The legacy of Dr. King is complex and deep. It’s historic and heroic.
Ed Buckbee was working in NASA’s public affairs office when he got word that the country’s most famous and celebrated astronaut would no longer fly. There were loftier, political goals ahead for him. The explanation: “John Glenn is a national treasure.”
As much as I embrace most everything about Christmas and all the hoopla except The Hunt For The Elusive Parking Space, I can do without the calendar full of holiday parties.
This is a story about troubled kids, kids in trouble, a dedicated young teacher, the most famous trophy in American sports – and an opportunity for you to make a difference.
Because a 24-year-old school bus driver with one accident already on his record was allegedly driving much too fast, five children were killed and many more injured when their bus careened off the road and was nearly cut in half by a tree.
It’s something that, after all these years in the business, you just take for granted, like oxygen and running water and a Waffle House at every other exit. It’s a protective shield you never take time to ponder.
TALLADEGA – They weren’t really going to blow up something up on the speedway, were they? Were they?
The long-time Birmingham broadcast personality on radio and TV shares his memories with Anniston Star sports correspondent Mark McCarter.
“I remember Grant (Lynch, track chairman) and I were talking and we weren’t in favor of it. ‘Talladega Nights.’ What does that mean?” said Rick Humphrey, the general manager at Talladega Superspeedway when Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay conjured the notion of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
The youngest of seven boys, he left his Cullman home in 1949 to fight in Korea, that complex war in which our troops “answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met,” as the Korean War Memorial in Washington reads.
There are billboards all over Baton Rouge with the words “Louisiana Strong” written inside a map of the state, and “Recovering Together” in even larger letters.
“We discussed it and somebody said people are not going to get it,” said Chad Pearson, general manager for Cooper Chevrolet Buick. The dealership brain trust was “still kinda hesitant, but we said let’s go with it. We went with it, and the rest is history.”
I have learned, in my life and work as a sportswriter, that big-time Sports and big-time Politics are not so far apart in America. They are both a means to the same end, which is victory.
This soccer team has brought the country together, not with the “we’re supposed to win” attitude that permeates our state and our nation, but with rich anticipation of “what if?” and the sheer ecstasy of an international upset.
Pat Summitt had met an opponent more relentless than she. There is no beating Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.