Favorite Holiday

When I worked for the Alabama athletics department in the 1970s, we all had the same favorite holiday. It was the Fourth of July. And the reason it was the favorite was that nothing was in season, and so we actually got a holiday. That may be why it is still my favorite holiday.

If you worked in sports information, as I did, or if you were a trainer or a receptionist or equipment manager or any of a dozen other jobs in Alabama athletics, all the other holidays were pretty much working days. Football started before Labor Day and included Thanksgiving, Christmas, and (usually) New Year's Day. Basketball took care of the February holidays, and so on.

If you were a coach or otherwise assigned to just one sport, you might get some other holidays. For instance, the golf coach might get Thanksgiving off.

A few days before Independence Day, everyone would get a memo from Associate Athletics Director Sam Bailey. You could tell that the year of the memo had been "whited out" and replaced with the current year, because the memo was always the same.

"The Athletics Department will be closed on July 4 for the holiday."

As far as I know, it was the only day of the year that work wasn't going on. I never bothered to check to see if Ken Donahue couldn't stand it and went to the office to watch film on the Fourth of July.

We at ‘BAMA Magazine and BamaMag.com are going to enjoy the long holiday weekend, and we hope that you do, too. And most of all we urge you to be safe in everything you do so that we all continue to have good memories of my favorite holiday.

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