A group of students at the University of Connecticut took it upon themselves in fall 1965 to design, fit and construct a coat for Jonathan VII, the university’s live mascot.
The project came about after the chairman of the Jonathan Committee asked the head of the Clothing and Textiles Division, part of the School of Home Economics, for some students to make a coat for the pup to wear at school functions.
The coat was required to be durable, lightweight and have both the names of the university and the pooch on it. It had to be able to be fastened onto Jonathan without blinding him.
After evaluating multiple designs, the final coat was made of navy blue cotton suede with white letters. It would fasten at the neck and the middle of the husky. Jonathan was not fully grown, and this design would allow for him to continue to wear it as he got bigger.
Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.