"He was noticed because he was acting up that day and had to be kept under tight rein by his handler," said Alan Bogan, curator of the Old Guard museum.
Blackjack became so famous that he
received fan mail, Christmas cards and birthday cards.He
had a butter pecan birthday cake every Jan. 19.And in 1975 he
received a batch of hand-drawn cards from an elementary school class in Fairmont, W.Va. One of them is signed, "Love, Mary Lou Retton."
One hundred years after Traveller's death, Blackjack passed away.He
was buried on the Fort Myer parade ground, inside a horseshoe-shaped hedge.His
picture is on the headstone.