The numbers proved the point, but ultimately the numbers weren't needed to tell the story.
The 2005 annual convention in Calgary was one of the best meetings in AAPG's history, and all you had to do was see the smiles or feel the positive vibes that dominated the meeting to realize something special was happening.
"We knew that if we had a strong technical program, good social events and luck with great weather we would have everyone talking about the great time they had in Calgary," meeting general chair John Hogg said at the meeting's conclusion. "Everyone pitched in to do a great job.
Meeting general chair, John Hogg, surprised
AAPG President Pat Gratton with a cowboy hat
during the meeting's opening session.
"We had a great time," Hogg added. "The best part for me personally was seeing all the members and knowing that everyone was having a great time in our city."
Indeed. Packed technical session rooms -- people stood in lines outside the door of some sessions -- crowded hallways and a booming exhibits hall attendance painted a vivid picture of everyone having a great time.
Final numbers were still being determined at EXPLORER press time, but with numbers that will be at least above the 7,300 mark Calgary was assured to rank among the largest AAPG meetings ever -- and certainly the largest since the bust of nearly two decades ago.
The meeting started with an opening session that featured AAPG President Pat Gratton's historical assessment of AAPG's role in the petroleum industry's history. His talk ended with a look toward a successful and exciting future -- and throughout the technical sessions and exhibits hall, it was obvious that the future was now.