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Back to El Paso:
I was so fortunate to get involved in some really interesting projects. Exxon (or Standard Oil of New Jersey) had affiliates all over the world, and each one had its own standardized systems of book-keeping (computerized of course). My assignment was to come up with a system to stack all those affiliated book-keeping systems into one consolidated report for Standard Oil of New Jersey. This led to a trip to London to test a version of the system. This was in the midst of the mini-skirt rage and I think London had the shortest of all!
We could only get computer time in the middle of the night, so while we were waiting, the Londoners took me out to dinner plus a few glasses of convivial wine. Well, by the time we got back to the computing center, I was so pleased with myself as being able to sort the cards and insert the new subroutines. Until the next morning, when the call from New Jersey wanted to know “What the hell did I think I was doing ?” Luckily, I could straighten it out that morning but I know my red face probably glowed across the ocean.
Another project was the optimization of crude oil recovery from wells in Venezuela because the Venezuela government was going to nationalize their oil production in two years. I never got to go to Venezuela but it was a fascinating lesson in a culture and part of the world that I didn’t know a thing about. That was about 1967 and it’s interesting to hear about problems with Venezuela and its oil production even today (2018).
More Continuing Saga to follow . . .
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