I was reminded of a few broadcasting legends recently when I attended a monthly luncheon meeting of the Bola Tie Society of Arizona. I was there to meet some experts who could provide some information on a few bola ties my dad wore.
Among the co-founders of the organization was Bill Close, who anchored the Channel 10 news, then KOOL-TV, for 28 years, from 1964 until his retirement in 1992. Close was known for wearing bola ties on the air.
The Bola Tie Society has come a long way since its inception in 1966. The group led the way for the bola tie to become the official neckwear of Arizona, which became law when Gov. Jack Williams, also a former broadcaster, signed the legislation in 1971.There was even an official Arizona Bola Tie Week back in the late ‘60s.
Who would have known?