An orange. An astronaut. Almost a mascot.
Maybe you’ve heard about the history of the UCF mascot; maybe you’ve even heard about the Citronaut. Ever seen it?
Other choices would emergeâ€“from a vulture to a scorpion and finally a knightâ€“but it was the Citronaut that got the debate going: What would represent the university? According to UCF’s University Archives, the Orlando Evening Star (now the Orlando Sentinel) commented on the Citronaut on September 23, 1968: â€śits fate as a mascot will be determined ultimately by faculty and charter studentsâ€¦â€ť
Students voted. And we all know the outcome of that election.