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Labor Day Memories from the Oil Patch: 1972

These pay stubs are from the first summer I worked as a roughneck. It was a wildcat expedition in southern Arizona, the first well almost two miles deep — just outside of Eloy (between Phoenix and Tucson) — then a … Continue reading

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The Storm

16 July 1972, Eloy, Arizona There’s pipe in the derrick, Howard says. Shit, Steve replies, they’re coming out. Howard parks his car in front of the doghouse. He and Steve and Rudy and I climb up the steep stairs to … Continue reading

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