Buckeye fan known as 'Neutron Man' dies
Posted: Thursday October 7, 2004 8:52PM; Updated: Thursday October 7, 2004 8:52PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Orlas King, whose spirited dancing at Ohio State football games earned him the nickname "Neutron Man," has died. He was 62.
The restaurant owner died Thursday while preparing to play golf at a condominium in Florida, the managers of two of his restaurants said.
King's gyrations were a fixture at Ohio State home football games. Dressed in a scarlet football jersey with the name "Neutron Man" across the back, King would take his cue from the opening notes of the marching band's version of Neutron Dance, by the Pointer Sisters.
King loved the notoriety his dance moves generated, said Ron Zeller, general manager of the End Zone, a restaurant King owned in Newark.
"He relished it," Zeller said.
Funeral arrangements were pending, said the manager of a Ponderosa Steakhouse that King owned in Columbus.
"He was a big, big fan. He did everything he could for them," said manager Dave DeLong, who said spoke with King's wife on Thursday.