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Nitty Gritty, the model for the True Grit statue, attended the unveiling ceremony with his owners James and Brenda Steward of Howard County. He even had the honor of tugging away the cloth to reveal the sculpture.

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Suggested by Chancellor Hooker and now a steadfast tradition, students rub True Grit's nose for good luck.

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Chancellor Michael Hooker and Director of Athletics Rick Hartzell hosted the unveiling ceremony for the True Grit statue on December 7, 1987.

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Students pose with Chesapeake Bay Retriever Nitty Gritty, the model for the True Grit statue.

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Alumna and artist Paulette Raye, �87, sculpted a wax casting of her Retriever model Nitty Gritty before casting the statue in bronze.

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