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going oversees. My older brother was already serving for Patton in Germany, and it was a blood bath for the Texas boys. I lost 10 percent of my graduating class, and another 10 percent was injured. I stayed in school to earn an extra degree


in Geology to


accompany my Petroleum Engineering degree, and by that time, my commander was demanding I stay in Houston at the ammunition


plant to assist in the


development of much needed anti-aircraft ammunition. I married my college sweetheart, Cynthia Woods, my brother returned from the war, and together we started Mitchell Energy. “We didn’t have anything except the


Above: George Mitchell graduated fi rst in his class in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. After earning another degree in geology, Mitchell married college sweetheart Cynthia and started Mitchell Energy with his brother.


heads on our shoulders and grey matter between our ears. Here I was trained in geology from the best university in the nation, and I had to fi gure out how to make money with my knowledge. I developed a


plan. You see, I knew that if I could get my hands on the electro logs from the State [geology maps], I would be able to tell where someone should drill for oil. I went to downtown Houston, where my brother and I knew a lot of the businessmen. I formed an investment group of sorts consisting of six men, and charged each member $50 a month for my knowledge. At night, I would check the electro logs out of the library, read the maps, and then tell my investors where they should invest in drilling endeavors. T ose guys were smart. Good businessmen, but they would kick your butt if you messed with them. But I was smart, too, and my con- sulting paid off . We all made a lot of money drilling across the southern United States. T at’s how Mitchell Energy got its start.” What George doesn’t mention is that


during his career, he participated in approx- imately 10,000 wells, including more than


The Woodlands was the only successful planned community that grew, fl ourished, and is thriving today.


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