Happy 50th, Peter!


Peter's 50th Biirthday

Guess who turned 50? That’s right, UCI’s own Peter the Anteater reached the half century mark on Nov. 30, and he’s never looked better. While Peter has sported different looks over the years, his iconic self is unmistakably original. “Students at UCI wanted to set their own mark,” recalls Mike Grayston ’69 of why he and his fellow UCI students voted for an anteater mascot in the fall of 1965. “And having an anteater as a mascot may seem like something frivolous or even silly, but it was not. It was hotly debated. When people started to think about it, we were going to establish a brand-new university with its own culture. We were not going to be a Berkeley or UCLA knockoff; we were going to be UCI.” Here’s a triumphant “Zot!” to the next 50, Peter!

"While Peter has sported different looks over the years, his iconic self is unmistakably original."