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Bola Tie SocietyI 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.

As I perused one of the organization’s early membership lists, I found a few other notables from the broadcasting industry, including Joe Foss and Hugh Downs.

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.

Like all “real” groups, the society has regular meetings, has by-laws and features guest speakers at its monthly luncheons.

There was even an official Arizona Bola Tie Week back in the late ‘60s.

Who would have known?


Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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