Now that you can’t drop off part of your loved one's remains on a Disneyland ride, after-death options are getting tougher and tougher. But if you’re a die-hard University of Georgia fan approaching death, fear not! You may soon be able to spend eternity in a UGA-themed casket.
On Tuesday the University System’s Board of Regents decided to revisit a longstanding policy banning university logos on items “that may cause embarrassment or ridicule to the Board of Regents or its institutions.”
A former mayor of Ellijay and other prominent Georgians have been laid to rest in caskets featuring the UGA arch, Walston said Tuesday. "I don't want anybody to think this is some redneck idea" he said. "This is wrapped around people's emotional connections to their schools."The disputed ban includes not just caskets, but also sex toys and toilet seats. Are there any more personal things than those three? If a man wants to sit on his porcelain throne, why can’t it be a UGA one? And UGA sex toys...um, those too. Someone would certainly buy them.
The caskets feature schools' logos inside the lid, letting everyone at the wake or funeral know the deceased's eternal allegiance. Walston sells and ships all over the country with more than 40 school logos. Sooner fans at Oklahoma and Crimson Tide fans at Alabama are his best clients, he said.
Royalties from trademarked items are huge moneymakers for schools, as they should be. UGA for example rakes in more than $4.3 annually from its trademark licensing. So why not allow the caskets and toilet seats? There’s money to be made there, and it would also allow UGA fans to finally take their school pride to the grave. Bulldogs forever!