Governors Paint Beta Bridge Too

A BBAD fan sent this great flashback story from 1969, involving a future governor of Virginia:

This was one of the early paintings of the bridge and the police would still block the efforts.  Members of the Young Republicans planned a “quick strike” involving about 20 painters in two teams who painted the bridge complete with stars in just under 17 minutes.  The planning included a diversionary tactic to distract any cars that came by during the painting.  About 10 minutes into the effort, a Charlottesville police cruiser came by.  Noting the Patriotic theme and that we were almost finished, the officer said, “You need to stop this.  I am going to leave and you better not be here when I come back in an hour.”

The painting team included Jim Gilmore (Coll 71 and Law) and Boyd Marcus (Coll 72).  Gilmore was elected governor of Virginia in 1997 and Marcus was his campaign manager and chief of staff.  Members of the team in the picture include Anson Franklin (Coll 69) who was campaign manager for several statewide Virginia campaigns and served as Deputy Press Secretary to President Reagan.  On the back right is Stan Maupin (Coll 71 and Darden 74) who was treasurer of a half dozen statewide Republican campaigns.  In 2001, he was a member of the senior staff of Democrat Mark Warner in his successful campaign for Governor.

Picture of the freshly-painted bridge in 1969, featuring a future governor of the commonwealth.

Picture of the freshly-painted bridge in 1969, featuring a future governor of the commonwealth.

Got any old pictures and stories about Beta Bridge that you want to share with the world?  Send ’em on over!

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