Shakespeare, not being a Paragon of Consistency, also said: "What's
in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would
smell as sweet." (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II).
his deposition, Pat was asked to describe his educational background.
His response: "My education was completed when I left Barnhart,
TX, when I was 17 years old. But thereafter, I attended Yale University
and the University of Texas Law School."
letter of January 11, 1977 addressed to William W. Browning, as
President of Humble Exploration Company, Inc., has come to me
because my friend Bill died last September and, while we have
spent considerable time since then worrying about where he went,
at least one fact is certain: he left no forwarding address with
the U.S. Post Office."
we have not ventured, not being big enough to swim, although we
have waded around a little in South Louisiana and in a Texas bay
- and nearly drowned financially in just a few feet of calm water
when we stuck our dobber in the dirt, differentially, three times
and had to sidetrack each time - may you never have a daily drilling
report beginning 'STTD-3 14, 453'."
second instance of confusion was of less concern:
"A couple of years ago your people here in Dallas through postal error received one of our run checks, but they were kind enough to send it
on to us after meticulously and exhaustively satisfying themselves that it represented production from a lease in which neither you nor any of your
predecessors, subsidiaries, affiliates, etc. ever had any interest. The Exxon man apologized for opening our mail by mistake, explaining, rather wistfully I thought, 'You know, we used to be a Humble company.' We have never received any of your run checks or mail but you may rest assured that if we do we shall forward them promptly and directly to you personally."
of our attachment is sentimental. When my Grandmother was running
Gulf's (and prior thereto Guffey's) operations in Texas from Beaumont
during and after Spindletop, she hired some kid geologist who
went on to find a bunch of oil for your predecessor and ended
up as President of Humble Oil & Refining Company. The Lord
only knows where you would be now if Grandmother hadn't
hired that kid, trained him and then advised him to switch companies because Ben Bolt and some other older geologists she had could work up all the prospects she had budget enough to drill. But maybe, just maybe, you would have ended up like
Mobil, forced into selling ladies' ready-to-wear, or like Gulf, bereft of meaningful reserves or control of crude both in the Permian Basin and in the
Middle East, and, to boot, probably faced with increased premium costs on their directors' and officers' liability insurance policy."
- Unfortunately, the opinion does not mention Pat's letter or (i) the efforts by him to bring culture to Central Texas by giving his wells such names as "Aphrodite" or "Hippolyte" (Pat testified "She was the Queen of the Amazons, and still is as far as I know"); or (ii) the concern that Exxon had because of a rumor that Pat had formed another corporation named "Arrogant Oil & Refining Company."