Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Channel 2 & Suzie Q
In 1954, Drayton Hastie, owner of WUSN, purchased Suzie Q, an Asian elephant, for $2,700 from a New York importer. A gimmick to lure viewers from WCSC, Suzie Q became QUSN's mascot in residence sharing the grounds with an alligator, kangaroo, donkey, exotic birds, and other animals. This pachyderm packed pleasure and adventure in her trunk and imprinted indelible memories on the Lowcountry.
On September 25, 1954, WUSN, the second television station in Charleston, signed onto the airwaves as a NBC affiliate. The call letters stood for U.S. Navy in an effort to gain a loyal following among Charleston Navy Yard personnel. Early local programs included The Lucky 2 Ranch, Time for Teens, and Afloat & Afield. In 1975, the call letters were changed to WCBD, a reference to the tri-county.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Communications • Notable Places.
Location. 32° 47.917′ N, 79° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 McGrath Darby Boulevard, Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milton's Ferry Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away); Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); One Hand Sanders / Prince's Ferry (approx. ¼ mile away); Harry M. Hallman, Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum/The Medal of Honor Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away); USS Yorktown (CV~10) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cold War Submarine Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); USS Pollack (SSN 603) USS Haddo (SSN 604) (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Also see . . .
1. We spotted: Suzie Q Historical Marker. The Moultrie News' picture gallery of the unveiling of the historical marker. The circus was in town that day, so there are many pictures of elephants. Many, many pictures of elephants. (Submitted on May 20, 2009.)
2. Suzie Q had run-in with law. The PostandCourier.com's 5/18/08 story on Suzie Q, noting that her fate was unknown after the TV station had shipped her out in 1963. (Submitted on May 20, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,658 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 6, 7. submitted on June 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.