Last week’s edition of the Bloomfield Monitor/Knox County News published a photo of a poster found in a dumpster.
It rose many curiosities. Many people remembered the mascot but could not remember its exact origins, until now.
Kathleen (Suhr) Huttmann-Williams reached out to the Monitor to answer all of the questions.
Huttmann-Williams is the daughter of Gaylan and Viola Suhr. She was a student of Mr. Arthur Georgepolis. He was the art teacher at Bloomfield High School in the early 70’s.
She said she designed this version of the Bloomfield Bee mascot either at the end of her sophomore year, 1971, or beginning of her junior year, 1972.
“There were/are many versions of the Bees mascot. My ‘signature’ version had a dip or curve at the top of the right wing, rounded feet and protruding, rounded, bulbous cheeks. There was also something different about the eyes or eyebrows. I also added the off center smile. You’ll see on this, my ‘first’ version, there were no arms. Seems I added the arms later… can’t remember the details of that,” Huttmann-Williams recalls.
She believes the above banner was made for some sort of school event like a homecoming, prom or sports banquet.
Huttmann-Williams now resides in Colorado but still cherishes those memories. “My Bloomfield Bee mascot version is over 47 years old. I’ve had this 8 by 10 drawing in my school memory box since high school and have kept it as a precious memory of my days at BHS,” she said.