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January 1, 1988 | Associated Press
Even at age 72 and gray at the temples, famed oil well firefighter Paul N. "Red" Adair is fidgety sitting behind a desk in a suit and tie. "I still keep everything packed," he said, one ear cocked to the sound of ringing phones in his outer office. Business doesn't generally come by appointment to Red Adair Co. By his own count, Adair has fought more than 2,000 oil well blowouts since that first one in Oklahoma in 1938, most by a combination of mud, guts and explosives.
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January 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Red Adair Retires, Sells Firefighting Company: The most public of the Texas oil well firefighters has sold his Red Adair Co. to Lafayette, La.-based Global Industries Ltd., an oil production services company, for an undisclosed price. Adair, 78, said his 12-member staff will remain in Houston and continue with Global Industries, retaining the Red Adair name.
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BUSINESS
January 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Red Adair Retires, Sells Firefighting Company: The most public of the Texas oil well firefighters has sold his Red Adair Co. to Lafayette, La.-based Global Industries Ltd., an oil production services company, for an undisclosed price. Adair, 78, said his 12-member staff will remain in Houston and continue with Global Industries, retaining the Red Adair name.
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January 1, 1988 | Associated Press
Even at age 72 and gray at the temples, famed oil well firefighter Paul N. "Red" Adair is fidgety sitting behind a desk in a suit and tie. "I still keep everything packed," he said, one ear cocked to the sound of ringing phones in his outer office. Business doesn't generally come by appointment to Red Adair Co. By his own count, Adair has fought more than 2,000 oil well blowouts since that first one in Oklahoma in 1938, most by a combination of mud, guts and explosives.
NEWS
February 28, 1991
U.S. companies with contracts to snuff out hundreds of oil well fires in postwar Kuwait are being deluged with telephone calls from THOUSANDS OF JOB APPLICANTS. But most of the companies aren't hiring; the teams have been formed for months. Red Adair Co., perhaps the best known of the firms, has taken about 4,000 calls a day this week.
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February 26, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Racing up and down the halls of his red-carpeted office, chomping on an endless supply of dill pickles, famed oil-fire fighter Red Adair took a call from President Bush on Monday and prepared for the biggest job of his long career: fighting hundreds of oil fires in war-ravaged Kuwait. "We don't know what we might see out there," said the stocky, 75-year-old legend, pumped up from the attention and excitement of the moment. "But it is going to be hot."
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October 29, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
"It's gusted," drawled Dale Jones as a white-hot geyser of flaming oil and gas suddenly disappeared, snuffed out and transformed into a black fountain of crude oil silhouetted against the grim gray smoke that has blanketed Kuwait since the end of the Persian Gulf War. In the past month, an army of firefighters has been pouring it on in the battle to drown the oil-well fires torched off by Iraqi saboteurs in February.
NEWS
March 5, 1991
The whirlwind success of the ground operation in the Gulf has left behind a series of challenges and issues that will be addressed in coming days: REDEPLOYING PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT A massive redeployment of the 539,000 U.S. troops in the region is now being planned. The Army hopes to have half its troops in the region out by mid-May.
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April 8, 2010 | Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service
Edward "Coots" Matthews, a famed oil well firefighter and part of a trio who inspired the 1968 movie "Hellfighters" starring John Wayne, died March 31 of natural causes at his home in Humble, Texas. He was 86. Matthews and Asger "Boots" Hansen co-founded Houston-based Boots & Coots International Well Control Inc. in 1978 after a 20-year career fighting oil well fires alongside counterpart -- and later rival -- Paul "Red" Adair. In a true roughneck-to-riches story, Matthews helped build Boots & Coots into a company with one of the most recognizable names in the oil industry.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man who commanded what he calls Operation Desert Hell--extinguishing hundreds of oil well fires in Kuwait--estimates that the seven-month effort cost about $1.5 billion. But the oil wasted in the burning wells was costing about $100 million a day early on, so the Kuwaiti government got something of a bargain, said Larry H. Flak, operations manager for the project. His colleagues sometimes referred to Flak, a burly, bespectacled six-footer, as the "Gen. Schwarzkopf of the oil firefighters."
BUSINESS
February 27, 1991 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The war's end is in sight, and financial markets are retreating as professional investors step to the sidelines to see which way things will develop--in the Gulf and in the U.S. economy back home. The U.S. economy is an easier call: Peace will be good for business. Consumer confidence will rise, car sales will revive--it would be hard for them to be slower than they are today. Many of the 46 million foreign tourists expected to visit the United States this year will renew their travel plans.
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April 23, 1991 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, clearly concerned about reports of summary executions and business-as-usual autocracy in postwar Kuwait, told the emir Monday that Washington's future political and military support will be affected by the country's human rights record.
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