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Bob Walsh has been a key figure in the Seattle sports scene for nearly 40 years.

He joined the Seattle SuperSonics in 1973 as assistant general manager and went on to spearhead several sports and cultural events in the Puget Sound region including: three NCAA Men’s Final Fours, two NCAA Women’s Final Fours, the 1987 NBA All-Star Game as well as the 1990 Goodwill Games.

Walsh has been credited by the NCAA for inventing the “March Madness” celebration in 1984 when he led the Seattle organizing committee.

He has also coordinated events and formed nonprofits that have brought medical care, nutritional support, education and community investments worth nearly $1 billion–to over seven million people in three dozen countries.

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On Oct. 25, at Seattle Central Community College, he will kick off a five-part series — “Conversations with Bob Walsh and Friends” — that will explore local & global issues and combine dinner, speakers, and question-and-answer sessions.

Walsh talked about his renowned sports and humanitarian efforts, his upcoming lecture series and much more in a live chat Oct. 24 on

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