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DAL­LAS» Fa­mous oil-field wild­cat­ter, fi­nancier and cor­po­rate raider T. Boone Pick­ens is ad­dress­ing health is­sues af­ter a “Texas-sized fall” put him in the hos­pi­tal last week.

In a post­ing to LinkedIn, the 89year-old Pick­ens said he is still men­tally strong but that as far as his life goes, “I clearly am in the fourth

T. Boone quar­ter.” Pick­ens isa Pick­ens fell in famed oil­man. the early morn­ing

hours of July 11 and was ad­mit­ted to Bay­lor Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las, spokesman Jay Rosser said Fri­day. He was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal Mon­day and is in daily phys­i­cal and speech ther­apy, while still en­gaged with the of­fice of his Dal­las in­vest­ment firm, BP Cap­i­tal, and his var­i­ous busi­ness en­ti­ties, Rosser said.

Pick­ens said he suf­fered sev­eral strokes over the Christ­mas hol­i­day. He said he’s re­gained 90 per­cent of his speech through ag­gres­sive ther­apy and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“Many of those who face ad­ver­sity like this at 89 choose to hide it,” he wrote. “My life has al­ways been an open book. Some chap­ters of my life have been great. Oth­ers not so much.”

Pick­ens built one of the coun­try’s big­gest in­de­pen­dent oil com­pa­nies, Mesa Petroleum, be­fore mov­ing on to BP Cap­i­tal and found­ing clean trans­porta­tion fu­els com­pany Clean En­ergy.

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