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Tenneco Retiree Club Newsletter

Volume XXXII, No. 2, May 2011

Newsletter Contents

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Spring Barbeque Winter Luncheon Report Door Prize Winners Membership News Who's Where Doing What Directory & Newsletter News Military Stories TGP's Muskrat Line History Project Update 10. Explorer Day Trip Reports 11. Future Day Trips 12. Fishing in Uruguay 13. Website News 14. In Memoriam 15. Club Notes 16. A Chuckle 17. Barbeque Reservation Form

Bear Creek Park Barbeque Is Just Around The Corner!

Once again, it's time for barbeque! Your Club is hosting the first of two Bear Creek Park gatherings this year on Friday, May 20th. (We'll have another one in the fall.) Remember, no speakers, no formal program - just good food and good friends. As always, Trigg's Barbeque is set to provide us with a great spread so come hungry! This will be a great opportunity for all our members (new and veteran) to mingle and visit so please plan on participating with everyone on this great occasion! Please complete your reservation form (to be found elsewhere in this newsletter ­ or download and print it if you are receiving your newsletter via the internet) and mail it in. Date: Friday, May 20th Place: Bear Creek Park, Pavilion #6 (call any board member if you need directions) Time: 11:00 a.m. - Social Hour; BBQ at Noon - Soft drinks, $2; beer, $3; wine $5 Cost: Members ­ $12 per person; Guests ­ $14 per person Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find a reservation form to complete and mail in with your check. Be sure and complete your reservation form and mail it in before the deadline (which is May 16th). Important Note: Please mail your reservations to Mary McClanahan at her address shown on the reservation form. This is the only address you should use for reservations.

Please Don't Leave Bear Creek Park Too Early! ­ by Mike Kees

This is a repeat from our last newsletter but it still applies so please read on! Since we only meet four times a year, it seems maybe we should extend these visits just a little bit. Granted the pre-barbeque social hour is great but why rush off as soon as you eat?! Consider hanging around, let all that good food settle a bit and continue visiting with everyone. Hey, we're retired ­ we've got the time!

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2011 Winter Luncheon Held At Vargo's Restaurant

By Bill Ledbetter & Mike Kees

It was great to see so many of our members turn out for our Annual Winter Luncheon at Vargo's. The peacocks were very plentiful and the azaleas & dogwood trees were just beginning to bloom in the restaurant's lovely setting. Our service was a little slow but the food was very good. We had 111 reservations made with 107 actually attending the event. This total included 2 guests and at least 1 new member. Our featured speaker was Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale. His presentation regarding his company's 2010 fire and its aftermath was very inspiring. During the rebuilding process he never looked back but kept looking forward. That's probably a good lesson for everyone. He appeared surprised by our Happy Birthday greetings. We are appreciative that he was able to work us into his busy schedule. Earl Sturgeon announced all upcoming Explorer day trips and signed up several to make these always popular excursions. (See our website or latest newsletter to learn more details.) Be sure and contact Earl to reserve your seat! It was great being with everyone and we're looking forward to the Bear Creek Park barbeque on May 20th. Be sure and mark your calendars.

Seated ­ JoAnn Hibbs, Dick & Mary Scroggin; Standing ­ Claire Sinclair at Vargo's Luncheon

Check out several more pictures taken at Vargo's on our website! Door Prize Winners The following Winter Luncheon attendees were door prize winners based on the drawings held at our luncheon's conclusion. Each of these folks will receive a free meal at our Barbeque to be held on May 20th at Bear Creek Park. The lucky winners were: Francis Foote Rodger Garrison Bob Cayce Jeff Stagg

Be sure and attend so your name will be in the hat for a free meal at our next event! -2-

Welcome New & Returning Members! ­ by Joe Keen, Jeff Stagg & Mike Kees

Again, we are pleased to welcome new members to our Club as of April 18th in two different categories! First, here are some folks who are new to our group, having worked for and/or retired from the company. These include: Clint L. (Tenneco Inc.) & Norma Greenwood, William H. (Tenneco Inc.) & Anita Sitter, James R. "Jim" (Tenneco Polymers) & Muffin Clark and Alan Cruthers (Tenneco Gas). We also have 2 spouses of some existing members who are joining us for the first time. These are: Dianne S. Henry whose husband, Billy, retired from TGP; and Nancy Gray whose husband, John, retired from TOC ­ E&P We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at our May Barbeque as well as at our annual winter luncheon and our Christmas Luncheon. And don't forget all our monthly day trips! As you know, your Club has an ongoing effort to reach out to all former Tenneco employees to encourage their participation in our organization. Please keep your eyes and ears open for any former associates and invite them to join our group! Here are the qualifications required of new members. (This statement appears on our website's home page but is repeated here for your convenience): Membership Qualifications: Membership privileges shall be offered to former employees of Tenneco Inc., its divisions and subsidiaries, who at their termination of employment from Tenneco Inc. or one of its divisions or subsidiaries had a minimum of one year's service and were eligible for re-employment (herein called retirees), and the spouses of such retirees. Also, spouses of deceased retirees and their spouses are eligible for membership. Help us get the word out to any and all potential members. You know there are still quite a few candidates out there! As of April 18th we have 737 members enrolled in your Club. If you have any inquiries or need any corrections to your record, please refer them to our Membership Chair Joe Keen, at 713-868-4874 or at [email protected] You may also visit the Club's website at www.tennecoretiree.com for a downloadable application form. Please remember that contact information for all members is password protected, is contained on our website and is available to all current members only!

Who's Where Doing What? ­ by Larry Loyd

We heard from Noah J. Matthews this month. Noah worked with Jim Mayfield (1982-84) in the Pipeline Planning Department until Jim retired. Noah then assumed the work that Jim had done as Manager of Underground Gas Storage for many years. He was with Tenneco and Tennessee Gas Pipeline until 1989. Since then he has continued a career as Gas Storage and reservoir engineer, consulting with other major gas and oil companies, gas utilities, the US DOE /EPA and private developers. Noah still lives in Houston and is still working. Bernadette Jacobs writes to tell us that she became a great-grandmother in December 2010. He is an adorable baby named Charlie. She wants to get back playing golf with some new light weight "Senior Ladies" clubs. She still plays Bridge and Bingo, but rarely goes to the Casino anymore. Thanks to all who have contributed to the information we share here in each newsletter. Everyone likes to hear what our fellow Tenneco folks are doing, what activities you're involved in, what trips you've taken, the volunteer work you're doing, and simply what's going on in your life. Keep those cards and letters coming! You can just jot down information on the back of your Luncheon reservation, or send information to me at [email protected], or Larry L. Loyd at 5518 Judalon, Houston, Texas 77056.

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Directory & Newsletter News - by Mike Kees

By now you should have received your 2011 ­ 2012 Tenneco Retiree Club Membership Directory. As you know, we publish a full directory every other year and a supplement in between. We hope we got everyone's information correctly entered. We encourage you to look over the publication and let us know of any errors you see or updates that need to be made. Of course, if you have elected to access the directory online, you will not have received this mailing but we still encourage you to check your record and verify its accuracy. If you're not already doing so and you would like to receive your newsletter copy electronically, please send a note to our Webmaster at [email protected], contact our Membership Chairman, Joe Keen, or any board member stating your preference. Feel free to print out a copy on your home PC or simply view it online - your choice. Of course, you are free to revert back to a printed copy at any time. Those who elect the online option will receive an email from our Webmaster announcing the newsletter's availability. That message includes two clickable links. Click on one to download the current newsletter; click on the other to download the associated luncheon or barbeque meeting reservation form (which you will need to print out, complete, and mail in for your meal reservation). Important: If you elect to receive your newsletter electronically, you will need to print out the associated meal reservation page in order to mail it in with your check to reserve your place at our upcoming Spring Barbeque.

Military Stories ­ Do You Have One?

As you know by now we're always looking for any military experiences from out there among our members. If you have one, feel free to either email or postal mail your remembrances to Mike Kees, ([email protected] or 1807 Rustic Oak Lane, Seabrook, Texas 77586). We'll be more than happy to help you with a little editing if you so desire. This applies to World War II, Korean War or Vietnam War experiences - or simply the military in general. Once these stories are submitted and published in our newsletter they will also be made available online under the Retiree's Profile tab on our website.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline's Muskrat Line ­ A Little History ­ by Jason Theriot

Editor's Note: Jason Theriot is a native of south Louisiana. He grew up in the oil field and in the coastal marshes. He is finishing a doctorate in history at the University of Houston. His dissertation is titled: "Building America's Energy Corridor: Oil & Gas Development and Louisiana's Wetlands." Jason may be reached via email at [email protected] Photos courtesy of Tennessee Gas archives, El Paso, Corp., Houston, Texas. This article is dated March 18, 2011. This article was brought to our attention by Club Member George Benoit. Throughout the last half of the 20th Century, the building of pipelines and canals through coastal Louisiana contributed greatly to the development of America's Energy Corridor. Pipelines provided the crucial link for bringing the petroleum resources of the Louisiana Gulf Coast and offshore to the American consumer. The technologies evolved over time, as the industry adapted to various wetland conditions. The images presented here illustrate the types of equipment used to lay pipelines in the marsh during the 1950s, when energy production in the coastal zone dramatically increased to feed the growing demand for cheap fuel in the postwar America. When they first entered the Louisiana marshes, pipeliners applied traditional dry-land equipment and techniques to lay pipelines. In areas with relatively firm marsh conditions, such as Pecan Island, crews deployed board roads, caterpillar tractors with side booms, and ditch digging equipment to lay pipelines.

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Tractors laying pipeline, Pecan Island, 1950 As the industry migrated toward the Delta region and the quantity of natural gas production increased with new discoveries and greater demand, pipeliners had to come up with innovative and cost-effective techniques to lay larger diameter pipelines through extremely difficult marsh terrain. By installing traditional pipelaying equipment on floating barges, pipeline companies established an efficient system for continuous pipelaying operations under marine conditions. The "push method" used 55-gallon drums as pontoons to float the welded sections of pipeline into a small canal. Using cables and a crane on the barge, crews welded the sections together and "pushed" the pipeline into the pipe ditch for final installation. For much larger diameter pipelines, e.g. greater than 24-inches, companies used specially designed "lay barges" that measured 600 feet long and carried a crew of 75 men.

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In order to provide access for these large lay barges through the wetlands, the companies had to first dig 40 foot wide by 10 foot deep floatation canals. Barge-mounted draglines using large clamshell buckets moved ahead of the pipelay operations to dig the main canal. The spoil removed from the dredging operations was placed on the side of the canal creating a continuous spoil bank. The vast majority of the canals were not backfilled, but were plugged at various intervals to prevent trespassers and salt water intrusion from entering the area. By the 1950s, the heavy-duty pipelay barge with floatation canal method became the industry standard. For the next three decades, the industry built many miles of open pipeline canals through the Louisiana wetlands.

Flotation canal with lay barge method, TGP "Muskrat Line," 1956 In 1956, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) completed the "Muskrat Line," one of the largest pipelines ever constructed in the Louisiana marshes. Nearly the entire length of the 355-mile "Muskrat Line" was built using floatation and push canals. This system became the backbone for TGP's coastal and offshore operations and one of the many building blocks for expanding America's Energy Corridor after World War II.

Advertisement for "Muskrat Line," cir. 1956 -6-

History of Tenneco Update ­ by Gary Cheatham

In mid-January we received the two final chapters and epilog of the History of Tenneco. It consisted of about 228 pages of text without photographs and represented the Company history through mid-1971 when Gardiner Symonds died. As you may recall, we originally contemplated writing a second volume which would illustrate the more recent Tenneco history and ending about 1996 when the last energy asset was sold and Newport News was spun off. Our plans have changed dramatically. We are in the process of revising the original draft, expanding the text to describe in more detail the conglomerate era and to record the eventual dissolution of the diversified Company. This involves compressing two volumes into a one volume corporate history. In addition, we have enlisted two former employees to share their recollections of Gardiner Symonds and the culture he created which became known as "Tenneco." Since we are also employing the services of an additional professional writer, we do not yet have a revised completion date and publishing schedule. Our object remains the same as always, to portray the history of a great Company which we were proud to serve.

Tenneco Retiree Club Day Trip Reports - by Earl Sturgeon

Visit Liberty Opry ­ Saturday, February 5, 2011 We always try to schedule shows like the Liberty Opry in the coldest and hottest times of the year so we will be exposed, just a little, to the elements. As you recall the week prior to this date gave us five continuous days of freezing or near freezing weather. Friday was to be the day we received sleet and snow but instead we had a small amount of rain that froze immediately. It covered our yards and the roads with a thin layer of ice. All of the freeways and toll roads were closed and this town was essentially shut down. There was considerable concern as to whether our bus would be available for our Saturday trip. Fortunately the weather warmed and we had no trouble making the trip. What a difference a day makes. This is the seventh consecutive year we have attended the Liberty Opry once or twice. In all of this length of time we have never had our evening meal in the town of Liberty. We have either eaten before we left Houston or somewhere along the way. This time we made a change and had our meal at Ann's Seafood Restaurant in Liberty. Their menu included just about every seafood from alligator to oysters along with pork and beef. We were very pleased with the quality and generous portions of the food along with the service and the reasonable pricing. When we arrive our places were set and sides of coleslaw and beans were already on the tables. This is one meal that I can say we all thoroughly enjoyed. We were only a few blocks from the theater and thanks to the very efficient serving of our meal we had plenty of time to obtain our tickets for the show, look around and find our seats. The Liberty Opry has been in existence sixteen years under three different managements. This was the first show we have seen under the latest management and we have seen shows under the previous two. Each change in management also creates change in personnel, show production and policies. The Liberty Opry Band only has about two of the original members and about the same number of other regular performers. Each show includes about four guest performers that are brought in for just that show. The Opry has about four or five basic shows that are rotated, each with their regular personnel and the special guests. On this night their production was the All Gospel Show. It was selected because it was the only regular show we had not seen and it has proven to be their most popular event. The opening number was by the Opry Band that consists of seven very talented individuals. Then there was a mixture of vocalists, male and female, regular and special guests. The Gospel Songs were a wide mixture of the Oldie Goldies, some very new songs and many in between. All were well received by the audience.

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The lead guest vocalist was Lee Garner. He is a nice looking man with a beautiful voice. He sang several songs before and after intermission. The second starring performance was an act by Trish Gainey and her son Calvin Gainey. Trish has a strong voice and her son plays a mean keyboard and sings along with his mother on some numbers. There were also two other guest performers.

Lee Garner & the Opry Band, Liberty Opry Trip

For a change of pace Booger Lee performed a comedy skit. Booger, a very rotund person, is one of the few original performers still around. He is very good at telling humorous stories. At the Intermission ticket numbers are drawn for prizes donated by area merchants. Our group has always done well in winning the prizes. On this night only Rita Spencer won a prize - a box of candy. This was the first time Jane Cook has attended and did not win something. Next door there is a snack bar the size of the theater that serves refreshments. During this time all of the entertainers make themselves available to visit with the patrons. The second half of the show has about the same format as the first part. All of the participants come on stage and participate in the grand finale. It was very good show enjoyed by all of the Explorers. A member of the new management team came on board our bus after the performance and thanked us for our attendance. We were also recognized during the show as a large group. Our drive back to Houston was very quiet and restful. Check out several more pictures taken of this trip on our website!

Visit Shangri La Gardens (Orange, Texas) ­ March 24, 2011 It was a beautiful day for a trip to see the gardens - not too hot and not too cool. After the usual cancellations we still ended up with a full bus and everyone arrived on time. On our arrival in Orange at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center we were warmly welcomed by Holly Hansen, their Group Tour Director. She explained to us what our day would be like and how our group would be split up.

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We entered the Orientation Room and viewed the exhibits on display. Afterwards we sat down and saw an eight minute film that told the history of the gardens. H. J. Lutcher Stark is, no doubt, the most prominent resident in the history of Orange. His money was made primarily in timber and he was an outstanding philanthropist during his lifetime, and afterwards, through his Foundation. In 1937 Mr. Stark started work on his dream of developing a botanical garden. In 1946 his oasis was opened to the public. By 1950 his work became a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. All went well until 1958 when a major ice and snowstorm killed the majority of his plants and the Gardens were closed to the public. Mr. Stark died in 1965 and the Gardens remained more or less dormant for 50 years, reopening under his Foundation in 2008. We now divided into two groups - one would tour the Gardens and the other would take a boat trip on the bayou. The Garden group was further divided into two groups of ten persons with each one having its guide. We learned first that Shangri La was designed with the term "Green" in mind. Some of the Green features are solar panels, a geothermal well system, waterless urinals, floor coverings from renewable materials and plastic walkways. The Garden is laid out in what they call "Rooms" with each one having a theme. Some are formal and some are not. Each one has a beauty of its own. Azaleas are by far the dominant plant. They are all pretty but very small. The ones we are used to seeing around Houston are much larger. This may be because a lot of plants were lost during our recent freeze and the replacements are still small. Water ponds, large and small, are used heavily in the design as well as grassy areas. One of the highlights of the tour was a Bird Blind that allows the visitors to view many birds nesting on the 15 acre Ruby Lake. Egrets seem to be the largest in number but 17 species are represented. They estimate that the lake provides a home for 5,000 birds annually. In the blind was a TV set showing a close up of one of the nest. We saw a camera on a stump in the water that appeared to be powered by a nearby solar panel. We decided this camera was producing the picture we were seeing on the TV screen. Bird watchers could have a field day here.

Lee Roy Cates observing the 1,236 year old Pond Cypress tree located in Shangri La Gardens

The Garden tour took about two hours and we traveled in a circle. The total length was a little over one mile. Toward the end were several greenhouses. There were some beautiful plants growing. I guess the highlight here would be the orchids. They had many different types. We had been out in the sun for about two hours so we were ready for a break and were very pleased it was now time for lunch. The other group of Explorers returned from their boat trip and they were already eating. There is a small food facility on the site that serves short orders. Since time is an important factor on any tour Shangri La recommends people preorder box lunches. This is what we did and we had a choice of six different items in the sandwich and salad categories. We were hungry and we thought the food was good - certainly adequate and served timely. -9-

We were able to pose for our group picture before our afternoon activities commenced. The two groups switched guides and were off to see what the other group had seen in the morning. Our group was to go on the Outpost Boat Tour. On the way to the dock we stopped at the Nature Discovery Center where several interesting exhibits were seen. The boat was flat and open, capable of holding about 22 people. The female guide and male driver were constantly bantering back and forth in a friendly manner. We joined in with our comments taking sides occasionally and asked a lot of questions. At the end of the tour the driver told us how much he had enjoyed our being on board. He said some groups just sit there and never say a word. The boat trip was along Adams Bayou that borders one side of Shangri La. It looks like a typical South Louisiana cypress swamp and bayou. Shangri La encompasses about 250 acres with about 30 acres being the formal gardens including Ruby Lake. About 100 acres are being left in its natural state with no plans for man made changes. During the ride we saw two outpost houses on the Shangri La side that are used for group nature studies. On the other side of the bayou we only saw three houses so it is a very desolate area. We did see some herons and egrets sitting in the top of the trees and one owl (the other group claim they saw an alligator but have no pictures to prove it). Also, on the Shangri La side, there is a Pond Cypress tree that the guide says is 1,236 years old. I've never heard of such a thing but she swears it has been scientifically proven. The driver just remained quite. After our two groups got back together there had to be a little time to visit the Gift Shop. Shortly thereafter we were back on the bus headed for home. We did make our traditional stop for our Afternoon Delight in Winnie. I have been to several formal gardens in my life time and no two were of the same design. This statement applies to Shangri La but it is certainly a first class operation. We enjoyed our day immensely and we recommend the place to everyone. Check out several more pictures taken of this trip on our website!

Future trips in the works include the following: · Tuesday, April 19, 2011 ­ Tour of Harris County Precinct 3 - "Precinct 3 On The Road" (This event will be concluded by the time you read this, however because of our editing and printing deadlines, this trip's report will not appear until our next newsletter. It will, however, be posted on our website within a week or so of the trip.) Thursday, May 19, 2011 - Visit Houston Mounted Police (at new Little York location) Thursday, June 16, 2011 - Guided Tour of El Campo Saturday, July 23, 2011 - Liberty Opry - 2:00 PM Matinee performance of Western music Thursday, August 18, 2011 - Tour The Completely Renovated El Paso Corporation Building Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - Astros vs. Phillies Ballgame, 1:05 PM

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Please place these dates on your calendar and contact Earl Sturgeon at 713-467-0063 (or at [email protected]) if you would like to be a part of one or more of the trips listed - or if you have ideas regarding potential future trips. As always, trips fill up fast but there is always the chance of a cancellation so let Earl know if you have any interest! Remember you, too, can be a part of this fun and very popular activity. Give it a shot! It's a great way to spend a retirement day! Be sure and bring along any special guests you'd like to have join us. Simply contact Earl and let him know their names! My Fishing Trip To Uruguay ­ by Jeff Stagg In early April, 3 friends and I flew to Buenos Aries, Argentina, a 10 hour flight from Houston. From Buenos Aries, we flew to Concordia, Argentina. We then took a van to a resort in Salto, Uruguay. For four days, we fished the tail waters of the Grand Salto Dam, home to the largest Golden Dorado known. I fished these same waters in 2007. Unfortunately, we encountered very muddy water. There had been heavy rain in Southern Brazil which left the reservoir muddy and, therefore, also the Uruguay River below the dam. We did not catch very many Dorado, but I did manage to catch one that weighed 30 pounds. My friend Drew caught the largest, a 40 pounder. I was hoping to catch a larger one than I caught in 2007, but the 30 pounder matched my largest catch in 2007. - 10 -

Jeff Stagg (right) and Friends

Website News - by Mike Kees

As always you may reach our webmaster, Allyn Stott at [email protected] Also, please direct any inquires regarding our website via the link on our homepage at www.tennecoretiree.com. Be sure and take the time to log on and check out all the many interesting items that are posted under various tabs for all members to peruse and enjoy. Remember, a lot of our history is contained on ourwebsite! As stated elsewhere, we always have many more pictures associated with all our events that are posted to the site ­ and they're in color! You might even find one or 2 you'd like to download and print for yourself! If you don't have a password to our website, just go to the site's homepage and follow the simple instructions. Be sure and log on frequently and view the updates that are regularly posted. Generally, day trip reports are available (along with photos) a week to 10 days after each event. Also, information about future trips, upcoming meetings, and upcoming luncheons is listed for your convenience. Your Club continues to strongly solicit your stories and your profiles to add to our site. Please consider stepping up to the plate and get your news online! And if you've submitted a profile that needs updating or you have an additional story to add, please don't hesitate to do so. There's no limit! Just send your submissions to Mike Kees at [email protected] or to 1807 Rustic Oak Lane, Seabrook, Texas 77586.

IN MEMORIAM

The following deaths were reported since the publication of our last newsletter: Name John Trimble Merriell K. Larson Lee Roy "Punk" Pankonien Leta Smith Herman Mason Frank McWhorter Phyllis Puntch. James Belding, Sr. Jane Freitag Nellie Henderson Rachael Erickson Robert F. "Bob" Hoctor Passed Away On January 27 February 4 February 5 February 9 March 6 March 27 April 4 April 5 April 5 April 8 April 11 April 15

We offer our sincere condolences to the surviving families of each of these members of our Tenneco family.

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CLUB NOTES

CHANGES OF ADDRESS Changes of postal mailing addresses or telephone numbers should to be given to Allyn Stott by calling 713462-8530, or by email to [email protected], or by postal mail to Allyn as follows: Attn: Tenneco Retiree Club, 7219 Pine Grove, Houston, Texas 77092. When you provide Allyn with a change of address, please be sure that you include your new telephone number and email address, if applicable. DEATHS News of the death or serious illness of a member should be provided directly to Mary McClanahan at 713-4667874 - or her cell ­ 281-287-9726 or to Wanda Schaffner at 713-266-6244 as soon as possible and include as many details as possible. E-MAIL Please send any e-mail address changes directly to our Tenneco Retiree Club Webmaster at [email protected] or, if you so choose, directly to either Allyn Stott at [email protected] or Mike Kees at [email protected] This will allow you to be placed on our emailing list so that you may quickly receive important messages regarding member deaths and other events of note. EMAIL REMINDER - just in case Please double check to make sure the email address we have on file for you is current. If you have not been receiving email notifications about various events, milestones, etc., we may have an incorrect address for you. We certainly don't want you to be `out of the loop' because of some simple typo. Also, if you change email addresses for any reason, please send us an update!

A Chuckle For You

Proof that you can't ever underestimate the creativeness of American boys for mischief. Considering all the brilliant, devious minds we all had in high school back in the day, I don't know how we missed doing this........ At a high school in Montana, a group of students played a prank....they let three goats loose inside the school. But before turning them loose, they painted numbers on the sides of the goats: 1, 2, and 4. School Administrators spent most of the day looking for No. 3......... THE NEWSLETTER News items for the newsletter or corrections should be referred to Mike Kees at [email protected] or 281-474-1225. Postal mail should be directed to Mike at 1807 Rustic Oak Lane, Seabrook, Texas 77586. Your input is strongly solicited! (This newsletter is compiled and edited by Mike Kees. It is formatted for printing by Allyn Stott. It is assembled, collated and mailed under the direction of David Biles and a host of volunteers.)

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PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM AND THEN MAIL THIS ENTIRE PAGE ALONG WITH YOUR CHECK!

For the Friday, May 20, 2011 Tenneco Retiree Club Spring Barbeque to be held at Pavilion No. 6 at Bear Creek Park please reserve ____ place(s) at $12 per person for members (or a Door Prize Drawing Certificate from our last meeting) and ___ places at $14 each per guest. Amount enclosed $ ______

Member name ________________________________________________ Spouse name _________________________________________________ Guest name(s) ________________________________________________ Make checks payable to TENNECO RETIREE CLUB Now, please turn this form over and tell us something about what's going on with you and your family that you would like to share with your fellow Tenneco employees. Hobbies, trips, volunteer activities, grandchildren, military stories, etc., are all eligible topics! Mail this entire form along with your check to:

MARY MCCLANAHAN TENNECO RETIREE CLUB 15601 SHANGHAI STREET HOUSTON, TEXAS 77040-2132

(713-466-7874 or [email protected] if you need to call or write) Please remember that your Club's policy is to NOT ACCEPT walk up payments for any hotel, barbeque or holiday luncheon from any member(s) or guest(s) who has not made payment arrangements in advance of the event day.

PAID RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, MAY 16TH

************************************************************************************ No, I can't make it to the BBQ, but here's some information about what's going on with me that I would like to share. (Please jot down your information on the reverse side of this form and send it to Mary McClanahan at the above address or feel free to send it directly to Larry Loyd at [email protected], or to Larry's home address, 5518 Judalon, Houston, Texas 77056.)

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