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Bright and Brief

August 30, 1986

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) _ Students at the Classic Driving School probably are more nervous than most novice motorists, but that’s to be expected since instructors Jim and Marsha Kirchmeier use only Porsche autos.

″We wanted something above the competition,″ said Kirchmeier, 32, who taught driver’s education in public schools before he and his wife opened their suburban Dallas driving school in May.

″I noticed that all the teen-agers would stare at the Porsches that drove by, so I knew what they liked,″ Kirchmeier said. ″I started asking questions and there’s not anybody who doesn’t want to drive a Porsche.″

″Student driver″ signs adorn each of the three bright red 1986 Porsche 944s parked in the driveway. A 1987 model is on order.

Mrs. Kirchmeier, 27, said their teen-age customers are awed by the fancy cars and are a bit nervous about driving such an expensive automobile.

″I’ve had students say they’re scared to death about being the first person to wreck one,″ she said.

Though the Porsches cost between $27,000 and $29,000 apiece, Kirchmeier said the $310 cost of instruction is only slightly more expensive than other private courses.


DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Tell Kent Horner to go fly a kite, and he’ll just laugh. After all, he gets paid for flying them.

Horner, 17, a senior at Mission Viejo High School, began the job last Christmas when Jim Bates, owner of Pacific Winds Kite Co., opened a display at the Mission Viejo Mall.

The job led to Horner helping Bates at other malls as well, and a summer job turned into a high-flying career. Horner says he will keep his job at Bates’ Dana Point shop on afternoons and weekends during school.

″A lot of my friends here just stare at me and laugh when I tell them,″ he said. ″Even when we went back on a visit to Bowie in Maryland where we used to live, and I told the kids I live 10 minutes from the beach out here and have a summer job flying kites, they laughed, too.″

Every kite ordered for sale in the shop must be tested, so Horner takes them up 118 steps to the top of a seaside bluff at Lantern Bay Park three or four times a day and flies them.

″That’s a lot of steps, but I like the job because I meet a lot of people, even when I’m in the shop helping customers,″ he said.

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