Have You Ever Wanted to Take a “Time
Out”? Edgar Welden did just that.
Welden, along with his partners, has spent the last three decades
building a successful business in Birmingham, Alabama. He has
always had a dream of taking a year off to attend and enjoy as
many sporting events as possible. In 1997 Welden called “Time
Out!” With the Support of his wife, Louise, Welden embarked
on the greatest adventure of his life. Traveling more than 120,000
miles to all fifty states, he attended more than 250 different
events --- from blockbusters like the World Series, to the offbeat
X-Games and the grueling Iditarod. Surely no fan in the history
of American sports has displayed such relentless devotion to the
thrill of being a spectator. To Welden’s delight, in the
end he discovered that his year on the road was about much more
than the events he attended, it was a grand adventure filled with
interesting people, fascinating experiences, funny stories and
perhaps even more important, the exhilarating feeling of living
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a native of Wetumpka, Alabama, lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where
he and his family are in the real estate business. He is a Chairman
of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Board, is active in the Monday
Morning Quarterback Club and the Birmingham Tip-Off Club.
in 1965, Welden is an active alumnus of the University of Alabama
and a strong supporter of the University's athletic programs.
He and his wife, Louise, have two married children and seven grandchildren.
Louise and Edgar back home in Birmingham with two of Louise's
anniversary presents: a new arm cast and her new ball bat, gifts
from Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies.