HANDSOME DAN XVII
College mascot New Haven, Conn.
The pressure is on for Ivy Leaguer Handsome Dan XVII, the heir to a tradition dating back to 1889 when the original Dan became Yale University’s first mascot—and the first mascot at any U.S. college.
A 60-pound English bulldog who also goes by the name of Sherman, today’s Dan was born in Tennessee and adopted at 6 weeks of age by Chris Getman, Yale class of ’ 64, who also had three previous Dans.
Dan keeps a busy schedule, attending games, waddling in parades and raising money for worthy causes both on campus and off. Along the way, he has met celebrities including Paul McCartney and former president Jimmy Carter, and had his portrait painted by another expresident, George W. Bush, Yale ’68.
When he’s not attending to his official duties, Dan likes to play with his “brother,” a Scottie named Edward. He also enjoys a well-deserved snooze. “He loves his job,” Getman says. “He is a man about town, to say the least.”