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Vandergriff says this is why Seven Seas showed a profit of $60,000 last year. The Rangers’ first season got off to a rousing start. Opening night some 30,000 people showed up to hear Vanessa Vandergriff, the mayor’s daughter, sing the National Anthem at home plate, accompanied by the Arlington High School Band in center field. Fire works went off. The fans got drunk on Pearl beer. Hizhonnor presented all the players with white cowboy hats and then threw out the first ball. Slugger Frank Howard hit a homerun over the centerfield fence and it looked like everything was going to turn out just grand. But the Rangers had what’ you might call a poor season, winning 45 and losing 100. Improvements have been promised for both the Rangers and the network. Ranger owner Bob Short has hired a new manager, the man who made champions out of the young New York Mets. “The Mets were a joke once too,” Vandergriff points out. The network has signed major sponsors like Schlitz, State Farm and Gulf and Vandergriff hopes to break even this year. The ball club pays the city $1 a year for rental of the stadium while the city keeps 100 percent of the parking money and 75 percent of the ticket revenue. \(Judge Roy Hofheinz pays Harris County $750,000 annually for rental on the Attendance revenue reached $600,000 last year, but the City of Arlington still can’t pay its bills. The debt is $40 million $10 million for the original bond issue, $22 million in certificates of indebtedness and $7.5 million for the cold cash to the Rangers. The city has been authorized by the Legislature to assume the obligation on behalf of the corporation. This will enable Arlington to spread the debt out over 40 years, instead of over 20 years, which is the maximum time allowed under private ownership. A new city “Entertainment Division” will run the operation. “It’s like refinancing a car,” Vandergriff says. “You spread your payments out longer but you end up paying more interest.” Fort Worth Reps. Chris Miller and Joe IDA PRESS 901 W 24th St Austin Multi copy service. Call 477-3641 Spurlock voiced disapproval of the local bill. Ms. Miller said that since she wasn’t an Arlington resident, she had to rely on constituent mail, which she said . ran 20 to one against the bill. “Most people said they felt they were being left out of the city’s affairs,” she said, “and they didn’t want to pay for someone else’s mistakes.” JOE THORNTON of the Fort Wo’ rth Star -Telegram quotes Vandergriff as estimating the interest on the entire package, if held to maturity, will run more than $80 million. According to Thornton, Vandergriff says the city did scrape up enough money to pay the first year’s bond retirement schedule but that the refinancing would put them in the clear without trouble. Under this set up, payments per year would amount to $3 million. Vandergriff is commonly believed to have ambitions for higher political office, but, for the time being, he is working at shoring up Arlington’s finances. He reportedly is planning to clear the ticky-tacky. along Highway 80, the old Dallas-Fort Worth highway which goes through Arlington, and line it with palm trees, night clubs and dinner theatres. Also in the works is a religious exhibition, The Way, a non-profit park with proceeds going to charity. Tourists will be ushered through a “multimedia experience with Christ, complete with sights, sounds and even smells of the time.” One will war , with Him across the desert sands and elfbecome anxious in the Storm. \(Inform sources indicate that yes, indeed, Jug: will -point, is not to be financed by city fun’ There are two predominant theories Arlington about Vandergriff. One contingent of residents feels that the major has been the victim of some bad luck. They think that he’s already pulled the city out of the doldrums and that it’s only a matter of time before he becomes governor. “I’m just scared to death Tommy’s going to leave,” says City Councilman Wick Alexander. Then there’s the other view of Vandergriff, best expressed by a liberal Arlington woman who smokes Camel cigarettes and tells this story in the Arlington Steak House: “You know those. nice little women who stand at the A&P and hand out samples of sausage? They don’t give you much, you know, just little bits on a toothpick. But that little piece is always the best thing you’ve ever tasted and you go back to the’meat case and buy seven pounds ,of the stuff because you think you just have to have it. That’s what’s been happening here for the past 20 years with the Vandergriffs and us. They’ve been handing out the toothpicks and we’ve been stuck with the seven pounds of crap.”
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