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Alden Doc Laborde (2000)

Louisiana Legends Gala



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2000-07-02

Duration: 00:06:17

Subjects: ODECO | Laborde, Alden J. | Business | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Offshore oil well drilling | Tidewater, Inc.


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Allen, Virgil Interviewee
  • Hannan, Philip Interviewee
  • Laborde, Alden "Doc" Speaker


This segment from the 2000 Louisiana Legends Gala features a profile and a speech by Alden “Doc” Laborde accepting his recognition as a Louisiana Legend. Laborde, a native of Marksville, designed and built the first offshore drilling platform. He is the founder of the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company (ODECO) and a co-founder of Tidewater Marine. His profile includes interviews with Virgil Allen, the director of the Louisiana Oil Rig Museum, and Archbishop Philip Hannan. Laborde is the older brother of fellow honoree John Laborde. Host: Beth Courtney