Who drew Lakers sailor?

Cire from Twin Lake asked, "When was the Spring Lake mascot developed, and was that pipe-smoking, bearded sailor based on a real person?"
Mark Brooky
May 9, 2014



Louie Brooks, an art teacher for Spring Lake school in the 1960s, is credited for creating the drawing.

“He was an exceptional teacher and quite a personality,” said Laurie Draeger, a current teacher for Spring Lake schools. “He may very well have been inspired by someone in his life, but never shared that knowledge with anyone I know.”

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Yes, I know for a fact that a local artist called Gary Odmark was a student in Mr. Brooks Art Class. Gary projected what he would look like in 50 +years and sketched himself (with a cap, beard and pipe) as the proposed Spring Lake Mascot. He won the contest and it was selected as the mascot. It is even more interesting to note that he currently looks just like his projection into the future.


Wasn't Gary the artist who also did the murals on the walls of the old Pizza & Sub shop when it was next door to Wendy's?


Yes, he did those murals also. I had the pleasure of talking to then Governor Milliken on his last day in office and was advised he had a picture on his wall that Gary had drawn. You can also see the Mascot
on the Orchard Market sign East of Spring Lake. Small world indeed.


This is interesting about Gary Odmark - Gary is still a very successful artist.....I have one of his works over my desk! (And he does indeed look like the SL mascot)


Wow, i did not know that, i was in Gary s class with Mr Brooks, but i knew he was good at drawing sketches, 1966/1970


Yes. I think he also did the murals on the walls in Russ'.


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