December 2008

Vol. 5, No. 4, December 2008 


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Bringing Together Energy Education Experts


A growing number of state and national energy education programs are uniting K-12 teachers at workshops – helping to educate the next generation about energy. The third annual AOGHS Energy Education Conference highlighted many of the most successful approaches. Page 7


This year’s field trip visited the Genesis rig at Schlumberger’s technology center – and Varel International, a leading drill bit manufacturer.  Page 11
“A woman with a genius for affairs,” Emma Summers moved to Los Angeles in 1893 to teach piano. She soon got caught up in the area’s oil fever. By 1901 she controlled the Los Angeles oil market.  Page 4
Bartlesville Park Reopens
An Oct. 18 dedication at Discovery 1 Park in Bartlesville, Okla., offered gusher demonstrations at a newly renovated Nellie Johnstone No. 1 cable-tool derrick.  Page 5


Seuss I am, an Oilman


Long before his fanciful creatures captured the imaginations of children worldwide, Theodor Seuss Geisel worked as an illustrator for the advertising campaigns of Standard Oil of New Jersey.  Page 12


Petroleum Product Hoopla


The early marketing of Marlex, a revolutionary plastic developed by two Phillips Petroleum Co. chemists, would take off, thanks to a simple toy with no moving parts.  Page 13


It Came from the Deep


Marine biologists are learning more about the ocean’s depths, thanks to offshore exploration and production companies’ high-tech remotely operated vehicles.  Page 14


Exploring in Luling


A quiet central Texas community is renowned for its chili and barbeque, an annual watermelon festival – and a rich oil history preserved in a down-town museum.  Page 15


Bruce Wells,
Jan 15, 2009, 8:17 AM