Purdue Basketball 1944

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Purdue Pete can trace his heritage back to 1940 when University Book Store owners Doc Epple and Red Sammons hired artist Art Evans to create Pete for an advertising logo. However, Pete didn't get his name until four years later.

In 1944 the Purdue yearbook, Debris, wanted to use Pete on the cover. The editors went to Epple and asked for Pete's name. According to one account, Epple out of the blue said "Pete". So the famed Boilermaker was named, and in the 1944 issue of Debris, Purdue Pete was everywhere. Pete wouldn't assume a human form for another 4 years after that.

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