Friday Night Lights

Aaron Giebel Character Analysis

A businessman interviewed by Buzz Bissinger about his role in the boom and bust of the 1980s, Aaron Giebel talks about the enormous wealth he accumulated during the oil boom, in oil prospecting. Giebel ended up losing nearly all this money when the bust occurred; normally a sensible and cautious investor, Giebel admits to having been “crazed” by the allure of big profits during the boom.

Aaron Giebel Quotes in Friday Night Lights

The Friday Night Lights quotes below are all either spoken by Aaron Giebel or refer to Aaron Giebel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 11: Sisters Quotes

There is no question the banks were tantamount to prostitutes during the boom.

Related Characters: Aaron Giebel (speaker)
Page Number: 243
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Aaron Giebel Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights

The timeline below shows where the character Aaron Giebel appears in Friday Night Lights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Sisters
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Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
...a week. Bissinger goes on to describe the rise and fall of a man named Aaron Giebel, living in Midland, whose prosperity and collapse in the oil industry is indicative of... (full context)
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Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
But the bust was inevitable—it would come, and it did. Giebel had spent enormous amounts of money on a private jet, and on his own gigantic... (full context)