A loyal EMUTalk.org reader sent me this first page of an interesting little article the other day, something I think of as a bit of a “smoking gun” in the never-ending discussion about EMU’s mascot. From way back in April 1991 (I think) comes at least part of the column “Call them the Emus of EMU” by then Ann Arbor News sports editor/now EMU PR/media guy Geoff Larcom. That link will open a PDF of the clipping.
I am assuming this is referring to some kind of survey/poll conducted by Larcom et al around the name change. It doesn’t look like there was a whole lot of voters here, but the mascot winner back then by a landslide was the Emu. Which again makes me wonder: how the heck did we end up as eagles?
Incidentally, second place was “the Hurons,” though not necessarily after the American Indian tribe. A quote:
[John Bulmer] prefers that name ["The Hurons"]: “1. In honor of the lovely river of that name that flows by the campus; 2. In honor of the Huron valley, in which EMU is located; and 3. It’s a practical name that comes from the name of the main street that runs from I-94 and downtown Ypsilanti to the lovely EMU campus.”
Oh, if EMU had only listened to Larcom and his readers so long ago….