John S. Knight

John S. Knight (HM13KZ)

Location: Lexington, KY 40508 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.509', W 84° 29.379'

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1894 - 1981

Adjacent to this park is the building of the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the large Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers. Both Messrs. Knight and Ridder were longtime owners and breeders of racehorses. John S. Knight started with the Akron Beacon Journal after World War I and built a chain of papers including such major markets as Miami, Detroit, and Chicago. He personally authored a series that won one of his papers' twenty-six Pulitzer Prizes. He and Marshall Field began a racing partnership named Fourth Estate Stable, which Knight later carried on by himself. His best horses also had journalistic names, such as War Censor, Editorialist, Copy Chief, and Journalist. His son, Landon Knight, owned the 1977 English Derby winner, Benny the Dip, which was then sent to stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.

In 1974, Knight Newspapers merged with Ridder Publications, which had properties in New York, Minnesota, and California. Bernard J. Ridder (1913-1983) was a third-generation newspaperman who joined his family firm after World War II. He bought Murrieta Stud in Southern California, and raced the champion mare Cascapedia and the prominent Flying Paster.
HM NumberHM13KZ
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 720293 N 4213429
Decimal Degrees38.04181667, -84.48965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.509', W 84° 29.379'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 30.54" N, 84° 29' 22.74" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 133 Midland Ave, Lexington KY 40508, US
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