F. Carter Smith Portfolio

Japan is Jamazing!

After spending 17 days overseas, I have a new appreciation and admiration for the mystical, magical, quirky culture and technological precision of daily life. The population was unabashedly friendly and helpful, and my experience was life-changing. Walking through the Imperial Palace Gardens in Tokyo, I found this flower growing from a centuries-old foundation wall. Thank you, Japan.


These Astros Are A Lot of Fun!

When they swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last week, our home team took over first place in the American League West division.These kids are really enjoying themselves, and so are the fans. The stadium has not been this loud since their only World Series appearance ten years ago (when we were in the National League .. still a sore subject). The young players could soon become household names as there is a lot of talent. Good luck Club Astros!




The Sounds of Houston Shout Out

Sugar Hill Recording studios producer, president and chief executive Dan Workman opened the doors to the public Saturday to celebrate 74 years of music recording history made by artists from the Big Bopper to Beyonce. Photo c-2015 F. Carter Smith

For more photos, see my web gallery: Sugar Hill Open House 



"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"


Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful that our family is together once again to celebrate all the gifts life gives us. Best wishes to all with hopes that your weekend is full of laughter and music and whatever makes you happy.







Halliburton's Dave Lesar was ready to go hostile in takeover bid of rival Baker Hughes

 Halliburton's Dave Lesar posed for me in 2007. Photo ©2007-F. Carter Smith

News reports have surfaced that the deal was just consummated for $34.6B dollars. Lesar also stated that recent low gasoline prices are short-lived.

During his 14 years leading Halliburton Co. , Chief Executive Dave Lesar has faced down criticism over some big issues.

The company’s no-bid contract to provide logistical support for the U.S. military in Iraq, for example. A Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into construction work in Nigeria. Halliburton’s work on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig before it exploded in 2010. And, most recently, Halliburton’s role as a leader in hydraulic fracturing, which has come under fire from many environmental groups.

Now Mr. Lesar, 61 years old, is facing criticism over his hostile bid to take over Baker Hughes Inc . The smaller oil-field services rival, in an email to Mr. Lesar, described Halliburton’s actions as intransigent and inappropriate.

Baker Hughes didn’t release any responses Halliburton might have written, and a A Halliburton spokeswoman declined to comment. (WSJ)