OTC follies

The Offshore Technology Conference in Houston each spring is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of the oil patch.Every scientific paper, every commercial exhibit at every OTC for the last 34 years started with someone saying at some point, "You know, if we can do this, we'll make money."Because of the huge crowds at OTC each year, officials claim, with some justification, that even a small new exhibitor has an almost equal chance of being seen by the right person as the largest veteran vendor. But there may have been some you missed in the crowds over the years.Risky ventureBack in the boom years of the late 1970s, one young woman had an outside exhibition where she demonstra...

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