Pete vs. Phil?

No one is quite sure of the origins of Phil's name... but there are stories
that he was indeed originally called "Punxsutawney Pete" when the first
observations of Groundhog Day were held in the 1800s. One popular story is
that a newspaper reporter kept erroneously calling him "Phil," and that name
eventually stuck.
At 12:40 PM 1/27/2004, you wrote: My family has been trying to figure out
if there was ever a Punxsutawney Pete. Some of use remember there being
one, but I couldn't find any evidence on your website. There are some
brief references to such a groundhog on the web.

Can we get an official (or at least semi-official) statement from the
Punxsatawney Groundhog Club to settle this?

Thanks!

Andrew Jorgensen
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