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One photo you wonâ€™t see, unfortunately, is of a robotic wolf that Ira Helms Jr. â€™48 built when he was a mechanical engineering student at NC State. With size 16 shoes, it stood 7 feet tall and had a 120-inch chest. It debuted in 1946 with the cheerleaders during the football season opener against Wake Forest. Helms sat inside the contraption and controlled its movements, leading students to call his creation â€œHell,â€ â€œThe Wolf Monster,â€ â€œThe Trojan Horse,â€ and â€œHelmsâ€™ Monster.â€ â€œWith a body similar to Frankensteinâ€™s monster and the ferocious head of a wolf,â€ Technician wrote on Oct. 18, 1946, â€œit is expected to create a sensation in the game and spur the team on to another victory.â€ Helms said he got too hot inside his creation, so the cheerleaders and band members operated it the rest of the season. It was considered a good luck charm as the team finished the regular season 8-2 and earned the school its first bowl bid (a 34-13 loss to Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl). Though the mechanical wolf was retired after the season, it helped solidify the Wolfpack name.
NC State magazine spoke to Helms about his creation in 2004. Read his first-person account of it….