The Hemisphere: Tycoon's Wing-Ding

In the waiting room of Calgary airport one 18° morning last week, a stocky, greying man staggered cheerfully under the weight of a pile of enormous, fleece-lined coats. To arriving friends the man said: "Here, you better take this. It might be cold up there." It was. The gathering party's destination, Fort St. John, B.C., lay smothered under snowdrifts 8 ft. high. But to Francis Murray Patrick McMahon, temporary coat-dispenser and full-time oil-and-gas tycoon, a town buried under snow was no problem. Calling for "all the tractors from Dawson creek to the Alaska...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!