The son of a U.S. senator, Robertson was a good student (he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and graduated magna cum laude at the age of 20), but he also partied hard with his fraternity brothers and "was a steady participant in excursions to Sweet Briar and other nearby women's colleges," Harrell writes. "On one of these weekend excursions Robertson was a character in a story that has become part of the university's lore. ... On their way to Sweet Briar to pick up dates, Robertson and two of his friends were pulled over by a patrolman. One friend was Fred Vinson, son of the chief justice of the United States, and the other was Robert E. Lee IV, known as Bobby.
The state trooper said, "All right, show me your identification cards."
So Pat Robertson pulled his out, and [the trooper said,] "From Lexington? Is Senator Robertson kin to you?"
Pat said, "That's my father."
Then to Fred Vinson, "Young man, what is your name?"
"I'm Fred Vinson."
He said, "That's the name of the chief justice of the Supreme Court."
Fred said, "He's my father."
And he looked in the backseat at Bobby Lee. "Well, I suppose you're going to tell me you're Robert E. Lee."