This past week, BP earned a dubious new distinction. Although it’s not the first oil company to have a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s now officially the worst. In June 1979, the Ixtoc 1 offshore oil well exploded and oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 10 months. Within weeks oil was coating the beaches of south Texas. Leo Trevino was a college student back then in Corpus Christi, when one of his professors asked him to grab his diving gear and travel down to Mexico to check on a research site not far from the Ixtoc. Along the way, Leo and another grad student surveyed the Mexican coastline, looking for oil and documenting recovery efforts. Leo talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw on his Ixtoc roadtrip, and how well the Gulf of Mexico has recovered in the three decades since. Also in this show, surprising dad.