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Who’s the real Boltman? Ramona fan steps forward

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

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    Dan Jauregui of Ramona says he’s hanging up his Boltman suit after 13 years.


    By Matthew T. Hall, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Sunday, January 24, 2010


    Superman had his phone booth. Batman, a cave. San Diego’s Boltman had a large recreational vehicle stationed in Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot.
    For 13 years starting in 1996, Dan Jauregui, aka Boltman, dressed as a lightning bolt at every San Diego Chargers home game and the occasional road game.
    This season, Jauregui, arguably the team’s most recognizable fan, hung up the suit and hung out as someone new at games: himself.
    Now he’s revealing the man behind the mask for all of San Diego County to see, even that rare person in his hometown of Ramona who hasn’t guessed his secret identity, though he works as a Realtor and drives a truck with “BOLTMAN” plates. He’d like someone else to pick up where he left off, and he wouldn’t mind if someone wanted to pay him for his costume.
    “I believe I’m the best man for the job, but I’m getting too old,” said Jauregui, 44. “Running around in that thing is very intense and physical.”
    Not to mention expensive. Two season tickets are $1,800. RV parking is $100 per game. And the giveaways he brings to games — cards and antenna toppers — cost him money.
    A 1983 graduate of Ramona High School who wrestled but was too small for football, Jauregui was always a big Chargers fan. While he has had some financial difficulties with a home foreclosure and a 2008 bankruptcy, he sees Boltman as a boon.
    “I’ve reached a point where I can only take it so far,” he said. “It is a cash cow if it’s done right. It can be a business. I don’t have the deep pockets to take it to that level.”
    He said he owns the intellectual property rights to Boltman. He has considered selling the costume and everything else on eBay but worries that the items might fall into the wrong hands. He wonders about asking the Chargers to buy the costume and turn Boltman into an official mascot.
    But Jauregui is not sure what will happen to the 25- or 30-pound outfit, which includes a football uniform, gold muscular upper-body armor and a helmet fashioned into the teeth-baring, shades-wearing face of Boltman.
    “It’s like giving away your dog or something,” he said.
    Jauregui, who is divorced with two children — a 21-year-old son in the Navy and a 23-year-old daughter in college — said his family supported his costumed crusading but needed to see him in action to fully understand.
    Boltman sprang to life in 1996 when Jauregui realized the Chargers didn’t have a mascot and approached them with an idea.
    Next thing he knew, he was on the field at games in an early incarnation of Boltman. He said he had an oral agreement — and a phone line at the Chargers compound — to be an unofficial mascot and if fans embraced him, he would be reimbursed for expenses and paid a salary.
    But after two seasons, he filed a lawsuit in 1998, seeking reimbursement for $36,770.22 in expenses and a salary of $30,000 to $50,000 a year. He said the Boltman costume set him back about $15,000.
    He dropped the lawsuit in 1999 and said he settled out of court. A Chargers spokesman did not return a call for this story but sent an e-mail in which he thanked Jauregui for supporting the team.
    “Dan is one of our many fans who enjoy publicly showing their love and support for the team,” Bill Johnston wrote. “Dan’s Boltman costume became a fan favorite, particularly when he was on the field during the late ’90s.”
    He added that the team has not had an official mascot and has no plans for one.
    So for now, the Boltman costume and two earlier versions are stored at Jauregui’s home in Ramona.
    Craig Jung, executive director of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, said Boltman’s alter ego has long been discussed at Main Street locales such as Bisher’s Quality Meats.
    “He just kind of came out of nowhere,” Jung said. “It’s kind of neat having someone from up here and actually admitting he’s from up here.”
    Jauregui said he worked hard to prevent anyone but family and friends from seeing the character behind the character. He said his unmasking is proof he’s moving on.
    Yet Jauregui also said he’s retiring with mixed emotions.
    “It’s a habit and a hobby at the same time,” he said. “When game time comes around, you start getting the itch.”
    Games were intense and tiring in costume because he had to be “on” for so long, surrounded by so many people and only occasionally sneaking gulps of Gatorade in stadium tunnels.
    “It can be overwhelming at times,” he said. “It can be draining. It takes an hour or an hour and a half to get out of the stadium because of all the picture taking.”
    One fan asked him to be his best man. Another asked him to walk his bride down the aisle. (He declined both requests.) Others asked him to autograph pictures of Boltman they’d taken and turned into Christmas cards.
    Away from home, two Raiders fans known as Spike and Violator escorted Jauregui into Oakland’s stadium three times when he wore his suit into enemy territory.
    “I think he was scared as hell the first time, but after that he relaxed,” said Mark Shadinger, aka Spike, who wears a skull with an eye patch on his shoulder at Raiders games.
    “If it weren’t for them, I would’ve never gotten in,” Jauregui said. “I would’ve never survived.”
    Now, he’s barely noticed.
    Last season, fans would tell him he was sitting in Boltman’s seats. They’d ask Jauregui if he knew or even was the man behind the mask. He would say no, that Boltman’s much bigger.
    Then he would turn around and watch the game, enjoying it uninterrupted with a friend or one of his children.
    But anonymity? It may not suit him.
    “It’s weird walking into the stadium and not being stopped,” Jauregui said. “You’re almost like a ghost.”
     
  2. impgard

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    Doesn't that guy look a little like Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela? Scary!
     
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  3. Lightning

    Lightning Well-Known Member

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    boltman = Tool
     
  4. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Please elaborate.
     
  5. Lightning

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    ....why? just my opinion. If you are asking if i have legitimate reasons for thinking this way then, yes i do but i'm sure that there are plenty of people around here that are more than happy to defend him and attack me....for having this opinion...suffice it to say that i know quite a few people that don't particularly care for him besides me.
     
  6. Alpenbolt

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    10x better than most of the NFL mascots.

    10x worse than The Chicken.

    Puts him solidly in 2nd place in a tie with that Viking guy since Barrell Man has passed away.
     
  7. RM24

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    What happened if you dont mind me asking.
     
  8. Lightning

    Lightning Well-Known Member

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    ....hmmm, who said anything happpend? All i said was that I had legitimate reasons for thinking that he is a tool. Why would it be automatically assumed that something happend to me to make me feel this way? other than just him MAYBE just being one?
     
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    Every team needs a character like him. RIP

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  10. Sydalish

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    Broncos - he passed this year. The fans are trying to get him put in their ring of honor which I thought was really cool (esp for donkey fans who all suck and have no class :lol:)
     
  11. RM24

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    I thought maybe he offended you in some way and that wouldn't be cool. No worries. Didn't mean to get in your business. I think it's a cool getup for a mascot. Can't vouch for the person IN the costume since I don't know him.
     
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    i think chargers is a pretty cool guy. eh chokes in teh playoffs and doesn't afraid of anything.
     
  13. Lightning

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    ...Ok LT21 lets start with this part of the article...sounds an awful lot like to me that this person is only looking for $ and not just because of this part but several parts of the ariticle. With Johnstons comment on the team not having an official mascot, regardless of jauregui's alleged claim of a verbal agreement, it comes off to me as getting greedy and not being a FAN. I would imagine that it was a cool gig and he was getting a fair amount off taken care of to some extent but he wanted it to be a "cash cow"

    Also, as far as him not being a real fan and just looking for self promotion and part of my personal reasoning for not liking him is that I have witnessed with my own two eyes him having pushed kids out of the way when a field camera came to shoot the rail, just so that he could get the whole shot....shoving chldren out of the way for airtime...yeah a real winner :no:
     
  14. HollywoodLeo

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    Why didn't you just post that in the first place instead of accusing people of "attacking" you just because they asked you why you think he's a tool?
     
  15. Lightning

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    I didn't accuse any one of attacking me...I simply asked the question of what would make him think that something happend to me directly.
    You know as well as anyone around here Leo that there are plenty of people that, if someone posts an "opinion" that it must somehow be justified or it will come under attack. All I did was offer an opinion...one that I think is justified, at least to my own sensiblities and have no problem with saying the reasons why. If someone thinks i'm being a "hater" for no good reason that's their right to think that and i'm NOT saying that is what was intended with LT's question...all I was asking was for clarification on why it would would make a difference in my opinion of not liking boltman...it had nothing to do with any offence taken with the question itself.

    ....but thanks for asking leo, so i could explain it clearly for you :icon_wink:
     
  16. HollywoodLeo

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    I misread your sentiment in post 5, my bad

    It just seemed odd to me that you seemed to take offense (seemed to, not saying you did) because someone asked you to clarify.

    I've also seen all too much on internet message boards where someone offers a differing opinion and backs it up with reason and that is called an "attack" on the poster who originally posted the opinion the person disagreed with.

    Not saying you're one of those people, though.

    If I post an opinion I tend to back it up with reason and examples. If someone wants to "attack" me (and my definition of that means ignoring the points in favor of personal insults) then whatever. I just ignore those childish people. (Or call them out for being childish)
     
  17. RM24

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    Well that isn't too cool.....:no:
     
  18. Johnny Lightning

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    Boltman - San Diego Chargers
    Good Lord. Where to begin? Uhm...well...first let's take a look at Boltman, shall we?
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    And now I'm gay.
    Wow. Well, on the plus side, the NFL managed to promote both steroids and homoeroticism for the children of San Diego (not that there's anything wrong with that...).
    I don't know who designed this Chargers mascot outfit, but they've got issues..because, man, there's nothing sexier than a yellow and blue lightning bolt who's clearly been doing enough steroids to choke Secretariat.
    I really don't have much more to add at this point. I just keep getting drawn back to that image above...seared into my brain for all eternity. Actually, there were numerous complaints about the original Boltman from above, so he...it...whatever...changed it's look. To this:
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    Heeereeee's Boltman!
    And somewhere, Jack Nicholson's lawyers are preparing a lengthy lawsuit.



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  20. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    :abq2:I wanna be the next boltman:abq1:
     
  21. HollywoodLeo

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    And you choose to say this as a response to a post calling him a tool?

    Are you suggesting you want to be a tool?
     
  22. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    You think this is bad?



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    before...

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    after...

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    thats a jump in image man. :lol: you could wear a BK crown on the suit too! just teasing you :icon_tease:
     
  24. HollywoodLeo

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    I think Stanford has the worst mascot.

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    UC Santa Cruz
     
  26. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    a tool for the chargers!!:icon_tease:
     
  27. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    That slug is cool. The tree is just retarded hahahahaha!!!

    This has got to be theeeeeeeeeeeeeeee worst mascot i've ever seen though!!!
     
  28. HollywoodLeo

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    Heh. Guess who else made the list of "10 strangest college mascots" where I found that Stanford Tree at. :lol:

    Peter the Anteater – Cal-Irvine College Mascot

    [​IMG]The University of California-Irvine based their mascot on the anteater character from the Johnny Hart comic strip, “B.C.” Peter made his debut in the 1960s at a water-polo game, which also happened to be their first-ever athletic event.
    To the horror of some in attendance, the crowd and cheerleaders started the chant which continues to this day – “Give ‘em tongue!”
     
  29. bigmike.x.09

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    hahahahahahahahahaahahahaha Scrotie?
     
  30. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    This is my boltman suit!
     

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