For 13 years starting in 1996, Dan Jauregui, aka Boltman, dressed as a lightning bolt at every San Diego Chargers home game and the occasional road game.
Boltman sprang to life in 1996 when Jauregui realized the Chargers didn’t have a mascot and approached them with an idea.
Next thing he knew, he was on the field at games in an early incarnation of Boltman. He said he had an oral agreement — and a phone line at the Chargers compound — to be an unofficial mascot and if fans embraced him, he would be reimbursed for expenses and paid a salary.
In season 2010, Jauregui, arguably the team’s most recognizable fan, hung up the suit and hung out as someone new at games: himself.
Now he’s revealing the man behind the mask for all of San Diego County to see, even that rare person in his hometown of Ramona who hasn’t guessed his secret identity, though he works as a Realtor and drives a truck with “BOLTMAN” plates.