Dr. Robin Pietryk [Robin Sayre, ELHS Class of 1986 - Member of ELHS Athletic HOF]. Head Women's Volleyball Coach, North Carolina Wesleyan College, told us:
Amy [Allen] [Amy McCormack, ELHS Class of 1984] also informed me that it was her Dad that had created the original Potter Pete. She couldn't remember if he had made the name or just the first replica of the mascot. She said there was a family picture of it somewhere. I don't know if there is any way to research it, but it would be nice to find some more info. on it. Her Dad's name was Joseph McCormack. Her Dad is gone now, so we can't ask him, but her brother had done an article about it in the school newspaper. However, she can't find the newspaper it was in.
FURTHER RESEARCH BROUGHT THIS:
Richard Wolf, BOE said:
Potter Pete was indeed created by Joe McCormack during the tenure of head football coach, Bob Hedmond (1961-1963). Joe's brother-in-law, Ray Peduzzi, was then an assistant varsity football coach. A school wide contest was held to name this mascot and my wife's nephew, Raymond Sullivan, won the prize by naming him "Potter Pete". That contest took place in the early 70's. Shortly before Joe's demise, the BOE publicly acknowledged him and honored him with the presentation of the BOE Merit Award.
We don't think this was the original look of Potter Pete. Hopefully we can find an original drawing or picture.