Theodore W. Drake

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For the British footballer, see Ted Drake. For the physician, see Theodore Drake.

Theodore "Ted" W. Drake (September 2, 1907 – May 25, 2000)[1] was an American cartoonist, graphic artist, and sports artist known for creating the college-sports mascot the Notre Dame Leprechaun.

Drake is probably best remembered for the creation of the Notre Dame Leprechaun, for which he was paid $50.[2] The Leprechaun was first used on the 1964 football pocket schedule and later on the football program covers,[citation needed] and featured on the cover of Time magazine in November 1964.[3]

In the early 1950s, Drake was the main graphic artist for the Kukla, Fran and Ollie television puppet show, creating its opening titles along with album covers, newsletters, advertisements, and even Christmas cards.[4]


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Feb 2013), Theodore Drake, 25 May 2000; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  2. ^ "Ted Drake, 92, Creator of Notre Dame Logo". The New York Times. May 30, 2000. 
  3. ^ Chaliapin, Boris (November 20, 1964). "Ara Parseghian". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  4. ^ Ted Drake, Kuklapolitan Artist,16641,19641120,00.html

External links[edit]


  • The Spindrift Cartoons: 1943 edited by Matthew H. Gore (Ellendale: Tennessee, 2008).