As a young boy living in Los Angeles, Jay Hatheway never thought he would spend his formative years in a Middle Eastern desert.
But in 1959, Hatheway’s father, Joe, accepted a position with Richfield Atlantic Oil Companies as chief petroleum engineer in the southern oil fields of Iran. It allowed the family to live an affluent lifestyle, but it also meant moving from Southern California to the Middle East.
Everything was “radically different” in Iran, Jay Hatheway told the Hub this month. It wasn’t just that the culture and the climate differed from America, but the lifestyle did, too.
The countryside was oppressive, barren, dry and lifeless, much like the life of most natives. But the culture, lifestyle and social class discrepancies gave impetus to new life experiences... Read More