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Vintage Aggies: NMSU super-fan Betty Meerscheidt let her fun flag fly – bloomers and all

A fixture at New Mexico State University games, Betty Meerscheidt was known to Aggie fans for waving her giant NMSU flag, which included a pair of red bloomers with black lacy fringe, from her seat behind the scorer’s table at the Pan American Center.

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Betty Meerscheidt, seated with her husband, Stuart, waves her well-known Aggie flag at a New Mexico State University basketball game in the Pan American Center. Meerscheidt cheered on decades of Aggies until her death in 2004. Stuart passed away in 2017. (NMSU photo)

In the beginning, Meerscheidt would wave the flag frequently at both basketball and football games, but things changed, and she became very selective.

The flag also made appearances at rivalry games in Albuquerque, despite glares from opposing fans. “Our mom was such a grinner and had such an infectious smile – who was going to take that away from her?” says Marilynn Morris, Meerscheidt’s daughter. “She would smile her way out of anything.”

Janette Brunt, another of Meerscheidt’s daughters, recalls even the smallest fans enjoyed the Aggie emblem.

“Little kids would visit mom and wave the flag, and she had a marker and they got to sign the flag.”

Morris admits that, as a teenager, her reaction to her mother’s spirited display was more of a cringe.

“For me growing up, I didn’t like the flag,” she says. “When you’re in school and your mom is waving bloomers … I stayed as far away from her as I could. It was too much attention for a kid.”