When I was a child, my dad took a job as
an oil field pumper and moved us out into the country from the city.
Although my family's roots were in the country, it was a real experience
for me to live so isolated in nature from the rest of the world.
In the "sticks" is what we called it.
One cold December, on our first holiday in the country,
my dad took us to an area along a big creek to look for a tree to
cut and decorate for the holidays. The day was chilly and gray,
and it was spitting snow. He led us onto a point bar where Hominy
Creek made a big meander. In the bend, there was a little forest
of small cedar trees -- many that were perfect for our needs.
We walked through the grove examining the best trees
until we reached the creek. The water flowed fast there with many
small rapids with ice forming along the edges of the still side
After examining the creek, my dad turned back to
the grove and asked us, "Which tree do you want to cut?"
My sisters and I were still looking across the creek
and up the brown, rugged hill on the opposite side. Toward the top
stood an isolated, almost perfect little evergreen. It caught our
eyes and all three of us pointed up to the tree and said in unison,
"We want that one!"
He looked at us in amusement and said, "Are you sure
you don't want one of these on this side of the creek?"
We all shook our heads and pointed back to the lone
He didn't say another word, except to tell us to
He waded the icy creek, thigh deep, using his large
axe to keep from falling into the cold water. We watched as he climbed
the hill and chopped down the tree. I can still clearly remember
him floating the tree across Hominy Creek that day.
He always would go the "extra mile" for his family.
AAPG is dedicated to providing the best in geoscience
publications to you.
For example, over the past few years we have made
a number of changes to improve the BULLETIN. First we improved the
format, then we reduced the lead time for publishing submittals
from more than 24 months to less than 12 months. Currently we are
re-examining the type of papers that members want and soliciting
new, innovative papers into the BULLETIN.
Now we are going the "extra mile" on the BULLETIN.
President Steve Sonnenberg recently formed the Ad Hoc BULLETIN Reformat
Committee to evaluate the format, style and future of the BULLETIN.
AAPG editor John Lorenz is chairman. Members are Alfredo Guzman,
Jim Handschy, Ernie Mancini, Chuck Noll, Pete Rose and Nahum Sneiderman.
Jack Thomas is the staff liaison to the committee.
The BULLETIN, of course, is based largely on submittals
received from members. Now that we have reduced the lead-time significantly
from submittal to print for BULLETIN articles, we need more inventory
of articles for consideration for publication.
In other words, we are scouting for new articles.
We want to encourage geoscientists in all fields, industry or academic,
to submit articles for consideration in the BULLETIN.
On a similar note, we also are looking for new authors
and articles for E&P Notes. We are trying to expand this popular
series in the BULLETIN, but we need your help.
E&P Notes is a great vehicle for sharing information
on interesting plays. We are interested in publishing information
on both domestic and international plays. We especially encourage
our international members to submit articles, as most of the recent
E&P Notes have described domestic plays.
E&P Notes are not peer reviewed to the extent
of standard BULLETIN articles, but go through an editorial process
and evaluation. E&P Notes are usually published within three
to four months after receipt. In some cases, AAPG has some funds
to support authors in the production process of developing E&P
One of AAPG's primary purposes is to disseminate
information. We need your help in reaching this goal on a daily
This is an exciting time for AAPG, and we are asking
you to be part of our new path in developing our publications.
On a personal note, my father, Charles Fritz, passed
away on Oct. 10. Over the past four years, many of the stories I
have shared with you to make a point were based on experiences that
he and I shared in the oil fields of Oklahoma. He was a good man
and a great dad.
As his son, I am thankful for the many good memories
and his dedication to his family.