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[[Image:Reservoir Hill.jpg|thumb|right|550px|Hugh and Dr. S. J. Pickens]]
 
[[Image:Reservoir Hill.jpg|thumb|right|550px|Hugh and Dr. S. J. Pickens]]
 
[[Image:SJ HP Photo.JPG|thumb|right|550px|'''Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 with whom she recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.''']]
 
[[Image:SJ HP Photo.JPG|thumb|right|550px|'''Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 with whom she recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.''']]
[http://hughpickens.com Hugh Pickens] (Po-Hi '67) is a physicist who has [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Remembrances_of_My_Life_as_a_Geophysical_Observer_with_Petty_Geophysical_Working_in_the_Amazon_Jungle_in_Peru_in_the_early_1970%27s explored for oil in the Amazon jungle],  commissioned microwave communications systems across the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub'_al_Khali empty quarter of Saudi Arabia], and [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=NASA%27s_GRO_Remote_Terminal_System_(GRTS) built satellite control stations for Goddard Space Flight Center] in Australia, Antarctica, Guam, and other locations around the world. Retired in 1999, Pickens and his [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Dr._S._J._Pickens wife] of 33 years moved from Baltimore back to his hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005 where he cultivates his square foot garden, mows [https://www.google.com/maps/@36.7330136,-97.0520249,3a,75y,332.5h,92.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPZw9v7R4gblT4tDRTy9aig!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 seven acres of lawn], [http://poncacityweloveyou.com writes about local history], [http://flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/ photographs events] at the Poncan Theatre, produces the annual [http://oklahomapride.com Oklahoma Pride] series with his wife at [https://www.facebook.com/PoncaPlayhouse/photos/a.107576469329747.21793.107567082664019/1423687517718629/?type=3&theater Ponca Playhouse], and [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_and_Dr._S._J._Pickens_Sponsor_First_Dinner_Served_in_E._W,_Marland_Formal_Dining_Room_in_75_Years recently sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 75 years]. Pickens is presently in the process of planning the construction of an [http://PickensMuseum.com Art Museum] in Northern Oklahoma. Pickens can be contacted at hughpickens@gmail.com. Pickens is a [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Covid_Survivor covid survivor].
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[[Image:Evans.jpg|thumb|right|550px|'''[http://pickensartmuseum.com Pickens Museum] opens on NOC Tonkawa Campus.''' Pictured (L-R): Dr. Cheryl Evans, NOC President, Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum, and Sheri Snyder, NOC Vice President for Development and Community Relations. (photo by John Pickard/Northern Oklahoma College)]]
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[http://hughpickens.com Hugh Pickens] (Po-Hi '67) is a physicist who has [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Remembrances_of_My_Life_as_a_Geophysical_Observer_with_Petty_Geophysical_Working_in_the_Amazon_Jungle_in_Peru_in_the_early_1970%27s explored for oil in the Amazon jungle],  commissioned microwave communications systems across the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub'_al_Khali empty quarter of Saudi Arabia], and [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=NASA%27s_GRO_Remote_Terminal_System_(GRTS) built satellite control stations for Goddard Space Flight Center] in Australia, Antarctica, Guam, and other locations around the world. Retired in 1999, Pickens and his [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Dr._S._J._Pickens wife] of 33 years moved from Baltimore back to his hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005 where he cultivates his square foot garden, mows [https://www.google.com/maps/@36.7330136,-97.0520249,3a,75y,332.5h,92.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPZw9v7R4gblT4tDRTy9aig!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 seven acres of lawn], [http://poncacityweloveyou.com writes about local history], [http://flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/ photographs events] at the Poncan Theatre, produces the annual [http://oklahomapride.com Oklahoma Pride] series with his wife at [https://www.facebook.com/PoncaPlayhouse/photos/a.107576469329747.21793.107567082664019/1423687517718629/?type=3&theater Ponca Playhouse], and [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_and_Dr._S._J._Pickens_Sponsor_First_Dinner_Served_in_E._W,_Marland_Formal_Dining_Room_in_75_Years recently sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 75 years]. Pickens is presently in the process of planning the construction of an [http://PickensArtMuseum.com Art Museum] in Northern Oklahoma. Pickens can be contacted at hughpickens@gmail.com. Pickens is a [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Covid_Survivor covid survivor] and a [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=I_am_a_Long_Covid_Survivor stroke survivor].
  
 
===Personal Statement===
 
===Personal Statement===
Most days you will find me sitting in my easy chair with an HP laptop in front of me. I enjoy intellectual pursuits: studying, writing, reading, researching, analyzing, and predicting. During my off time I like riding the backroads of Oklahoma in my hot rod, working out, watching old movies on TCM, playing games like chess or dominoes, participating in community theatre, and, my secret pleasure, reading trashy detective novels by [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Remembering_John_D_MacDonald_and_His_House_on_Siesta_Key John D. MacDonald]. I enjoy theater and concerts and I go to NYC several times a year to see Broadway shows and visit galleries and museums.
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Most days you will find me sitting in my easy chair with an HP laptop or a book in front of me. I enjoy intellectual pursuits: studying, writing, reading, researching, analyzing, and predicting. During my off time I like riding the backroads of Oklahoma in [https://www.facebook.com/hugh.pickens.3/posts/10156830150844119 my hot rod], working out, watching old movies on TCM, playing games like chess or dominoes, participating in community theatre, and, my secret pleasure, reading trashy detective novels by [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Remembering_John_D_MacDonald_and_His_House_on_Siesta_Key John D. MacDonald]. I enjoy theater and concerts and I go to NYC several times a year to see Broadway shows and visit galleries and museums.
  
 
===Pickens' Publishing===
 
===Pickens' Publishing===
In 1996, Pickens edited and published [http://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Review-Have-Lucky/dp/0965560198 ''My Life In Review: Have I Been Lucky of What?''], the memoirs of Jack Crandall, professor of history at SUNY Brockport. Since 2001 Pickens has edited and published [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html “Peace Corps Online,”] serving over one million monthly pageviews. Pickens' other writing includes contributing [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Slashdot over 2,000 stories to “Slashdot: News for Nerds,”] and articles for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill Wikipedia], and [http://poncacityweloveyou.com “Ponca City, We Love You”]. Pickens has written the following articles available on his wiki at [http://researchandideas.com Research and Ideas].
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In 1996, Pickens edited and published [[''My Life In Review: Have I Been Lucky of What?'']], the memoirs of Jack Crandall, professor of history at SUNY Brockport. Since 2001 Pickens has edited and published [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html “Peace Corps Online,”] serving over one million monthly pageviews. Pickens' other writing includes contributing [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Slashdot over 2,000 stories to “Slashdot: News for Nerds,”] and articles for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill Wikipedia], and [http://poncacityweloveyou.com “Ponca City, We Love You”]. Pickens has written the following articles available on his wiki at [http://researchandideas.com Research and Ideas].
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* [[''My Life In Review: Have I Been Lucky of What?'']]
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* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html “Peace Corps Online,”]
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*[http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Slashdot 2000 stories to “Slashdot: News for Nerds,”]
  
===Biography===
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===History and Biography===
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I enjoy doing in-depth research on one person and writing a detailed biography of lesser known events or figures.  I like to find someone, an artist, a politician, a former Peace Corps Director, or an Oklahoman, that I like and am interested in learning more about them and writing their biography from scratch. I started and filled out [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill dozens of biographies] when I wrote for Wikipedia back in the stone age in the early 2000's when they were getting started. But Wikipedia became too bureaucratic and political for me so now I research and write biographies on my own mediawiki platform. (I only make anonymous edits to Wikipedia now usually on the discussion pages.)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Jon_Carson My Biography of Jon Carson -The Man Who Won the Presidential Nomination for Barack Obama]  (>700,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Jon_Carson My Biography of Jon Carson -The Man Who Won the Presidential Nomination for Barack Obama]  (>700,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Stanley_Ann_Dunham My Discovery that Barack Obama's Mother Grew Up in Ponca City] February 6, 2009 (>300,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Stanley_Ann_Dunham My Discovery that Barack Obama's Mother Grew Up in Ponca City] February 6, 2009 (>300,000 pageviews)
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* [[Biography of Ninja of Go! Team (Nkechi Ka Egenamba)]]
 
* [[Biography of Ninja of Go! Team (Nkechi Ka Egenamba)]]
  
===History===
 
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Phillips_66:_Ponca_City_Refinery#Ponca_City_and_its_Century-Old_Oil_Refining_History History of the 100-Year Old Oil Refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma] (>535,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Phillips_66:_Ponca_City_Refinery#Ponca_City_and_its_Century-Old_Oil_Refining_History History of the 100-Year Old Oil Refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma] (>535,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=America%27s_Fresh_Water_Submarines My Uncle Donald and America's Fresh Water Submarines in World War II] (>110,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=America%27s_Fresh_Water_Submarines My Uncle Donald and America's Fresh Water Submarines in World War II] (>110,000 pageviews)
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===Science and Technology===
 
===Science and Technology===
 
I have a degree in physics from SUNY in 1970 and have worked in science and technology my entire career. I have held such disparate jobs as Geophysical Observer on a geological survey crew in the amazon jungle, running a portable hydrocarbon detection laboratory on an oil rig, systems engineer for the microwave communications system and supervisory control system on the 800-mile long Trans-Andean Pipeline, independent contractor to Collins Radio in 1979 installing, commissioning, and testing microwave repeater stations all over Saudi Arabia, military advisor to the Royal Saudi Navy on naval communications, navigation, and fire control systems (1980 - 84), project engineer, then project manager for Bendix Fields Engineering (later becoming AlliedSignal Technical Services, then Honeywell Technical Services) from 1984 until my retirement in 1999.
 
I have a degree in physics from SUNY in 1970 and have worked in science and technology my entire career. I have held such disparate jobs as Geophysical Observer on a geological survey crew in the amazon jungle, running a portable hydrocarbon detection laboratory on an oil rig, systems engineer for the microwave communications system and supervisory control system on the 800-mile long Trans-Andean Pipeline, independent contractor to Collins Radio in 1979 installing, commissioning, and testing microwave repeater stations all over Saudi Arabia, military advisor to the Royal Saudi Navy on naval communications, navigation, and fire control systems (1980 - 84), project engineer, then project manager for Bendix Fields Engineering (later becoming AlliedSignal Technical Services, then Honeywell Technical Services) from 1984 until my retirement in 1999.
* [https://meta.slashdot.org/story/21/01/04/0416231/71-year-old-slashdot-reader-describes-his-moderate-case-of-covid Slashdot Posted a Story about me and an article I wrote about my recovery from covid] 277 comments
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=NASA%27s_GRO_Remote_Terminal_System_(GRTS) Building NASA's GRO Remote Terminal System (GRTS) in Australia]
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Slashdot Stories on Slashdot]
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* [https://meta.slashdot.org/story/21/01/04/0416231/71-year-old-slashdot-reader-describes-his-moderate-case-of-covid Slashdot Posted a Story about me and an article I wrote about my recovery from covid in 2020] 277 comments
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Slashdot 2,400 Stories I have published on Slashdot over the years]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Writing_for_Slashdot Why I enjoy Writing for Slashdot]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Writing_for_Slashdot Why I enjoy Writing for Slashdot]
 
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill Contributions to Wikipedia]]
 
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill Contributions to Wikipedia]]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/poncacityweloveyou/2007/11/writing-for-wik.html Why I enjoy Writing for Wikipedia]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/poncacityweloveyou/2007/11/writing-for-wik.html Why I enjoy Writing for Wikipedia]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Soylent Stories on Soylent News]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Hugh_Pickens%27_Stories_on_Soylent Stories on Soylent News]
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=NASA%27s_GRO_Remote_Terminal_System_(GRTS) Building NASA's GRO Remote Terminal System (GRTS) in Australia]
 
  
 
===Business and Investing===
 
===Business and Investing===
I am a speculator and enjoy designing and executing trading strategies that exploit market inefficiencies through my assessment and evaluation of information asymmetries, market psychology, and human emotion.  
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I am a speculator and enjoy designing and executing trading strategies that exploit market inefficiencies through my assessment and evaluation of information asymmetries, market psychology, and human emotion. Over the years I have put together several open-source histories of companies I am interested in including micro-caps that I have invested in.
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=An_Independent_Evaluation_of_Phillips_66,_its_Business_Strategy,_and_Execution#Introduction An Independent Evaluation of Phillips 66, its Business Strategy, and Execution] (>970,000 pageviews)
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=An_Independent_Evaluation_of_Phillips_66,_its_Business_Strategy,_and_Execution#Introduction An Independent Evaluation of Phillips 66, its Business Strategy, and Execution] '''(over 1,000,000 pageviews)'''
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Phillips_66:_Ponca_City_Refinery#News_from_the_Ponca_City_Refinery Latest News from Phillips 66] (>450,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Phillips_66:_Ponca_City_Refinery#News_from_the_Ponca_City_Refinery Latest News from Phillips 66] (>450,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://poncarefinery.com A History of the Ponca Refinery in Ponca City] (>268,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://poncarefinery.com A History of the Ponca Refinery in Ponca City] (>268,000 pageviews)
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Ting A Financial Model for Tucows and Ting] (>960,000 pageviews)
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Ting A Financial Model for Tucows and Ting] '''(over 1,000,000 pageviews)'''
  
 
===Ponca City, Oklahoma===
 
===Ponca City, Oklahoma===
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I was born and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, a town of about 25,000 somewhat isolated in North Central Oklahoma (a two hour drive to the nearest metropolitan areas in Tulsa, OKC, and Wichita.). After I left Ponca City to go to college, I worked overseas and on the East Coast for 30 years. But my wife and I came back to Ponca after our retirement in 1999.
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Ponca City is an interesting amalgam of historical developments including being being founded and created from scratch during and after the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893, becoming an oil boom town in the 1920's, home of the "Palace on the Prairie" built by oil magnate E.W. Marland, home to Conoco's R&D facility employing hundreds of Phd.'s in the 1950's, 60's and 70's giving Ponca a character of a university town, and finally the continual influence of Native American tribes on our history especially the Ponca tribe and Osage Nation. Some interesting articles I have researched and written about Ponca City include:
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* [[Hugh and Dr. S. J. Pickens Sponsor First Dinner Served in E. W, Marland Formal Dining Room in 75 Years]] December 18, 2016
 
* [[Hugh and Dr. S. J. Pickens Sponsor First Dinner Served in E. W, Marland Formal Dining Room in 75 Years]] December 18, 2016
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=%22Lydie_Marland_in_the_Afterlife%22_Reinterprets_the_Life_of_Ponca_City%27s_Controversial_First_Lady "Lydie Marland in the Afterlife" Reinterprets the Life of Ponca City's Controversial First Lady] June 30, 2017
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=%22Lydie_Marland_in_the_Afterlife%22_Reinterprets_the_Life_of_Ponca_City%27s_Controversial_First_Lady "Lydie Marland in the Afterlife" Reinterprets the Life of Ponca City's Controversial First Lady] June 30, 2017
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* [http://poncacityweloveyou.com Ponca City, We Love You]
 
* [http://poncacityweloveyou.com Ponca City, We Love You]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=What_to_See_in_Ponca_City What to See in Ponca City]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=What_to_See_in_Ponca_City What to See in Ponca City]
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* [[Railroads and Ponca City]]
 
* [http://thebrokenstatue.com/ Ponca Playhouse to Present "The Broken Statue"] January 17, 2012
 
* [http://thebrokenstatue.com/ Ponca Playhouse to Present "The Broken Statue"] January 17, 2012
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=What_Ponca_City_Owes_EW_Marland What Ponca City Owes EW Marland] June 20, 2012
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=What_Ponca_City_Owes_EW_Marland What Ponca City Owes EW Marland] June 20, 2012
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===Pickens Museum===
 
===Pickens Museum===
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I plan to build a 15,000 ft2 art museum here in the heartland in the next few years. In the meantime I am exhibiting art in three locations: City Central in Ponca City, at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and here in a 10,000 ft2 facility at my home.
 
* [http://PickensMuseum.org Pickens Museum]
 
* [http://PickensMuseum.org Pickens Museum]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1917855178544853/ Doctor Pickens Museum Facebook Page]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1917855178544853/ Doctor Pickens Museum Facebook Page]
* [[Meet the Team that is Going to Design Doctor Pickens Museum]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Meet_the_Team_that_is_Going_to_Design_Doctor_Pickens_Museum Meet the Team that is Going to Design Doctor Pickens Museum] May 21, 2018
* [[World's Largest Naja on Display Outside Ponca City by Stephen Schwark]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=World%27s_Largest_Naja_on_Display_Outside_Ponca_City_by_Stephen_Schwark World's Largest Naja on Display Outside Ponca City by Stephen Schwark] August 29, 2018
* [[ A 1949 Hudson Limousine]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=A_1949_Hudson_Limousine A 1949 Hudson Limousine] August 2018
 
* [[Jo Davidson Sculpture from 1929]]
 
* [[Jo Davidson Sculpture from 1929]]
* [[Native American Artist Tonya Rafael Visits Ponca City]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Native_American_Artist_Tonya_Rafael_Visits_Ponca_City Native American Artist Tonya Rafael Visits Ponca City] February 2018
* [[Pickens Museum Opens New Exhibition "Winter in New York" by Roger Disney]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Pickens_Museum_Opens_New_Exhibition_%22Winter_in_New_York%22_by_Roger_Disney Pickens Museum Opens New Exhibition "Winter in New York" by Roger Disney] January 22, 2020
* [[The Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Daniel Pickens]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Three_Faces_of_the_Pioneer_Woman_by_Daniel_Pickens The Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Daniel Pickens] February 2020
* [[Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Faith Ringgold]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Letter_from_a_Birmingham_Jail_by_Faith_Ringgold#Pickens_Museum_Opens_New_Exhibition Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Faith Ringgold] February 21, 2020
* [[The Turquoise Guitar by Jolene Bird]]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Turquoise_Guitar_by_Jolene_Bird The Turquoise Guitar by Jolene Bird] November 26, 2018
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Sculptor_Bryant_Baker%27s_Lost_Masterpiece Sculptor Bryant Baker's Lost Masterpiece] November 3, 2015
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Sculptor_Bryant_Baker%27s_Lost_Masterpiece Sculptor Bryant Baker's Lost Masterpiece] November 3, 2015
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Dr._Pickens_Museum_of_Turquoise_Jewelry_and_Art Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry and Art]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Dr._Pickens_Museum_of_Turquoise_Jewelry_and_Art Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry and Art]
  
 
===Art===
 
===Art===
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* [http://cognitivecomputers.com/index.php?title=A_Biography_of_Director_and_Screenwriter_Chris_Terrio My Biography of Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Chris Terrio] (>400,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://www.pioneerwomanmodels.com/ The Pioneer Woman Models Should Return to Ponca City] July 13, 2007
 
* [http://www.pioneerwomanmodels.com/ The Pioneer Woman Models Should Return to Ponca City] July 13, 2007
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Pioneer_Woman_Models_Come_Home The Pioneer Woman Models Come Home to Ponca City] February 26, 2010
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Pioneer_Woman_Models_Come_Home The Pioneer Woman Models Come Home to Ponca City] February 26, 2010
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===Peace Corps Writing===
 
===Peace Corps Writing===
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I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru from 1970 - 73 working with the Peruvian Ministry of Education teaching high school science teachers how to build lab equipment out of simple, cheap materials. In 2000 I started "Peace Corps Online" to document the work volunteers are doing around the world both during and after the Peace Corps Service. I ran the web site for ten years and posted about 10,000 stories. Even though the site is no longer active, I still get over 50,000 monthly pageviews.
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org Peace Corps Online]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org Peace Corps Online]
 
* [http://peacecorpslibrary.org/ Peace Corps Library]
 
* [http://peacecorpslibrary.org/ Peace Corps Library]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Peace_Corps_Sharp_Incident_in_Kazahkstan The Peace Corps "Sharp Incident" in Kazakhstan]
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Peace_Corps_Sharp_Incident_in_Kazahkstan The Peace Corps "Sharp Incident" in Kazakhstan]
* [http://peacecorpswriters.org/pages/2001/0111/111hpnogv.html Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Nomination of Gaddi Vasquez as Peace Corps Director]
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* [http://peacecorpswriters.org/pages/2001/0111/111hpnogv.html My Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Nomination of Gaddi Vasquez as Peace Corps Director]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/3212158.html An Interview with Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/3212158.html An Interview with Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2023627.html An Interview with Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez]
 
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2023627.html An Interview with Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez]
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===Personal===
 
===Personal===
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Dr._S._J._Pickens Dr. S. J. Pickens] October 21, 2017
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Dr._S._J._Pickens Dr. S. J. Pickens] October 21, 2017
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* [https://www.poncacitynews.com/news/pickens-museum-opens-exhibition?fbclid=IwAR0qaf1pR6-_OUSK0fP2-rbKLq4t77DyxkQCm-1N83nTW_H9EV5RO0mIP2Q Pickens Museum Opens New Exhibit Honoring Dr. S. J. Pickens]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Covid_Survivor I Am a Covid Survivor] December 27,2020
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Anger_and_the_Guilt_I_can_Handle_-_It%27s_the_%27Missing_Her%27_I_Can%27t_Stand The Anger and the Guilt I can Handle - It's the 'Missing Her' I Can't Stand] June 1, 2018
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=The_Anger_and_the_Guilt_I_can_Handle_-_It%27s_the_%27Missing_Her%27_I_Can%27t_Stand The Anger and the Guilt I can Handle - It's the 'Missing Her' I Can't Stand] June 1, 2018
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Covid_Survivor I Am a Covid Survivor] December 27,2020
 
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=America%27s_Fresh_Water_Submarines My Uncle Donald and America's Fresh Water Submarines in World War II] (>90,000 pageviews)
 
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=America%27s_Fresh_Water_Submarines My Uncle Donald and America's Fresh Water Submarines in World War II] (>90,000 pageviews)
 
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Hugh and Dr. S. J. Pickens
Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 with whom she recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.
Pickens Museum opens on NOC Tonkawa Campus. Pictured (L-R): Dr. Cheryl Evans, NOC President, Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum, and Sheri Snyder, NOC Vice President for Development and Community Relations. (photo by John Pickard/Northern Oklahoma College)

Hugh Pickens (Po-Hi '67) is a physicist who has explored for oil in the Amazon jungle, commissioned microwave communications systems across the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia, and built satellite control stations for Goddard Space Flight Center in Australia, Antarctica, Guam, and other locations around the world. Retired in 1999, Pickens and his wife of 33 years moved from Baltimore back to his hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005 where he cultivates his square foot garden, mows seven acres of lawn, writes about local history, photographs events at the Poncan Theatre, produces the annual Oklahoma Pride series with his wife at Ponca Playhouse, and recently sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 75 years. Pickens is presently in the process of planning the construction of an Art Museum in Northern Oklahoma. Pickens can be contacted at hughpickens@gmail.com. Pickens is a covid survivor and a stroke survivor.

Personal Statement

Most days you will find me sitting in my easy chair with an HP laptop or a book in front of me. I enjoy intellectual pursuits: studying, writing, reading, researching, analyzing, and predicting. During my off time I like riding the backroads of Oklahoma in my hot rod, working out, watching old movies on TCM, playing games like chess or dominoes, participating in community theatre, and, my secret pleasure, reading trashy detective novels by John D. MacDonald. I enjoy theater and concerts and I go to NYC several times a year to see Broadway shows and visit galleries and museums.

Pickens' Publishing

In 1996, Pickens edited and published ''My Life In Review: Have I Been Lucky of What?'', the memoirs of Jack Crandall, professor of history at SUNY Brockport. Since 2001 Pickens has edited and published “Peace Corps Online,” serving over one million monthly pageviews. Pickens' other writing includes contributing over 2,000 stories to “Slashdot: News for Nerds,” and articles for Wikipedia, and “Ponca City, We Love You”. Pickens has written the following articles available on his wiki at Research and Ideas.

History and Biography

I enjoy doing in-depth research on one person and writing a detailed biography of lesser known events or figures. I like to find someone, an artist, a politician, a former Peace Corps Director, or an Oklahoman, that I like and am interested in learning more about them and writing their biography from scratch. I started and filled out dozens of biographies when I wrote for Wikipedia back in the stone age in the early 2000's when they were getting started. But Wikipedia became too bureaucratic and political for me so now I research and write biographies on my own mediawiki platform. (I only make anonymous edits to Wikipedia now usually on the discussion pages.)

Science and Technology

I have a degree in physics from SUNY in 1970 and have worked in science and technology my entire career. I have held such disparate jobs as Geophysical Observer on a geological survey crew in the amazon jungle, running a portable hydrocarbon detection laboratory on an oil rig, systems engineer for the microwave communications system and supervisory control system on the 800-mile long Trans-Andean Pipeline, independent contractor to Collins Radio in 1979 installing, commissioning, and testing microwave repeater stations all over Saudi Arabia, military advisor to the Royal Saudi Navy on naval communications, navigation, and fire control systems (1980 - 84), project engineer, then project manager for Bendix Fields Engineering (later becoming AlliedSignal Technical Services, then Honeywell Technical Services) from 1984 until my retirement in 1999.

Business and Investing

I am a speculator and enjoy designing and executing trading strategies that exploit market inefficiencies through my assessment and evaluation of information asymmetries, market psychology, and human emotion. Over the years I have put together several open-source histories of companies I am interested in including micro-caps that I have invested in.

Ponca City, Oklahoma

I was born and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, a town of about 25,000 somewhat isolated in North Central Oklahoma (a two hour drive to the nearest metropolitan areas in Tulsa, OKC, and Wichita.). After I left Ponca City to go to college, I worked overseas and on the East Coast for 30 years. But my wife and I came back to Ponca after our retirement in 1999.

Ponca City is an interesting amalgam of historical developments including being being founded and created from scratch during and after the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893, becoming an oil boom town in the 1920's, home of the "Palace on the Prairie" built by oil magnate E.W. Marland, home to Conoco's R&D facility employing hundreds of Phd.'s in the 1950's, 60's and 70's giving Ponca a character of a university town, and finally the continual influence of Native American tribes on our history especially the Ponca tribe and Osage Nation. Some interesting articles I have researched and written about Ponca City include:

Pickens Museum

I plan to build a 15,000 ft2 art museum here in the heartland in the next few years. In the meantime I am exhibiting art in three locations: City Central in Ponca City, at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and here in a 10,000 ft2 facility at my home.

Art

Peace Corps Writing

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru from 1970 - 73 working with the Peruvian Ministry of Education teaching high school science teachers how to build lab equipment out of simple, cheap materials. In 2000 I started "Peace Corps Online" to document the work volunteers are doing around the world both during and after the Peace Corps Service. I ran the web site for ten years and posted about 10,000 stories. Even though the site is no longer active, I still get over 50,000 monthly pageviews.

Personal

Phillips 66

Conoco and Phillips 66 announced on November 18, 2001 that their boards of directors had unanimously approved a definitive agreement for a "merger of equals". The merged company, ConocoPhillips, became the third-largest integrated U.S. energy company based on market capitalization and oil and gas reserves and production. On November 11, 2011 ConocoPhillips announced that Phillips 66 would be the name of a new independent oil and gasoline refining and marketing firm, created as ConocoPhillips split into two companies. ConocoPhillips kept the current name of the company and concentrated on oil exploration and production side while Phillips 66 included refining, marketing, midstream, and chemical portions of the company. Photo: Hugh Pickens all rights reserved.

For nearly 100 years oil refining has provided the bedrock of Ponca City's local economy and shaped the character of our community. Today the Ponca City Refinery is the best run and most profitable of Phillips 66's fifteen worldwide refineries. The purpose of this collection of reports is to provide a comprehensive overview of Phillips 66's business that documents and explains the company's business strategy and execution of that strategy.

Safety, Environment, Legal


Corporate


Strategic and Financial


Business Segments


Stock Market


Reference

Refining Business Segment


Increasing Profitability in Refining Business Segment


Detailed Look at Ponca City Refinery


Other Phillips Refineries


Other Locations