Thousands of years ago ships that were the ancestors of today's dhow plied the wates of the Arabian Gulf.
This is the third year in which I have had the pleasure of greeting Aramco annuitants.
Thinking about Bill Bartlett, his almost thirty years with Aramco, his unflappable style, his contributions to the community, his adventurous spirit and capacity for friendship, his hat and moustache, the word that comes to mind is - unique.
Dr. Ivan H. Past, Aramco's first otorhinolaryngologist, topped off a long career with the company on April 14, 1980 when he and his wife, Maria, departed Saudi Arabia and headed for retirement in Texas.
Culminating a career with Aramco and Tapline that began over 25 years ago, Everett R. Robertson departed Saudi Arabia March 1 with his wife, Lois, bound for retirement in Alabama.
Dr. Clarence Earl Ulery, director of the Ambulatory Medical Services Department, ended a career of some 22 years with Aramco when he and his wife, Frances, departed for Cedar City, Utah, November 5.
Al-Ayyam Al-Jamilah is a twice-yearly magazine distributed to retired employees and adult children of the Saudi Aramco Enterprise. Much of the content is compiled from letters, articles, news clippings and photos submitted by its readers. The magazine often includes historic photos that shed light on life in the Saudi Aramco community during the early years.
After almost thirty-two years with Aramco, Traffic Coordinator Richard C. Gollan and his wife, Polly, departed Dhahran on February 2 headed for retirement.
Gibert C. Drowley, Aramco Vice president, Mechanical Services Organization, departed for retirement on May 31, after completing over 30 years of service with the company.
T.D. Collier, Aramco director, vice president of Finance, and comptroller, left Dhahran in early January to begin his retirement after 29 years of service with the company.
In this season we traditionally take time out from our regular activities and turn our minds and hearts to those who have been close to us but who now are in other locales.
When Violette Regnier left Dhahran in May of 1970, after twelve years with Aramco, she made an immediate transfer to Texaco's Government Relations and Negotiation Group, Producing Department, Eastern Hemisphere.
As we look back upon our activities in 1971, many of us have reason to be pleased with the roles we have had in expanding operations, achievinf new records and being of service to others.
Last December Marvin Hamilton and his wife, Ellie, with poodles Shah and Seema, left Ras Tanura and headed for their new home at 801 Harbor Island, Clearwater, Florida 33515.
I know that those of you who helped to lay the foundation for today's operations will join me and all employees in a feeling of accomplishment as the book closes on 1970.
Someone said that the longest way 'round was the shortest way home, but we're not so sure. Phil Rosarta and his Lola headed for Florida via the Orient when they left Dhahran in April.
This news is pure propaganda, completely biased, we are strongly prejudiced and admit to slanting all statements in an attempt to sway the minds of those who have anxiously or just curiously waiting for the Reunion Report.
For Aramco, the Sixties were years of steady advance. Achievements that would have been headlined with great fanfare at the beginning of the decade are part of normal operations today.
All of George F. Atwell's twenty years with Aramco were spent in Dhahran's Utilities Division, where he started as Utilities Operator in May 1948.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Reunion time is just around the corner and things are being handled a little differently for the 1968 event in Palm Springs, California.