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Lod Cook (1995)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana, Los Angeles, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-01-20

Duration: 00:26:15

Subjects: Cook, Lodwrick M. | Business | Atlantic Richfield Co. | OIL INDUSTRY | Rebuild LA (Organization)


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Cook, Lod Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from January 20, 1995, features an interview with Lodwrick “Lod” Cook conducted by Gus Weill. Cook, who grew up in Grand Cane, Louisiana, is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of ARCO Petroleum. He discusses: his time at LSU; his military experience in Germany; his start at ARCO as an engineering trainee; his move into personnel; his decision to get an MBA from Southern Methodist University (SMU); the importance of education and positioning yourself for opportunity; corporate involvement with the community; his work as chairman of Rebuild Los Angeles; the process of running ARCO; his relationships with different United States presidents; Louisiana’s needs; his appointment from Queen Elizabeth II as an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE); and his plans for the future, including his upcoming retirement.