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Letter from the Editor – OTC: A Golden Past, A Brighter Future

Anniversaries By Joe Pratt, Editor Emeritus As the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) celebrates its golden anniversary, we look back at its activities and reflect on how they have helped Houston emerge as “the energy capital of the world” while boosting the region economy. Anniversaries are obviously all around us, while I worked on this issue […]

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OTC at 50: Bold Vision Led to Unimagined Success

By Joel Parshall Visionaries possess an extraordinary power to imagine what could be. Yet when a future unfolds that validates them, it may so exceed the original vision that even an extraordinary power of imagination is proved inadequate. The reality that happens vaults well beyond one’s wildest dreams. That could be said of the original […]

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The Offshore Industry, Houston, and the Creation of OTC

By Joseph A. Pratt The time was ripe for the creation of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in 1969. The offshore industry was nearing the end of a long and productive era from 1946 to 1969, when ambitious and innovative industry pioneers and their companies laid the foundation for the future development of offshore technology. […]

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Deeper through the Decades, An Interview with Carl Wickizer

Edited by Joe Pratt The Offshore Technology Conference has been a central forum for sharing information on the extraordinary technical changes that have allowed the offshore industry to expand its operations into deeper waters and harsher environments. Much of the early development of deepwater technologies can be seen through the career of Carl Wickizer (1931-2007), […]

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Houston, TX - OTC 2015 - Solange Guedes accepts the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies during the OTC Annual Awards dinner at the Offshore Technology Conference here today, Sunday May 3, 2015. The Society of Petroleum Engineers hosts the meeting at the NRG Park which has over 100,000 attendees from around the world to see the latest technology in the energy industry. Photo by © OTC/Rodney White 2015 Contact Info: todd@corporateeventimages.com Keywords:

OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) recognizes major technological, humanitarian, safety and environmental, and leadership contributions to the industry each year. In recognition of peer-nominated truly outstanding accomplishments or achievements, the OTC Board honors an individual and an organization as recipients of the prestigious OTC Distinguished Achievement Award. In some years, OTC also awards a Special […]

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El Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello

Founded in 1924, El Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello became a model for many local Mexican American organizations. Still operating today, it reached success and notoriety among Houstonians by creating a familiar environment for Mexican immigrants–a home away from home–and introducing Mexican culture to non-Mexicans. In the process, it made a lasting imprint on Houston’s […]

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Yolanda Black Navarro: East End Reina

  by Denise Gomez A small red building stands out on Navigation Boulevard, luring customers inside with the mouthwatering scent of freshly cooked tortillas. Upon entering, the restaurant’s loyal customers see red and white walls decorated with honors and recognitions, one of Houston’s best menus, and, usually, a line. The family-owned restaurant Villa Arcos was […]

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