Tailgate Spotlight: Generations in the making

The Poorman family has been tailgating for decades but the Beaver Mobile is just nine years old.

Posted: Oct 12, 2019 10:01 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2019 10:04 PM

Corvallis, Ore. -- This week's tailgate spotlight has been generations in the making. John M. Poorman graduated from Oregon State University in 1932.

Since then, his son, grandson and great grandson have all gone to Oregon State University. 

The Poorman family has been tailgating for decades but the Beaver Mobile is just nine years old.

Family members pitched in money and effort to help design it. However, the star of the Poorman show is Benny the Beaver.

The love for Oregon State not only connects the generations of Poorman parents and kids, but it also has created a place for everyone to meet up on game day.

"It’s just wonderful because it’s such a family thing we look forward to every home game,” Sue Poorman said. 

Every home game is a family reunion. Andy Poorman helped put the electronics in the Beaver Mobile and also spent 20 years in the Air Force as an F15 pilot.

Inside the truck is a picture that's worth more to the family than any bacon covered jalapeno.

In the picture of Andy’s flyover, under his right wing is the Poorman tailgate and the Beaver Mobile.

"The minute we could see that plane we were all in tears,” Sue Poorman said.

The next generations of Poorman's are growing up in orange and black.

Hallie Poorman, the youngest beaver, is a sophomore at Oregon State University and her friends come by the same way her grandmother's friends still do too.

"My grandma’s big sis from her sorority comes here, it’s the coolest thing ever just seeing that,” Hallie Poorman said. 

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