University of Kentucky Wildcats

kentuckyThe nickname “Wildcats” became synonymous with UK shortly after a 6-2 football road victory over Illinois in 1909. The Commander of the military department at Old State University told a group of students in a chapel service following the game that the Kentucky football team had “fought like Wildcats.” Later the name Wildcats became more and more popular among the UK students, supporters and members of the media. As a result, the nickname was adopted by the University.  The university adopted blue and white as its official colors in 1892.

The University of Kentucky has three mascots:  Blue – a live bobcat (In American English, “wildcat” generally refers to this particular mammal). He lives in the state-operated Salato Wildlife Education Center near the state capital of Frankfort. Unlike the school’s two costumed mascots, he never attends games, because bobcats are very shy by nature and do not react well with large crowds.  The Wildcat – A costumed student, he made his debut in the 1976-77 school year.  Scratch – A  later addition, he is a more child-friendly version of the Wildcat. 

Of interest …….. Paul “Bear” Bryant was Kentucky’s head football coach for eight seasons. Under Bryant, the Wildcats won the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, the 1951 Sugar Bowl and the 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic. 

I would normally wish the team that I am highlighting good luck in their next game – but……. the Wildcats play the University of Georgia, my alma mater on Saturday, November 5th.  So, I will have to close by saying – GO DAWGS!!

About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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