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UCF Mascot Timeline
A historic timeline about the many faces of the FTU/UCF mascot
April 5, 1968
The schools colors, black and gold, were chosen
The first unofficial FTU mascot, Citronaut
First featured on the student handbook
Created by Norman Van Meter, designer of the university's official seal
November 3, 1969
Vincent the Vulture
Inspired by the ever-present vultures that circled campus
Proposed by Judy Hines, a night nurse at the campus health center
Did not make final list of mascots voted on by SGA
Students petition Student Government to establish an "official" mascot
"Operation Mascot" begins
December 4, 1970
"Knights of Pegasus" or "Knights" received 824 of 1,313 student votes
Entry designed by Charles Woodling
Profile of knight's head with a helmet was designed by FTU employee and graphic artist Dorthy Cannon
State Legislature changes the school's name to the University of Central Florida
First horse and rider appear
Kathi McCutheon was the knight and "Romeo" was the gallant steed
Sir Wins-A-Lot debuts at 1980 football game
Burt Reynolds donates a new black stallion
"Puff" or "Pete the Dragon"
Named after Director of Athletics Bill "Coach Pete" Peterson
Eric Young came up with the "Dragon" concept
Custom donated by Disney
The dragon and knight would duel on the field
The Future chronicled that a student proposed that UCF change its mascot to the "Sharks"
UCF Marketing Task Force - "Research shows little equity in or enthusiasm for the Knight mascot" and "It also raised unnecessary gender issues"
"Mack the Knight" introduced
Designed by former football letterman Derron Stultz
August 25, 1993
Argument for the change to "Sharks" reappears
October 20, 1993
Student poll conducted. Of the 914 votes received, 75% were opposed to "Sharks" and 67% were opposed to any change
November 19, 1994
A new, yet unnamed, towering knight mascot clad in gold armor was unveiled at the school's first Spirit Splash
The costume was made by Costume World of Pompano Beach
August 24, 1995
The knight mascot was officially named "Knightro"
The female version, "Glycerin" first appears
Dave Minichello of Wizzards Production creates the mold for the updated Knightro
Glycerin was retired
Golden glitter coat was added to the exterior of the costume
Creation of the Pegasus Mascot Program
All horses used required to be white
Engineering students create a motorized car for Knightro, called "Chariot II"
The athletic department drops "Golden" from the team name
Knightro's look is updated to resemble the new logo
Some students refer to the new character as "Train Face"
Knightro's name is added to the back of his cape
"World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions tour agrees to provide their horses for the program
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