Don Bolles, Phoenix Arizona
Although I'm interested in Phoenix history, and post images on a Facebook page, I'm reluctant to post about Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic who was murdered in 1976. The internet being what it is, it seems to attract the kind of comments that show disrespect for Don, his family, and his friends.
So I won't talk about Don Bolles. But I would like to encourage you to learn more. And the best place to start is the lobby of the Clarendon Hotel, which is on 4th Avenue between Indian School Road and Osborn.
I've been there several times on June 2nd, with a friend of mine who has great expertise, and great respect, for the story of Don Bolles. And if you go there then you will probably see people who remember Don, and 1976. No, there's no meeting or anything, no speeches, just people paying respect for the time, the place, and the man.
Walk into the lobby and look to your right - there's a small bust of Don Bolles. No, the Clarendon isn't glorifying what happened there, but it's also not turning its back on the history. Walk along the hallway towards the restrooms and look at the enlarged photos, and see what happened there.
I'm still learning about this, as I am still learning about the history of Phoenix.
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Posted by Brad Hall