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September 11, 1988 | Mike Downey
Oklahoma is coming to town in two weeks for USC's football season home opener, and Richard (Socko) Saukko will be ready. He will wear his helmet. So will the players. He will wear his padding. So will the players. And, he will carry a sword. Perhaps the players should, too, considering the kind of football Oklahoma usually plays. Saukko is hoping to have a better day for the Trojans than he did last time the Sooners were in the Coliseum.
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March 6, 1992
Richard Saukko, who for 28 years rode the familiar white horse Traveler at USC football games, has died in Sepulveda. The cause of death was not immediately known. He was 72. Saukko made his first appearance on Traveler I in 1961, wearing a costume worn by Charlton Heston in the movie "Ben-Hur." That costume proved to be too heavy, though, and Saukko made his own distinctive leather outfit, modeled after the one depicted on the Tommy Trojan statue on USC's campus.
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March 6, 1992
Richard Saukko, who for 28 years rode the familiar white horse Traveler at USC football games, has died in Sepulveda. The cause of death was not immediately known. He was 72. Saukko made his first appearance on Traveler I in 1961, wearing a costume worn by Charlton Heston in the movie "Ben-Hur." That costume proved to be too heavy, though, and Saukko made his own distinctive leather outfit, modeled after the one depicted on the Tommy Trojan statue on USC's campus.
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September 11, 1988 | Mike Downey
Oklahoma is coming to town in two weeks for USC's football season home opener, and Richard (Socko) Saukko will be ready. He will wear his helmet. So will the players. He will wear his padding. So will the players. And, he will carry a sword. Perhaps the players should, too, considering the kind of football Oklahoma usually plays. Saukko is hoping to have a better day for the Trojans than he did last time the Sooners were in the Coliseum.
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