In the fall of ’63, some Lewis students were sitting in Sheil Hall one weekend discussing the need for a mascot. Steve Moskal, a freshman history major, and his proctor, Roger Mills, were discussing the fact that the students needed a symbol with which to identify. Moskal, having been a fan of Caniff’s work, remembered reading about Bedcheck Charlie in the Chicago Tribune. The two of them decided to write Caniff, asking him for permission to use Charlie as the school symbol. Caniff wrote back and gave permission to use Charlie.
Almost immediately, the college adopted Charlie as its own. The students quickly related to the symbol and Charlie began appearing all over campus. He was welcomed at pep rallies and home games.
Over the years, the image of Charlie has been adjusted in an effort to make the artwork more easily reproduced on merchandise and printed materials.
In 2002, in conjunction with the creation of the Lewis University Graphic Standards Manual and Editorial Style Guide, the decision was made to update many of the graphic elements of the University. The image of Bedcheck Charlie was recreated in a graphic, stylized version using Caniff’s original drawing as a reference.
A Lewis Flyer graphic was also created using Charlie’s image along with the words Lewis University Flyers to familiarize the public with our University’s mascot.