In the summer of 1936, Randall Johnson, a fine arts student at Washington State College, designed a simple logo for the college to paint on a facilities truck. The cougar head logo, drawn in honor of Butch the Cougar, rapidly gained popularity and 75 years later represents one of the most recognizable symbols of a university or college in the U.S., if not the world.
Which way was that again?
Your article “When wildfire comes to town” locates the Dishman Hills west of Spokane. The Dishman Hills actually are located near the west city limits of the City of Spokane Valley and are southeast of the City of Spokane. I used to hike in the hills as a boy.
John Vlahovich ’62
A second look
I have always looked through the magazine, but for some reason I read it this month. I don’t remember it being this good. Very informative and gave good insight. The Moos article, Judy Morrison, “A Fine Thin Skin,” “Billions Served,” and the … » More …
Carve your pumpkins with the Coug spirit this Halloween. Select a template below, print, and trace on the pumpkin.
The large template prints on two letter-size pages, which you can cut and then put together when tracing.
Final step: Display your Coug-o-lantern with pride and send us photos of your Coug pumpkins.
Small pumpkin template
Large pumpkin template
New for 2020!
Vintage Butch (PDF)
Vintage Butch (outline) (PDF)
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When Randall Johnson was a student at Washington State College, he would occasionally stop and visit Butch. This was the 1930s, when Butch was a real cougar and lived in a cage near Martin Stadium.
“He could care less,” wrote Johnson ’38 in a short reminiscence, “but it was a great opportunity for an artist to make a close up study of a great subject.”
Johnson, who was born and raised in Whitman County, came to Washington State College to study fine arts. His teachers included Worth Griffin and Clyfford Still. He paid his way through college producing “window displays, signs, showcards, and illustrations … » More …