From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 1, 1988:
A bill had been introduced in the Kansas Senate in the previous week that would allow alumni and friends of any public or private post-secondary school in the state to buy special license plates promoting their schools. For a fee of $40, fans would be permitted to buy a tag with a drawing of a Jayhawk, a Wildcat, an Ichabod, or any one of a number of other school symbols. The bill, which had been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for study, was sponsored by 23 senators, including Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence. Winter said that the idea for the bill had come from the KU Alumni Association as a way to get more visibility for the university. Alumni directors from Pittsburg State, Wichita State, Washburn, Emporia State, Forty Hays State, and Kansas State were also reported unanimously "enthusiastic and confident" about the promotional tags.