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The Story of Rufus

Who is Rufus?

•    The University of Arizona's original mascot was actually a live bobcat, purchased by the freshman football team from army blacksmith F.W. Fawkins, for $9.41.  The team presented the bobcat, then called Tom Easter, as a gift to the student body, to whom he was first introduced at an assembly on October 18, 1915.

•    Shortly there after he was officially named Rufus Arizona, after then UA President Rufus Bernard Von KleinSmid. 

•    Rufus Arizona had an untimely death on April 17, 1916.  As reported by the Arizona Wildcat, "while endeavoring to perform gymnastics stunts in the limbs of a tree to which he was tied, Rufus Arizona . . . fell and was hung."  The original Rufus passed on, but successors followed. (Live mascots were used off and on between the early 1900's and the late 1950's.)