Once upon a time—a time with Iron Bowl parades and regular Birmingham News columns from Auburn professors—the graphic designers for the powers that were were actively trying to combat the perception of Birmingham as the capitol of what Will Collier would call Alabamastan.
Take for example this logo for an anonymously published 1972 Better Relations-ish brochure titled “Birmingham and Auburn: A Magic Alliance.”
“More often than not there has been cooperation between the two (Auburn and Birmingham) that has been overlooked,” reads the introduction. “It can come in the form of a new building under construction on campus, thanks to a gift by a Birmingham alumnus. Or maybe it comes in the day-to-day proficiency in which an Auburn graduate performs his tasks on the job in Birmingham to make it a better place to live.”
And drops of the Saugahatchee Creek might eventually rain on Vulcan’s brow. And oxygen breathed from the Botanical Gardens might one day inspire a cough from Pat Dye. It’s practically symbiotic.
“However you look at it, it’s a relationship, a successful one.”
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Will is correct.
Bammerham is the capital of all that is Bammer.
All hail Pat Dye !!
Legion Field was a dump when I played High School ball in the early 70’s
and has never been properly maintained.
The B’ham News wasn’t always the Tide Tribune. Auburn’s Bobby Lowder in the 20’s was the publisher of the News. In later days, Phil Neel, creator of Aubie, also worked for the News.