John Knox VI is a member of a long-standing, prominent Atlanta family. His grandfather, Fitzhugh Knox, was a real estate tycoon in Atlanta from the late 1800s until the depression. John Knox VI attended E. Rivers Elementary and North Fulton High School. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He later received his law degree from the University of Georgia, but practiced law only briefly. He then worked for the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association and became its Executive Director in 1960.
Abstract of Interview
John Knox talks about his family history in Atlanta, on both his maternal and paternal sides. His father and grandfather were both real estate developers who had a significant impact on the city of Atlanta. He also recounts his family’s experiences during the Civil War. He goes on to recall his own experiences growing up in Buckhead. He attended Miss Bloodworth’s Kindergarten, E. Rivers Elementary, and North Fulton High School. He tells several stories about pranks he and his friends played as kids.
Interview by Wright Mitchell, Chad Wright, and John O. Knox, Jr. (grandson), November 1, 2009.
In the video clip below, John Knox VI, recalls where Buckhead residents once got their whisky from bootleggers hidden in the woods off Paces Ferry Road, near Vinings, Georgia.
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