By Christopher Miller
Peter Keller never imagined that he would be standing, sweaty and naked, behind a stadium concession stand. But there he was, in San Diego with friends holding towels in front of him as he changed out of his Willie the Wildcat suit after the 2018 Holiday Bowl. Being a mascot at a major university is a tiring, anonymous, often thankless and unpaid job. Yet Keller, a 2019 Northwestern graduate, describes his three years as a Willie were the best of his life. Keller, now a 22-year-old assistant producer for Travelzoo, even performed during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship. Recently he shared what it was like to be a fan-favorite feline.