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Beat the Odds . . . and Live! (1976)

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Sound | 1976

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  •  Funky Las Vegas scenes as a metaphor for industrial safety 
  •  Exciting Hollywood scenes as a metaphor for industrial safety 
  •  Famed Hollywood stuntman Duffy Hambleton 
  •  Indianapolis 500 scenes as a metaphor for industrial safety 
  •  Race car driver Tom Sneva, 1974 Rookie of the Year at the time of this film who would go on to win the Indy 500 in 1983 
  •  Safety statistics at Dow Chemical 
  •  Dow Chemical accident in Colorado in which an employee not wearing his seat belt was killed 
  •  A smart gambler quits before he looses it all 
  •  Reminding Dow employees to always use their safety equipment 
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This training film, narrated by Hollywood actor Claude Akins, instructs employees on using safety equipment when driving Dow company vehicles. Using examples of a casino owner in Las Vegas, a Hollywood stuntman, and an Indy Car driver as a metaphor for taking risks with industrial safety, the film encourages viewers to take every possible precaution to reduce accidents in dangerous situations. In addition to Akins, the film features Hollywood stuntman Duffy Hambleton and Indy 500 winner Tom Sneva.
Dow Chemical, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest chemical companies with numerous plants and facilities all over the world. Dow Chemical’s involvement in Texas began in 1940 with the construction of the Freeport Plant in Freeport, Texas. This plant was primarily tasked with extracting magnesium from sea water, a much needed resource America's military effort in World War II. The development of the city of Lake Jackson, which served as a home for Dow employees, coincided with the construction of the Freeport Plant and as such share a mutual history. Dow Chemical in Freeport became part of a larger transformation of the Texas Coast into a major center of the oil and chemical industry.