Bear (1973) raised valid and disturbing questions. Under the head “Where is the youth in AAPG?,” he first discussed a more general question—namely, why more able young graduates do not go into petroleum geology. Having taught petroleum geology for 21 years in a university that has furnished its share of geologists to the oil industry. I find myself in disagreement with several of Bear’s statements and conclusions.

Whether today’s senior students are less motivated than their predecessors is a matter of opinion. Bear says they seem to be. But the seniors who enter our department for graduate work today are...

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