Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Playing Baby Boomer, Top Daug Gives Evans Personal Satisfaction

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Playing Baby Boomer, Top Daug Gives Evans Personal Satisfaction

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Few people know Ken Evans, but nearly everyone in Oklahoma recognizes him when he gets dressed for work.

Evans is Baby Boomer, the prarie-dog mascot for the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. He swings, struts and saunters as he drums up support for the festival.

Boomer is one cool cat ... er, dog.

Evans also masquerades as Top Daug at the University of Oklahoma. He earned the spot as Boomer when Lee Allen Smith of Oklahoma Centennail Sports Inc., the local organizing committee of the festival, saw him bouncing around at a Sooner basketball game.

``I do this because I have a great love for children,'' Evans said. ``Body hugs from kids just make your day. You can be having a bad day, and you hear the kids giggling and it just makes your day.''

``There's a lot of personal satisfaction in this.''

Evans was in Poteau in eastern Oklahoma, heading for McAlester with an entourage making the Torch Run across every county in the state. …

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