July252014

A Post-Chronicle memory

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I still have the clip of my first Post column from 1985. Sorry, folks, there were no links in those days.

In a post on her Gray Matters site, the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Gray has used the announcement that the paper is moving to the old Houston Post building. I have never set foot in that building, but I will always be grateful to those who did.

Lisa’s post includes a comment from me that the…

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July242014

Why `Wolf’ List Shouldn’t Be Released

Why `Wolf’ List Shouldn’t Be Released

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My former colleague Susan Antilla had a nice piece in the New York Times recently on a judge’s decision to keep confidential the list of victims preyed upon by Jordan Belfort, the self-proclaimed “Wolf of Wall Street.” A TV news magazine had requested the judge release the name of Belfort’s 1,300 victims.

As Antilla reported:

The potential harm that could come from releasing the…

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July72014
10AM

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint http://ow.ly/yRroZ #energy

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Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint http://ow.ly/yRroZ #energy

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May272014

A Two-fer in Texas Monthly

A Two-fer in Texas Monthly

0614_Biz_680x382I have two stories in the June issue of Texas Monthly. In my regular column, I take a look at the burgeoning business of liquefied natural gas exports and how Texas, which helped pioneer the process of hydraulic fracturing, is now leading the way on the next phase of the natural gas boom — exporting production to countries in Asia and Europe. Here’s a sample:

Four years ago, things…

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May192014

The Return of the Charles W. Morgan

The Return of the Charles W. Morgan

The  Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. (Photo: Mystic Seaport)

The Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. (Photo: Mystic Seaport)

As a child, I spent a lot of time at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn. As I discuss in The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, it was among my father’s favorite maritime museums, and we often stopped there as part our summer vacation. Before he got into nautical archaeology, my father’s dream was to volunteer at the museum once he…

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April292014

How NRG capitalized on Energy Future Hol

How NRG capitalized on Energy Future Hol

How NRG capitalized on Energy Future Holdings’ financial woes http://ow.ly/whzRh #energy #deregulation

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April262014

Why it’s hard to find an Astros game on TV

Why it’s hard to find an Astros game on TV

Illustration by Nigel Evan Dennis

Illustration by Nigel Evan Dennis

This month’s Texas Monthly column discusses the bankrupt cable network Comcast SportsNet Houston and what its failure means for the Astros, the Rockets and the Dynamo. With the Rockets in the playoffs and the Astros rebuilding, can the teams find a way to solve the network’s financial problems and get their games in front of a wider audience?

Imagine there was a…

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April152014

Hamm and exports: the rhetoric and the r

Hamm and exports: the rhetoric and the r

Hamm and exports: the rhetoric and the reality. http://ow.ly/vO1CF With a side of Hess. My latest for BIC magazine. #energy

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