CRUDE AWAKENING – 3. The Glamour of the Oil Business

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.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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4 Responses to CRUDE AWAKENING – 3. The Glamour of the Oil Business

  1. Terry Mullery says:

    Oil has quite a resume. Talk about versatility — from toilet seats and trash bags to telephones, pajamas and even weed killer. Not exactly a one-trick pony!

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