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Star 28 - Bill Bespitch


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Star 28 - Bill Bespitch


Bill Bespitch







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My wife's parents divorced when she was less than two years old. Both her father and mother remarried quickly, and she has two sets of half-brothers, whom do not really know one another. One of her brothers from her father's second marriage visited us a few times with the woman he was dating. One evening they told us they'd like a little time to themselves and were going for a while. When they came back, she was wearing an engagement ring, which he had presented to her up at the Mill Mountain Star. A few years later, one of her brothers from her mother's second marriage called and asked if he and his girlfriend could come over for a weekend, as they had done a few times already. We knew they really enjoyed visiting Roanoke, so we told them they were welcome to stay at our house, but we would be out of town ourselves. Sure enough, they got engaged up at the star that weekend. Although they both live in Frederick County, Maryland, they still don't really know each other, having met only a couple of times. But both of their homes feature artwork of the Roanoke icon, the Mill Mountain Star.



Bill Bespitch, “Star 28 - Bill Bespitch,” Virginia Room Digital Collection, accessed December 4, 2021,