Birth of a Buckeye

Ohio Magazine captures some of the story that wasn’t included in The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye. The photo is a fun one because Brutus’s head is so large that when he hugs you, your head gets squished. The event was the Pi Beta Phi Founders’ Day in Columbus in 2014 when about 10 of us who were initiated in 1964 came back to receive our Golden Arrows. Brutus surprised me for this reunion! He ran across the room in slo-mo to sweep me up in his arms. Brutus doesn’t speak, of course, but I could feel him sighing, “Mom!”

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Brutus Through The Years

The first of two great photo summaries of the evolution of Brutus! Some of the early pictures are the same in the 2013 and 2015 versions, but the dialogue is slightly different. For example, I’m listed as Sally Huber in one and Sally Lanyon in the other. The 1965 photo is one of the few shots of the papier-mâché model taken by the media. This is before he was named!

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Happy Birthday, Brutus!

The second of two great photo summaries of the evolution of Brutus! Be sure to look at this 2015 version for great photos of Lee Corso starting his game day tradition by donning the Brutus head in 1996, Brutus at the 2003 National Championships, and Brutus winning the College Mascot National Championship in 2015! That’s my boy!

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Twelve Days of Buckeyes

The staff at OSU Archives were a blessing to work with when I was researching the evolution of Brutus for The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye. I encourage everyone who has personal Brutus memorabilia to plan to donate it to the Archives when they are ready to part with owning it. The Archives also houses oral histories, including one that Ray Bourhis and I did in 2014 (though I wouldn’t rush to listen to it unless you are really bored someday and have nothing else to do.)

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Mansfield Sr. Grad Turns Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye

“Sally Lanyon had no idea her creation would become a legendary entity, but that’s exactly what happened.”

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