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Aberdeen, Washington: Charlie Choker, Big Mascot

Burly, shirtless Charlie stands 20 feet tall, and was carved from a single, fat cedar log in 1975. His name is not meant to imply strangulation.

Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA
At the entrance to Grays Harbor College, on the corner of Edward P. Smith Drive and Hwy 105/S. Boone St.
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Charlie Choker.

Charlie Choker

A chainsaw carving of Charlie Choker, the Grays Harbor College mascot. Charlie stands at the entrance to the college.

[Joe Boulter, 08/19/2012]

Charlie stands 20 feet tall, and was carved from a single, fat cedar log in 1975. The oddly-named mascot is not into strangulation, nor does he mock his teams' performance under pressure. A "choker" is a specialist he-man lumberjack who wraps steel cables around logs so that they can be dragged out of the forest.

Charlie Choker - Chainsawed, not a Muffler Man

The report of a "muffler man" in Aberdeen, WA, is erroneous. "Charlie Choker" looks a lot like a muffler man but he's a wooden statue (the mascot of Grays Harbor Community College) which was carved from cedar using a chainsaw. I believe the original Charlie Choker statue was installed in the 1950s or early 60s (and I suppose could have been inspired by a muffler man, but was also a wood carving); he was replaced in the '70s by the current version. I grew up in Aberdeen and attended GHCC in the 70s, that's how I know the history.

[Steve Wyrick, 09/07/1998]

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