Thursday, June 5, 2014

Koch Family Footage: Bill and David Koch Duke It Out As Tykes

Daniel Schulman, author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, writes:
[P]ugilism was a way of life for the Koch family—metaphorically, but also literally. In college, Fred Koch was one of the stars of MIT’s boxing team, which he briefly captained. And he later taught his sons how to fight. During David and Bill Koch’s teenage years, brawls would occasionally erupt between them that were so fierce that Morris, the foreman of the Kochs’ 160-acre property on the outskirts of Wichita, would keep their boxing gloves close at hand to make sure they didn’t seriously injure each other. (At boarding school, Bill joined the boxing squad.)
The clip above, circa the 1940s, shows a more good natured (even endearing) bout between David and Bill as young boys. It was included in a compilation of family footage that was submitted as evidence in the 1991 legal battle over the Koch matriarch’s will.

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