Loren Steffy, Award-Winning Author and Columnist

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Texas Monthly  article, April, 2015.
Lucrative When Wet

Texas MonthlyIf you grew up in Texas, you probably are familiar with Schlitterbahn, the water park on the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels. Among many of my friends, "Schlitterbahn" was synonymous with floating the river, because the original portion of the park actually used river water for its rides. Park and river were, in many ways, one. In my latest Texas Monthly column, I explain how Schlitterbahn went from four slides on the Comal to five locations in two states, and how its biggest growth push came during a time of drought and tight finances. It helps that the family that runs Schlitterbahn includes a water park savant whose designs have influenced water parks worldwide.

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Energy Voice

Opinion: Why Boone Pickens isn't worried about oil prices, Boone Pickens, the legendary Texas oil man, isn't worried about oil prices. Pickens, who has seen more boom-bust cycles that just about anybody who's still working in the oil business, is convinced that despite the plunge of more than 50 percent in prices since last summer, the downturn will be short lived. I went to visit him in Dallas to find out why he's so optimistic and why he thinks others in the industry are wrong when they compare the current slump to the 1980s.

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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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