Editor’s Note: This post originally was published on April 7, but was taken down at request of the Taylor family, who wanted more time to notify family members about Richard’s death. We apologize for any confusion that this might have caused.
Last week, Richard Taylor, AKA Beavermobile, died after a long battle with cancer. He is one of the most beloved Beavers fans ever, having been a fixture at many OSU athletic events and on just about every message board out there, even eDuck. His tales (sometimes tall) are legendary among Beavers and Ducks fans. But beneath that big personality and outlandish sense of humor, was one of the kindest and most loyal souls you’ll ever find. Richard will be dearly missed, and so we wanted to share how we got to know him and remember him…
“My first introduction to Richard was on Pure-Orange.net in 2005. I was reading some posts before I had any type of courage to post, when I noticed a distinct pattern:
You click on the links provided by Beavermobile at your own risk.
I saw things to this day that are burned in my brain and haunt my dreams. Many of them pertaining to the smallest of our people. All of them of which are completely NSFW (Not Safe For Work).
I also remember Richard as the eDuck antagonist, visiting the site to rile it up and toss grenades like a veteran message board troll, leading to countless pages of responses, half of which were desperate pleas not to respond to his posts because it just encouraged him!
Beyond his antics as vibrant Beaver fan and his charismatic personality was a man who cared deeply about his friends, his Beavers, and who made the people around him enjoy the day and their lives a little bit more. Even in a loss, Richard had the words to say that would bring a smile to everyone’s face. Virtually and in person.”
“After reading soda-up-the-nose inducing stories about the legendary Beavermobile on Pure Orange during high school, I finally got to meet Richard Taylor in the flesh in spring of 2002 at a PO tailgater. He didn’t disappoint; he quickly imparted his knowledge of hilarious, but suspect vocabulary on this then naive college freshman. It was easy to see why he had been banned numerous times from eDuck.
Richard was one of the most loyal Beaver fans out there. You might not have always agreed with him, or enjoyed his provocative manner, but you always respected him. That said, Richard also was one of the nicest Beaver Believers I’ve ever been around. It’s no surprise that Beaver Nation rallied around him during his illness and has mourned his death tremendously I can only hope that I become half the fan and person he is…”
The next time we send an off-color message to a co-worker, cheer for the Beavers on a cold and wet November evening, or put a painted yellow toilet seat on the lawn of an annoying duck fan (one that I then utilize for its intended purpose of course), we will think of you. You are one of the reasons this blog exists. Thanks, man for everything!
We encourage any family and friends to share stories about Richard in the comments section below. Also, to read more stories about the legendary Beavermobile and see some awesome pictures of him, check out the Pure Orange Facebook Page.
Go Beavs (and Go Beavermobile!) (PRO & RW)