Texas Monthly article, July 2015. "Behind the Curtain"
In Texas, we tend to think that the mortgage crisis happened somewhere else. But one of the first warnings came from a manager in the Plano-based appraisal division of Countrywide Financial. Kyle Lagow's concerns about Countrywide's mortgage practices eventually cost him his job and his career, and led to a federal lawsuit that resulted in a $1 billion settlement with Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008. In the July issue of Texas Monthly, I talk with Kyle about the struggles he and his family endured, and the ultimate reward he received for bringing this fraud against homebuyers and taxpayers to light.
Energy Voice: Imagine...if Yoko Understood Energy John Lennon's widow and son, Sean, recently invoked the former Beatle's lyrics in a full page New York Times ad by asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to "Imagine There's No Fracking…." But what Yoko Ono envisions is a world that's blind to the economic benefits of fracking, as well as the potential for compromise on environmental issues that have long divided the oil industry and environmentalists.
In January 1943, my father, J. Richard Steffy, was assigned as an electrician’s mate to the USS Wyffels, DE6, a new Evarts-class destroyer escort that the Navy was adding to the Atlantic fleet. After a brief shakedown cruise off Bermuda, the Wyffels and her crew of 198 were assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the North Atlantic. In all, the Wyffels made 11 crossings of the Atlantic during World War II.
My father rarely talked about his time in the Navy, and he didn’t keep in touch with his shipmates. After his death in 2007, I found hundreds of photos he’d taken during his deployment. I’ve scanned the photos in and labeled them as he did, and I share them here in hopes that others may enjoy seeing a glimpse of day to day life at sea during World War II.
My latest book,The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, was released in April, 2012. This is a very personal story for me, but also one I think you'll find interesting. In some ways, it's a book I wrote a little more each time someone asked me the seemingly simple question: "What does your father do?"
View the video below the see the reconstruction of the Kyrenia Ship
Interested in knowing more about the latest developments in energy and nautical archaeology? I've compiled two magazines on Flipboard, Energy Insights and Nautical Discoveries. They collect news from around the web, as well as my own posts on these subjects. If you're already a Flipboard user, you can simply search on the magazines' names at the login page. If you have any news links to add to either magazine, or you have any ideas for how to improve them, please let me know.
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