Reliable sources say Charles Simmons,Â the Fort WorthÂ energy pioneer, has died. Simmons was theÂ regular companion of Rosewood Mansion founder Caroline Rose HuntÂ (pictured with Simmons in a photo by Jeanne Prejean) and, back in the 1950s, invented a “ball sealer” process used to extract tough-to-get-at oil and gas.
HeÂ was also a blunt-talking, old-schoolÂ politicalÂ conservative who didn’t suffer fools. The last time I saw him, at a Dallas charity fundraiser, he was railing against environmental activists who just say no to industrial progress. “We can drill 1,200 gas wells in the city of Fort Worth, butÂ weÂ can’t drill in Alaska’s”Â ANWR coastal plain,Â Simmons said. “Put in there, they’re a bunch of lily-livered b******s for not allowing drilling” on the Alaskan plain. “Lily-livered,”Â he added with a smile. “That’s a good word.”