It Was Fun While It Lasted
M H Major’s memoir and personal letters offer an insightful account of an ordinary man’s resilience, fear, hope, and mortality as he struggled to succeed as a wildcatter in South Texas during the fifties. One of four brothers ordered by their Depression-era father to become doctors, Millard was the only son to strike out as a geologist in a business he’d been taught to distrust.
As World War II raged, finding new production was easy enough. But an oilman must discover new drilling prospects year after year
A long-time consultant geologist for the King Ranch, Major details his challenges to stay in the game long after production in South Texas began to play out and other geologists had left the field.
To show the inner man, the editor, his daughter, Ann Major, includes love letters he wrote his bride, letters he wrote her ten years later from Bahrain during his midlife crisis, and letters he wrote his brother in old age in which he reflected on his life.
A Note From Ann
My father wrote this book in 1992. He was partially paralyzed and typed it with two fingers. He must have been very motivated to tell his story. With self-publishing abilities, I decided to make a real book out of his dot-matrix copy, so that family and friends and future descendants as well as people interested in tales of personal history would have it. It is now available as an ebook, paperback, and hardcover.