by Irwin Areiff. This article originally appeared on PassBlue.
In early 1974, fresh out of journalism school, I walked into the offices of the newly created Federal Energy Office in Washington and asked for a job.
Within days I was back — a freshly minted writer-editor in the public affairs office of an agency launched in response to an oil embargo imposed on the United States by major oil-exporting nations. William Simon, the deputy treasury secretary, was deployed as energy czar.