the summer of 1968, Universal Pictures was shooting a movie based on the best oil well fighter in the industry. Paul "Red" Adair was such a legend in the field of putting out these gargantuan fires that only one man could play the role-John Wayne. Just as shooting began in Hollywood, a wildcatter just made the oil find of his career when tragedy struck. Philip Anschutz's oilfield caught fire. This could have ruined the young man who bought the business from his father. Instead, an idea popped into his head. He called Universal and told them their movie could never look believable without a real, out of control, oil-field fire, and he had one.
* He charges the movie house $100,000 to film his fire. * He takes the $100,000 and hires Red Adair. * He goes on to become one of the wealthiest men in America. Read More: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/charlespayne/2012/08/28/selfish_celebrities_vs_starving_citizens