Q&A: Gert Boyle, the ‘First Lady of Oregon,’ on Making Ads and Being the Center of Attention

Columbia Sportswear's chairman returns, though she never really left

Gert Boyle, 91, chairman of Columbia Sportswear, returns this week in the company's ads after a decade's absence. From 1984 to 2005, she perfected the "One Tough Mother" persona in a series of comical commercials, appearing with her son, Timothy, Columbia's CEO.

@DaveGian davegia@hotmail.com David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
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