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DIAMONDAnniversary
I have a small diamond in the wedding band she bought
me about two days before saying "I do" without as much as
an outward sign of hesitation. Now that's an innate sign of
business intelligence. My problem is that I can't find the
darn thing half of the time, what with my habit of
unconsciously slipping it off my finger when I am yakking at
my desk, or slipping away to dreamland at home.
She has a larger diamond in her ring, which she wears
constantly. I have always been grateful for the historical
significance of the proper hand to wear one on, and that the
decade of payments are behind me. She likes to show it off.
That makes me feel right fine, and aware that I have a heart
and sense of what is truly important in life: God, country,
family . . . in our case, a boat full of the latter.
It is compelling to digress here for a moment. She is
willing to take the real diamond wedding ring off to place it
safely in a Best Western lockbox, if I remind her there may be
sharks in the water.
And for all our readers, please remember to not wear
anything that sparkles like a diamond when you leave
freshwater environments. Also, when you do find yourselves
in the saltwater, always do the "sand shuffle." That means one
must enter any ocean anywhere without lifting either his
feet or pinkies out of the sand.
Voilà. Along with all the knowledge and wisdom you will get
from the contributors to this grand publication, you now have
eliminated all your concerns about those hidden stingrays
nailing you one day. They simply will scoot along out of your
way without you even knowing about it. I learned this trick
from a relative of the famous Jacques Cousteau. True story.
Enough horse hockey. Kindly let me provide a brief
overview of the publication and its humble beginnings, and
introduce this special issue's content. The historical
significance is relevant because 60 years of writings in an
oily magazine that pays as much attention to America's
bounty of natural gas doesn't stay in good health without a
lot of help. After all, once some readers ventured away from
the gazillion areas where conventional geology still yields
pay, the unconventional resource plays leaped onto the
scene, yielding a prolific multiphase bounty of tight oil,
natural gas and natural gas liquids.
Perhaps some of the new people from outside the
industry, and all the bright young minds who are entering it
as the momentum continues to build, do not know that The
American Oil & Gas Reporter is a family-owned and operated
magazine started by my father and grandfather.
While I have always considered myself as a faithful
employee of the producer/operator association officers, and
truly am at their beck and call, the truth is that I am in an

There were countless station wagons mom and
dad drove to conventions, loaded to the gills with
magazines. With proper oil changes, odometers
that would turn over time and again became
routine. The Buick Skylark was dad's first sedan, but
his sons-present company included-conned it
from him for "Wichita to Colorado State University
transportation purposes."
enviable spot of helping Executive Editor Bill Campbell and
others plan the editorial product.
I even micromanage some of the magazine's production,
try my best not to think about any accounting matters
(particularly lately), and absolutely love fashioning a cool
layout to introduce the business, financial and technical
sections of each issue. There are times when my use of the
word "overruled" comes back to haunt me though, such as
when I am positive about a better take on AOGR's content. If
only I had a nickel for the "redlines" through my vast
"improvements" in the copy from AOGR's editors, including
my son Colter and Managing Editor Del Torkelson. Oh, their
sheer delight should I venture a debate. And yes, Colt's
presence over the past 10 years brings The American Oil &
Gas Reporter to official fourth-generation status!
The Beginning
In April 1958, my father, Charles W. "Cookie" Cookson, and
my mom's dad, "Grandpa Milford," launched the magazine
that would fly under the banner of The American Oil & Gas
Reporter for 60 years. Special reports in this Special Edition,
along with the monthly content that readers know and trust,
celebrate the milestone of its sixth decade, and counting.
Crude oil was right at $3 a barrel when dad started the
magazine, the equivalent of $23 today when adjusted for
inflation. That doesn't seem like much for a barrel of crude.
But to put the price in perspective, at that time the postal
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