Secretary's learning curve

It was good to see James R. Schlesinger, former secretary of both the US Department of Defense and Department of Energy, at a recent energy industry outlook conference in Houston.Not that Schlesinger and I are close buddies. In fact, he wouldn't even recognize me among the thousands of reporters who have peppered him with questions in interviews and at press conferences over the years.But he and I both attended for the first time an annual meeting of the American Petroleum Institute in Houston back in 1977.I was there as the new energy reporter for a major Houston daily newspaper. Schlesinger was there in the somewhat more exalted—or at least better-paying—position as the ...

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