Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on March 21, 1979 · 29
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Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas · 29

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Wednesday, March 21, 1979
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Lignite proposal opposition A group that has fought the South Texas Nuclear Project says it's also opposed to the proposed alternative a lignite-fired power plant. Page B6. Austin AmeritQn-StatcsmQn College budget battles A House committee undoes $16 million damage to the budget of the University of Texas and Texas A&M in a hasty meeting marked by angry words. Page B2. state Wednesday, March 21, 1979 . B1 &nn . n - 9 i j mike kelley i oriina curiam ruieu om CltV At least, you'd be in good company Consider, if you will, the fact that Jesus, Gandhi and jSinstein did not wear socks. . That should tell the rest of us something. ; There are a lot of cosmetic appurtenances running around loose: Chrome is among the more ubiquitous. And, there is a bunch of it, too. There are gargoyles on buildings and embossing on books; the validity of a given brand of religion is easily gauged by its prophet's coif (dramatized by back-lighting so as to distinguish the prophet from the television weatherman), and then there are socks. ; THE USELESSNESS of neck ties is generally conceded, I think. They are worn only to cover food stains on a shirt or to vindicate the legend in electric typewriters that advises, "Keep fingers, hair, jewelry, etc. away fjom this area," that being the innards of the typewriter, which can consume a tie quicker than your car guzzles gas or a Republican's campaign debt absorbs lobby money. Belts fall into the same category. If your trousers, ' Skirt, jeans, etc. fit properly, there is no need to wear a belt unless you are a professional snake handler who may need a make-shift tourniquet on quick notice. ; And socks. Prof. Einstein, I have read, felt that socks performed no particular function and were just something else you had to wash. He was not wearing socks when he postulated his Theory of Relativity. I He probably had very understanding relatives. I do not think that mine would understand if I did not wear socks, which is about the only reason that I do. ; FOR A BRIEF PERIOD, there was a reason for socks. About 20 years ago, in high-school gymnasiums across the land, were held rituals called '"Sock Hops." They were okay, but have become history, even as have the more recent nostalgic reprise of "Fifties Parties," so there is no longer any need at all for socks. Old T-shirts make much better shoe-polishing rags than do socks. Few would think of using them for dish tags. "Excuse me, but as you were setting the table, I could not help but notice that there are old socks in your sink. May I ask why?" "Certainly. I use them to wash the dishes." "Do pardon me but for the moment it will take to spit pp." They are dangerous. Shoes are sturdy enough that ine may slip quickly into them in the morning without having to seat one's self. Socks, unless they are in such shape as to pose a hazard to the public health, are not. ' If one undertakes to teeter on one foot while hoisting the other to receive a sock, one will almost invariably begin to oscillate like an inverted pendulum, hop wildly about in a vain attempt to regain balance and then topple into something unyielding like the headboard i- or vicious, like the dog. ' CONTRARY TO MYTH, socks are not monogamous. They are, in fact, shamelessly promiscuous, being (ound at any given moment in the company of any sock ether than the one to which they were believed mated. Attempts to locate the deserted partner are futile, for it has hid out in the laundromat on its last visit and will never be seen again. ; Attempts to pair unmated socks will always be found out and noted aloud by persons who think they are possessed of unique, detective abilities. "I see you are not tnarried, for you are not wearing mated socks." ! How shallow. Do they think I would marry a woman and expect her to spend all her waking hours toiling pver a laundry basket, pairing socks? '. Certainly not. I would marry only a woman of such enormous wealth that I could go sockless for the rest of my days, fully rich enough to be thought only mildly eccentric. Carter himself nixes controversial Mexican border fence By BRENOA BELL American Statesman Staff WASHINGTON Despite earlier reports that a ".more impregnable" barrier would be built on the U.S.Mexico border, White House officials said Tuesday that the Carter administration has no intention of taking such action. President Carter, with one ear cocked to the Mexican-American vote in 1980, has personally turned thumbs down on a $2 million controversial "Tortilla Curtain" that was to be built along the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage entry by illegal aliens. Presidential assistant Hamilton Jordan said Tuesday that he doesn't think the fence will ever be built. Immigration and Naturalization Service decided last year to redesign the proposed barricade, originally to be made of heavy grate-like metal, after it was revealed that its sharp metal edges could cut off the toes and fingers of those trying to climb it. Even Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo has been critical of the fence. It came to symbolize the larger problems confronting the United States in its dealings with Mexico and the incoming tides of illegal aliens from south of the border. "We're not going to put one more inch of new fence out there," said an administration official who asked that his name not be used. Carter reportedly made that decision himself in a handwritten memo rejecting Attorney General Griffin Bell's recommendation to go ahead with the original proposal to rebuild and extend the existing dilapidated chain-link fence at key border areas, particularly El Paso and Chula Vista, Calif. Bell's recommendation called for nearly 12 miles of heavy metal fencing - some of it new and some of it re- placement - but without the sharp edges. It would have extended by several miles the 27 miles of fence erected 25 years ago along the 1,980-mile border. INS Commissioner Leonel Castillo, whose agency is See Curtain, B5 Senators caU Y-24 for bingo Associated Press The Senate called out Sen. A.R. (Babe) Schwartz's number Tuesday in passing his proposal to legalize church bingo games. "Next to the 55-mph speed limit, this is the most singularly violated law in the United States today," Schwartz said of the current state prohibition of bingo. His colleagues favored the constitutional amendment 24-7 and sent it to the House, where similar legislation is in committee. The proposed change in the law would have to be submitted to voters for approval next year. If approved, Bingo would be limited under the measure to a church, synagogue, religious society, volunteer fire department, nonprofit veterans organization, fraternal organization or nonprofit organization supporting medical research or treatment programs. "Bingo could not become a gaming business in Texas," Schwartz said. Legitimate organizations should not be harassed, he added. "The veterans are supporting the Little League program in Port Lavaca with bingo," he continued. "Yet, it is a felony for a member of the VFW to run bingo games, to call out the numbers as they come out of the air vent." Current law leads to a hypocritical situation, with district attorneys deciding who can violate the law and who cannot, Sen. Carl Parker of Port Arthur said. As more senators joined Schwartz's cause, the mood continued to lighten. "Under the 'Y', 24; under the 'N 7," Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby said in calling out a preliminary vote. "The question is on final passage. The secretary will roll the dice," Hobby quipped before the last vote. ' : ' f ' i : '.V t: : V "7 ... v Am- ' -K i s ' r m 1 1 - , Staff Pholo by Bob Daemmrch Victor Krumm and son Kevin with Owen residence in distant background Shooting explodes quiet Sunday By GUILLERMO GARCIA American Statesman Staff Victor Krumm and his family were enjoying the "quiet, peaceful and sunny Sunday afternoon" at their Austin Lake Estates home "when the place came alive real sudden bullets flying, people yelling, cars peeling out." The way Krumm, an automobile mechanic, described last Sunday's events, "there was just all sorts of commotion going on." Sheriff's investigators are terming it a drug-related robbery attempt gone awry. One of the two alleged robbers, 31-year-old Samuel 0. Guentzel, was shot to death as he attempted to flee the home of his intended victim, Brent Owen. Authorities say they have a "pretty good idea" who Guentzel's accomplice is. The suspect remained at large Tuesday, the third day he has eluded deputies. Tony Sanford, 22, who lives about 100 yards from the Owen home, said he fired the shot that struck and killed Guentzel as he drove away with his accomplice. District Attorney Ronnie Earle said the investigation is incomplete but indicated the shooting will be referred to the grand jury.- Texas law says a person is justified in using deadly force to protect the property of a third person if he is in the "fresh pursuit" of the robber and believes the thief used "force, threat or fraud " Investigators Tuesday said Sanford's relatives have complained that he has received telephone threats on his life. "The calls started Monday. They are anonymous threats made against Sanford to his relatives .... Someone calls and says they are going to get even with him. We have taken steps to ensure security out there," Chief Deputy Jim Collier said. While the Sanford and Owen residences were empty and quiet Tuesday afternoon, other residents of the middle-: class lakeside development remain "pretty shook up about the whole thing." "What concerns me the most is that the other man is still on the loose. I am ap-, prehensive for my children," said one middle-aged woman, who lives two blocks from the shooting site. Krumm, whose property is about 50 yards from the Sanford residence and 75 ' yards from the Owen home, agrees: "My three boys have a hard time sleeping by themselves at night. There was a lot of shooting and a lot going on. It bothers me that something like this would go on. I See Shooting, B5 Reportedly stolen goods seized in surplus stores By KAY POWERS American-Statesman Staff KiLLEEN - More than $4,000 worth of equipment believed stolen from Fort Hood warehouses has been seized at Army surplus stores here and in Copperas Cove, and Man's torso identified through his footprint The headless, handless torso of a man found in Southwest Travis County during the weekend has been identified as David James Shep-pard, sheriff's officers said Tuesday. - Sheppard's mutilated remains "were found by a couple hiking south of Bee Caves Road near River Hills Road. Deputies said the man had been dead 10 days. They said he was stabbed to death 21 stab wounds were found on the body - and then dumped in the woods. Identification was made through a footprint, a deputy said. He said the investigation was continuing. police have charged one store manager with theft. Lt. J.W. Dunn of the Killeen Police Department said that after two months of surveillance by his office and Fort Hood's Criminal Investigation Division, stolen goods were recovered with search warrants. Out on $10,000 bond after being charged with "theft over $200 and less than $10,000" is Jackie Wayne Hogue, 35, of Killeen. Hogue is manager of Rancier Army Surplus, in Killeen, where about $4,000 worth of flight jackets, helmets, duffel bags and gas masks were recovered. Dunn said investigators have found no indication guns or other weapons were taken during the thefts. He said $200 worth of goods was recovered at a surplus store in Copperas Cove but that no arrests have been made there. A Fort Hood spokesman confirmed that the recovered goods "appear to be from the Central Issue Facility" at Fort Hood and said that "it does appear that the surplus store had a connection" at the post. Fort Hood CID is continuing its investigation. ft Bye-bye, bikini The two-piece bathing suit is almost no more, replaced by a sleeker, sexier suit they call the maillot. Read about 'this year's daring one-piece in Friday's LifeStyle section. Spring for love, not science By LEE KELLY American-Statesman Staff Dreary Austin weather notwithstanding, spring arrived here Tuesday at 11:22 p.m. That's the word from Dr. David Evans, University of Texas astronomy professor, on the time the sun crossed the equator on its journey to bring warmth back to the cold climes. Evans says, however, the arrival of spring is more noticed for its strange power of touching off madness in the hearts and souls of people,' than for its astonomical importance, j As Emily Dickinson said, "A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king." ! Tennyson added another element, "In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." That madness, and the turn of thoughts to love, Evans says, are due to psychology and changes of personal metabolism brought about in part by the lengthening of days. ; "Spring is a mating season for animals," Evans says, "and if I understand correctly, also for human beings." "It's not of any astronomical significance," Evans says. "The earth's axis tilts, and spring commences technically when the sun passes through the vernal equinox." That vernal equinox was not observ-. able in the United States. The sun was on the other side of the world, over the coast of Sumatra, at the time. Youth indicted in killing of repair-shop owner A 16-year-old Austin youth was indicted on a charge of murder Tuesday by the Travis County grand jury in connection with the January slaying of the owner of the Mr. Wizard repair shop. Indicted was Jack Douglas Parks Jr., who is being held at Gardner House, the county juvenile facility. He had been previously certified to stand trial as an adult. He was arrested by the sheriff's office the day after he reported that Geoffrey Bryan Shields, 29, had been shot in the throat with a shotgun by three "biker types" west of the Austin city limits on Ranch Road 2222. i Deputies said that Shields met Parks about two weeks before the slaying when Shields picked him up hitchiking. Employees at the repair shop have told in vestigators that Parks called there the day before the shooting to arrange a meeting with Shields. : . Parks, who lives near where the shooting occurred, at first told deputies that three bikers shot the man. Later deputies found the shotgun and a spent shell allegedly used in the killing, as well as Shields' wallet in Parks' house.

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