The Search for George P. Burdell

April 26, 2013

By Chad Smith

Who doesn’t like a good mystery?

I’m talking unbelievable brain-thumping mysteries like Big Foot, crop circles and the number of fans who actually watch the sport of curling on TV.

Well, during my visit to Georgia Tech’s campus last week (Go Yellow Jackets!) I discovered the story of the school’s most famous alum – George P. Burdell. He was a big man on campus back in the raccoon-coat wearing days of 1927.

George P. Burdell

He then served in World War II as member of a B-17 flight crew. And in 2001, he almost beat out a U.S. President for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Award.

Spoiler alert!

Trouble is, he doesn’t exist. Never did. But don’t tell that to the thousands of fans and alums at Tech.

I’m a born skeptic, so I wandered the campus looking for anyone who has seen the notorious student. Some say, they’ve had classes with George P. Other’s say he goes by the name of Buzz and can be seen on the sidelines of home football games. There’s even a store in the student center named after him.

Well, I brought along a fistful of REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups with me to see if I couldn’t coax the truth out of this mystery wrapped in a riddle. And guess what?
I did.

But you’ll have to watch to video to see if you can spot which one is the real George P. Burdell.

P.S. Frankly, I don’t understand the full-size raccoon coat. How did they ever find a raccoon that big?

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