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    Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    A cross between Woody Woodpecker and a bald eagle , Dick Spencerís cartoon sketch became Herky, the Iowa mascot.
    Fifty years ago next June [in 1948, that is], Iowa's feathered mascot was hatched at the tip of a professor's pen.
    The evolution of Herky from a simple cartoon to the lively character recognized and adored by thousands of Hawkeye fans worldwide is a story that includes a president, a determined junior college transfer student, dozens of fraternity men, rival mascots, and even Mighty Mouse.
    It all started half a century ago when Frank Havlicek, 48BA, was business director for the UI athletic department. Struggling to find some type of symbol for fans to rally around when their teams squared off against Big Ten opponents, Havlicek asked his friend, Dick Spencer, 43BA, to create something to help Iowans visualize a Hawkeye.(See the full article.)

    http://www.iowalum.com/magazine/aug04/big_bird.html



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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    Woody



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    Let my Fred's Posse Ride: Georges, Naz, Hogue, Bryce, Nader, Monte, Matt, and McKay.

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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    The original Cyclones from 1895:


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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    now those guys look like bada$$es. Doing some damage without helmets. awesome!



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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    Love the hair on the guy in the bottom left. :P


    Go Sssssssssyclones!

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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    Half of those guys look like metrosexuals, the other like extras from Tombstone. But i still love em all the same! Go Ames College!


    #BEATIOWA

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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    Does it say IAC "95" in the football

    Iowa Ag College???



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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    No steroids.


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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    I like the guy on the left with the pornstache..



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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    Funny how styles always come back, I have seen some of those hair-doos on plenty of college kids at the past 2 games.



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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    Note the young Pop Warner in the upper left.

    The text below accompanies that photo at the Ames Public Library site:

    "The original Cyclones team in 1895. At far left, standing in back row is "Pop" Warner who later became a famous coach. From 1895 through 1899, he came from an Ivy League School for a month each year to coach ISC new team. He was offered a full-time position as ISC coach for $750/year, but position was vetoed by a member of the ISC Board of Trustees because he considered the salary too much to pay a coach. The football team became known as the Cyclones in 1895 when they trounced Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois, 36-0; a sportswriter wrote in "The Chicago Tribune" of September 29, 1895, that the ISC team "struck like a cyclone" and the name stuck. Photo is from the Iowa State College "Bomb" of 1896, opposite page 130; last names only are given for all those men who are pictured."

    They have a lot more old ISU and Ames photos. Click "Keywords" at:

    http://www.amespubliclibrary.org/far...n/Pub11177.htm



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    Re: Meet the REAL 58 year old Herky Please

    So is Herky more bald (eagle) or more woody (pecker)? He must be a genetic connundrum. Noticed that herky was revered by the thousands worldwide. That does not sound like very many fans.


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