How old is Mr. PG?
Mr. PG was officially “born” May 8th, 1960.
He was originally used as a mannequin at the downtown Mr. Big & Tall shop [probably not true].
The idea for Mr. PG originated with Harold Moffat in the late 1950’s, who believed Prince George needed a mascot to promote the forest industry and represent the City. – [Source – Exploration Place]
In 1960 he became an official Prince George symbol.
(In 1960) It was originally 40’ tall and made of spruce wood. The mascot was built to ride on a float in the Pacific National Exhibition parade in Vancouver, and was the prizewinner for best float. – [Source – Wikipedia]
In 1963 Mr. PG took part in the Grey Cup Parade in Vancouver and became a nationally recognized symbol of Prince George. The Lions lost to the Ti-Cats 21-10.
Mr. PG was totally rebuilt in 1983 and moved to his “permanent home” at the corner of Highway 16 & 97. The rebuilt Mr. PG was 26 feet (8 meters) tall and his head was 1.5 meters in diameter. The updated Mr. PG was also given a yellow hardhat.
In 1990 Mr. PG began to bare a striking resemblance to radio host Mike Benny.
In 2009 Mr. PG was recognized with his own stamp from Canada Post.
In February 2012 Mr. PG was given a sweater for National Sweater Day.
In the Fall of 2012 Mr. PG was taken down, given another make-over and was moved across the street to his present location.