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TC Profile

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TC is one of the official mascots of the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. TC dates back to the mid 1980s when he became known as “The Cat”, but the Panther dates back to the 1930s. The Panther was chosen as the mascot because of his grace and ferocity and is one of the most respected of the animals. The panther first sizes up the situation, then leaps upon his prey. Once he strikes he rarely misses.


Panther's first name was actually Pericles, with Perky as a nickname. In 1937 “Pepi” Panther appeared at a Pep Band concert and several events following. In the late 1950s the spelling of the mascot's name changed to "Peppy". Mr. and Mrs. Panther as well as an off-shoot mascot, the Pink Panther, appeared in the 1980s and about five years later TC arrived!


Height:       6 ft., 5 in.
Chest:        24 in.
Tail:            22 in. long
Paw Size:   16.5 in.

Design & Production

Street Characters Inc.

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