Happy Anniversary to Us!

happy_birthdayI just can’t let the day slip away without casting a spotlight on this important week.  Thirty years ago on June 7, a wise-for-his-years (or at least he thought he was) 17-year-old in Georgia escorted his first tour, almost fulfilling his adolescent dream of growing
up and becoming Julie the Cruise Director of “Love Boat” fame. Over the next decade, the hobby became a part-time job, then full-time, then a career. Now, it’s safe to say doing what I’m doing is my passion, as is doing it right here, right now, for all my
beloved Sacramento travelers.

Passions need a place to hang their hat. Thankfully, two years prior to my launch into the industry, Mark Hoffmann opened the doors (so to speak—his first “office” was his apartment on Fulton Avenue) of Sports Travel, later Sports Leisure Travel, and for the
past decade Sports Leisure Vacations. Our first trip was a casino overnighter that left Sacramento on June 8, 1979 and returned on the 9th. We’re 32 years old this week!

And speaking of June 9, it was on this day in 1955 that a bouncing bundle of baby joy was brought forth into the world in Omaha, Nebraska. His name was and remains Mark Alan Hoffmann. Thank you for your dream, Mark. We are all better because of it!

5 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary to Us!”


    Wow – it sure doesn’t seem that long ago! I cherish my friendship with both of you! Mark, what a great day this is! I had not idea that it was your birthday AND anniversary! Now you will have to eat twice as much cake!!

    Becky G

  2. Happy Birthday Mark! Count me as one who is also grateful you are seeing your dream fulfilled. May you be blessed with many, many more. PS Happy Anniversary to you Clayton…and SLV!

  3. Keep up the good work. I always have a great time on your tours.
    Happy Annniversary and Happy Birthday Mark.

  4. Gosh, thanks you all for your comments. It’s hard to believe it’s been 32 years since Sports Leisure (then Sports Travel) got started. I say this many times, but it’s always worth saying again.

    If life is about the journey, I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel it with a host of wonderful people who allow me to take them to wonderful places. It is truly the best job in the world.


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