Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oilpatch Loses No Tears over Loss of J.R., 'Dallas'

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oilpatch Loses No Tears over Loss of J.R., 'Dallas'

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It ended with a bang, all right.

But, there was hardly any love lost when the end of "Dallas," which is synonymous with the end of J.R. Ewing and Ewing Oil, came Friday. At least, not among readers interested in this column.

It is widely held that there has been nothing in history that has so destroyed the image of oil and the people who run oil companies than CBS' "Dallas" and the J.R. Ewing character. No slam to Larry Hagman, or the network, intended. He certainly played the role convincingly enough, for it has catapulted the series to one of the longest running ever.

Truly, J.R. Ewing became the man everyone loved to hate. Along with that, though, the entire reputation of oil was tarnished. The American public, and publics worldwide when the syndicated show went international, came to view oilmen as money-grubbing, ruthless, unscrupulous cads.

C.J. "Pete" Silas, chairman of Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville, noted recently that although doctors and lawyers have slightly tainted reputations among the professional community, at least there were "Marcus Welby, M.D." and now "LA Law" to prop up their images.

During the final episode of "Dallas," J.R. lapsed into a dreamlike state reminiscent of "It's a Wonderful Life," pondering how the world and lives of the rest of the characters would have turned out had he never been born. I will guarantee you that many a real-life oil executive has often wondered the very same thing.

Of course, we'll never know. . .

- A seven-foot bronze statue entitled "Oil Patch Warrior" erected in Duke's Wood of Sherwood Forest in England will be dedicated May 17-18.

The memorial honors 42 Noble Drilling Corp. crewmen who, in 1943, worked secretly during World War II to increase oil production for Britain. They took British oil production from 300 barrels a day to 3,000 barrels a day.

Noble Drilling Corp., formerly of Ardmore, handled the year-long project at the request of wartime British government officials, and at no profit to the company.

Britain was in dire straits at the time because Persian crude was cutoff by German submarines that were bombing tankers.

The Energy Advocates, an informal group of independent oilmen, undertook the memorial project and raised an estimated $300,000 along with co-sponsor British Petroleum of Great Britain.

Tulsans at the news conference, held today in Washington, D.C., were to include John Moran of Apache Corp., who is coordinator of The Energy Advocates, and Frank Eby of Buttonwood Petroleum, who is chairman of the Sherwood Forest Memorial Committee. …

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