Monthly Archives: July 2015

In Remembrance: Dave Leining

Dave Leining died last week when his private plane crashed in the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge south of Houston. He was 63. I didn’t know him well. In fact, we only met in person once, when I interviewed him … Continue reading

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The Dangers of the Open Seas

In writing about offshore drilling over the years, I’ve always been stunned by the vagaries of maritime law. The New York Times is running a great series examining just how lawless seas can be. The first installment ran Sunday, with … Continue reading

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Why It Will Take More Than Bass’s Billion to Fix Blue Bell

Fort Worth billionaire Sid Bass is reportedly pumping $125 million into Blue Bell Creameries, a move that will enable the iconic Texas ice cream maker to return to full production and may give Bass one-third ownership in the 108-year-old, family-run … Continue reading

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Pluto’s Discovery Described by Tombaugh in Handwritten Note

One of the most popular columns I wrote in my final year at the Houston Chronicle was about the value of Neil Armstrong’s autograph. Anthony Pizzitola, who first tipped me off to the issue, is an avid autograph collector with … Continue reading

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