Our blog post about the visit that Elizabeth Taylor made to Lexington with then-fiancé John Warner, of the Class of 1949, generated lots of traffic and a few comments about a less-publicized visit to the Beta house. But here’s a story about the couple that we hadn’t heard until it popped up last week in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The story involves Atlantan Rodney Cook Jr., of the Class of 1978, about whom we blogged almost two years ago when he featured in a New York Times story about Atlanta’s Millenium Arch. Rodney is president of The National Monuments Foundation.
Back to Liz. Rodney told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week how he was the driver who often picked the Warners up at the airport and delivered them to Lexington for meetings of the board of trustees. Sen. Warner is an emeritus member of the board (1968-1980). Rodney’s father, Rodney Sr., a 1946 graduate, had been at W&L with Sen. Warner.
On one such airport run, they made a detour to the Natural Bridge and entered the property by an unauthorized route.
“We, of course, were apprehended,” Cook said. “All these guards came, but the two of them turned around, and seeing that it was their senator and Cleopatra, off they went.”