Willie Wiredhand was created by Andrew McClay Oct. 30, 1950. McClay, a former entomologist, worked as a freelance artist for NRECA.
Staff on NRECA’s flagship publication, RE Magazine, thought McClay’s cartoon would serve as a graphical representation of a farmer’s hired hand. McClay took ownership of the idea, and “Willie the Wired Hand” was born. The name was later shortened to “Willie Wiredhand.”
NRECA’s membership chose Willie to represent electric cooperatives in 1951. Since then, Willie has been a distinguished and well-loved mascot in co-op culture. Ornaments and figurines are available for purchase each year and many have collected them.
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