Audio Recording Gordie Keenan interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-29. Gordie Keenan, Higman Marine Services, interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-29

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[ Photograph of Gordie Keenan with Douglas Dunn, pilot (seated), of Higman Marine Services, in the wheelhouse of the M/V ORANGE, 2012-08-29 ]
[ Photograph of Randall Spann (left), steersman, and Sean McDonald (right), steersman, of Higman Marine Services, by the stern deck of the M/V ORANGE, 2012-08-29 ]

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Title
Gordie Keenan interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-29.
Other Title
Gordie Keenan, Higman Marine Services, interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-29
Summary
Gordie Keenan was born in 1954, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was educated in Rochester, New York, and later attended the State University of New York Maritime College. He moved to Houston in 1991 and has worked for Higman Marine Services, Inc. since 2005, where he was asked to run the personnel side of the business. Keenan describes his maritime career working different roles at Exxon and in several privately-owned towboat companies. He provides insight into ways the towboat industry has reformed itself to become more professional over the last few decades. This interview was accompanied by two photographs of employees: Douglas Dunn, pilot (with Gordie Keenan); Randall Spann, steersman; and Sean McDonald, steersman, of Higman Marine Services, Inc.
Contributor Names
Keenan, Gordie, 1954- interviewee.
Potoczniak, Anthony, interviewer, recordist.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2012-08-29.
Subject Headings
-  Keenan, Gordie,--1954---Interviews
-  Houston Yacht Club
-  Marine engineers--Texas--Houston--Interviews
-  Towboats--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Marine engineering
-  Teams in the workplace
-  Marine accidents--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Employees--Recruiting
-  Employees--Training of
-  Occupations--Texas
-  Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
-  Channelview (Tex.)--event place
Genre
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Notes
-  Recorded at the Regional offices of Higman Marine Services, Inc., Channelview, Texas, August 29, 2012.
-  Interviewer's note: The interviewee provides a broad perspective of an industry that has been undergoing an important transformational process over the last two decades since the Exxon Valdez incident in 1989. In particular, there is an industry-wide effort to create and sustain a culture of professionalism across all maritime areas and professions that centers around organizations' efforts to learn from the lessons of the past and focus on long term strategies to improve maritime services and its overall image in the community. Gordie Keenan's story is reflective of this effort to reinforce this culture of professionalism by 1) attracting youth and raising awareness about the range of work opportunities in an aging industry, and 2) creating programs and activities that encourage career development and stability; 3) rewarding employees for their important contributions. The interview also shows how the towboat industry reflects generally how new practices are being implemented at the local level to improve the industry as a whole.
-  Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006: 00334) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  Gordon Keenan, Vice President, Training and Credentialing at Higman Barge Lines, Channelview, Texas.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  In English.
Medium
1 sound file (WAV) (01:34 hour) : digital, sound.
2 photographs : digital, JPEG files, color .
transcript 1 item (.pdf) : text files.
Source Collection
Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2012/006: 00334
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/folklife.home
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afc2012006.afc2012006_00334
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afc2012006.afc2012006_00334_ph01
afc2012006.afc2012006_00334_ph02
Library of Congress Control Number
2016655461
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Gordie Keenan was born in 1954, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was educated in Rochester, New York, and later attended the State University of New York Maritime College. He moved to Houston in 1991 and has worked for Higman Marine Services, Inc. since 2005, where he was asked to run the personnel side of the business. Keenan describes his maritime career working different roles at Exxon and in several privately-owned towboat companies. He provides insight into ways the towboat industry has reformed itself to become more professional over the last few decades. This interview was accompanied by two photographs of employees: Douglas Dunn, pilot (with Gordie Keenan); Randall Spann, steersman; and Sean McDonald, steersman, of Higman Marine Services, Inc.
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Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

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Keenan, Gordie, Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Gordie Keenan interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -08-29. -08-29, 2012. Pdf. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2016655461/.

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Keenan, G., Potoczniak, A. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2012) Gordie Keenan interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -08-29. -08-29. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2016655461/.

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Keenan, Gordie, Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Gordie Keenan interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -08-29. -08-29, 2012. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016655461/>.