All posts by Team Pickens

T. Boone Pickens’ Iconic Conference Table Heads to Cabinet Room in Oklahoma Governor’s Office

Oklahoma State University has announced that a conference table used daily by the late legendary philanthropist T. Boone Pickens will be lent to the Oklahoma governor’s Cabinet Room for the next decade.

In one of his last acts, Pickens sold his conference room table and its 22 chairs to Gary and Claudia Humphreys, who in turn donated the table set to OSU. Humphreys is co-founder, executive chairman and CEO of Vista Proppants and Logistics LLC.


Funeral service to honor the life and legacy of T. Boone Pickens

The funeral service to honor the life and legacy of T. Boone Pickens has been set for invited family, friends and dignitaries at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 19, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, Texas. The general public is invited and encouraged to view the services in Wesley … Continue reading Funeral service to honor the life and legacy of T. Boone Pickens


T. Boone Pickens’ Annual Letter to the Oklahoma State Fan Base

Back in 2007, prior to the University of Georgia game with Oklahoma State in Athens, I sat with the media and gave my perspective on all things OSU football. I’ve carried that tradition forward annually, putting my thoughts in a letter in recent years as health issues have gotten the better of me. It’s a tradition I hope to continue as long as I can.

“As long as I can…” That’s a sobering notion, more, I suspect, for me than for you. I’m a lifelong geologist, and, as a whole, we’re a pretty optimistic bunch. I love to tell the story – over and over – about the geologist who fell off a 10-story building and, whizzing past the fifth floor, hollered, “I’m not dead yet.”  At 91, I’m grateful for every added day, week, month and year.

However, I’m realistic about being close to the finish line. And I’m working diligently to complete projects as quickly as I can and tie up any loose ends.


An energy independent future for America is in sight – but more needs to be done

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Pickens Plan launch. I began my crusade during the 2008 presidential campaign because I felt that it was necessary to refocus America’s attention on the need for energy independence from OPEC oil. 11 years later, the current state of US energy is stronger than ever. However, more needs to be done.

That is why I like to consider this day to be a special holiday I call “Energy Independence Day.” I celebrate today by honoring the dedicated members of the Pickens Plan, leaders in Washington who promote energy reform, and the commitment of millions of Americans to break our addiction to OPEC oil. I hope you will join me in taking a moment to reflect on the progress we have collectively made so that we may continue to focus on leveraging an “all of the above” strategy as it relates to energy. 


A historic moment for veterinary medicine and the agriculture industry in Texas

As Dr. Guy Loneragan, Dean of the Texas Tech veterinary school, says: “Texas has one of the best veterinary institutions in the country, but it can only supply about 25 percent of the new veterinary workforce every year. The state has outgrown what any one institution can provide by many fold over.”

To address this problem that our state is facing, state legislators and the governor recently approved a budget that fully funds the appropriation requested for this session ($17.4 million) for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine to be located in Amarillo. The new school will be located on the same campus as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, bringing a new and innovative approach to veterinary education to our state.

Texas Tech’s veterinary school will support the agricultural community, an important industry that fuels our state’s economy, and it will provide educational opportunities for new generations of Texans. State funding will unlock more than $90 million that has been raised by generous donors and communities in Texas who strongly believe in Texas Tech’s veterinary school.


If this table could talk

Imagine being able to buy a priceless piece of history – a piece of history that has been the site of heady conversations with presidents, athletes, journalists, titans of industry, and others, sitting around with me talking about deals, investments, and the future of our country. This piece of history – my conference room table – featured this past week in a Dallas Morning News story can be yours. For a price.