March 14 in San Antonio history…
Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street. The Light‘s new plant will be one of the most modern in the country. [Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News]
Closed mouths and cautious comments were the order of the day today after The News reported exclusively that San Antonio is likely to be the new home of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. Roger Zeller, president of Columbia Industries and the only local man of the prospective group of buyers to be identified thus far, had no comment to make and was reluctant to admit a San Antonio group was bidding for the Chaps. In Dallas, Bob Briner, general manager of the Chaparrals, spoke of the recently announced sale of the Chaps to New Jersey Meadowland Professional Sports, Inc. That deal reportedly is about to fall through, however, due to problems in working out a settlement with the New York Nets over territorial rights.
Fiesta Texas holds a soft opening today, offering reporters and intrepid souls rides on The Rattler, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. (It held this title until 1994, when The Rattler’s first drop was drastically shortened from 166 to 124 feet, resulting in a reduction of its top speed from 73 to 65 miles per hour.)