As part of a year-long series of articles designed to analyze the changes in our industry and science that have occurred during its history, members of the TLE Editorial Board and staff are digging though 20 years of monthly issues. This month we focus on business and staff changes that have taken place since the first issue of the magazine in 1982.

Twenty years ago, the oil industry was experiencing a price and hiring boom. The price of oil was up, and optimism abounded. College students majoring in geoscience were being actively recruited, and many were able to choose between...

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