The oil business has been one of the most fascinating industries in the world. Especially now, huh?
Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean glamorized it in the 1950’s blockbuster movie, “Giant.” And to date, the Academy Award winning film, “There Will be Blood,” starring Daniel Day Lewis epitomizes the struggle and severity of the turn of the century wildcatter. However, these are the colorful men and women who made “OIL” spectacular and distasteful at the same time.
What is a wildcatter?
Wildcatters were rowdy, tough pot-luck gamblers who could drink, cuss, and wheel and deal with the best. Occasionally, a well-schooled blue blood would be thrown into the mix, but for the most part, upbringing didn’t matter. What counted was luck and a nose for oil. There was no hedge against going broke. We know them for what they were not for who they were. We know them for the towns they built, the edifices they erected. Their names, along with hundreds of landmen, scouts and geologists are etched into the fiber of our existence. They gave us oil companies, and bountiful foundations. You will discover what drove them to overcome Black Monday and the Great Depression. I’m compelled to unveil the rich history of the industry that has become our legacy and future.