Loren Steffy, Award-Winning Author and Columnist

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Texas Monthly  article, September 2015.

Texas MonthlyWhataburger is a Texas icon, so what's the beef between the company and its oldest and most loyal franchisee? It seems that on its way toward building a bigger, better company, Whataburger alienated some of the people who helped build the company into what it is. Now, the burger chain finds itself squaring off in court with the Andrews family, which opened the first Whataburger franchise in Alice in the early 1950s. The lawsuit claims that despite its image as Texas family-run business, Whataburger has gone corporate.

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"More Green Dreams Than Reality"
So much for "all the above." President Obama's "clean power plan" for combatting climate change, unveiled Aug. 3, makes it clear that the U.S. strategy is to plunge head first into renewable energy no bridge fuels, no gradual migration to a low-carbon future. The policy is in stark contrast to 2012, when Obama called for an "all-the-above" energy strategy that would curb carbon emissions while also taking advantage of America's abundance of natural gas and its technological prowess in nuclear power.

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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.

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Recent Books

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


Following Up On Flipboard

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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