Assignment Venezuela

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In 1956 Creole Petroleum Corp. put out an orientation film called "Assignment: Venezuela". It tracks events in in the life of a new Engineer, "Jim", as he arrives in Venezuela and ends when his family arrives to join him. This film has special meaning to me, as my father's story follows the script of this film almost exactly, only Dad (Earnie Trahan) did it beginning late in 1948. Like "Jim", Dad arrived in Maracaibo. His first assignment was in Lagunillas. He went to Caracas for Spanish class, and our first home in Venezuela was a Quonset hut. The scenes in this film are all scenes from my childhood. We arrive at the Maracaibo airport. We visit Hotel del Lago. We see the Lagunillas club & pool. We go out on lake Maracaibo in a launch (like I did many times with my father & mother on fishing trips). We see the interior of a raised house and a Quonset. The furniture is the same as I remember. We visit Amuay where I lived later. We also get a nice tour of Caracas.

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Below are some scenes that I captured from the film.

Maracaibo Airport Rember the yucky stuff you had to walk through? Hotel del Lago Hotel del Lago The ferry
The road by Lake Maracaibo The bar at the Lagunillas Club On the lake On the lake On the lake
Lagunillas raised house Lagunillas raised house Remember this furniture? Note the Cerveza Zulia Quonset
Quonset interior Quonset interior Quonset interior Quonset interior Lagunillas Pool
Lagunillas Pool Lagunillas Pool Lagunillas School Lagunillas School Interior Lagunillas School
Lagunillas School & Park behind Pool Park behind Lagunillas Pool Panorama made from last three pictures Amuay Refinery Caracas Maiquetia Airport
The Road to Caracas Caracas Caracas Caracas Church Plaza Bolivar
Plaza Bolivar Waiting at Maracaibo Airport The Family Arrives Sunset over Lake Maracaibo The End

 

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