When I lived in Atlanta (94 – 00) I had alot of people ask me if my nick name (Izzy) came from the Olympic mascot for the ’96 games. It did not.
This stupid Olympic mascot actually "won" worst mascot of all times. From: The best and worst Olympic mascots
1. Whatizit (1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta)
With his lightning bolt eyebrows, big red shoes, Donny Osmond teeth and ringed multi-colored tail, Izzy appeared to have been designed by a team of kids with attention deficit disorder. His blobby body seemed to promote a sedentary lifestyle, not a the elite athletic competition that the Olympic Games represented. The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games gave Izzy makeovers, but the damage was done. Bob Costas called the mascot “a genetic experiment gone horribly, ghastly wrong.”
Anyways, my nick name came from a D&D character I created back in 1988. Izzy was short for IzKen which was short for IzKendar. This name actually came from the anime series Star Blazers (wikipedia link) from the 1979 – 1985. "Iscandar" was the planet that they have to travel goto to save the earth. Yes, I know I’m a geek 🙂