In case you're wondering what the world of college sports looks like from the perspective of a Quaker mascot, Dr. Robert Wachter is happy to share. Seems the physician, author and teacher was prompted to reminisce about his sports mascot past in the wake of the recent NCAA basketball tourney.
In his “Wachter's World” blog, the chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine and associate chairman of the University of California at San Francisco department of medicine told of his days as the mascot for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, the “Cinderella” team of the 1979 NCAA tournament.
“I needed to be funny, quirky, ungraceful, and utterly without shame,” wrote Wachter while describing his audition to wear the mascot's Quaker suit. “(These skills have served me well through my subsequent career.) I got the job.”
Football season was no fun, he recalled. It included being threatened by unruly Cornell fans, standing in the rain and having to go to a police station while in costume to report his car had been stolen.