TOO BIG

Too Big, may be the title of one of my Bond books. I posted TOO BIG on July 22, 2017 before Danny Boyle and his writers wrote a script for ‘Trust’. I posted Hiding Our Hippies on December 27, 2015. Do I have a lawsuit?

Here is how I am related to Ian Fleming via Talitha Getty. I am kin to Paris Hilton who father was a close friend of Donald Trump they both in the hotel business.

John Presco 2018

Talitha Dina Pol was born in Java, then part of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), daughter of the artists Willem Jilts Pol (nl) (1905–88) and Arnoldine Adriana “Adine” Mees (1908–1948).[1]

Her father subsequently married Poppet John (1912–97), daughter of the painter Augustus John (1878–1961), a pivotal figure in the world of “Bohemian” culture and fashion. She was thus the step-granddaughter of both Augustus John and his muse and second wife, Dorothy “Dorelia” McNeil (1881–1969), who was a fashion icon in the early years of the 20th century. By Ian Fleming‘s widowed mother, Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming née Rose, Augustus John had a daughter and Talitha’s aunt, Amaryllis Fleming (1925–1999), who became a noted cellist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust_(U.S._TV_series)

Trust is an American anthology drama television series created by Simon Beaufoy that premiered on March 25, 2018 on FX.

The 10-episode first season, written by Beaufoy and directed by Danny Boyle and others, is set in 1973 and recounts the abduction of John Paul Getty III, then-heir to Getty Oil, while he was in Italy.[1]

Trust” was created by Simon Beaufoy and executive produced by Boyle, Beaufoy and Christian Colson – the Academy Award-winning team behind “Slumdog Millionaire.” Boyle, who is now working on the new James Bond film, directed the first three of the 10 episodes. Variety described “Trust” as a “stylish, multilayered new miniseries.”

Hiding Our Hippies in the Art Closet

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Liz & Getty – TOO BIG!

The Story of Rosamond

by

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

The only one who can do this story justice – is dead! Edna Ferber wrote a book about a Dutch family in Chicago who befriend a sculptor name Roelf Pool. Pool is also Pol. Talitha Pol was married to Sir Paul Getty whose father owned stock in Belridge Oil. She was the daughter of the artist, Willem Pol, who rendered beautiful women in 1950 that look very much like my kindred, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, whose son married Aileen Getty.  Aileen’s marriage to Bertolomeo dei Principi Ruspoli, put Liz and many of her/our kin in the Peerage. The Hilton hotel family are here. 

I am the historian of the Buck-Getty family ties to Oil&Art. I would like to see a movie about Talitha Getty Pol, and the wealthy people around her that were addicted to heroin. I am going to apply for a grant with the Getty and Buck Foundation so that I can apply my drug experiences to combat the opioid epidemic.

Edna Ferber also wrote Giant. She was famous. Famous people want to remain famous, and be remembered. Robert Buck’s law firm’s book, made my famous sister un-famous in their weird desire to make non-family members – rich. They tried to stop me from talking about famous people, living, or dead! Famous dead people can no longer use the money, thus, they want to be talked and written about while dead.

Take the case of Ann Rork. She married Jean Paul Getty. She may have overheard the desire for her husband to own more Belridge Oil srock. She was rolling in doe.  She made movies in Hollywood that was co-founded by Frank Buck, who may have been the inspiration for Jordon Bick Benedict and his family of rich swells. The Buck Trust is supposed to be handing out tens of millions to poor white trash. But, they are feathering their own nest. Latino groups are thinking of suing.

Warhol’s images of Liz, are on par with the Mona Lisa. I have made hundreds of posts about Lawrence Chazen’s notorious ex-partner, and have not gotten a dime. Buck killed the Rose of the World’s fame! Rosamond’s biography is all about her abusing her business people, her handlers. I am thinking about a movie, or HBO series, titled HUGE (mistake)

“Frank Buck was bigger than life. For Christ-sake, he founded Hollywood. He had a thousand men felling trees in Lane County Oregon. Another three thousand picked the fruit off his trees. He was a Congressman, but, not a soul alive today, knows his name! They drove his empire on the rocks! It was an inside salvage job. He died a wreck!”

“He could have been bigger than Disney, but, his brand is dead, as dead as the Rosamond brand. Rosamond&Buck! You can’t go wrong with these names! Too bad John Steinbeck isn’t alive. He’d do this story, justice!”

“Hey! I got a BIG IDEA! Why not make a wine? How about ‘The Flying A Winery’?”

“Look out PlumpJack! Yeeeeeeehaw!”

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885[1] – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie) and Ice Palace (1958) filmed in 1960

Ann Rork was born June 12, 1908 in Darien, Connecticut.[1] Her father, Sam E. Rork, was a film producer at First National.[1][2] Actor Will Rogers was her godfather.

She starred in silent films such as The Blonde Saint and Old Loves and New in 1926, followed by The Notorious Lady, A Texas Steer and The Prince of Headwaiters in 1927. Some of her co-stars included Will Rogers and Rudolph Valentino.[3] Ann Rork married Jean Paul Getty, son of George Franklin Getty, in 1932.1 She and Jean Paul Getty were divorced before 1939.1
She was a film actress.1 From 1932, her married name became Getty.1

Maverick Brander, a newly elected Congressman from the fictional town of Red Dog, Texas, moves to Washington, D.C. to serve in the United States House of Representatives.[1] He supports the Eagle Rock Dam bill.[1] Meanwhile, he flirts with a woman.[1]

https://rosamondpress.com/2016/03/04/oakland-tommy/

http://www.thepeerage.com/p33432.htm#i334317

Christopher Edward Wilding was born on 27 February 1955 at New Westminster, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaG.1 He is the son of Michael Wilding and Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.1 He married Aileen Getty, daughter of Sir John Paul Getty II and Gail Harris, circa 1980.1 He and Aileen Getty were divorced in 1989.

https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/insider-guide-to-program-offic/gordon-getty-ann-and-gordon-getty-foundation.html

pool (n.1) Look up pool at Dictionary.com“small body of water,” Old English pol “small body of water; deep, still place in a river,” from West Germanic *pol- (source also of Old Frisian and Middle Low German pol, Dutch poel, Old High German pfuol, German Pfuhl). As a short form of swimming pool it is recorded from 1901. Pool party is from 1965.

Talitha Dina Pol was born in Java, then part of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), daughter of the artists Willem Jilts Pol (nl) (1905–88) and Arnoldine Adriana “Adine” Mees (1908–1948).[1]

Her father subsequently married Poppet John (1912–97), daughter of the painter Augustus John (1878–1961), a pivotal figure in the world of “Bohemian” culture and fashion. She was thus the step-granddaughter of both Augustus John and his muse and second wife, Dorothy “Dorelia” McNeil (1881–1969), who was a fashion icon in the early years of the 20th century. By Ian Fleming‘s widowed mother, Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming née Rose, Augustus John had a daughter and Talitha’s aunt, Amaryllis Fleming (1925–1999), who became a noted cellist.

http://www.artnet.com/artists/willem-jilts-pol/past-auction-results

Willem Jilts Pol (1905 Leek/Groningen – 1988) was a well listed Dutch 20th century artist. He lived and worked in Paris until 1930 and then in Wassenaar (Germany). Before the WWII he married Poppet John, daughter of the painter Augustus John (a pivotal figure in the world of “Bohemian” culture and fashion), and the couple settled in Indonesia, where in 1940 their daughter Talitha was born. With the Japanese entering Java, the artist found himself in one war prisoner camp, and his wife and daughter – in another. After the war both he and his wife went their own ways.

Sharon Stone will present the honor to Taylor’s former daughter-in-law

Long live Elizabeth Taylor‘s legacy.

Emmy award-winning actress Sharon Stone will present the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award to philanthropist Aileen Getty at the 2014 Angel Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Getty, Taylor’s former daughter-in-law, founded both the Aileen Getty Foundation and Gettlove, which helps the homeless in Hollywood find permanent housing. Together, Getty’s organizations work toward improving the community as a whole, including the fight against HIV/AIDS and mental illnesses.

Taylor was a supporter for Project Angel Food for more than 20 years. Her dedication to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS expanded into The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFar). The six different amFar Inspiration Galas, each in different cities across the globe, draw support from A-listers including Marc Jacobs, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. Stone is a advocate against HIV/AIDS herself, serving as amFar’s global fundraising chairman.

The award in Taylor’s name emerges as Project Angel Food celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit agency has delivered over 9 million free healthy meals and provided counseling to those with devastating illnesses.

The 2014 Angel Awards will take place on Sept. 6 at the Project Angel Food headquarters in Los Angeles. The ceremony will feature eats by Govind Armstrong of Post and Beam, Willie Jane and 8 Oz Burger Bar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidewater_Petroleum

Soon thereafter, Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now ExxonMobil), the largest stockholder in the original Tide Water company, set up the holding company Mission Corporation, to hold the stock of Tide Water Associated.[2] J. Paul Getty‘s purchase of Mission in 1937 set the stage for the birth of Tidewater as a major national player in the oil industry.

In 1936, the separate companies, Associated Oil Company and Tide Water, were dissolved into the holding company, now renamed Tidewater Associated Oil Company. Associated was based in San Francisco with a market area limited to the Far West. Associated, founded in 1901, had created the prominent Flying A brand for its premium-grade gasoline in 1932.

https://rosamondpress.com/2015/12/27/hiding-our-hippies-in-the-art-closet/

At virtually the same time, Gordon began to hear from the daughters of his late half brother, George. “I have heard from several sources that you are attempting to make some major changes that concern Getty Oil, the museum and the Sarah C. Getty Trust,” one of his nieces wrote on Oct. 21. “I am concerned that you are continuing to act as sole trustee.”

The question of which child it would be was complicated. Paul had four children by his first marriage, to Gail Harris, and one by his second, to Talitha Pol, who died in 1971 of a drug overdose. The children by his first marriage lived in California, near their mother. Among them was J. Paul Getty III, the unfortunate heir who lost an ear to Italian kidnapers and was subsequently rendered a paraplegic by a drug overdose. J. Paul III’s medical bills ran to $25,000 a month, and at one point his father refused to pay them, forcing Gail Harris to petition for relief in court. During that period, Gordon Getty had supported Harris and her children. Paul’s son by Talitha Pol, however, had no particular loyalty to Gordon and no mother to intervene should Paul decide to sponsor a lawsuit against his brother in San Francisco. This child’s name was Tara Gabriel Galaxy Gramaphone Getty. He was born, as one might guess, in 1968. He was now a student at a boarding school in England.

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-05-17/magazine/tm-348_1_getty-museum

http://www.thepeerage.com/p33432.htm#i334317

http://www.thepeerage.com/p46513.htm#i465122

http://www.thepeerage.com/p66384.htm#i663835

Frank H. Buck was elected president at his father’s death. In 1919, he became a director in the Associated Oil Company and was made a member of its executive committee in 1922. In 1916 he became a director in the Belridge Oil Company; in 1916 a director in the Booth Kelly Lumber Company; and in 1918 a director in the West Coast Oil Company. He is also interested in the Tidewater Associated Oil Company, and in various banking and kindred associations. He is president of the California Growers and Shippers Protective League, and is vice president of the American Fruit and Vegetable Shippers Association. He has attained an influential position among the growers and shippers of fruit in California, and he is known as a business man who follows a careful and intelligent course in any activity which he may undertake.

http://www.nytimes.com/1979/09/19/archives/texaco-and-mobil-seek-belridge-bid-for-belridge-reported.html

A secret bidding battle among oil giants for a little‐known petroleum producer broke into the open yesterday with the disclosure that the Mobil Oil Corporation and Texaco Inc. had made a joint bid to purchase the Belridge Oil Company of California.

Since the Depression, Mobil and Texaco have quietly held 35 percent of Belridge, which only became a public company two years ago.

Neither would comment on the price they had offered to pay, but Belridge stock traded in the over‐the‐counter market yesterday at $2,450 a share. This would mean that Belridge’s 996,800 shares would be worth at least $2.4 billion in cash. The Mobil‐Texaco stake in Belridge is worth $850 million.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidewater_Petroleum

Soon thereafter, Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now ExxonMobil), the largest stockholder in the original Tide Water company, set up the holding company Mission Corporation, to hold the stock of Tide Water Associated.[2] J. Paul Getty‘s purchase of Mission in 1937 set the stage for the birth of Tidewater as a major national player in the oil industry.

In 1936, the separate companies, Associated Oil Company and Tide Water, were dissolved into the holding company, now renamed Tidewater Associated Oil Company. Associated was based in San Francisco with a market area limited to the Far West. Associated, founded in 1901, had created the prominent Flying A brand for its premium-grade gasoline in 1932.

On the East Coast that year, Getty merged his numerous oil interests into Getty Oil Company, and Tidewater Oil was dropped as a corporate brand. Getty retained the Flying A brand for its East Coast stations until 1970, then dropped it in favor of its own Getty trademark. Texaco acquired Getty in 1984.

http://www.onlinebiographies.info/ca/sf/buck-fh.htm

Frank H. Buck was elected president at his father’s death. In 1919, he became a director in the Associated Oil Company and was made a member of its executive committee in 1922. In 1916 he became a director in the Belridge Oil Company; in 1916 a director in the Booth Kelly Lumber Company; and in 1918 a director in the West Coast Oil Company. He is also interested in the Tidewater Associated Oil Company, and in various banking and kindred associations. He is president of the California Growers and Shippers Protective League, and is vice president of the American Fruit and Vegetable Shippers Association. He has attained an influential position among the growers and shippers of fruit in California, and he is known as a business man who follows a careful and intelligent course in any activity which he may undertake.

http://www.solanoarticles.com/history/index.php/weblog/more/family_success_literally_grew_on_trees/

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/06/24/it-could-have-been-chinatown/

Ann Rork was born June 12, 1908 in Darien, Connecticut.[1] Her father, Sam E. Rork, was a film producer at First National.[1][2] Actor Will Rogers was her godfather.[2]

Career[edit]

She starred in silent films such as The Blonde Saint and Old Loves and New in 1926, followed by The Notorious Lady, A Texas Steer and The Prince of Headwaiters in 1927. Some of her co-stars included Will Rogers and Rudolph Valentino.[3]

A Texas Steer

Maverick Brander, a newly elected Congressman from the fictional town of Red Dog, Texas, moves to Washington, D.C. to serve in the United States House of Representatives.[1] He supports the Eagle Rock Dam bill.[1] Meanwhile, he flirts with a woman.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Notorious_Lady

Bertolomeo dei Principi Ruspoli1

M, #465109, b. 6 October 1978
Last Edited=11 Feb 2011
     Bertolomeo dei Principi Ruspoli was born illegitimately on 6 October 1978 at Rome, ItalyG.1 He is the son of Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Principe di Cerveteri and Debra Berger.1 He married Aileen Getty, daughter of Sir John Paul Getty II and Gail Harris, in November 2004.1

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Aileen Getty1

F, #465110, b. 14 July 1957
Last Edited=1 Apr 2016
Aileen Getty was born on 14 July 1957.1 She is the daughter of Sir John Paul Getty II and Gail Harris.1 She married, firstly, Christopher Edward Wilding, son of Michael Wilding and Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, circa 1980.1 She and Christopher Edward Wilding were divorced in 1989. She married, secondly, Bertolomeo dei Principi Ruspoli, son of Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Principe di Cerveteri and Debra Berger, in November 2004.1
Her married name became Wilding.1 From November 2004, her married name became Ruspoli.1

Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr.1

M, #334311, b. 6 July 1926, d. 5 February 1969
Last Edited=3 Feb 2009
     Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr. was born on 6 July 1926 at Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.G.1 He was the son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron.1 He married, firstly, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, daughter of Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara Viola Warmbrodt, on 6 May 1950.1 He and Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor were divorced on 29 May 1951.1 He married, secondly, Patricia McClintock on 26 November 1958.1 He and Patricia McClintock were divorced in 1965.1 He died on 5 February 1969 at age 42 at Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.G, from a heart attack.1 He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.A.G.1

Children of Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr. and Patricia McClintock

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

William Barron Hilton1

M, #334312, b. 23 October 1927
Last Edited=3 Feb 2009
     William Barron Hilton was born on 23 October 1927 at Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.G.1 He is the son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron.1 He married Marilyn June Hawley, daughter of George Hawley and Danielle (?), on 20 June 1947 at St. Viencent de Paul Church, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.G.1
He was vice-president of Hilton Hotels Corproation in 1954.1 He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor by University of Houston, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.G, in 1986.1

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Eric Michael Hilton1

M, #334313, b. 1933
Last Edited=3 Feb 2009
     Eric Michael Hilton was born in 1933.1 He is the son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron.1

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Zsa Zsa Gabor1

F, #334314, b. 6 February 1917, d. 18 December 2016
Last Edited=8 Jan 2017

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1959 1

Zsa Zsa Gabor was born on 6 February 1917 at Budapest, Hungary.2 She was the daughter of Vilmos Gabor.2 She married, firstly, Burham belge in 1937.2 She and Burham belge were divorced in 1941.2 She married, secondly, Conrad Nicholson Hilton, son of Augustus Halvorson Hilton and Mary Genevieve Laufersweiler, in 1942.1 She and Conrad Nicholson Hilton were divorced in 1946.1 She married, thirdly, George Sanders in 1949.2 She and George Sanders were divorced in 1954.2 She married, fourthly, Herbert Hunter in 1962.2 She and Herbert Hunter were divorced in 1966.2 She married, fifthly, Joshua S. Cosden, jr. in 1966.2 She and Joshua S. Cosden, jr. were divorced in 1967.2 She married, sixthly, Jack Ryan in 1975.2 She and Jack Ryan were divorced in 1976.2 She married, seventhly, Michael O’Hara in 1976.2 She and Michael O’Hara were divorced in 1983.2 She married, eightlhy, Felipe Alba in 1983.2 She married Hans Robert Lichtenberg in 1986.2 She and Conrad Nicholson Hilton were divorced in 1954.2 She died on 18 December 2016 at age 99.2
Her marriage to Felipe Alba was annulled in 1983.2

Child of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Nicholson Hilton

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.
  2. [S219] Announcements, New York Times, New York, U.S.A.. Hereinafter cited as New York Times.

Constance Francesca Hilton1

F, #334315, b. 1947, d. 5 January 2015
Last Edited=8 Jan 2017
     Constance Francesca Hilton was born in 1947.1 She was the daughter of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Zsa Zsa Gabor.1 She died on 5 January 2015.2

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.
  2. [S206] Announcements, The Daily Mail, London, U.K.. Hereinafter cited as The Daily Mail.

Mary Frances Kelly1

F, #334316
Last Edited=3 Feb 2009
     Mary Frances Kelly married Conrad Nicholson Hilton, son of Augustus Halvorson Hilton and Mary Genevieve Laufersweiler, in 1976.1
From 1976, her married name became Hilton.1

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor1

F, #334317, b. 27 February 1932
Last Edited=4 Feb 2009

Elizabeth Taylor, 1956 1

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on 27 February 1932 at Hampstead, London, EnglandG.1 She is the daughter of Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara Viola Warmbrodt.1 She married, firstly, Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr., son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron, on 6 May 1950.1 She and Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr. were divorced on 29 May 1951.1 She married, secondly, Michael Wilding on 21 February 1952.1 She married, thirdly, Michael Todd, son of Chaim Goldbogen and Sophia Hellerman, on 2 February 1957.1 She married, fourthly, Edmund John Fisher, son of Joseph Fisher and Kate Winokur, on 12 May 1959.1 She and Edmund John Fisher were divorced on 6 March 1964.1 She married, fifthly, Richard Burton on 15 March 1964 at Montreal, Quebec, CanadaG.1 She and Richard Burton were divorced on 26 June 1974.1 She married, seventhly, John William Warner on 4 December 1976.1 She and John William Warner were divorced on 7 November 1982.1 She married, eightlhy, Larry Fortensky on 6 October 1991.1 She and Larry Fortensky were divorced on 31 October 1996.1 She and Michael Wilding were divorced on 26 January 1957.1 She married, sixthly, Richard Burton on 10 October 1975 at Chobe National Park, Kasane, BotswanaG.1 She and Richard Burton were divorced on 29 July 1976.1
She was a film actress.1 She was appointed Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire (D.B.E.) in 1999.1

Children of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor and Michael Wilding

Child of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor and Michael Todd

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Patricia McClintock1

F, #334318
Last Edited=3 Feb 2009
     Patricia McClintock married Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr., son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron, on 26 November 1958.1 She and Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr. were divorced in 1965.1
From 26 November 1958, her married name became Hilton.1

Children of Patricia McClintock and Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr.

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Conrad Nicholson Hilton III1

M, #334319, b. 26 January 1960
Last Edited=3 Feb 2009
     Conrad Nicholson Hilton III was born on 26 January 1960.1 He is the son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr. and Patricia McClintock.1

Citations

  1. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Michael Otis Hilton1

M, #334320, b. 12 June 1961

Gordon Getty, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

TITLE: Chairperson and President

FUNDING AREAS:  Anthropology, sociology, education, museums, performing arts, music, orchestra

CONTACT: (415) 352-4410

IP TAKE: Although the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation once spread its wealth around to a variety of local and global causes, the couple is returning to their artistic roots as they age. The Gettys tend to favor well-established arts institutions in the Bay Area, but smaller groups with music programs have a good chance as well.

PROFILE: At one point of another, many of us choose a life path out of obligation to our families. But when your last name is Getty, that obligation is even more intense. Gordon Getty is the son of oil tycoon Paul Getty, and he’s the namesake of the Getty Oil fortune. Although he was one of five children, he was expected to take over the family business and did so for a short time to please his father. But in the mid-1980s, obligation was tossed out the window and the prodigal son sold the family business to Texaco for $10 billion. I suppose you can do whatever you like when you’re named the richest person in America (Forbes Magazine, 1983).

Getty has always been more interested in art and music than oil and big business. After selling Getty Oil, he and his wife, Ann, started their own philanthropic foundation to boost the arts in the Bay Area. Getty is an avid opera singer, and he’s even composed several of his own choral works, piano pieces, and operas. He got his official training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Not surprisingly, lots of Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation funds find their way to local operas and music groups.

However, Getty is a multi-faceted individual and his passions run far deeper than his rhythms and melodies. And he hasn’t abandoned his business background entirely, investing in mutual funds and firms like Forward Management and ReFlow Management. These earnings have helped him finance several restaurants, hotel resorts, retail clothing stores, and a winery in Napa Valley. Although he officially claims to be a Republican, he’s donated to a good number of Democratic candidates like John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi. In April 2013, he even hosted a dinner in his home featuring President Barack Obama.

As a man with a net worth of over $2 billion, Getty operates most of the philanthropic contributions personally with his wife. He prefers to award continual grants to organizations close to his hear. For example, Getty’s foundation regularly awards rounds of $10,000 to $40,000 grants to orchestras through the League of American Orchestras, totaling around $1.5 million over three years.

The heirs of those original speculators, the Whittier, Green and Buck families, are proposing to sell Belridge, and the 376 million barrels of oil reserves that lie beneath those seemingly worthless 33,000 acres in Kern County. Up to a dozen oil companies are interested in Belridge’s 376 million barrels of oil reserves. And, by recent estimates, the sale could bring $2 billion or more should a bidding war ensue. Bids are due by Sept. 17.

Belridge stock, the little that is traded, is bringing more than $2,000 share. Mr. Cook is trustee for 72,656 shares, or 7.29 percent of the company.

But, Texaco Inc. and the Mobil Oil Corporation, which together own almost 348,000 shares, or 35 percent, of the company’s stock, have sued to block the sale, saying it would jeopardize their minority interest. Most of the family stockholders have decided to sell the company as a unit. They maintain that under California law the majority shareholders have the right to sell the company as a unit without the permission of the minority shareholders.

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Belridge has responded to the oil companies’ suit by countercharging, in Federal court documents filed last Thursday, that Mobil and Texaco possessed confidential inside information obtained through their “agents” on the board of directors and accuses the two companies with attempting to “extort from Belridge a preferential distribution of Belridge oil‐producing assets as the ransom for giving up their opposition to the auction program.”

Belridge had invited Mobil and Texaco to join in the bidding but has since asked for an injunction to prevent Mobil and Texaco from interfering in the auction.

“Up until this lawsuit, we had friendly relationship,” said James E. Greene, executive vice president of Belridge and no relation to the founding family. “Except for some friction during the OPEC embargo when we sold oil that Mobil wanted to another company, it’s been a friendly partnership.”

Both Mobil and Texaco, which each have a director on the board, had assisted Belridge with oil technology. It was Texaco that suggested that Belridge hire Morgan Stanley & Company to assist in the sale and it was Morgan Stanley that recommended that selling the company as a unit would bring the best price.

Belridge accounts for about 4 percent of the total California crude production from only 9,000 acres of its 33,000‐acre holdings. Most of the remaining acreage has been in agricultural use since 1970, when the company began its struggling agricultural subsidiary.

But it is the oil reserves that make Belridge worth fighting over. Through a combination of high oil prices and new extraction technology, Belridge has more than doubled its production and income in the last five years. And, because more than 90 percent of Belridge’s oil properties are classified as “stripper” properties, the heavy crude oil produced from the wells on this land was exempt from price controls even before President Carter’s plans to decontrol heavy crude.

That exemption has allowed Belridge to sell its crude oil at market prices rather than controlled prices. Last February, for example, when some California crude sold at $5.27 a barrel, Belridge was getting $11.20 for its production. Oil prices are now bringing Belridge about $16 a barrel.

Belridge has used the earnings from the higher prices to expand production. “We’ve increased production to more than 40,000 barrels a day,” Mr. Greene said. In 1974, Belridge produced 16,000 barrels a day.

Belridge’s oil‐fed growth has been substantial. From revenues of $69.3 million in 1974, the company reported a rise by 1978 to revenues of $155.8 milion and profits of $43.9 million, more than double 1974 income. Dividends climbed from $5 a share in 1974 to $21 in 1978 for the 550 shareholders of the company’s nearly one million shares. This year, profits rose 50 percent in the first six months to $31 million on sales of $95 million. “The increase is all oil,” Mr. Greene said.

In 1978, when a few shares of Belridge became more widely distributed, increasing the shareholders to about 550, Belridge was forced to become more public. “We’ve wanted to stay small and a private company mostly because of all the papers you have to fill out,” Mr. Greene said. “But once company has more than 500 shareholders, you’re required to put out a Form 10.”

Belridge is still closely held and managed frugally. The company’s first glossy annual report for 1978 listed seven directors and five officers, one of whom served as photographer for the annual report cover.

The company’s 76‐year‐old president, Leland K. Whittier, son of a founder, controlled the single largest block of stock and maintained the offices of the M.H. Whittier Corporation in the same building, across the hall in Room 204 from the Belridge offices in Room 205.

Mr. Greene, who heads the Belridge executive staff of seven, spent 43 years with the Whittier Corporation before moving across the hall to run the dayto‐day operations of Belridge.

About Royal Rosamond Press

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