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Bob Nicholas is a native of Beaumont, TX. He is currently practicing maritime law in Houston, TX. He worked for Exxon Shipping Company in the 1970s and 1980s and was a "first responder" to the March 24,...
Joseph LeBlanc was born in 1939 and raised in Abbeville, Louisiana; his father was a salesman and died when he was 13 years old. After graduating from high school in 1957, he went to college at Northeastern...
Holland, William "Bill"
Victoria (Tory) Phaneuf had been referred to Mr. Holland by local residents who were aware that he was one of the last remaining wooden boat builders in Biloxi. She contacted him and asked if he would...
Tim Cooper defined the damage done to the Anahuac Wildlife refuge. His commitment to the area and description of the struggle to repair the damage, offers a unique picture that tells the story of the damage...
Nalls, Sharon A. and Moore, Terry W.
Sharon A. Nalls and Terry W. Moore are the managers of the Emergency Management Office and were involved in helping evacuees for Hurricane Ike, had a window into the process of how Hurricane Ike was handles...
Craig King was born and raised on the Texas City Ship Channel, where his father worked as a welder at a refinery. He graduated from the Texas A&M Merchant Marine Academy in Galveston in 2000 and went to...
This interview’s focus was towards to destruction and rebuild efforts of the state parks along the Gulf coast that were struck by Hurricane Ike. This information is intended to be useful for the researcher...
Born in 1929 in Weslaco, Texas, Mr. Kenneth Kaigler went into the military service after he graduated high school in 1946. He then went to Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a degree in petroleum...
McBride, Frank Edgar
Mr. Frank E. McBride was interviewed on June 16, 2006 in Room #524, Agnes Arnold Hall, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Mr. McBride was one of the first television cameramen that viewed the devastation...
Wirsching, Paul Hugh
Westell, Casey, Jr.
Dr. Casey Westell, Jr., former Director of Tenneco’s Industrial Ecology Department (Chief Ecologist) for 35 years. Casey Westell, Jr. was born during the Great Depression in Wisconsin and served during...
Larry Berges is a partner of Regional Fabricators at the Port of Iberia. His father was involved in industry as a permit man. Berges began welding right out of high school. He worked for Avondale and McDermott,...
Mr. Ron Geer was born in West Palm Beach, FL in 1926 and received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1951. That year he began his 35-year career with Shell Oil...
Mr. Roy Montgomery was born in 1920 in Lafayette, Louisiana. His father died when he was four years old. He attended Lafayette High School then went to the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1940...
John Estes worked for Bethlehem Steel from 1949-1982. He is a former manager and engineer at Bethlehem Shipyard in Beaumont, former President of Bethlehem Singapore, and former assistant VP of Bethlehem...
This interview delves into the life of Maureen Patton who at the time of interview had been Executive Director of the Galveston Opera House for 25 years. The interview describes the history of the theater...
Bill Jackson is the Houston region sales manager for Gulf Offshore Logistics, a boat owner, operator, and broker that services marine transportation industry in the GOM. He first began in the offshore...
Bob Bougeois was born in Raceland, LA in 1934; he had four brothers. He studied physical education at Nicholls College before being drafted into the military, where he served in Europe for two years. He...
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