Klineberg has been conducting an annual survey of the city for the last 35 years. When the study began, oil and gas accounted for more than 80% of the city's economy; now it's half that. The medical center alone - the largest medical complex in the world - has more than 100,000 workers, in fifty-nine institutions, occupying an area larger than Chicago's Loop. Houston's port is the second-busiest in the country. The city added more than 700,000 jobs between 2000 and 2014, almost twice the number of jobs created in New York City.
The astronauts represented the best of America, it seemed to me. They were marvelously accomplished but surprisingly modest; serious but upbeat; and of course their courage was unquestioned.