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We recently established a new website for the Southern California Area retirees of Chevron and its legacy companies, including Union Oil. The website is at: www.socalretirees.org There are pages for the various chapters including the Union Oil Alumni of Southern California and the 76 Research retiree club.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHerb Farrington

My grandfather, Carlyle Grover Wight, who worked at the Union Oil Research facility in Brea, CA for over 35 years passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013. I was hoping to get the word out to as many of his friends and former colleagues as possible. funeral services to be held this Saturday, October 26, 2013. Please email me for more information at Brinckmyster@gmail.com (subject line: Union oil research). Thank you in advance!

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBruise Brinckmyster

My father, DeVere Erb aka Dee, worked at the research center for most of his career. I remember fondly all the parties that were put on for the employees and their families over the years. The most remembered were the company picnics in May held at their park up the canyon off of Valencia. I am wondering if anyone has the recipes for the pulled beef sandwiches, the beans, and the coleslaw that they served. I am trying to recreate this wonder menu for my father who is now 94! Thanks in advance if anyone has this information.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Erb Davies

Hello, I was wondering if anyone in this community knew of Odell Whitfield? He worked for Union oil for 40 something years until he retired in the late 70s (I believe). He was my grandfather and died when I was pretty young so I dont know too much about him and I am trying to learn more. I found that he invented a Pellet Apparatus in '65 with William Bewley for the company. I am also told that he brokered the development of the the Golden hills little league fields in Fullerton which currently sits on Union Oil land. If anyone remembers Odell or knows how I might be able to find out more information about what he did for Union oil, please email me at aawhitfield22@yahoo.com. Thank you very much!

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Whitfield

Hi Frank.
You're the same as working in Argentina Unocal?
Drilling wells in CNQ-7
marceloratner@yahoo.com.ar

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcelo ratner

I joined Unocal ( Union Oill Company of Cailfornia ) in July 1974 as a marketing Rep. while attending Southwestern Law School as a night student. I met Fred Hartley in 1982 when i was asked to help develop an anti- takeover plan in the event of a hostile takeover attempt. The decision was eventually made to do a reverse triangular merger which resulted in the incorporation of Unocal in Delaware as Union Oil's parent.The original name was supposed to be UNOCO , but the name was already taken by an individual in Florida , so Unocal was a default name. The creation of a Delaware Parent allowed us to implement a number of defenses not permitted under California law. The merger was completed in April 1983 at our Annual Meeting in Brea

A team was put together to strategize whatt would be done if a takover attempt was launched. It became clear that unusual trading was taking place in the latter part of 1984. On February 14 , 1985 two Skadden Arps lawyers appeared at the Unocal Building to serve a 13-D ( a required SEC filing when 5% ownership of a publicly traded company takes place). The 13-D was personally served on me and the battle began.

An enormous amount of behind the scenes work transpired which eventually ended with Unocal surviving with a enormous debt load. Dozens of law suits were filed , a strategy was implemented and Unocal eventually settled with Mesa ( Boone Pickens). I was in the Board room with Fred and 7 others....5 others when Fred kicked the Goldman Investment Bankers out of the room.

I have been anxious to write a comprehensive and detailed narrative of what actually happened duting this struggle...perhaps a book. This web site that i recently discovered may be a catalyst to make this project a reality. I became Corporate Secretary in 1989 and General Counsel in 1992. It was an honor to work at unocal for 30 years. It was a great company with terrific people. The Unocal legacy should be recorded , preserved and revered.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdennis codon

About a month after joining Unocal , I was aked to go to Bangladesh with Frank Jones and Mac Laury to provide Well Control to the Oxy people there. I had been at Unocal long enough to hear all the stories about htese 2 but never met them. I have very rarely been intimidated but I was then. It turned out to be one of the single best learning oppurtunities of my life. I later got to work with Mike, Baldeo, Glen Anthony, Gary Bush, Terry James, Kevin O'Donnel. All of these men were the best leaders I have ever met. It was a blessing in my life and I thank all of you.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBenny Mason

Just felt nostalgic for my dad's company. He worked at Union Oil/Unocal for 40 years, mostly at the Research Center in Brea. His name is Eugene (Gene) Schluter and he has been retired since 1986 and he will be 90 next year. Too bad the site is gone, wow. I think I was there once only. I remember the company picnics at T something just north of Brea, lots of fun for kids.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne (Schluter) Sexton

Fellow 76ers,

For those of you who don't know, this site is the brain-child of one Dr. Baldeo Singh. He contacted Mike Utt and me for help with this project. Mike ended up doing all or most of the work. I somehow volunteered to be an officer of some sort or the other in order to register the site with the stipulation that I didn't have to do anything! I can't remember what illustrious title I was given, but many years before when I retired from Unocal in 1998 these two conspired to issue me a "Certificate of Qualification" bestowing upon me the exalted title of: Professor of Diplomatic Sciences. This certificate is signed by Baldeo Singh, PhD., Rock Mechanic and Lt. Michael E. Utt, Alleged Civil Engineer.

Baldeo, like me, is blessed with "great leadership qualities" which translates into one's ability to surround himself with talent that will work tirelessly with great determination for the cause. Well done Baldeo!

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Jones

This site is great, thank Mike for putting it together.
I started my Research career in 1973 in the Pilot Plant group working shift in U-bldg.
I had just separated from the Air Force and a good friend (Leyland Nylander) got me an interview for a job. I had always been interested in electronics and figured I would get a job in that field of work. So working for an oil company had not been on my list but the pay was good and with a new family I embraced it and soon was hooked.
When an opening in the Instrument Shop came up I tried for it and was back in electronics again.
I really liked working at the Research Center because there were so many new and interesting things to work on. Some of the stuff was older than I was and some was state of the art. I worked all over the Research Center and some of the off center places like the lab at LAR and the Oil Shale site in Colorado.
I really enjoyed my time at the Research Center and like many who left I did not know how good we had it there until it was over. Life after the Research Center has been good but not with as many friends as I used to have. It was a great group of people a very big family and I miss that the most.
I probably should have understood from my Grandfather and my Dad that I was destined for a job in the oil industry. My Grandfather worked as an oil field mechanic and tool maker working on gas engines and oil well rigging equipment in the Bakersfield area in the 20's and my Dad worked for a survey company doing the first full scale seismic survey of the offshore California coast in the mid 40's. So me working for Unocal in the 70's seemed pre-destined. I also guess it will be no surprise that we all have the same name, Charles B. Anderson.
I still work in electronics, mostly on computers and networks. I do consulting for small to medium business when I do not have a full time job. I keep in touch with quite a few friends from the Research Center, would be interested to hear from others.
Chuck

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Anderson

Having worked as the Unocal Drilling Superintendent in Indonesia from 1989 through 2006, I really enjoy reading about Dick's early days exploits and tribulations. I noticed that this interview took place last April. It seems to me that another episode is already past due. I anxiously await the next chapter!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Jones

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