This State Journal editorial ran on March 10, 1967:
It’s easy to pick a fight with any busy governor, regardless of politics. But Gov. Warren Knowles certainly is above criticism by “regretfully” turning down an invitation to the White House.
After all, the governor has had meetings with the president before, and there will be many other presidential background briefings before the year is up.
But there will be only one Wisconsin State High School Basketball Tournament this year — and the governor will be there for the championship instead of in Washington.
And what is more important for a governor to know than how the student generation is growing up in Wisconsin? State tournament is spring tonic time in Madison when we get the opportunity to have good young citizens from all over the state as guests of the town.
How much better it is for the governor to be pepped up by the contagious enthusiasm of youth at the Field House than to listen to the dreary drones of another bureaucratic backgrounding. And as a former state tournament player himself (back when 20 points was a big team score). Right guard Knowles might enjoy a little break from the office. Good decision, governor.