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.
He was an agent for change. He was a complex man with many flaws. Writes Dave Kindred, who covered Ali’s life for a half-century, “The Ali who mattered and matters still was no saint.”
These days, media relations staff at big-time institutions are more typically masters of spin, deception, refusal and subterfuge. There is often a mutual disdain between the PR people and the media.
Roy Morgan. Chris Popham. Josh Turner. Steven Torbert. Krissie Davis. Those are names of Alabamians who, in the service of our country, were killed since last Memorial Day.
Mother’s Day has come and gone, and it got me to thinking about one of my favorite stories about a mother and an outfielder and a baseball record and the lesson we all need to remember. So, if you’ll indulge me this after-Mother’s-Day story to tell:
It’s led to still another embarrassing chapter in Alabama history. As one of the talk-show pundits noted, we have a governor accused of adultery, a majority leader under indictment leading the charge against him and the case to be heard by a judge who defied the Constitution by posting the Ten Commandments on a monument in the state judicial building.
One of the best racers who ever lived figuratively hands you the keys to his car. It’s unlike what happens when you’re 16 and your dad gives you the keys and says keep it slow. In this case, it’s drive it like you stole it.
Love. It’s pretty simple advice to serve as a foundation when the Alzheimer’s Association holds a Caregiver Conference on Thursday, April 21 at the Oxford Civic Center, beginning at 8:30. (To register or for more info call 1-800-272-3900 or contact Brandi Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Hotel Finial will inevitably be “the old Victoria” for a while, but that’s OK. Great pains and expense have been taken by owners Del and Ginger Marsh to make it feel like a new place while assuring the historic charm remains in the 61 rooms and the five suites in the mansion.
“A completely different world to be so close,” Peggy Hamner said, fresh from an eight-day trip to Cuba that coincided – and not so conveniently – with last week’s visit to Havana by President Obama.
Hot dogs, grandfather clocks and locomotives are all a part of the charm of Martinsville Speedway. In our digitally timed, jet-set world that wages war against processed meats, that’s more than a little refreshing.
Kyle Busch saw this one coming. He even tweeted Sunday night, in explaining why he skipped a post-race media obligation, that “By not doing interview, I’ll b (sic) getting a discount on my fine on Tuesday.”
Soon, we’ll be able to pick up Cuban cigars at the nearest mini-mart. Marriotts and Hiltons will sprout like dandelions in Havana. Shuttle flights will boomerang back and forth between Miami and Cuba.