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 emerge–from a vulture to a scorpion and finally a knight–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: “its fate as a mascot will be determined ultimately by faculty and charter students…”

Students voted. And we all know the outcome of that election.