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Jack R. Westbrook, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan author, was Managing Editor of the Michigan Oil & Gas News in that city 1973-2001. In 2005, Westbrook worked with Clarke Historical Library at the Mount Pleasant Michigan campus of Central Michigan University, cataloging more than 18,000 petroleum history photos, identifying many and creating a searchable photo database of more than 5,000 photos of industry people 1933-2005. For three years he was a monthly contributor to Michigan Traveler magazine before leaving that pursuit early in 2006 to pursue book projects. He now writes a regular photo history column for the Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant’s daily newspaper.
He has written and/or edited three books about Michigan’s oil and gas industry: and Michigan Oil and Gas, a photo history of the industry released by Arcadia Publishing in September, 2006.
Westbrook also wrote Mount Pleasant Then and Now. He has written six more photo history books and one novel since. Westbrook wrote articles regarding the Michigan petroleum exploration and production industry in national trade and statewide general press publications. As a speaker on Michigan petroleum history, he has addressed every Michigan petroleum industry trade organization and numerous civic organizations in Michigan, as well as groups in Washington D.C. and Boston MA; including being the only non-attorney ever to keynote the Michigan Bar Association Oil and Gas Workshop in 1990. In the mid-1980s,
Westbrook is a public speaker and has appeared at book signings and/or speeches 154 times since September, 2008