The bow-tie is the emblem of the smof. New York fan Ben Yalow, a longtime conrunner, has always sported one — in lieu, we suppose, of the idiosyncratic headgear that distinguishes certain other fans — and, since the 1970s, it has come to symbolize the entire smoffish tribe. (It used to be a bow-tie and briefcase, but since the advent of computers, smofs don't carry quite so much paper around, although a briefcase is still handy for carrying the Holy Floor Plans.)
See Fannish Fashion.
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