Meet Rustler Sam - Mascot of Golden West College
Howdy folks! Join us as we celebrate Rustler Sam's 40th Birthday in the 2009-2010 school year!
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Rustler Sam was created in an era when TV westerns were all the rage and movie cowboys had yet to be replaced by firefighters as the rescue heroes of choice.
Ryan wrote back to say that he didn't think Sagebrush Sam would work, but he drew them their very own cowpoke instead.
As payment, Ryan asked for an "extra large sweatshirt with emblem imprint when available," a school pennant and pictures of the college.
Rustler Sam was adopted by the campus as the official mascot in 1969.
The original Rustler Sam had a beard and a cigarette drooping from his lips.
In the 1990s, students concerned about the dangers of smoking sparked a redesign that gave Sam a shave and removed his smoke. He still holds a branding iron, which real rustlers used to change the brands on cattle they had stolen, and a holster on one hip.
|Sam also has his trusty horse Bob who he can call on at a moments notice to ride him into the sunset.|
Ode to Rustler Sam
Faster than a speeding antelope!
Secretly disguised as a mild-mannered