At 3:30 o'clock
twice or three times a week Papa Knox (four goals now, was seven) and sons team
with their horse trainer Lewis Smith (eight goals) and play several 7�-minute
periods of polo. On some pololess days Knoxes ride to the Aiken hounds, of
which Lucetta, Norty's wife, is Master.
At 5:30 o'clock
the Knoxes who are all in one piece try a few sets of lawn tennis, mixed
doubles. House guests are free to join.
At 6:30 o'clock
the Knoxes call a halt to repair the ravages of sport and get ready for
At 7:30 o'clock
dinner is served and everyone eats ravenously.
At 8:30 o'clock a
covey of Knoxes goes to the late movies or, as on one occasion last spring,
drives 20-odd miles into Augusta and watches Pancho Gonzales take the measure
of Ashley Cooper. House guests, by this time, are red-eyed and tottering.
Such a day as
this, even if carried out by people of wealth who are no more than sporting
dilettanti, would be unique. The Knoxes are very wealthy, but they are not by
any stretch of the imagination dilettanti, sporting or otherwise.
Papa Knox is,
among other things, chairman of the board of the Marine Trust Company (part of
a family banking complex), a director of seven corporations; a trustee of the
Buffalo Museum of Science, the Millard Fillmore Hospital and Aiken Preparatory
School; chairman of the council of the University of Buffalo and a member of
the council of Yale University; president and director of the Buffalo Fine Arts
Academy. He is on the board of governors of the U.S. Polo Association and a
director and past president of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association, to which,
in 1931, he gave the permanent national singles trophy.
square social moniker is Seymour H. III, is voluble and enthusiastic and
addicted to the telephone and
The Sporting News
, the weekly baseball newspaper.
Despite his numerous sporting activities he is Buffalo branch manager for and a
general partner of Dominick & Dominick, international investment bankers.
His list of directorships includes six corporate ones and six of a
philanthropic, cultural or athletic nature. Like Papa Knox, between Buffalo,
Aiken and New York, he is a member of some 10 clubs.
contrastingly quiet but intense, is almost entirely oriented to the land. At
Ess Kay farm in East Aurora, N.Y. he raises Aberdeen Angus cattle, and at Hope
Plantation near Charleston, S.C. he grows timber and, with state and federal
aid, carries out projects in reforestation and wildlife conservation.
marvel that the Knox brothers can carry such a load of business and family
responsibilities and still play all their games as well as they do and with
such purposeful intensity. To them this does not seem unusual. They devote a
large amount of time to games because they like games, because they can afford
games and because Papa Knox has indoctrinated them with his conviction that
sports and sportsmanship are important ingredients in life and, along with
life's other responsibilities, are to be taken seriously.