The drive was along New Mexico State 44, a two-lane blacktop road from Albu-querque to Farmington. It was probably a windy, cold day covered by a gray sky. The two young men were heading north to Farmington. The route crossed the Continental Divide at a town called Cuba. It was 1952, and the oil business seemed to be going strong. Howard Itten and Dick Baile were both employees of Stanolind, a precursor of Amoco. It is unclear which one broached the subject first. Howard was the senior man in Stanolind, but Dick was supremely confident in his opinions. Why not...

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