Agadir - The plane touched down in the heat of summer of 1977 in Tulsa’s airport coming from Denver, Colorado of which we, International exchange students, did not experience much as it was only a transit location on our great trip across the USA. I heard and read quite a lot about Oklahoma State before I got to Tulsa. My dream had been to get a chance to visit Oklahoma City mainly because I knew it hosted the largest Cowboy Museum in the U.S. as I was such a fervent fan of western movies and Rodeos back then. I did not make it to Oklahoma City, but instead, I got “saluted” and welcomed to Tulsa by the gigantic statue of the Oil Driller that represents, I would say, the city and its booming oil drilling activities.

Mohamed El Hassan Abou El Fadel is Morocco World News contributor and co-editor