WAPAKONETA — An Auglaize County man’s love for the Ohio State Buckeyes is spelled out clearly … on his front lawn.
Terry White, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, has the script Ohio drawn onto his lawn at 20571 state Route 33, east of Wapakoneta.
“Everywhere I went, wherever I lived, I have had an Ohio State flag and if I could get the commander to put it up a flagpole I would. I’ve had it everywhere, even in Afghanistan,” White said.
White got busy and carefully mowed out the outline, then pained the grass for the script Ohio.
“I just saw a commercial or something. I saw a mower and I thought we could do the script out here and it just worked out,” White said.
The heavily traveled piece of highway where White lives is just east of the recently erected Neil Armstrong John Cerney art project.
“I love art and am very expressive. I figured thousands of Ohioans go up and down 33 across from my house and (state Route) 65 also joins right there so it’s a busy piece of road. It was just my way of supporting the Buckeyes,” White said. “I have time (on my hands) with COVID — can’t go anywhere.”
He says truckers blast their horns when they go by and White says he’s even seen the pilots of small airplanes come to get a closer look.
“I’ve had them low fliers. They’ll stall out their planes so they can coast and get a real slow loop. I’ve never seen a photo pop up though. I’ve been in the Air Force. I know that there’s people up above looking down. So planes way up above see something much bigger than what you see just cruising by real fast,” White said.
If you search his property on Google Maps in the satellite view, you’ll see a previous yard art he did with just the three letters O-S-U.
White will be watching with great interest as Ohio State University takes on Northwestern University in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday.
He’s hoping Ohio State wins and gets into the National Championship playoffs.
“We’re going to win every game we play. It’s unfortunate because of the cancellations. I’m just worried we’re not going to be able to get into the big dance,” White said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.