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.
Texas Monthly article, December 2014. That 70s Shop
In the latest edition of Texas Monthly, I discuss the long, slow decline of Radio Shack and take a look at the retailer's grim prospects for the future. Radio Shack is one of those iconic stores that played a big role in many childhoods, including my own. My brother was a Radio Shack regular, between building kit electronics and looking for components for various science fair projects.
If it wasn't the stores that you spent time in, then it's likely you had some experience with the company's early personal computers, the TRS-80 or the first laptop, the Model 100. Those glory days, however, are long gone.
12/17/2014 Andrew Cuomo's Drilling Ban In New York Is The Height Of Hypocrisy. Here's Why.
When I visit New York City, I often get a headache from the pollution. I notice that the governor hasn't banned the use of cars. In fact, of all the things that cause pollution in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen to ban hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock deep in the earth.
The decision came after a six-year moratorium on fracking in the Marcellus Shale formation upstate. State health officials decided that fracking could contaminate the air and water and pose a threat to public health.
First of all, it's important to understand that Cuomo has not banned fracking as he claims. He has in fact banned all oil and gas drilling activity in the state. In a report used to justify the ban, state health officials fretted over fracking's purported dangers, but never distinguished how fracking differs from conventional drilling in terms of its environmental impact. Click here to read blog
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.
Former BP Exec speaks. Kevin Lacy is still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon disaster — by the lives lost, the families devastated and the environment despoiled. He describes the images of the giant, burning rig as looking like "something from Pearl Harbor." In an exclusive interview for my Energy Voice column, the former head of BP's drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, explains why he believes the offshore industry is failing to heed the wake-up call from the Macondo disaster
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