The Zero Hour Bomb Company, maker of electric time bombs for oil drilling, is
incorporated in Tulsa, Oklahoma
A West Texas watchmaker named R.D. Hull gets the idea for a new fishing reel after watching a meat counter clerk pull string from a fixed spool
After a friend quips that the Standard resembles a beer can, Hull demonstrates his American ingenuity (and sense of humor) by making a joke version with an actual can.
Hull takes his idea to Zero Hour Bomb Company and the world’s first spincast reel is born, guaranteed to never backlash
The first “Standard” spincast reels roll off the line on Friday the 13th in May 1949
George Goetz, Zebco’s first sales rep, demonstrates the reel’s ease of use with casting tricks – even wearing boxing gloves
Zebco’s Texas rep, Bill Carter, sets world record for most casts without a backlash (3,453 casts in 14 hours and 14 minutes)
The Zebco booth attracts crowds at sport shows across the country
Yep, even Castro got caught up in the Zebco craze
The original Zebco 33 is introduced, selling for $19.50
A friend of President Eisenhower asks the company to send a reel to the White House. When security sees the package labeled “Zero Hour Bomb Co” they plunge it into a tub of water and call the bomb squad!
Zero Hour Bomb Company officially changes name to Zebco
Zebco introduces the first ever youth combo (Zebco Junior)
Zebco introduces the first “balanced” tackle combos, matching reel to rod (77,88,99,101)
A young Mickey Mantle and television’s “Tonto” check out the latest Zebco reels at a New York sports show
Zebco introduces the 202 “ZeeBee” spincast, an instant classic
The company is acquired by Brunswick Corporation
Zebco builds and moves into current Tulsa headquarters
R.D. Hull is inducted into the Sporting Goods Hall of Fame – at the time 70 million Zebco have been sold
Zebco becomes the first fishing tackle manufacturer to advertise on US network TV
R.D Hull passes away at the age of 77
Rhino rods set a new standard for tough fishing tackle
Zebco acquires Martin Fly Fishing
Zebco celebrates 50 years of making fishing tackle
Omega, our most full-featured, high-performance spincast design makes its debut.
The new Zebco 33 Platinum comes out with an all-metal body and all-metal gears.
The Zebco 33 makes an appearance in “Walk The Line” when Johnny and June go fishing together
Hawg Seeker & Bite Alert™ hits the shelf with audible and visual fish strike alarms.
The Zebco 202, 404 & 606 get a total redesign to make these popular favorites even better.
Zebco takes serious spincasting up another notch with the new Omega Pro.
Zebco introduces an all-new Zebco 33 for the 60th anniversary