Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's

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[[Image:CaptureAA 00 aa 12-26-2018.JPG|thumb|right|650px|'''Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's.''' This is a photo that I took in 1973 in the Amazon jungle in Peru near Lagunas in Loreto while I was working as a Geophysical Observer for Petty Geophysical or Petty Ray Geophysical (subsidiary of Geosource) doing geophysical exploration using Texas Instruments DFS-3 units (Digital Field Service) for Sun Oil Company. Friends I remember working on the crew included Trevor Hill (from Gympie Australia), Bob Brady (Australian), Peter Wilke (Australian), Doug Broussard (from Lousiana), Al Kerekis (refugee from Czeck Republic), Leo Ledene (Canadian), and Breezy in the engine shop - I never did know Breezy's real name.. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.]]
 
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Let me write down some names of people that I used to work with on the Geophysical Survey team.  Maybe one of these people will do a search on their name and find it here.  
 
Let me write down some names of people that I used to work with on the Geophysical Survey team.  Maybe one of these people will do a search on their name and find it here.  
  
[http://archives.aapg.org/explorer/2011/05may/historical0511.cfm Richard Hollenbaugh], Peter Wilkie, Doug Broussard, Leo Ledene, Trevor Hill, Bob Brady, Al Kerekes, [https://variety.com/2015/film/obituaries-people-news/jorge-estrada-mora-argentinian-producer-dies-at-68-1201666292/ Jorge Estrada].
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[http://archives.aapg.org/explorer/2011/05may/historical0511.cfm Richard Hollenbaugh], Peter Wilkie, Doug Broussard, Leo Ledene, Trevor Hill, Bob Brady, Al Kerekes, [https://variety.com/2015/film/obituaries-people-news/jorge-estrada-mora-argentinian-producer-dies-at-68-1201666292/ Jorge Estrada]. If we worked together, please contact me at hughpickens@gmail.com.
  
 
==About the Author==
 
==About the Author==
 
{{Pickensbio}}
 
{{Pickensbio}}

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Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. This is a photo that I took in 1973 in the Amazon jungle in Peru near Lagunas in Loreto while I was working as a Geophysical Observer for Petty Geophysical or Petty Ray Geophysical (subsidiary of Geosource) doing geophysical exploration using Texas Instruments DFS-3 units (Digital Field Service) for Sun Oil Company. Friends I remember working on the crew included Trevor Hill (from Gympie Australia), Bob Brady (Australian), Peter Wilke (Australian), Doug Broussard (from Lousiana), Al Kerekis (refugee from Czeck Republic), Leo Ledene (Canadian), and Breezy in the engine shop - I never did know Breezy's real name.. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
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Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
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Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
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Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's. TBD Caption. Click on the Photo to enlarge. All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.
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Remembrances of My Life as a Geophysical Observer with Petty Geophysical Working in the Amazon Jungle in Peru in the early 1970's

by Hugh Pickens

Article Begun on December 26, 2018

I recently ran across some photos that I took in the early 1970's when I worked for Petty Geophysical in the Amazon Jungle in Peru. From 1973 to 1975 I worked as a Geophysical Observer managing an eighty man geophysical team and running the instruments as we did a large scale geophysical survey exploring for oil. It seems that the me of almost 50 years ago is another person altogether. I remember being him and I remember how I felt in my first really challenging job and how I responded. Yet although I remember being him, he is another person, someone I remember being. I decided to just put some of these photos on the web. I don't have time now to label each one or write a detailed article. I will just leave these photos up and write some captions for them as I have time and the spirit moves me.

All photos copyright Hugh Pickens and may not be copied or used with my express permission.

Contents

Names

Let me write down some names of people that I used to work with on the Geophysical Survey team. Maybe one of these people will do a search on their name and find it here.

Richard Hollenbaugh, Peter Wilkie, Doug Broussard, Leo Ledene, Trevor Hill, Bob Brady, Al Kerekes, Jorge Estrada. If we worked together, please contact me at hughpickens@gmail.com.

About the Author

Hugh and Dr. S. J. Pickens
Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 with whom she recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.

Hugh Pickens (Po-Hi '67) is a physicist who has explored for oil in the Amazon jungle, commissioned microwave communications systems across the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia, and built satellite control stations for Goddard Space Flight Center in Australia, Antarctica, Guam, and other locations around the world. Retired in 1999, Pickens and his wife of 33 years moved from Baltimore back to his hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005 where he cultivates his square foot garden, mows seven acres of lawn, writes about local history, photographs events at the Poncan Theatre, produces the annual Oklahoma Pride series with his wife at Ponca Playhouse, and recently sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 75 years. Pickens is presently in the process of planning the construction of an Art Museum in Northern Oklahoma. Pickens can be contacted at hughpickens@gmail.com. Pickens is a covid survivor.

Personal Statement

Most days you will find me sitting in my easy chair with an HP laptop in front of me. I enjoy intellectual pursuits: studying, writing, reading, researching, analyzing, and predicting. During my off time I like riding the backroads of Oklahoma in my hot rod, working out, watching old movies on TCM, playing games like chess or dominoes, participating in community theatre, and, my secret pleasure, reading trashy detective novels by John D. MacDonald. I enjoy theater and concerts and I go to NYC several times a year to see Broadway shows and visit galleries and museums.

Pickens' Publishing

In 1996, Pickens edited and published My Life In Review: Have I Been Lucky of What?, the memoirs of Jack Crandall, professor of history at SUNY Brockport. Since 2001 Pickens has edited and published “Peace Corps Online,” serving over one million monthly pageviews. Pickens' other writing includes contributing over 2,000 stories to “Slashdot: News for Nerds,” and articles for Wikipedia, and “Ponca City, We Love You”. Pickens has written the following articles available on his wiki at Research and Ideas.

History and Biography

I enjoy doing in-depth research on one person and write a detailed biography of lesser known events or figures. I like to find someone, an artist, a politician, a former Peace Corps Director, or an Oklahoman, that I like and am interested in learning more about and write their biography from scratch. I started and filled out dozens of biographies when I wrote for Wikipedia back in the stone age in the early 2000's when they were getting started. But Wikipedia became to bureaucratic for me so now I research and write biographies on my own mediawiki platform. (I only make anonymous edits to Wikipedia now usually on the discussion pages.)

Science and Technology

I have a degree in physics from SUNY in 1970 and have worked in science and technology my entire career. I have held such disparate jobs as Geophysical Observer on a geological survey crew in the amazon jungle, running a portable hydrocarbon detection laboratory on an oil rig, systems engineer for the microwave communications system and supervisory control system on the 800-mile long Trans-Andean Pipeline, independent contractor to Collins Radio in 1979 installing, commissioning, and testing microwave repeater stations all over Saudi Arabia, military advisor to the Royal Saudi Navy on naval communications, navigation, and fire control systems (1980 - 84), project engineer, then project manager for Bendix Fields Engineering (later becoming AlliedSignal Technical Services, then Honeywell Technical Services) from 1984 until my retirement in 1999.

Business and Investing

I am a speculator and enjoy designing and executing trading strategies that exploit market inefficiencies through my assessment and evaluation of information asymmetries, market psychology, and human emotion. Over the years I have put together several open-source histories of companies I am interested in including micro-caps that I have invested in.

Ponca City, Oklahoma

I was born and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, a town of about 25,000 somewhat isolated in North Central Oklahoma (a two hour drive to the nearest metropolitan areas in Tulsa, OKC, and Wichita.). After I left Ponca City to go to college, I worked overseas and on the East Coast for 30 years. But my wife and I came back to Ponca after our retirement in 1999.

Ponca City is an interesting amalgam of historical developments including being being founded and created from scratch during and after the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893, becoming an oil boom town in the 1920's, home of the "Palace on the Prairie" built by oil magnate E.W. Marland, home to Conoco's R&D facility employing hundreds of Phd.'s in the 1950's, 60's and 70's giving Ponca a character of a university town, and finally the continual influence of Native American tribes on our history especially the Ponca tribe and Osage Nation. Some interesting articles I have researched and written about Ponca City include:

Pickens Museum

Art

Peace Corps Writing

Personal

Phillips 66

Conoco and Phillips 66 announced on November 18, 2001 that their boards of directors had unanimously approved a definitive agreement for a "merger of equals". The merged company, ConocoPhillips, became the third-largest integrated U.S. energy company based on market capitalization and oil and gas reserves and production. On November 11, 2011 ConocoPhillips announced that Phillips 66 would be the name of a new independent oil and gasoline refining and marketing firm, created as ConocoPhillips split into two companies. ConocoPhillips kept the current name of the company and concentrated on oil exploration and production side while Phillips 66 included refining, marketing, midstream, and chemical portions of the company. Photo: Hugh Pickens all rights reserved.

For nearly 100 years oil refining has provided the bedrock of Ponca City's local economy and shaped the character of our community. Today the Ponca City Refinery is the best run and most profitable of Phillips 66's fifteen worldwide refineries. The purpose of this collection of reports is to provide a comprehensive overview of Phillips 66's business that documents and explains the company's business strategy and execution of that strategy.

Safety, Environment, Legal


Corporate


Strategic and Financial


Business Segments


Stock Market


Reference

Refining Business Segment


Increasing Profitability in Refining Business Segment


Detailed Look at Ponca City Refinery


Other Phillips Refineries


Other Locations

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