It becomes more and more difficult to understand the version about the gift of a fiberglass pole, but nevertheless one has also to feel that there is some credibility. It comes from a desire to see good in people rather than the negative. Where could that pole have come from.? Who could give away a pole at a time when it was so hard to replace one? These events are very minor historical trivia, and so could easily have been brushed under the rug of someone's memory. I'm now in the process of finding Gerald Pratt to hear the story directly from him. I have word that he is currently living in Houston.
After speaking with Gerald Pratt, now a retired VP of Gulf Oil, he confirmed that the donor was Aubrey Dooley