Having lived in Oklahoma for a quarter century and raised his children
here, California Professional Geologist and author Thomas E. Cochrane
is returning to the area to visit his family and will be reminiscing with us
about his time in the oil patch of yesteryear in Oklahoma City during the
60s & 70s. He’s a former science teacher who consults on geology and
geologic hazards, and is a popular guest speaker on plate tectonics and
related topics. He was formerly the editor of The Shale Shaker, a geologic
publication of the Oklahoma City Geological Society, and is a longtime
member of the American Association of PetroleumGeologists (AAPG).
He’s also the author of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast – Exploring
the Coastal Geology of Northern California, a regional bestseller.
From the book's back jacket: "Most books about the oil patch usually fall into one of two categories. The first are tributes to the “greatest gamblers.” The others are tomes about the earth sciences. Rarely do we get a full-bodied peek into real life in the oil patch. Fortunately for us, Thomas E. Cochrane has accomplished the latter, a fast-paced and lyrical stroll through several decades of searching for oil and gas, punctuated with stories about the greatest gamblers and insights into petroleum geology written in a way that is accessible to the general reader. The honesty and earthiness of the prose come as bonuses. I want to thank Mr. Cochrane for this latest contribution to the literature on the oil patch."
Dr. Bob L. Blackburn, Executive Director
Oklahoma Historical Society