, Charmel 23, until June 1, when it severed its affilia- tion with SIN: changed its call letters to KLKK TV and became an independent station, v v 1 ?t : , -"-"Vr- ' Albuquerque's newest station, K48AM, will have r no local programming. Instead, it will receive all its . ' programming, via Weststar satellite, from KWEX-. TV, Channel 21, in San Antonio, Texas, said Stiles. SIN carries Spanish programming from all over ' the world, he said, more than half from Mexico, "the primary producer" of Spanish language shows. SIN fare includes news, sports, general entertainment, movies, talk shows and a religious program. . p 1 ? , '' Besides Channel 23 and Channel 48, Albuquerque's other UHF station is KGSW-TV, Channel 14, an independent operation scheduled to begin broadcasting March 1, 1981. Stiles said Mrs. Olivarez is the individual licensee but plans to give "53 percent of her profits" to the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund. SIN, he said, has advanced Mrs. Olivarez equipment and operating funds against anticipated ing in City ..' revenues. Also, he said, SIN has recommended that ;; ; she establish a local of fice for the station. i "You should have excellent coverage of the whole valley from the antenna on Sandia Peak," said Stiles. He said the antenna tower footings have been poured and installation of the 60-foot tower, pending expected U.S. Forest Service approval, should begin , the first week in August. The signal will be received from a satellite dish . atop the KOB-TV studio in Albuquerque and sent on . to the KOB-KGGM-TV transmitter building atop the : crest, said Stiles. I SIN programming, Stiles noted, is currently available on cable TV systems in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, Espanola, Roswell, Lordaburg and Deming. ; The network also operates two experimental sta ' tions in Denver and Washington, D.C, authorized by the FCC. He said the FCC is considering revising its olicy to grant translator stations more broadcast-ng power, local origination and advertising and ad-' ditional channels. ' ,. ' Albuquerque Journal Swftfclthnr.IW ,ttM.wnu Phoa 842-2300 ' ' ' ' ' soccEsra suBscaimoN kats svcAaam MmlHM t , ..UHMk Bmmimy mtr tin ft mmto ruKUSIUJI mwH M nfmMUti It tmf nnMarrtmlMMnttnlttauiMlBM. liUaCRlilUiS 4ntrtM ffrnftttm hntn MWki la mVim wit liiw hU iMMuntMra iter ntt Aim thaelrcalaMariwaMl. !' SINbLt COPY A1 U , i NEW MEXICO OUTOTITATI kilMlff INN Dnttalir f Mtkilw ' Mw rwmtmtfim urn wmiim : StrvM kj UK Amnmumi tnmmi Hliliri fWW.yefd imitt

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