By Michael Emerson
“Does rubbing the Daniel Boone statue’s foot give you good luck?” One particularly beloved urban legend (and pre-test ritual) at Eastern involves rubbing Daniel Boone’s golden toes. But can that same shoe give you the extra push needed to secure that A or a date this Friday?
The statue, donated to the university in 1967, is moderately sized, weighing in at over 3,500 pounds and made of simple brass. Years of subtle friction on the statue’s left foot has led to its golden gleam, inviting students to touch in the hopes of some good luck. Many have claimed that even though they didn’t study, just a rub of that toe helped them ace the exam. Others have said they have put their fate in this toe only to be betrayed by the myth. So what can we infer from these accusations? That the successful students have a photographic memory, or there’s a great conspiracy involving spies reporting to all the instructors about who performed the ritual for extra credit? Or, of course, it could just be a huge coincidence aimed toward people who believe in luck. Whatever the case may be, this statue and its famed good fortune still remains a campus mystery.