Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 28


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 23, 2002 on The History Channel
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Traces the history and evolution of the world's most important fossil fuel. Without gasoline, modern life would grind to a halt. Americans use about 360-million gallons of gas every day. And though most of us could not function without gas, very few understand what it really is, how it is made, what all those different octane numbers really mean, and how researchers developed cleaner-burning gasoline. All these questions will be answered as we look at the history of this "supreme" fuel.moreless
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      • Large gasoline terminals can load two million gallons a day and operate 365 days a year.

      • Refinery maintenance is usually done in the spring, before the summer driving season. At that time, the number of workers can suddenly triple.

      • The first gas pumps had no displays at all. Customers in the early 1900s had to simply trust that the attendant was charging them for the right amount of fuel.

      • In America, gasoline is the most widely used petroleum product. More than 40% of each barrel of oil is made into gasoline.

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      • Judith Moorad
        Shell Oil Products US

        Amy M. Jaffe
        Baker Institute, Rice University

        Joseph A. Pratt
        Historian, University of Houston

        Dennis Feist
        Shell Westhollow Technology Center

        Buford Lewis
        Exxon Mobil Corporation

        Becky Karlmann
        Shell Oil Productions U.S.

        Don Clutterbuck
        Former President, AFG Energy

        Leonard Mallett
        Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Co.

        Miguel Chao
        Chevron Products Company

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Rob Beemer
        Producer: Rob Beemer
        Associate Producer: Kristina Djokic
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Teki Chruickshank
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z. Davis
        Assistant Production Coordinator: James Wiser
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Assistant Editor: Jesse Kingsley
        Assistant Editor: Scott R. Martin
        Voice over Coordinator: Anthony Lacques
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Production Assistant: Shana Hilton
        Production Assistant: Mike Taylor
        Camera: Al Klimas
        Camera: Michael Marton
        Camera: Jed Udall
        Field Audio: Dale G. Cowdin
        Field Audio: Terry Marton
        Online Editor: Rich Barry
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Graphic Artist: Barry Hill
        Historical Consultant: Joseph A. Pratt
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Allen County Public Library
        Chevrontexaco Corporation
        Exxon Mobil Corporation
        Houston Museum of Natural Science/Weiss Energy Hall
        Dow James
        Phillips Petroleum Company
        Shell Oil Products US
        Jan B. Smith
        T.D. Williamson, Inc.
        Mark Wagner
        Tim Wusz

        Supervising Producer: Marc Finnegan
        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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