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Retired Dean Richard Hansford, the creator of University of Akron mascot Zippy 60 years ago, will be honored at Saturday's homecoming football game on his 90th birthday. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Akron's Jabari Arthur (left) celebrates with Bryan Williams who had just scored a touchdown against Central Michigan along with mascot Zippy at the Rubber Bowl. (Ken Love/Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Akron mascot Zippy repels from the rafters as he was honored as the winner in the Capital One mascot championships at Rhodes Arena in Akron. (Lew Stamp/Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Akron mascot Zippy crowd surfs during the Zips football game against the University of Memphis at the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Mike Cardew/ Akron Beacon Journal)