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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Oscar winner documents the collapse of Enron in vivid detail and with cinematic flourish.
Film Review  April 29, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Alex Gibney. It’s a truism that things are done big in Texas, but who knew that approach applied to failures as well successes? The Enron debacle – the bankruptcy scandal that demolished the Houston corporation that was ranked the seventh largest in the country, and also devastated its swindled employees, stockholders, business associates, and even casual observers – is put under the microscope in Gibney’s documentary..."

The Hubris at Enron
Rarely have convictions been more deserved than those of former executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling
News Story  June 2, 2006, by Robert Bryce
"...Seldom have criminal convictions been more richly deserved. Last week, a Houston jury found both Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay guilty of various crimes they committed while the duo were heading Houston-based Enron Corp..."

Enron's Masters of the Universe
A Conversation with Robert Bryce
News Story  October 4, 2002, by Michael King
"...Austin Chronicle: Can you describe briefly the important events in Enron's collapse, beginning in 1997, when Jeff Skilling took over as chief executive officer?..."

Enron's Lengthening Shadow
Suddenly, Enron finds itself devalued in every sense, including politically.
News Column  January 25, 2002, by Michael King
"...The public's shock at the burgeoning Enron disaster -- how could such a high-flying, energy-based, politically connected corporation come a cropper? -- might have been diminished somewhat by the memory of how the company acquired its unusual name. Formed by the 1985 merger of Houston Natural Gas and a Nebraska-based pipeline giant called InterNorth, the new entity spent some months as the unmelodious "HNG/INI" while the bosses hired a public relations firm to come up with a fittingly impressive corporate moniker..."

The Enron Autopsy
Alex Gibney on The Smartest Guys in the Room'
Screens Story  March 11, 2005, by Shawn Badgley
"...Around the turn of the century, one of the many markets Enron had cornered was that of Fortune's Most Admired Companies list. The Houston energy giant received the honor, like, 50 straight times or something (figure possibly based on Jeff Skilling's Hypothetical Future Value Accounting – we're not really sure, because we either don't recall or weren't alerted), which is ironic since, as you might've heard, it was headed by a bunch of thieving turds..."

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron
This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall
Arts Review  March 1, 2018, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...The rise and fall of Houston corporate monolith Enron was a stain on American business practices that ruined the lives of 20,000 employees and grifted billions of dollars from countless investors. It also serves as the current business model for quite a few companies in the U.S..."

Lege Lines – The Texas Legislature: Not Enron
Passing a state budget when one side’s “cooking the books”
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"..."This is the Texas Legislature," he told reporters last week through gritted teeth, just as the Senate Finance Committee approved the trick. "We are not Enron, and I am not interested in cooking the books just to avoid a vote on the Rainy Day Fund."..."

Getting Ahead of Themselves
Enron's collapse caught on tape, sort of
Screens Story  April 29, 2005, by Shawn Badgley
"...[Editor's note: Parts of this interview have been taken from "The Enron Autopsy: Alex Gibney Takes on 'The Smartest Guys in the Room'," The Austin Chronicle, March 11.]..."

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
Romero has again crafted a character-driven horror film that doubles as a metaphor for the economic disparity in America and, to a lesser degree, the war on terror.
Film Review  June 24, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Worse than that, Dennis Hopper’s running the show. As the affluent, ruthless Kaufman, Hopper carries the well-pressed stink of Enron-ian faux-entitlement about him, controlling a massive, shining skyscraper nicknamed Fiddler’s Green for the benefit of the upper classes..."

Pipe Dreams
Chapter 37 From Robert Bryce's new book on Enron
News Story  October 4, 2002, by Robert Bryce
"...Bush has a laissez-faire approach to business. Otherwise, it might look like he was just trying to help his pals at Enron...."

The Hightower Lowdown
Linda Lay is a poor little rich girl; the WTO bites its own creators; Enron got what it paid for.
News Column  February 8, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...The televised tearjerker titled "Ken Lay, What a Guy!" starred Linda Lay, the wife of Enron CEO Ken, in an Emmy Award-winning performance. Like the wives of prominent politicians who get caught with their pants down, Linda was thrust in front of the cameras to shed wifely tears and testify to the inner goodness of her husband, who's been caught with his hands in the pants pockets of Enron investors and employees, bringing them and their company down...."

Death Star and Fat Boy
The "invisible hand" of utility deregulation looks an awful lot like Ken Lay's.
News Column  May 17, 2002, by Michael King
"...Attack of the Clones opens across the country this weekend, but apparently, thanks to Emperor "Kenny Boy" Lay and the rest of those cheerful Imperial Warriors from Enron, it hit California a couple of years ago. According to internal memos released last week by the new Enron board in charge of salvaging the bankrupt company's debris, Enron energy traders were indeed manipulating the newly deregulated California energy market to drive up prices at the cost of billions of dollars to both the state and citizens of California..."

The Hightower Lowdown
Alan Greenspan's laissez faire fantasy; a Congressman teaches the wrong lesson; and readers re-name Enron.
News Column  April 19, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...Take the Enron debacle. Greenspan says it's not an example of widespread corporate excess that warrants public action, but rather an example of the free market's magical ability to punish companies that go bad..."

Naked City
News Story  December 28, 2001, by Michael King
"...Enron's Money Trail..."

Book Reviews
Books Story  October 25, 2002, by James McWilliams
"...Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enronby Robert Bryce..."

The Hightower Lowdown
Dubya's "tax rebate" was really a deceptive slight of hand; overworked doctors endanger your life; and a contest to rename Enron.
News Column  March 15, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...Renaming Enron..."

The Hightower Lowdown
The new campaign finance reform law still has big loopholes; Bush's Army Secretary is a stealth Enronite; and toys make some kids very unhappy.
News Column  April 5, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...Another Enron Flimflammer..."

Here Comes the Naderhood
Preview of Ralph Nader and Democracy Rising's visit to Austin
News Story  January 25, 2002, by Amy Smith
"..."I don't focus on corporations as much as he does. But with Enron, I may be changing my mind."..."

The Hightower Lowdown
A business magazine gushes over the accounting practices of … Enron?; Bush gambles with your retirement money; and CEOs create "opportunity" by firing employees.
News Column  January 4, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...Biz 'Journalism' and Enron..."

The Hightower Lowdown
Using cows to explain Enron; dumping nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain; and crying in your champagne at Austin's 360 Summit.
News Column  February 1, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...Enron's Ponzi Scheme..."

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