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Julie Danielson - collage

Class Year: 1967
Major at MC:  Political Science
Senior Thesis Topic: "A comparison of the press relations under President Kennedy and President Johnson"
Current Town/City of Residence: Northport, AL
Occupation: Editor/Publisher 'BAMA Magazine and BamaMag.com
Family: Wife, Lynne; daughter, Julia; son, Stuart and three grandchildren

Describe your career path since graduating from MC.

Sportswriter and eventually assistant sports editor of Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald, from 1967-70.
Assistant sports information director and eventually sports information director, University of Alabama from 1970-79.
Founder and editor 'BAMA Magazine from 1979-Present with complementary web site, BamaMag.com.

Describe your job or a typical day “in the office.”

Writing and editing stories of University of Alabama athletics. Although 'BAMA Magazine and BamaMag.com cover all intercollegiate sports, I personally cover only football and men's basketball. A typical day depends on the season and the day of the week, be it doing interviews, covering press conferences, covering games both in Tuscaloosa and road games, making assignments for writers and photographers, writing and editing stories. I also do quite a bit of speaking at quarterback clubs and the like and sometimes have a book in the works.

What has been your most exciting/enjoyable professional experience to date?

Working for Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant for nine years.

Since graduating from MC, what has made you the most proud?

In 1972, I was one of the founding members of the Alabama Sports Writers Association. In 2012 I became the 14th inductee into the ASWA Hall of Fame.

How did your MC experience prepare you for your vocation and/or life?

In part, my Maryville College experience prepared me for my professional career by making me a hard worker. I worked full time for the Maryville Times (it was called the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times in those days) while earning my degree, so I learned to budget time and work efficiently.

What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?

I play golf and almost every day my wife Lynne and I take an evening pontoon boat ride, our cocktail cruise.

Complete this sentence: My classmates may be surprised to learn that I _____________.

...have had four books published (and have also contributed to a handful of others). All are centered on Alabama football.