Thursday, May 22, 2014

More Things You Didn't Know About the Koch Brothers

Walter Block emails:
My wife and I, and Charles Koch and his wife, were standing on a sidewalk together, talking (somewhere in Scotland; all four were attending an Austrian seminar; this must have been in the 1980s, to the best of my recollection), when along the sidewalk came a drunken man muttering something to the effect: “sidewalks are for walking; you people get off the sidewalk and into the road, so that I can get past you all” (he didn’t speak quite so coherently, but that was the gist of what he said). To my complete surprise, Charles assumed the boxing position, in effect threatening to fight that drunkard for the space the four of us were occupying. The drunkard walked around the four of us, into the road, muttering all the way. I said afterward: “I thought that multi zillionaires would have body guards, and not be called upon to fend for themselves in such a physical manner; shows how much I know about this particular demographic.”
Note:  This story does appear in  Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.

And a friend close to the brothers emails:
Roy Childs propositioned both Charles Koch and his (then, I think?) wife.
Note: The above story does not appear in the book, but it does have a ring of truth to it. I knew a very attractive blonde in NYC, who was propositioned in pretty much the same way by Childs. He told her that he thought she would be a perfect participant for group sex.


  1. Perhaps I'm being Thick, but sex with those beasts...there aren't enough condoms or bleach or drugs. Ever.

  2. Roy pinched me on the butt while holding Court in his hotel room at the 1976 Libertarian Party convention in DC. I didn't assume the "boxing position" but I got the hell out of Dodge. BTW Charles is still married to Liz, a charming and classy lady, but not someone who would appeal to Roy. But then Roy was a sorrowful drunk. Charles paid to send him to several rehab/dry-out ranches, but nothing worked. I think once he fell out with Rothbard he was doomed.