Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Countdown 2009: 55 Days to Go

As in 1955, the year in which Georgia mascot Mike, a brindled English bulldog owned by C.L. Fain, died. Mike lived in the field house on campus and died of natural canine causes in 1955. As his master's thesis, Gene Owens of Fort Worth, Texas, cast the bronze statue of Mike, which is located at the entrance of Memorial Hall. Mike served as Georgia's mascot from 1951 to 1955.

His death opened the door for the Seiler's Uga I, Hood's Ole Dan, in 1956. Hood's Ole Dan was born December 2, 1955 in Columbus, Georgia, and was given to Ceclia Seiler by Frank Heard of Columbus.

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