On Saturday, April 19, 2014, The Professor book tour stopped in Tuscaloosa for a fantastic signing just prior to the start of the A-Day game. The Locker Room clothing store on University Drive hosted the event, and Barnes & Noble Tuscaloosa provided the books. All total, we sold 27 copies of The Professor on an absolutely perfect Spring day in Tuscaloosa.
Special thanks go to Alex Gatewood, the owner of The Locker Room, who graciously provided us a prime spot in front of his store. The Locker Room has been selling high quality clothes on the Strip in Tuscaloosa for almost fifty years, and always has a huge crowd on Game Day. Alex, together with longtime employee Tom Hammond, sent a steady stream of folks out of the store to our table, telling them they had to check out my book. Also, the day could not have happened without the help of my good friend Bill Fowler, who scheduled the event with Alex back in March, arranged for all the materials we would need for the signing, and then drove down to the game with me at the crack of dawn for set up. Finally, a big shout out to Rosie with Barnes & Noble Tuscaloosa, who helped promote the event on Facebook and took care of all the sales during the event.
We had a number of special guests, starting with my Mom and Dad, who drove down with my wife Dixie and our three kids. Also joining us were Bill Fowler’s wife, Melanie, and their three kids along with Bill’s wonderful mom, Janice. Finally, it was very special to see a number of former Alabama football players stop by, including Clyde Butler, who played on Coach Bryant’s 1966 team, Chris Anderson, a Huntsville High School legend and tailback on the 1992 national champions at Alabama and Brandon Gibson, wide receiver on the 2011 national champions.
As with all the signings, it was a joy meeting new people, and we met a number of interesting folks, including Vickie Green from Miramar Beach, Florida and Ashley Jones from Hoover, Alabama. All in all, it was another fantastic day for The Professor.