January 18, 1992 |
dil'ettan'te A lover of the fine arts; esp., one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge desultorily or superficially, or as a pastime. Syn. See AMATEUR --Webster's Bill Koch would try on that definition and say it doesn't fit. Anyone who spends $30 million isn't just dabbling in the America's Cup. That's Koch's personal share of his America 3 syndicate's $45-million commitment to defeat a man--Dennis Conner--who had won and lost the Cup before Koch ever learned to sail.
December 5, 1995 |
Talk about a Puritan image problem. First Demi Moore does Hester Prynne. Then Catherine de Castelbajac--a former Ford model and Californian who graduated from Foothill High School in Santa Ana--portrays herself in a courtroom as an "X-rated Protestant princess." "My poor nerve endings are already hungry," De Castelbajac told Bill Koch--a multimillionaire yachtsman who gained fame for his 1992 America's Cup victory--in one of a series of steamy letters and faxes read to jurors. "You are creating such a wanton woman."
January 9, 1992 |
John Aalberg of Salt Lake City claimed his third consecutive title and Bill Koch skied back into contention for an Olympic team position at the U.S. Cross Country Championships at Biwabik, Minn.
December 24, 1999 |
Koch Industries, the mammoth Wichita, Kan.-based oil and gas conglomerate, defrauded the U.S. government by mismeasuring oil purchases on federal and American Indian lands, a federal jury decided Thursday. Koch, one of the largest private companies in the United States, was ordered to pay actual damages to the government of $553,504 for making 24,587 false claims that allowed Koch to pay less than it should have for oil, the jury said.
February 8, 1992 |
Cross-country skier Bill Koch, a silver medalist in the 1976 Games, was elected by his teammates to carry the flag and lead the U.S. team at today's opening ceremony. Koch said it was an honor he had hoped for, but hadn't expected. "It really shocked me," he said. "I pretty much figured that they'd probably choose a more recent Olympian. I was shocked but very pleased and extremely honored to have my peers choose me. That's like the ultimate honor."
January 10, 1992
Bill Koch, head of the America3 defense syndicate, said he will have a fourth sloop built for the America's Cup defender trials. America3 will enter two yachts in each round of the trials, which begin Tuesday off San Diego. Jayhawk and Defiant, launched last year, will be used in the first series of round-robin races. A third boat is expected to arrive this month and will be used in the second round-robin. The fourth boat is expected in March, in time for the fourth round.