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What You Should Know / August 23, 2010

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www.newyorker.com -- Oddly enough, the fiercely capitalist Koch family owes part of its fortune to Joseph Stalin. Fred Koch was the son of a Dutch printer who settled in Texas and ran a weekly newspaper. Fred attended M.I.T., where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. In 1927, he invented a more efficient process for converting oil into gasoline, but, according to family lore, America’s major oil companies regarded him as a threat and shut him out of the industry. Unable to succeed at home, Koch found work in the Soviet Union. In the nineteen-thirties, his company trained Bolshevik engineers and helped Stalin’s regime set up fifteen modern oil refineries. Over time, however, Stalin brutally purged several of Koch’s Soviet colleagues.

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  • 1. Kat  |  August 24th, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Yeah, read that and noticed no credit given to you guys.

  • 2. Manni  |  August 24th, 2010 at 4:46 am

    No wonder; these guys have been getting slack ever since your “friend” from Moscow days, David Remnick took over …. He is making them money for sure; at the same time he has been moving the magazine so far into the main-stream and to the right that it has become hardly readable any longer

  • 3. FrankMcG  |  August 24th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    There’s always the chance that, you know, they came across these immutable historical facts themselves? Nah, impossible.

  • 4. Kat  |  August 25th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Anyway, the important thing is the information is getting out there.


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