Ker Moua | Lead Copy Editor
The Century Times has obtained a special interview with the college mascot, Woody Wood Duck. He has been with Century College since it was called Lakewood State Junior College. He’s about as old as the college itself. Here are the musings of the local mascot.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Woody Wood Duck. I live in an estate not far from Century College. It’s a lovely place with a pond. My family moved in in the late 1960s. I love sports and superheroes. I dressed up as a superhero for an ad promotion for the Woodduck XI music festival back in the 1970s.
How did you become Century’s Mascot?
I was told by artist Carol LeCloux back in the 1970s that I was quite cute. The students at Lakewood would use me for marketing purposes. Not that I minded at all. It was like I was the local mascot, which excited me. I have a fondness for football so I was often recruited to do ad promotions to recruit cheerleaders for the football team. I had a great time doing that.
And a wood duck is cuter than a man in steel armor. I know the teams were called Lancers but how does someone walk around the field in a metal suit with a huge lance. It just looks intimidating and will probably be very hot inside a huge piece of metal.
Anyhow, in the 1980s, when the sports teams started dropping like flies, I had nothing to do so I decided to do some soul searching. I even met the Centurian from the Chronicle before he moved away!
Then, back in 2000, I heard through the grapevine from Mr. Kangaroo, the marsupial in charge of mascot auditions, that Century College, which replaced Lakewood, was considering a new mascot. I had to get the part so I found a manager, Tim VanNess. He was so awesome! I didn’t even know that wood ducks don’t have teeth! I started looking tough and vicious. I even dyed myself blue. I had a blue helmet and was blue all over. They had to give me the part because I looked the part. They started auditions in 2002 and I auditioned the first chance I got. I never heard back. Manager VanNess never lost hope and after 11 years, I got the job. I was so happy!
What do you do as a mascot?
I do ad promotions for the college. I attend events and do photo ops with officials and guests. My schedule is very busy for a college mascot. I even have an email service named after me called the Wood Duck Weekly where the college makes announcements to students about current events happening at the college. Of course, I have to always stamp the end of the email with my signature smile. So, like I said, I’m a very busy wood duck.
Plans for the next 50 years?
As long as the sports are doing well and the college is doing well, I’ll be around. Being a college mascot is a busy life but I enjoy it. Cheers to another 50 years of the Wood Duck Dynasty!