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Chamber Lutz

Chamber Lutz

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This recent issue of Oak Cliff People displays my versatility. It includes a breaking news piece on the Chamber of Commerce's zoning drama and a profile of a neighborhood resident who "turns neuroscience into video games."
This recent issue of Oak Cliff People displays my versatility. It includes a breaking news piece on the Chamber of Commerce's zoning drama and a profile of a neighborhood resident who "turns neuroscience into video games."

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BY DAN KOLLER
People Newspapers
Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce officials wantto move their headquar-ters to Kidd Springs, butopponents in the neigh- borhood have delayed thelast hurdle.The chamber has a con-tract to buy the building at1001 N. Bishop Ave. fromdevelopers Mark Mirandaand Craig Schenkel. Thesale, however, is contin-gent on a zoning change,chamber president BobStimson said.The City Council wasscheduled to considerthe zoning change thisweek, but that hearing has been delayed until Sept.11 at the request of KeithJasiecki. In an Aug. 2 let-ter to the city’s SustainableDevelopment and Con-struction Department, hewrote, “This delay wouldenable us an opportunity to educate ourselves on theprocess and to better pre-pare.”Such delays can berequested by anyone whopays a $150 fee and ownsproperty within a certaindistance of the site in ques-tion. Jasiecki owns fiveproperties in Kidd Springs,according to the DallasCentral Appraisal District.When reached by phonelast week, the only com-ment Jasiecki had for
OakCliff People
was “best of luck.”But in a subsequentemail, Kidd SpringsNeighborhood Associationpresident Pam Conley said
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 NEWS FROM YOUR SIDE OF THE RIVER
50 CENTS
VOL. 8, ISSUE 33
Oak Clif
Opponents Delay Chambers Move
Council’s zoning decision pushed to September
BicycleProjectGaining Speed
BY DAN KOLLER
People Newspapers
Carl Lutz can trace theenesis of his career toan event from his grade-school days: A friend got aNintendo EntertainmentSystem, a console that hadust come on the market.“He had Super MarioBros. I watched him play it once, and I was instantly hooked,” Lutz said. “And Ididn’t leave my mom aloneuntil we got one.”Twenty-eight years later,the Winnetka Heights resi-dent is the creative direc-tor at the Center for BrainHealth. What does such a job entail?“I like to say I turn neuro-science into video games,”Lutz said. After studying com-puter animation at the ArtInstitute of Dallas, film atUT-Arlington, and videogames at UT-Dallas, Lutzstarted a game studio inpartnership with a fellowstudent and a professor.Eventually, they startedconsulting for the center, aresearch facility dedicated
 El Ranchitos annual Elvis impersonations are a hit
STAFF PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY 
Carl Lutz o the Center or Brain Health demonstrates how hisvirtual-reality avatar can mimic acial expressions.
EDUCATION SUMMIT
What:
Carl Lutz is one o three speakers who willdiscuss “Innovations in Public Education,” an eventhosted by the Oak Clif Chamber o Commerce.
When:
7:30 a.m. on Thursday
Where:
Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Dallas Medical Center
How much:
$15-$20
NEIGHBORS:GET TO KNOW DAVE SABA OF STEVENS PARK ESTATES
 
[ 5A ]
Plan board OKsdesignated laneson Fort Worth
See CHAMBER, Page 8A
BY SARAH BENNETT
People Newspapers
 It looks like Fort Worth Avenue is about to getmore bike-friendly. TheCity Plan Commissionlast week approved plansto construct bike lanes,so a green light from City Council is all that’s needed.The plan is to reducethe six lanes of vehiculartraffic between Beckley  Avenue and WestmorelandRoad to four in order tomake room for bicycles.“The vision for this seg-ment of the roadway is atwo-way cycle track onthe south side of the road,”chief transportation officerTanya Brooks said during the commission’s Aug. 8 briefing.Brooks said neighborswere “on board” with theplans. But CommissionerMichael Anglin had somequestions before signing off completely on the idea.
“Was there a consid-eration … [of] any poten-tial impact on Fort Worth Avenue from the Horseshoeproject?” Anglin said of the Texas Department of Transportation’s effortsto reconfigure parts of Interstates 30 and 35.
See FORT WORTH, Page 7A
Snacks are an important part of energizing kids for learning.
— DANA ROSEMAN
(See Page 4A)
STAFF PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY 
John Ehrenberg — a.k.a. Johnny Rockit — shakes, rattles, and rolls during the first round o El Ranchito’s 11th annual Elvis Presley impersonators contest on Aug. 7.
The Kings Fans Are All Shook Up
BY MARGAUX ANBOUBA
People Newspapers
 
W
hen John Ehren- berger took the stageat El Ranchito lastweek, the crowdegan to scream and swoon. Butt wasn’t his original performancehat wooed the crowd, but his abil-ty to imitate the King of Rock ’n’ Rollhrough his alter ego, Johnny Rockit.Ehrenberger began performing n 2003 after seeing legendary locallvis impersonator Kraig Parker per-orm. At the time, he was 42 — theage Elvis was when he died.“To actually start performing anddoing a show took a lot of work,”Ehrenberger said. “I never saw Elvislive, so I had to go buy every DVD —or at the time they were VHS tapes— of Elvis concerts. After 11 years, Ican’t do most of the things that Elvisdoes, and I rarely see anybody whocan.” After more than a decade of hounddogs and blue suede shoes, he’s hang-ing up his studded jumpsuit.
Patrons enjoy taking in the sights and sounds o the evening’s Elvii.
IF YOU GO
To check out Round 2 o the Elvisimpersonators contest, drop byEl Ranchito, 610 W. Jeferson Blvd.,at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
See EL RANCHITO, Page 8A
ideo Game Designer Building ‘Brainville’
Lutz proves thatoosting mindscan be fun time
See LUTZ, Page 6A
 
News
6A
| AUGUST 16, 2013
 
OAKCLIFFPEOPLE.COM
1.
 At 9:05 p.m. on Aug. 7, a residentf the
2000 block oftlantic Street
lookedut of his apartment andsaw someone trying toreak into his car. Whene went downstairs toonfront the burglar, anaccomplice brandishing aun demanded all of theoney he had on him,hich was $280. Deeming hat a satisfying amount,he two crooks were kindnough to leave withoutreaking into his car.
2.
 
Between 9:30 a.m.and 12:30 p.m. onug. 6, a burglar brokento a white 2008 Chevy Silverado in the
700 blockf North Montclair Avenue
 and stole a $40 canvasag that held a $1,200ell laptop, a $20 phoneharger, and a prescriptionor Focalin, an ADHDedication intended forhe victim’s son.
3.
 At 9:05 p.m. on Aug.5, as a woman wasdriving west in the
200block of West Davis Street
,a miscreant threw a whiteliquid at her silver 2005Ford sedan, splattering itacross the passenger side.The woman immediately stopped her car andwatched the miscreantrun into a nearby house,so she called police. Theresponding officer assessedthe white liquid as having a “milkshake consistency” but wasn’t quite surewhat it was. The officerknocked on the door of theaforementioned house, andthe miscreant emerged. After being positivelidentified by the woman,he was issued a citation.
4.
 At 11:30 a.m. on Aug.9, a contractor lefta few items unattendedin a backyard in the
100block of North Edgefield Avenue
. When he returneda few minutes later, his$200 Craftsman mitersaw, $200 Ryobi drill, $75Sprint phone, and $50USA Mobility pager wereall gone. By noon, all fouritems had been sold toCash America Pawn in the
600 block of West JeffersonBoulevard
.
5.
 
Between 8 a.m.and 7 p.m. on Aug.6, a burglar broke into ahome in the
1200 block ofHaines Avenue
through a bedroom window afterfailing to get in througha bathroom window. Thepersistent burglar stole a$3,000 60-inch Samsung TV, an $800 iPhone 5,a $700 camera consolesystem, and a $200 27-inchInsignia TV.
6.
 At 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, a thief stolea $150 Schwinn 24-speedmountain bike from adriveway in the
1100 blockof Ballard Avenue
.
7.
 At noon on Aug. 7,a thief stole a $300maroon Trek 10-speedmountain bike from the Valero station in the
200block of South Beckley Avenue
. The victim chasedthe thief on foot but, of course, could not keep up.
8.
 At 7:36 p.m. on Aug.7, a gunman robbedthe Subway in the
1200block of North Beckley Avenue
. The crook madeoff with a $50 registerthat held $200 in cash.
9.
Between 4:30 and4:45 p.m. on Aug. 7,a ne’er-do-well wielding a paint can attacked asilver 2007 Chevy sedanin the
200 block of WestNinth Street
, causing $700worth of damage to thefront fender and $350worth of damage to thetrunk.
10.
Between 8:05 and8:17 a.m. on Aug.8, a burglar broke into atan 1998 Toyota Camry in the
200 block of WestColorado Boulevard
andstole a $40 purse fromthe trunk. The purse held$6 in cash and a driver’slicense.
— Dan Koller
LAST WEEK’S NOTABLE CRIMES
 
SKULDUGGERY
Of The Week
NON-BUYER, BEWARE
 At 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 8,a woman tried to sell achainsaw to a residentof the 600 block of WestNeely Street. When hedeclined her offer, shesmashed his windshield.
to studying the brain inorder to strengthen its life-long function.“I loved what they weredoing here,” Lutz said. “Thevirtual-reality project they wanted to develop soundedfascinating.”The center’s research-ers wanted to create a safeplace where people withautism and other social def-icits could practice interac-tion. To hear Lutz tell it, hisbackground in video gameswas ideal for several rea-sons:
■
 Video games are fun:“We know that when we’reaving fun, our brains learnetter.”
■
 Video games hold ourocus: “Have you ever hado step in front of the TV orall someone’s name four orive times before they turnt off? When we have thatind of focus, we learn bet-er.”
■
 Video games are a safelace to fail: “Gamers spend80 percent of their timeailing. When you’re com-ortable failing, then you’reomfortable trying newhings and experiment-ng and stepping outside of our comfort zone.”Tandra Allen, a leader of the center’s social cognitionproject, said a simple con- versation can be outside thecomfort zone of a personwith autism.“Because of the incred-ible realism brought to thegame by Carl and his team,they’re suddenly playing agame instead of worrying about what to do or say,” Allen said. “Participantsfeel comfortable trying con- versations they otherwisewould never attempt.”Fittingly, the virtualsmall town they’re build-ing is called “Brainville.It includes an apartment building, a bookstore, and acoffee shop, so participantsin the center’s studies canpractice applying for jobsat multiple businesses. Aschool and a movie theaterare in the works.In 2010, center founderSandra Bond Chapmanoffered Lutz staff posi-tions for him and his wholeteam. These days, the teamconsists of five full-timers besides Lutz and three part-timers. Their projects rangefrom apps to online tests.But their prized creationis the Brain Table, an inter-active display that supports32 touches at a time.“When we bring someonein who is not a neuropsy-chologist with four PhDs,and we’re talking about this brain science, I watch peo-ple, and they’re smiling,Lutz said. “They’re reach-ing down and touching, andthey’re looking at things.They’re engaged and hav-ing fun.”Just as Lutz was when hefirst saw Nintendo.
 Email dan.koller@ peoplenewspapers.com
STAFF PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY 
“The brain has billions o connectors,” said Winnetka Heights resident Carl Lutz, using the “Brain Table” to illustrate his point.
Lutz
Continued from Page 1A
Lutz displays blunt-orce trauma injuries that a patient sufered during a car accident.

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