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The Life and Legend of Howard Hughes Throughout the 20th century it has been the medias job to pinpoint what events and people would prove to be an effective story This was certainly the case for Howard R Hughes Son to the wealthy Howard Hughes Sr Howard became the interest of the American people and newspapers for most of his life Being deemed one of the most famous men of the mid-20th century was greatly attributed to Hughess skills as an industrialist aviator and motion-picture producer combined with his enormous wealth intellect and achievement The media thrived on Howards unusual and sometimes scandalous life especially in his later years when newspapers would frequently front large amounts of money to get stories on Hughes Howard was also associated with what has been called one of the greatest publishing hoaxes in history Howard Hughes Sr commonly known as Big Howard was a graduate of the Harvard School of Law yet never once appeared before a court of law Big Howard spent the first 36 years of his life chasing money across the Texas plains as a wildcatter and a speculator in oil leases working hard enough and earning just enough to move on to another hopefully more fortunate gamble In the year of his marriage Big Howard sold leases on land that proved to have 50000 in oil beneath it He promptly took his new wife to Europe for a honeymoon and returned exactly 50000 poorer In 1908 Big Howard turned his ingenuity and his hobby to tinker into good fortune Current drilling technology was unable to penetrate the thick rock of southwest Texas and oilmen could only extract the surface layers of oil unable to tap the vast resources that lay far below Big Howard came up with the idea for a rolling bit with 166 cutting edges and invented a method to keep the bit lubricated as it tore away
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