Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Oasis Petroleum Inc. appointed Bobby S. Shackouls has been appointed as a director of the company effective March 1, 2012.
Shackouls fill the vacancy created by Robert L. Zorich, who notified the company that he will not stand for reelection and will resign from the board of directors effective March 1, 2012.
“Bobby Shackouls brings to our Board seasoned leadership in the oil and gas industry coupled with extensive corporate governance expertise,” said chief executive Thomas B. Nusz in a prepared statement. “His visionary, value based leadership at Burlington Resources helped the company be an industry leader on many fronts including total shareholder return. As we continue to rapidly grow our production, we will continue to be led and governed by an experienced and talented board. Additionally, I want to personally thank Bob Zorich for his service on our Board since we were founded in March of 2007. He has played an instrumental role in the formation and growth of our company.”
Shackouls currently serves as a director on numerous boards, including Kroger Company, PAA Natural Gas Storage LP, Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc., the Boy Scouts of America, the Texas Heart Institute, the Mississippi State University Foundation, and Both Ends Burning Campaign Inc.
Shackouls served as chairman of Burlington Resources Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition by ConocoPhillips in 2006. In 1975, Shackouls joined Houston Oil & Minerals Corporation where he held a number of professional and management positions. He joined Plains Resources Inc. in 1981 and served in several senior management positions. In 1988, Shackouls was employed by Torch Energy Advisors Inc. as executive vice president of operations, and in 1991, he was named president and chief operating officer.
Shackouls joined Burlington Resources/Meridian Oil Inc. in 1993 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In 1994, he was named president and chief executive officer of Meridian. In December 1995, Mr. Shackouls was named president and chief executive officer of Burlington Resources Inc. and was also elected to the board. On July 9, 1997, he was elected chairman of the Board. Shackouls retired as chairman, president and chief executive of Burlington Resources Inc. upon its acquisition by ConocoPhillips on March 31, 2006 and subsequently served on the ConocoPhillips board of directors until 2011.
Shackouls is a past chairman of the National Petroleum Council and a member of the Executive Committee of the US Oil and Gas Association. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He began his career with Exxon Company U.S.A. in New Orleans where he held several engineering positions. Shackouls graduated from Mississippi State University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
Oasis is an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources, primarily operating in the Williston Basin.
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