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Coincidentally, my favorite high school teacher also passed away today.

"Fuck your educational influences!!!"
-Fate

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Bad weekend for teachers as one of our best and dearest friends also passed away. She was an English teacher at Giles for decades and the hole in our lives will not be filled.
Bud Robertson was in the top two of my favorite professors at VT. I took two of his classes back in the early '70s when he was also still refereeing college football. I have a bunch of memories from those classes, but one of my favorites was when he was telling one of his iconic heart rending tales of the rank and file soldiers one morning and there was an uncontrolled sniffing, and quiet sobbing coming from the row behind me. I tried not to look, but couldn't help but sneak a glance back and there was this giant VT lineman with tears running down his cheeks, unabashedly affected by the soft power Bud could bring forth with his dignified oratory, his slight speech impediment actually adding to the pathos of the moment. I will never forget him, or his class, or my friend or, well, great teachers in general.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Bad weekend for teachers as one of our best and dearest friends also passed away. She was an English teacher at Giles for decades and the hole in our lives will not be filled.

That's the one. Mrs. Yolton was an amazing teacher and human being in general.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Sorta figured, given your B'burg origins. Good teachers are unforgettable, and she would be gratified by your remembrance and opinion of her. There will be a memorial, and if you are there, we should take a moment to meet. You'll know me, I look just like the "shriv" in my avatar. Her husband has told me he wants all who knew and loved her to be there, and former students are a big part of her life in Giles. The bright sunshine belies the clouds in our hearts right now.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Have they put out info for services? Haven't seen them yet. I would love to make it if I can.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

No plans yet. It will be a memorial gathering in the coming weeks and will be in Giles. Need a big venue, might be at Mt. Lake, but not even in planning stages yet. Not sure how it will be announced.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Wow, I had no idea they were doing something on that kind of scale. But she most definitely warrants it. She was a positive influence to so many. This isn't hyperbolic at all, but I don't recall not one single person speaking ill of her. And for a teacher, that is quite the feat.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

I think the thing is to have it in Giles, and have room for all who knew her and wanted to participate. Like I said, no plans, just preliminary thoughts. Happy to let you know. n e w r i v e r a n g l e r at ho t mail dot com, properly formatted of course, will reach me.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Good deal. I'll drop you a line tomorrow.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

What year did you graduate from giles?

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Don't you know it's rude to ask an AssPocket his age? Lol.

I was a senior the last time the goalposts fell in Lane.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

When was the last time the goalposts were torn down in laneπŸ˜‚

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Come on, man! Really?

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

70s or 80s?

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

You're killing me smalls.

Edit: BTW, the BC game in 1999 was the last time the goalposts came down. It was the last regular season game before the National Championship. I know you're younger. So, you may not remember.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Did you graduate with any Stevers that's what im trying to ask

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Few of them.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Oh hell yeah πŸ˜‚

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

He was a one of a rare breed of lecturers who could bring insight without division. Especially difficult given the subject matter he was a master of.

I'll be queuing up The Many Faces of the Civil War this week in memory.

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I took two of his classes in Squires and it really brings back good memories of sitting through his lectures.

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His class used to be taught in McBryde 100 and was always full

Thanks for sharing this. Very sad new indeed. Dr. Robertson was truly a VT legend. I ended up in his class in 1980 or '81. I really had no idea what I was taking, and it was 8:00 am MWF. I would show up so tired and hungover, I could barely open my eyes or pay attention. I quickly found that Dr. Robertson had an amazing knowledge of Civil War history, coupled with an amazing gift for teaching the subject and recanting stories that kept the class on the edge of our seats. The Blue and the Gray; Johnny Reb and Billy Yank. It was a class I tried to never miss, and one that left me with a lifelong interest in the Civil War history and characters. What an amazing historian, teacher, and story teller. RIP Dr. Robertson and thank. you for sharing your gift with so many.

Thank you MR Robertson for your lifelong work. Hoping someone picks up the baton. Very important to educate about this important part of US history. Rest In Peace sir.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

One of my favorites. Sad news.

Whadya mean I can't take off my sweater? I'm HOT!

Was a great dude, took one of his classes during a summer school session thinking it would be an easy A the bring ole gpa up and he actually challenged me to get that A and I learned some stuff too which is I guess theoretically the goal in college (not just drinking and chasing girls, who knew?). Those elective classes were more fun than the engineering ones for sure. RIP dude, you will be missed!

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RIP. One of the best classes I have ever taken.

This is a real shame. Dr. Robertson's storytelling made it feel like you weren't really sitting in a lecture. He was always so obviously passionate about the material. Really special in that way. To this day I actually have my notebook that I had for both semesters of class I took with him just to look on it fondly now and again.

What a savings

Dr. Robertson's bio of Stonewall Jackson is superb. The absolute best.

He was a real Virginia original and unmatched orator. I had the good fortune of being in his very last class, and it was easily my favorite. He will be greatly missed.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I was in that class. Broke my heart because I was in there every day at 8am eager for his lecture, but I slept through my alarm the day of the midterm. You know he only had the two grades. I woke up and rushed out the door in a panic. I got into class just as everyone was coming to the front to get their tests. When he saw me come in late, he gave me a look that could've cut diamonds and told me if I wanted to take his midterm I should have been on time. I knew there was no point in arguing. I equally hate, love, and respect the fuck out of him for that.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

As a kid from Western NY in the 80's, I wasn't all that familiar with the Civil War other than the basics that you learn in High School. That all changed after Dr. Robinson's class my sophomore year. His lectures were amazing - even to a 19 year old kid that grew up far from Virginia. He inspired a lifelong passion for history - one that I still indulge today. Going to head to the bookshelf and pick out one of his books to re-read.

Great professor.

RIP.

Heartbroken, hands down one of the primary reasons I chose History as my major. We lost a great one.

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Same. He was a fantastic storyteller who humanized the Civil War better than any. His lecture on Civil War medicine (or lack thereof) is still my favorite individual lecture I experienced at Tech. I admit, I am still anti Ken Burns because of him.

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Just curious, why anti-Ken Burns?

I found the Ken Burns coverage a bit agenda-based, but interesting.

The anti-Ken Burns comes straight from Dr. Roberson's asssesment of his qualifications as a historian. IIRC he did not like his narrow approach on some topics or his convenience in cherry picking facts.

You know how much of a subject matter expert you need to be to scoff at a person who made a 8 part documentary?

The Dude Abides

One of the best. Great teacher, great speaker. Got a chance to talk to him when he was doing readings from his A.P. Hill book. Passionate, funny, and a true gentleman.

Another remembrance of Bud is of the story he told about the Centennial remembrance of the Civil War, and his participation as a member of the committee involved. They were meeting one Friday afternoon in DC with then pres LBJ. He said LBJ got into the bourbon and branch water he kept handy and decided to form a party to go visit the Lincoln memorial...during rush hour...in DC. Sooooo, the SS and local coppers had to form an impromptu plan and get the presidential procession going in order to take them to the memorial for a few moments of drunken whatever. He being so eloquent and humorous, I cannot begin to replicate the moment, but again, I'll never forget how the class laughed at the memory. When we moved back into the area, I always swore that one day I was just gonna sneak into one of his lectures just for the experience, but never did. I regret that now.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

He told me about meeting with JFK in the oval office regarding the upcoming centennial celebration of the Civil War. Bud was on the committee. JFK asked Bud to stay behind as committee members were filing out. Bud said JFK asked him to head up the committee and they talked about the tone of the remembrance over the next year. Bud said JFK cursed up a storm. He chuckled and said he had never heard so many words before and had to ask some of his colleagues what some of the cuss words meant.

This class was amazing. He kept you in rapt attention throughout. He knew more about the topic of the Civil War than anyone who fought in it. He was cut straight out of central casting as both a historian and a southern gentleman. What a legend. The University lost a great resource and representative.

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Not only an incredible asset to the history department and the state, but also a 16 year ACC Football official and Tech's rep to the NCAA for a decade.

Also I've never had a harder time holding down my breakfast than sitting in his 0800 lecture on Civil War field medicine after a hearty platter of Schultz biscuits and gravy.

I always felt a little cheated. I had an upperclassmen friend who warned me.

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Dr. Robertson was my favorite professor I had at Virginia Tech. I took both semesters of his class and don't think I missed a single one. His story telling was the best. I also loved his basset hound (I believe his name was Bubba). His class was the first class I attended when the school re-opened a couple of days after April 16th and I'll never forget the stern warning he issued to any media that may have snuck into the class (it was a larger class, and he did NOT want any of them in there) and then him saying some kind words and trying to comfort us, all with tears in his eyes. It was a kind of impromptu therapy session that I think we all needed. I don't mean to turn this into a depressing post, but it was a memory of Dr. Bud that I'll have and cherish for the rest of my life. We lost a good one. RIP Dr. Robertson!

Took his Civil war class and also a smaller one he taught called American Representatives. Basically he lectured for a few minutes and then each student was assigned a historical person to research and teach the class on. Yikes!

That was my first class with him and I remember I saw people standing in the hall waiting for him to sign books and I had no idea who this guy was or what he meant to the history department (and I was a history major...lol). I was like... why are all these people trying to get this guys autograph?

I remember one day in his Civil War class a girl went up to him and asked if she could take her exam early. He just stared at the wall and didn't say a word. He wasn't having any of that. He didn't budge too much on stuff.

Saw him a few years back at a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Roanoke. He looked in good health.

I respected him alot. He taught me that in order to understand history and especially war, you need to study the vanquished to find the full truth. Never forgot it.

Overheard as Duke assistant coaches took elevator down from press box: β€œGuys, they stopped the run with a three-man front.” - David Teel Tweet 2018

What a great run! God's speed! Guys like this brought history to life. I had one like that in HS. History needs to be passed onto the next generation. Alas, I believe that it is being ripped to shreds.

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

What an incredible loss. Dr. Robertson was truly a gem. It's largely because of his classes that I fell in love with learning.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Count me among the ones who loved his class and his lectures. Taking his class convinced me to minor in History, and become a Civil War buff for life. What a great man that we will all miss. I even ran into him randomly in Vancouver Canada one time. He was so gracious and kind. The world lost one of the truly good guys today.

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I never got to take his class. I always had something interfering. But, I've read some of his books, attended a lot of his public lectures, and used to catch him on the radio and on civil war journal. He was a giant in his realm.

can anyone link to lectures of his online? I'm doing the standard youtube thing, but if you know of any repository on a different site, I'd love to incorporate these into our homeschooling curriculum.

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One of my Guard unit's buck sergeants was his neighbor. In July of 2012, he was brought out to Stafford where my EN Company was putting together a road for this Civil War Park (for our 2 Week Annual Training). During our operations, we'd routinely find small artifacts left behind by that Union bivouac (particularly glass bottles), and the corduroy road they laid down almost 150-years earlier. He was gracious to us, and we showed him our discoveries while he put into context the Fredericksburg Campaign.

https://www.tourstaffordva.com/attraction/stafford-civil-war-park/

My Wahoo Uncle knew him well, through the CW Historical Community.

May he Rest in Peace

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