The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 06, 1985, Image 13

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e Battalion Friday, September 6,1985 New program giving kids a ride home Associated Press AUSTIN — Beginning this week end, there will be an option to driv ing home for Austin teen-agers who think they are too drunk to drive or fear riding with someone who is. A dial-a-ride program modeled after one offered to adults during the Christmas and New Year’s holi days will offer high school and ju nior high students a free, confiden tial ride home on weekends. Austin Police Explorer Post No. 26, a group sponsored by the city po lice department and affiliated with the Boy Scouts, will conduct the pro gram. "We’re not encouraging people to go out and drink. What we are try ing to do is save a few lives. We are not going to arrest anybody or give them a lecture,” said Pete Morin, a senior police officer and adviser to the group. Tne National Council on Alcohol ism says alcohol-related traffic acci dents are the leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds. James Avery Craftsman loves nis work as jeweler of the hill country Associated Press KERRVILLE — James Avery sits in his orange leather desk chair, reminiscing and philoso phizing. He can talk for hours about his life and his love — the 31-year- old James Avery Craftsman jew elry company. “I didn’t start this business to make money,” he says, leaning back behind his slab-wood desk at his headquarters north of Ker- rville. "I started it because I thought what I had to say and do was important.” White-haired and red-faced, the 63-year-old Avery is the quin tessential artist. And he has turned his creativity into a multi- million-dollar jewelry business with widespread appeal in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Emphasizing the less expensive silver, brass and copper metals, all of Avery’s jewelry is hand crafted, with few stones. Sales hit $15 million last year, but Avery says his eye isn’t on the bottom line. “The only thing that counts for me is the top line,” he says. “Making something worthwhile — giving people the opportunity to work.” Avery likes to think his jewelry has a childlike quality. “It’s somewhat understated, sim ple. It takes a more direct ap proach. We stay away from all the cutesy things. It has a formality about it,” he said. He hasn’t pushed diamonds and other precious gems in his jewelry because he says he doesn’t want to “foist something on the market” just to sell stones. “It ought to have more meaning to it,” he explains. Avery has a somewhat unique marketing plan. His jewelry is sold only in stores his company owns, in some Christian bookstores and on some wholesale markets. There are 23 James Avery Craftsman shops — 19 in Texas, two in Oklahoma, one in Louisiana and one in California. Avery’s jewelry has a heavy reli- ious accent, with many crosses, oves and other Christian symbols adorning his array of merchandise. “I feel very strongly about it,” he says of his faith. “I know it’s impor tant to others and I’m going to say something in my jewelry about it.” It was a religious experience Avery says he had more than 30 ye^rs ago that sparked the idea for the jewelry business. “I was a bohemian, a born icono clast,” he said of his youthful days. But he said he eventually “came back to the church — reset my va lues. I realized I wasn’t going to be another Da Vinci.” After the experience, Avery mar ried a woman from Kerrville and moved here. Wanting to keep his life simple, he started making a few crosses and other jewelry pieces in his garage. He sold his wares to girls attending summer camps near Kerrville, many of whom would write him after returning home and order more jewelry. “Slowly and very surely, 1 started to grow,” he said. His first year — 1954 — Avery rossed $5,500. The second year, e earned $7,500. Working alone for the first three years, Avery said he made all kinds of knicknacks. But even tually he eliminated all but jew elry from his production line. In 1957, he hired his first em ployee and since then, his payroll lias grown to 500 workers. Of those, 169 are at the Kerrville headquarters, doing design, fin ishing and refinery work. There also is a casting plant in neary Fredricksburg. t The business probably never will go nationwide. Avery doesn’t want it to. “We don’t have the artisans that can hammer out the jew elry,” he said. “I can’t see us get ting real big and keeping the quality.” He also reads letters written to him from customers asking him to create jewelry for them, and handwritten letters with crude drawings of jewelry litter his desk. Austin’s mounted police popular with citizens Associated Press AUSTIN — Peculiar things hap pen when the City of Austin’s mounted police swing into the sad dle. The officers find themselves sur rounded by giggling kids, photo graphed by tourists, and given the thumbs-up gesture by downtown workers. Retirees fishing near the Town Lake hike-and-bike trail eye ball the officers and display their day's catch with broad grins. Folks at Texas Commerce Bank supply the officer’s thirsty steeds with a bucket of water. Avid runners wave. Even transients, who tradi tionally have a no-love-lost relationship with the police, take time to ask the horses’ names. It’s taken awhile for the officers to get used to all this smiling and wav ing. After all, most of them are more accustomed to gestures other than thumbs-up. But after the initial shock of being so warmly received, the six mounted officers and their sergeant are rather enjoying basking in the re flected glory of the horses. "It’s super PR,” said Officer Ron Blackmore as he rode his horse, Brandy, through a downtown alley. “Everybody likes ’em.” For their part, the horses handle the attention with aplomb. Some, like Brandy, are veterans of con certs, rodeos and football games. He is unruffled by crowds, sirens and gunfire. Then there are the horses like Of ficer Darrell Walenta’s Miss Pepe. She has had less exposure to crowds and excitement than Brandy, and at 4 years old is “just a baby,” Walenta said. “But she got into being a cop in a hurry.” He laughed as he pulled in the re ins of the frisky horse. “She’s into it today,” he told Blackmore. “She thinks the sooner she makes the circle, the sooner she can go home.” Blackmore guffawed. “That’s not the way it works, Horse-Breath,” he told Pepe affec tionately. The mounted patrol is an experi mental program that began tnree months ago. Police in the program furnish their own horses, trailers and trucks. The city pays mileage to transport the horses and an allow ance for the horses’ food and up keep. Officers patrol Sixth Street and the hike-antf-bike trail; near the University of Texas; and in the 11th Street area east of Congress Avenue. The city will decide in October whether funding for the program will be renewed, and Blackmore and Walenta are keeping their fingers crossed that the money will come through. There’s a saying that the Ca nadian Mounties “always get their man.” while the Austin officers don’t make that blanket claim, “You can see higher up and farther than a guy in a car,” Blackmore said. “You can move a little quicker down the alleys, and go on the hike-and-bike trail and cut corners, where you couldn’t in a car.” They don’t write many speeding tickets, of course, and they can’t en gage in high-speed chases — “just a quick trot, maybe,” said Senior Sgt. Harold Bilberry, who is in charge of the mounted patrol. But the police on horseback do seem to be effective in fighting crime, Bilberry said. In May and June — during the daylight hours the mounted patrol works — the number of rooberies, thefts, bur glaries and forgeries in the lower Congress Avenue-Sixth Street area dropped 55.8 percent from the same period a year ago. “I don’t know how much we can attribute that to being a slow time, but I do feel we’ve had some im pact,” Bilberry said. There are a few logistical prob lems. While a horse is not a gas guzzler, it does require a parking place of sorts. The decided dearth of hitching osts in Austin has led officers to itch the horses to telepone poles, chain link fences and even parking meters. But if none of those were avail able, and an officer needed to dis mount in a hurry to chase someone into a building, “I’d have to recruit a willing citizen to control the horse,” Blackmore said. “So far, we haven’t had any problem.” Bren ham has oldest state bank Associated Press BRENHAM — Washington County State Bank hardly resembles its original small two-story office, where employees neatly hand printed each transaction in a ledger. But patrons say some things have not changed at Texas’ oldest existing state bank, which recently celebrated its 80th birthday. The bank has grown from a few employees to 60 and from $100,000 in deposits to $110 million. But senior vice president Billy Sohns, 70, still finds time to chat with longtime customers and is often spotted shaking hands in the lobby with regular patrons. Sohns started as the bank’s book keeper in 1939, back when most of its customers were farmers. “When I first started, we did no tary work, wrote wills and did affida vits,” Sohns said. “We were just like lawyers. We were the main institu tion in the community.” In addition to bookkeeping, Sohns also spent mornings peddling cotton for bank patrons. “These cotton buyers out in the fields did business with us,” he said. “They’d buy some cotton and would come into town at night and dump some samples of the cotton on the front door. “My job was to take the samples to the mills in town and sell ’em,” he re called. “We’d then credit the money to the buyers’ accounts. That way, they could afford to buy more cot ton.” Sohns said he tried to retire last year, but he was talked into coming back to work two days a week. Last week, an official state histori cal marker was dedicated at Wash ington State Bank, proclaiming its historical significance. Sohns recalled when he would re cord every transaction in a ledger at the end of each day. The bank had no account numbers or personalized checks then, he said. Only names were necessary. “Things were simple in those days,” he said.“When a man came up and cashed a check, you didn’t worry if it was hot. You knew it was good.” "<2$’ U av'plauft anyone who can make a iimna toe-dancina oz'pount)iny elevhant teeth.” Mr. Twain admired few things more than a well-turned note or dance. His special brand of wit and satire highlights the 1985-86 season of the Opera & Performing Arts Society of Texas A&M. Hal Holbrook’s famous one-man presentation “Mark Twain Tonight” is just one of eight magical performances the Opera & Performing Arts Society (MSG OPAS) will bring to Bryan-College Station for the 1985-86 season. Several may be available only to season ticket holders. Each brings its own magic to Texas A&M’s Rudder Auditorium. Make this the year you experience the magic of MSC OPAS. This year make the magic yours. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra September 12, 1985 "Leonard Slatkin and his Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra must be considered major forces on the American muscial scene. "—Karen Monson, Chicago magazine. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center October 8, 1985 "The musical success story of the generation!"—Harold Schonberg, the new york times. Hubbard Street Dance Company November 14, 1985 "...the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, the fastest gun in the West, the sexiest gal in town...groovy, dreamy, peachy, perfecto... ’’—Richard Christiansen, Chicago tribune. Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain Tonight! January 29, 1986 Mr. Holbrook has breathed life into Mr. Twain in this one-man show for almost 30years. His skill at becoming the beloved story-teller of America's youth is uncanny. He tsT wain. Through him relive the wonder of one of A merica 's great writers and humanists. The Vienna Choir Boys February 11, 1986 "Above and beyond the musical virtues of this group...they put on a heckuva good show.”—John Schuster-Craig, LOUISVILLE TIMES. Young Uck Kim, Violinist February 21, 1986 "... Kim’s real glory is the sound he produces: an individual voice, plangent and expressive. ’ los angeles times. Katia and Marielle Labeque, Piano Duet March 27, 1986 "Far and away the most exciting two-piano team before the listening public today. los angeles times. The Houston Ballet performing “Peer Gynt” April 9, 1986 "...fine dancers, spirited, unashamedly popular, and very good at providing the sort of ballet a big public wants to see. ’’-John Percival, the London times. 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