Owing to my journalistic background, I'm not a footnote kind of guy
and since I identify sources of quotes in the text, there is no need for
However, a few word of credit are due however.
- A great deal of the narrative regarding the early days of
Michigan petroleum exploration (in addition to my own research) have
been borrowed, rephrased, or blatantly stolen from my predecessor as Michigan Oil & Gas News (MOGN) Managing Editor Norman X. Lyon, who wrote a column for the publication called " Sample Bag" for the magazine into the 1980s and provided an outstanding treatise on early Michigan petroleumdom in the June 13, 1975 Progress Edition 1925-1975 edition of Michigan Oil & Gas News.
- Dick Bolton, who served as Editor of the Michigan Oil & Gas News
between 1973 and 1981 was Sundance Kid to my Butch Cassidy in my early
days as General Manager of the publication. We established many of the
procedures and reports that continue as the publication's staples.
Dick's photography is a large part of the photo database that
accompanies this exhibit.
- Roger Lintemuth, MOGN Associate Editor 1983-1991, who with
fellow Associate Editor (then) Scott Bellinger wrote many of the
Michigan county petroleum history articles that with mine appeared in
the Michigan Oil & Gas News Michigan Oil & Gas Story: County by County, edited by me in 1991.
- Scott Bellinger, current Editor of the Michigan Oil & Gas News,
a friend and associate since 1982, who meets all the criterion of the
hitherto thanked, and more, for taking the MOGN into the future.
- Clarke Historical Library director Frank Boles, whose
superior editing expertise rendered my ramblings "suitable for academic
- Lastly, me. I've drawn upon my regular Michigan Oil & Gas News
column "View from the Monkeyboard" which first appeared in 1999,
articles I've done in the 32 years I've worked for the publication, and
the two books I've edited, Michigan Oil & Gas Story: County by County, published in 1991 and Michigan Oil & Gas News 60 th Anniversary Photo Review,
published in 1993. In discussing all this writing, MOGA President Frank
Mortl quipped, "Serving a Great Industry in a Great State" [has] served
well in assembling this ramble through The Michigan Basin's oil and gas
exploration and production heritage."
Any omissions of people, places and events in this narrative
are strictly my own, not by plan nor intent. And if I missed a big
important one, my apologies in advance for any offense taken, none was
intended - JRW.