Saudi Aramco World: November/December 2013 - page 2

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November/December 2013
Published Bimonthly Vol. 64, No. 6
Saudi Aramco, the oil company born as an international
enterprise just eighty years ago, distributes Saudi
Aramco World to increase cross-cultural under-
standing. The magazine’s goal is to broaden knowledge
of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and
Muslim worlds and their connections with the West.
Saudi Aramco World is distributed without charge, upon
request, to a limited number of interested readers.
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Publisher
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
(Saudi Aramco)
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
President and CEO
Khalid A. Al-Falih
Vice President
Saudi Aramco Affairs
Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani
General Manager
Public Relations
Essam Z. Tawfiq
Manager
Public Relations
Tareq M. Al-Ghamdi
Editor
Robert Arndt
Managing Editor
Dick Doughty
Assistant Editor
Arthur P. Clark
Administration
Sarah Miller
Circulation
Edna Catchings
Design and Production
Graphic Engine Design
Printed in the USA
RR Donnelley/Wetmore
Address editorial
correspondence to:
The Editor
Saudi Aramco World
Post Office Box 2106
Houston, Texas
77252-2106 USA
ISSN
1530-5821
The Selimiye Mosque is the
crowning achievement of
the Ottoman master builder
Sinan. Its dome is pierced
with windows that flood the
interior with light and create
a breathtaking spaciousness
and poetry of space. Photo by
Images & Stories / Alamy.
When California botanists were
looking for the best commercial
variety of pistachio tree, they
settled on the Kerman, in part
because its nuts grew larger and
thus naturally split more of its
shells—making pistachios easier
to shell and eat than ever before.
Photo by Eric Hansen.
In Search of
the Mother
Tree
Written and
photographed
by Eric Hansen
A single seed from Iran became
a tree in 1929 that half a century
later had spawned a billion-dollar
California agribusiness. In the
rush to turn an ancient delicacy
into a modern snack, everyone,
it seemed, had forgotten about
that tree that bore California’s
first Kerman pistachios.
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Rock and Roll Ambassador
Written by Gerald Zarr
A son of Turkey’s ambassador and head of Atlantic Records through six decades of R&B, soul, pop
and rock, Ahmet Ertegun gave stardom to countless musicians—that’s Ray Charles above—and
laid down soundtracks for the lives of millions of fans, few of whom ever knew his name.
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Editor
Robert Arndt
ing Editor
Dick Dough y
Assistant Editor
Arthu P. Clark
Administration
Sarah Miller
Circul tion
Edna Catchings
Desig and Production
Grap ic Engine Design
Printed n the USA
RR Donnelley/Wetmore
igital Design
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Addr ss editorial
correspondenc o:
The Editor
Saudi Aramco World
Post Office Box 2106
Houston, Texas
77252-2106 USA
ISSN
1530-5821
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