Marlan Downey receives AAPG’s highest honor, the Sidney Powers Award, at the Annual Convention & Exhibition in Denver, Colorado June 7, 2009.

Imagine you are about to accept the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, the highest honor AAPG can bestow. The award goes only to those individuals who have made “the most distinguished and outstanding contributions to petroleum geology.”

Would you be:
(a) Reflecting on a successful career, or…
(b) Thinking about urban electricity and the sewers in San Antonio?

There’s no suspense. Everyone is going to choose (a), except Marlan.

See for yourself: