WILMINGTON — On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Brutus Buckeye finally tells his life story in a book published by Wilmington-based Orange Frazer Press.
“From 1870 all the way until 1965 — for almost a hundred years — The Ohio State Buckeyes had no Buckeye. That was the year, 1965, that my parents, Sally Huber of Mansfield, Ohio, and Ray Bourhis of Elmhurst, New York, conceived me, changing everything forever.” —Brutus Buckeye
While Ohio State fans today can hardly imagine a time without the inexhaustible Brutus, there was a time when Ohio State had no mascot at all. But then, in 1965, two students, certain that their team deserved a champion at the sidelines, conceived of the loveable nut we now know as Brutus the Buckeye.
In The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told to His Parents, Sally Lanyon and Ray Bourhis, we get to hear the whole story — the first game, the trials of the early years, the many reinventions and makeovers, the encounters with That Team Up North, and so much more.
Lanyon and Bourhis, Brutus’s creators and “parents” give us the inside scoop on his storied existence as the mascot of The Ohio State Buckeyes, comple te with photo evidence of his journey from papier-mâché to today’s lightweight—and breathable—fabric head.
Brutus is so much more than a rambunctious mascot, high kicking and zipping around the sidelines at various Ohio State sporting events. He has raised money for charitable organizations such as the Make-A Wish Foundation, Columbus Children’s Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He was also elected into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007.
Brutus’ story reveals how a nut stole the hearts of Buckeye fans and became a symbol of fun, joy, and one of the most successful football programs in the nation.
The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye is available for sale Sept. 28 wherever books are sold. Retail price is $19.95; the book is 64 pages, soft cover, 8 ½ x 11”.
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