Summarized by Kent Larsen
Mascot suggestions are simply scandalous
Deseret News 27Jan99
By Ray Boren: Deseret News staff writer
A Mormon mascot was among those proposed in jest by listeners of the PRI
radio program Marketplace. The mascots were proposed in response to the
continuing Olympic scandal. The official mascot was to be revealed next
month, but because of the scandal, the announcement has been postponed.
The Mormon mascot proposed was a blindfolded Angel Moroni. Other mascots
proposed were not as kind, and include Uncle Pennybags (from the Monopoly
game), and "Clinty" (merging the Clinton scandal with the Olympic one).
Marketplace listeners also suggested a raccoon, a giraffe called "GRRafte"
(i.e., graft), a weasel, a ferret and "Bucky" a mature deer that has a
manager, a publicist and endorsement contracts. "When people see 'Bucky,' "
"Marketplace" was told, "they really know the Buck stopped here!"
Marketplace is not the only show cashing in on the Olympic mascot idea.
Comedian Jay Leno has also used a fake mascot, "Cashie the Bag."