Take the Brutus Quiz
This is a put-a-smile-on-your-face, under-60-second quiz. In just four questions, learn which Brutus you are most like. Turns out I’m most like the 1980’s Brutus even though I was involved with the design and painting of the two on the left, created in 1965. The second, fiberglass, was active until 1977. The fourth Brutus is out of order. It was #3, but short-lived. The first Woody ball-capped Brutus appeared at games until 1981, when a feminine Brutus (not pictured) spread good cheer with Dum Dum lollipops. By 1982, the second from the right Brutus entertained fans until the Brutus of the modern era, far right.
1812Blockhouse Chats With Brutus Buckeye’s Mom, A Mansfield Native
I grew up near the 1812 Blockhouse and Johnny Appleseed monument in Mansfield, a city whose population is about half the number who fill the ‘Shoe for a home game. Their new online magazine featured my October 3, 2019 book signing at Main Street Books, a delightful place to spend an afternoon perusing bookshelves and admiring the literature-related murals.
Brutus Buckeye: The history of the biggest nut in college football
Kevin Landers, reporter for 10TV in Columbus, and his CBS affiliate reporters throughout the country, did a series of interviews in 2018. The series features Brutus alumni Keith Burkes, Sandy Glowacki Foreman, Emily Moor Williams, Dave Hocevar, Alan Kuntz, Mike Caporal and myself. Fun facts and photos! Thanks, Kevin, for orchestrating it!
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!
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.”
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!”
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!
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.)