A Hero Worthy of a Holiday

BLAIR – Generally, Sundays happen on the weekends. A Sunday is a day everyone takes as an opportunity to sleep in, have fun, and catch up on work. At least, most people do some of those things. Today is Sunday. It’s not a real Sunday, but a Sunday created out of a Tuesday, a day many people at Blair find tiring due to the density with which events are packed into it.

Sam Czaja ’18

Yesterday morning, after Mr. Fortunato flew onstage by means of the pulley system used in the Wizard of Oz (a fantastic musical, by the way – a real shout out is deserved by all involved) to announce the commencement of the Blair Headmasters’ Societies Games, Sam Czaja ‘18 became immortalized as a Blair legend and hero with the simple words “Mr. Fortunato, I am disgusted by your behavior.” He was, of course, demanding the designation of a Headmaster’s Holiday.

Now, while all know this was pre-planned – I actually saw Sam and the Headmaster conversing at breakfast – the act itself still deserves mention. Sam, certainly known for his lively sense of humor, will be remembered as a Blair hero, even long after his graduation.

Needless to say, cheers erupted from the audience, and it is difficult to say whether those clapping were applauding Mr. Fortunato’s skilled execution of a number of different stunts – the flying, actually getting Mr. Razz to wear the shirt of many colors, getting a sparky sophomore to appear to challenge him mid speech – or the seeming audacity of Sam, whose deft pronunciation of what was framed so scathingly against the Headmaster demanded awe. Students who had had tests on Tuesday were relieved, and those who had mostly free blocks were certainly wishing it had been Thursday instead. The rest of the morning and early afternoon were filled with lively attitudes and the excited purchasing of the necessary team apparel.

In the afternoon, teams competed in squash, basketball, mind games, foosball and various other events that ended in a near tie of 146-143 between Howard and Sharpe for the lead. Today, a green flag will grace the quad, and the race to the top will continue.

(Copyright 2016 Tys Sweeney)

Tys Sweeney

Founder & Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Tys Sweeney '17 founded the Blair Oracle in April 2015. He wrote news, fiction, poetry, and announcements for the publication until he graduated in 2017. He served as Editor-in-Chief until 2016 and was succeeded by Seth Kim.