Bart Freidenberg: Memorializing Brutus Alumni in Mini Helmets

Bart Freidenberg: Memorializing Brutus Alumni in Mini Helmets

I had never been asked to autograph a mini helmet, much less anything else—this was before The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye was even a sparklet of an idea. Bart Freidenberg’s call in 2013 was unexpected. I asked: “What exactly is a mini helmet?,” “Why are you...
Disco Dancing Brutus: Jack Tamburello, 1972 – 73

Disco Dancing Brutus: Jack Tamburello, 1972 – 73

Sometimes a mother learns years later about what her children did in their youth. You can imagine my shock when I learned that Brutus Buckeye, the all-wonderful, kind, cheerful mascot of Ohio State, had tended bar at North Heidelberg. He never told me. Until now. ...
He Loves an Audience: Tim Brown 1968-1971

He Loves an Audience: Tim Brown 1968-1971

Brutus has been involved in many great stunts during his lifetime, but one for the ages took place at the 1971 Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Tim Brown, personifying Brutus, who was still sporting his fiberglass head with the moveable eyebrows, worked up a pre-game skit with...
Super Fan: Big Nut and First Lady Nut

Super Fan: Big Nut and First Lady Nut

“Jon, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Snapping the straps of his overalls, the grandson of a dairy farmer replied, “Why an iconic Ohio State super fan, of course! Think I’ll call myself Big Nut.” The script didn’t exactly go that way, but that is the happy...