George Tirebiter - Los Angeles, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 34° 01.131 W 118° 17.171
11S E 381246 N 3764991
Quick Description: USC's unofficial mascot.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/13/2008 11:57:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM4EKF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member alanann&sparky
Views: 32

Long Description:
George Tirebiter was the unofficial mascot of the University of Southern California in the 1940s. When a stray dog was discovered by a group of USC students at Curry's Ice Cream parlor, one student remarked that the dog looked like a Navy V-12 student named George Kuhns. Thus, the dog was dubbed "George." He received the surname "Tirebiter" because he would bite at the tires of cars he chased down Trousdale Parkway, which bisects the campus. (Today Trousdale is only open to foot traffic.) His pastime ultimately led to his demise, as he was eventually run over and killed by a car in 1950. A public funeral was held on campus. The original George Tirebiter was succeeded by a handful of subsequent Tirebiters.
George became endeared to the student body when he bit the University of California Los Angeles mascot Joe Bruin on the nose at a home football game.

The legacy of the Tirebiter mascots was replaced with Traveler, the white Andalusian horse ridden by a Trojan rider at USC home football games. (visit link)
Breed: Terrier

Date Built: 2006/01/01

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