Good man, good dad, and a part of UW history: so long, Mr. Sachse
It's not a Badger game day without Bucky.
And, there's no Bucky without Mr. Sachse. William Sachse, that is, but to me he was always "Mr." The Sachses lived in Sheboygan, and I got to know their son Bill in high school. We'd go on to become good friends in high school and have stayed in touch through the years, with Bill now a prominent Milwaukee lawyer.
He'd told me the story about how his dad played a big role in coming up with the Bucky Badger mascot in his UW days. Just how large would become more clear as the story would occasionally get an airing out in various papers over the years. It's getting re-told again, but for sad reasons: Mr. Sachse died the other day at the age of 85.
To make a long story short, Mr. Sachse was on the school pep squad back in the late 40's and wasn't very fond of the live badger that was serving as the school mascot. He thought a costumed creature would be far more effective and, with a little help, came up with the outfit we know and love today minus a few tweaks over the years. The name "Bucky"? Mr. Sachse made sure that happened, rigging the student election so that it finished at the top of the heap.
Mr. Sachse was always nice to us kids who'd often gather in the family's basement to play cards and listen to tunes. He was one of the cool dads, always asking us what was going on in our lives as we'd be heading downstairs. College came, and our group of buds would to in different directions.
I'm sure the university will do him right when football returns this fall and Bucky Badger leads the team onto Camp Randall for the first time. Madison should give props to William Sachse for his creation and his contribution.
Thanks for everything, Mr. Sachse.