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The buzz on Mike Lester - Alumni Profiles
March 2012 Issue
It was 1984 and Mike Lester had been out of college for seven years, doing charts and illustrations for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and picking up freelance illustration jobs where he could get them. When Georgia Tech called and asked for his help in designing promotional materials for athletics, Lester (BFA ’77) said sure. In addition to more than 130 football program covers (Tech gave him a plaque in 1999 during halftime of a football game after he did the 100th cover), Lester also designed the Ramblin’ Wreck’s stinging mascot, Buzz the yellow jacket. “I created Buzz because Jack Davis was already doing the bulldog,” Lester jokes. Davis was one of Lester’s childhood idols. “I’m proud of it. It in no way diminishes my love for my alma mater.” Since then, Lester has done illustrations and animations for scores of companies, including those marketing beer, flea and tick repellants for animals, and arthritis medications, in addition to a steady job …
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