Turnaround

Turnaround

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Title: Turnaround : Stories of: Behind the Scenes Political Washington, A Great American Industry, and Fun Along the Way
Author: George H. “Bud” Lawrence
Description:

New book relates historic “Turnaround” of US Natural Gas Industry
With our nation’s capital now embroiled in bitter political partisanship (too often directed by big money and communications from cyberspace), and with critical world events affecting all of us as never before (when the most divisive politics never seem to stop “at the water’s edge”) ... here, finally, is a story of a Washington lobbyist that is refreshingly different. No sex, no scandal, or titillating gossip will be found in this often humorous and up-close look at household names. Turnaround includes specific events that involved three U.S. Presidents, and the story of:

  • a petroleum engineer/attorney who applied persistence, major company experience and personal credibility to become a key player in the unique teamwork that included a potent grass-roots constituency and veteran Washington icons;
  • teamwork that propelled a dramatic comeback in achieving legislative success on the national stage that was promptly labeled “the turnaround” of the U.S. Natural Gas Industry;
  • a public policy success that cried out to be duplicated repeatedly over the past 30 years ... and even with our baffling failure to do so, it is still not too late to vastly improve America’s energy future;
  • a story that takes the Great Depression era youth from the mini oil and gas Mecca of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, ... to Iwo Jima ... to a bustling college campus on the GI Bill ... then, to the exciting city of Houston, Texas, and a major company that was corporate America at its best ... to the halls of Washington ... to all 50 states and much of the world in this unusual odyssey with the message of a great American industry and some of the people who made it great.
  • Then we come to that final chapter – surprise!
Contents:

INTRODUCTION

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PREAMBLE, A BIT OF NOSTALGIA
The First Congressional Testimony begins with a “confrontation,” Alaska Drilling – Now…and Then, Representative Jack Murphy and “The Sting,” Rennie Kelly – Premier Lobbyist/Golfer, Pat Flaningam – Mr. Nice Guy, Peter Reilly – Banker, Character, Friend.

Chapter 1 HUMBLE OIL & REFINING COMPANY
The career path with a great company and its special background for representing the U.S. Natural Gas Industry in Washington and beyond that included: colorful personalities of the oil and gas fields, high visibility and timely petroleum engineering roles , night law school before an unprecedented move into Humble’s Law Department, pioneer Washington hearings in the early days of producer regulation by the Federal Power Commission (FPC) and, finally, mid-level management in a new Natural Gas Division and the pursuit of major sales of Humble’s huge natural gas reserves.

Chapter 2 HOUSTON PRIVATE PRACTICE
A move to become rich and famous that didn’t work out. But exciting times in the “world’s greatest town” before prominent colleagues of the FPC regulatory wars got him back in the game he loved.

Chapter 3 TO WASHINGTON - THE API YEARS
Teaming with industry leaders for lasting organizational footprints, rapport with a Washington icon, exempting field gathering lines from the Pipeline Safety Act of 1967 and A.G.A.’s “wake up call”…a timely invitation to Houston.

Chapter 4 A.G.A. BECKONS
Working with A.G.A on new industry projects and the pipeline safety bill where A.G.A. “saw a need” that led to a new man in Washington.

Chapter 5 BARTLESVILLE–A SURPRISING TOWN
Events prompted a flashback to the experiences of the Great Depression era son of a struggling but loving family, who explored every corner of what a professional journalist described as “…a surprising town quite unlike any other place in the world”, and who became a teammate of Phillips 66 All Americans.

Chapter 6 A.G.A.–THE EARLY DAYS
The historic letter of December 1968 to the FPC calling for the removal of federal field price controls, founding of the Natural Gas Roundtable now in its 40th year, the A.G.A. headquarters move to Washington…and the natural gas elite welcome those Oklahoma State University seminars during the decade of the 1970s.

Chapter 7 THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Daily drives by the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia prompt this flashback to a few Boot Camp and Camp Pendleton surprises, celebrity duty in charge of troopship food supply, a bold midnight swim on Guadalcanal, 16 fun-filled months on Guam with a two month furlough to Iwo Jima, a return to Guam when two atomic bombs ended the War in the Pacific…then San Diego on New Year’s Eve, 1945.

Chapter 8 BARTLESVILLE–POST USMC–PRE-COLLEGE
Awaiting college, there was roofing houses, El Centro night club, sharpening vital skills at the Shamrock Billiard Parlor. Time passed quickly. Life was good.

Chapter 9 A.G.A. SETTLES IN–THE LOBBYING BEGINS
A surprise celebrity colleague, launching a popular A.G.A.-hosted event, a fundraising shocker, national TV debut, A.G.A.’s first lobbying venture for the Alaska Oil Pipeline, outreach efforts to organized labor, environmentalists and state regulators…and a festive songfest with Soviet pipeliners.

Chapter 10 POTPOURRI OF THE MID-1970s
Natural Gas Roundtable classics with a Humble Company “unforgettable” and a favorite FPC Commissioner, Watergate ill winds, enter Ken Lay to Washington and the gas industry, natural gas research expanded, and a prominent new teammate.

Chapter 11 SOUTH AFRICA WITH GARY PLAYER
A first hand look for American businessmen at public policy issues and debates in a nation struggling with major problems and “the whole world watching.” A unique enticement was daily golfing with a gracious host and an eloquent participant in evening meetings and discussions, a new and lasting friendship with a “renaissance man”, a scary dip in the Indian Ocean and a pleasant audience with the Prime Minister.

Chapter 12 A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY
A.G.A. mobilizes, a vital ally takes the field and the industry comes together in a textbook lobbying victory in the Senate, then a “high drama” crash in the House becomes an “unhappy turnaround”…some up close and personal post mortems.

Chapter 13 1976–A NEW BEGINNING
Another charismatic industry leader takes the stage, the Chairman says, “We want you to be president of A.G.A.,” the “cold shower” on CBS 60 Minutes, meeting with an Administration-to-be, and that severe winter of 1976-77.

Chapter 14 NATURAL GAS POLICY ACT OF 1978
Neither the Carter Administration nor CBS 60 Minutes is immune to a “turnaround” and A.G.A is there. A legendary political warhorse/senior statesman quarterbacks the “lure of the White House” and a hairline Capitol Hill victory and yes, A.G.A. is there. A ceremony in Algeria and a new friend on NBC’s Today Show.

Chapter 15 THE TURNAROUND
The Chairman’s speech at the 1978 A.G.A. Annual Meeting details the specifics and the optimism of “the turnaround.” Meeting Governor Ronald Reagan “in between jobs,” the Ford’s Theatre adventure, an A.G.A. delegation is hosted by China’s energy leaders and the National Energy Resources Organization (NERO) ceremony in 1981 lauded “…this renaissance of the U.S. gas industry.”

Chapter 16 THE COLLEGE YEARS
Memories from a NERO meeting in 2005 prompt another flashback to an overcrowded campus in 1946, my very own Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, the struggles and rewards of engineering school, a Muskogee wedding and the classy new home during the final year…and that welcome invitation from what came to be “the mother company.”

Chapter 17 POTPOURRI OF THE 1980s
PEOPLE: Household names of politics and finance, effective new natural gas salesmen and Washington’s “ultimate perk.”
PLACES: A mysterious Japanese center of technology and research, around the world in 20 days, a tour hosted by Soviet natural gas leaders and a couple of A.G.A. Annual Meeting surprises.
EVENTS: The World Gas Conference and President Reagan makes 4000 new friends, a look inside the 1988 national political conventions, the Rose Garden for A.G.A.’s role in the National Child Watch campaign…an earthquake in Cleveland(?!) The good, the bad and the ugly.

Chapter 18 INTERNATIONAL
To represent the U.S. in the 55-nation International Gas Union and travel to 47 countries in the process is a privilege, especially when you are welcomed and hosted in world capitals as the leading producer, transporter, distributor and consumer of natural gas. Another privilege is to carry the generic natural gas industry story to the financial capitals of Europe, setting the stage for A.G.A. member companies to present their own message. And there are the friendships, surprises and highlights along the way.

Chapter 19 A TOUCH OF CLASS – SHIRLEY LAWRENCE
Not just an indispensable partner, but one whose special talents made a lot of friends for A.G.A. in Washington, throughout the country and the world.

Chapter 20 REFLECTIONS
They start with the December 1968 announcement that changed the playing field on the natural gas industry’s most volatile public policy issue; that saw heady success, crushing failure and, finally, success that began THE TURNAROUND; the reminders of our industry leaders who stepped up and of A.G.A. when the going got tough, “the Association – to its everlasting credit – never backed off;” a good feeling that we served the natural gas industry well and two prominent Senators said we served the nation well; and that final President’s Message in the American Gas Magazine…”It’s Been a Ball.”

Chapter 21 GOLF: THE LOBBYISTS NON-LOBBYING TOOL
When there were enjoyable, even memorable golf companions in 41 of our 50 states, a few more around the world including the British Open courses of Scotland, your home courses – Congressional Country Club and Burning Tree Club – are two of the finest anywhere and the “great and near great” of our nation’s capital mingle there…the fun moments, some dramatic ones for a 10 handicapper, cry out to be shared.

 
Reviews:

 “I’ve never worked with anyone who brought to their job more credibility and more knowledge than Bud Lawrence. He gave the word ‘Lobbyist’ a good and powerful and noble meaning. Bud, I know you have been here representing the Natural Gas Industry of this country. But you have been more than their representative. You have contributed to making this country better for everyone. I just want to say thank you for the job you have done for the people who hired you and the job you have done for America.”
                                 Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX)

“Bud, I’ll always remember your extraordinary ability to focus on the future - a very positive kind of future - and then be able to convince those around you that it deserves wholehearted support. Some will call that ‘leadership.’ With that I agree one hundred per cent. And the kind of leadership you’ve been able to give the American Gas Industry over ‘lo these many years - for that kind of leadership, Bud, I salute you.”
                                 Donald Heim, CEO Washington Gas Light, 1990 A.G.A. Chairman

 
About the Author: A leading Washington energy journalist published this description of the author in 1986: “George ‘Bud’ Lawrence has two closely entwined personas which made him lethally effective as the president of the American Gas Association and its chief lobbyist in Washington. First there is Bud, the good old boy from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, who spent 14 years in the oil and gas fields for the old Humble Oil Company: a petroleum engineer with a touch of the roughneck. Then there is George, the smooth Washington lawyer as much at home in the White House as he was recently in London lecturing the insurance community on the gas industry’s requirements.”

 

His role on behalf of the natural gas industry took him to the hearing rooms and offices of Washington, to all 50 states and much of the world with some fun moments and “gripping” golf stories along the way. Lawrence resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife of 59 years, the former Shirley Jo Thompson, a genuine “Okie from Muskogee.”

 
Details: 2007 [ISBN: 1-58107-132-9; 432 pages; 6 x 9 inch; hard cover]