The Brutus Blog

 

The Brutus Blog is dedicated to Ohio State fans for being notoriously nuts about all things Buckeye, especially their mascot, Brutus Buckeye. The hope is that some of those fans will have their fancies tickled by information and insights on these pages, and that others will be inspired to share their stories here.

Sally Lanyon
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. ...

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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...

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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...

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Brutus Battle of the Wits
Brutus Battle of the Wits

What do and don’t you know about Brutus? Have fun playing this Brutus Battle of the Wits with family and friends. Created by Sally Lanyon, co-creator of Brutus, and Jim Baer, Block “O” president who captured the iconic photo of the first Brutus in 1965.

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How Brutus Got His Name
How Brutus Got His Name

Letters to The Lantern, Tuesday, November 30 “Editor, If I didn’t know better, I would say the contest to name the Buckeye mascot was held by the University of Michigan. Really, how in the world did a name like Brutus win the contest?” George E. Shute, Grad Shute has...

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GLOSSARY

Block “O” – the official student section for Ohio State sports founded in 1938 and known for card antics

The Lantern – official, daily student-run campus newspaper

Ohio Stater – a member of Ohio Staters, Inc. Now coed, the honorary was all male when Brutus was created in 1965

‘Shoe – Ohio Stadium, referring to its original horseshoe shape

Skull Session – Seated band practice in St. John Arena two hours prior to game time

TBDBITL – Ohio State Marching Band, lovingly called The Best Damn Band in the Land

TTUN – The Team Up North, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Ohio State’s arch rival.

If any readers have Brutus, Block “O” or other memorabilia (ticket stubs to THE game), please will them to OSU Archives or turn them over within your lifetime.