Nearly 63 years ago, an unusual mascot was born amid student stress and deadlines.
For Wilbur Elseat, a monster political science test was looming. He needed to find a date to a dance. And then, there was an art contest.
He was a 22-year-old art major. He had to do well.
The contest? Create a design that showed the spirit of his school.
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Elsea thought and thought.
It should probably reflect the area's history of farming. And it should be scary.
He had friends on the football team,
In 2008 when he was interviewed by The Eagle, he said, “This was before they had face masks on helmets, and after every game, these guys would come up with split lips, loose teeth and skinned cheeks. This was no sport for sissies. . . . .”
And so, a mascot was born.
In the beginning, he had arms and legs like Arnold Schwarzenegger and carried a three-foot long scythe that was razor sharp.
In time, the mascot dropped the scythe and loosened up.
Question: Who is this mascot?
Answer to Friday’s question: Gene Tierney sunned herself around Junction City’s pool. She was there because her first husband, Italian clothing designer Oleg Cassini, was stationed at Fort Riley.
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