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Life in feathers: The famous San Diego Chicken

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

The famous San Diego Chicken performed this week for the Hillsboro Hops, and the same man has filled the bird suit for more than four decades.

The "God-Fowler" hatched in 1974, was originally paid $2 an hour to promote a rock radio station.

Ted Giannoulas, 62, plucked his own luck 43 years ago with the San Diego Padres. Now, he's the father of mascots in sports and beyond.

"I stopped Elvis Presley cold in his concert one night. I've been up on stage with the Ramones believe it or not, and J. Geils band I've been on stage with," Giannoulas said.

Giannoulas is not sure when he plans on retiring. He said he’ll keep going as long as his "chicken bones" hold him up.

"The biggest thrill for me to this day is being out on the field and hearing thousands of people laughing at the jokes. That is an incentive for me and it keeps me young," Giannoulas added.

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