For the past 12 years, Armwood social studies teacher Bruce Burnham has been providing lively banter as the public address announcer at the Hawks' Friday night home games.
And he has found a way to bring his love of history to the fans. At the end of the first and third quarters, Burnham reads a trivia question from the annals of Armwood football and history, and the first person to run up to the press box — typically an eager grade-school kid — with the correct answer wins a coupon to Beef 'O' Brady's and gets the joy of hearing their name over the loudspeakers, thus becoming, as Burnham likes to say, "famous in the greater Seffner area."
"I am enthusiastic," said Burnham who was planning to go into broadcasting before being drafted into the Vietnam War. "Everyone knows I enjoy it."
Nicknamed the "Mayor of Armwood," Burnham comes to each home game early to talk to coaches and fans before the game.
"I am a little bit of a ham," he admits.
Eve Edelheit, Times photographer