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Tom began working at Gulf Oil in the early 1970s on international, mainly West African oil. He later worked as a financial manager for Gulf Oil headquarters in Houston in the late 1970s and finally moved...
William Terrell was born in 1943, in Kilgore, Texas, and is a third generation oilfield worker. His father worked as a motorman for Gulf Oil and moved the family around southern Louisiana when Mr. Terrell...
Erin Pennington spent a tour of duty with the United States Coast Guard that included a circumnavigation of the earth. She lends insights to the work of the Coast Guard and the role of women in that branch...
Born in 1921, Forrest Sadler grew up in east Texas in the small town of Troup. His father worked in the oilfield firing boilers and would take Forrest to work with him when he was just a child. During...
Jonkman, Frederik Johan
I was given Mr. Gazzier’s phone number the day before by an acquaintance. When I called, his daughter/secretary said he had time to meet with me, so I should come over. About 10 minutes later we met...
Captain Bill Robb grew up near a seaport in Scotland. He went to sea as an apprentice at age 16. When World War II broke out, he was thrust into the Merchant Marine, transporting cargo from Europe to the...
Ben Schrick was born in 1941 in Iowa. He earned his Airframe and Power Plant Certificate from Amarelle Aeronautic Institute in Florida. He was hired by PHI in 1964. In 1965 he received his commercial pilot...
Norman McCall is an 83-year-old crew boat owned and operator. He owned an operated McCall Boat Rentals for several years before merging with SEACOR International in the 1990s. He is one of the pioneering...
Carlos Calbillo was part of the radical movement during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His represents the mobility of the era that sent him from Pasadena, Texas to California to...
[Note: Mr. Proffitt's wife also contributed to the interview, especially when talking about moving.] Born in 1926 in Iowa, Jack Proffitt was the son of a machinist. He graduated high school in Ottumwa...
Claude Sonnier was born in 1918 in Scott, Louisiana, into a farming family. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (SLI) from 1937-40, earning a degree in electrical engineering. After graduating,...
Jim Miller was born in 1937 in Iowa and grew up in Missouri. The two degrees he earned in geology at the University of Missouri were broken up by a summer working for the California Company in Colorado...
Bill Jackson is the Houston region sales manager for Gulf Offshore Logistics, a boat owner, operator, and broker that services marine transportation industry in the GOM. He first began in the offshore...
Phil Thibodeaux heads up the Domestics Operations for Chet Morrison Contractors (CMC). Thibodeaux worked on pipe laying barges for four summers while attending LSU. He graduated in 1975 in civil engineering...
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