Not long ago, an Alabama Democrat — something roughly akin to Hockey-Playing Bahamians in scarcity — confided in me. “I’d give anything if Nick Saban would run for Alabama governor as a Democrat,” he said.

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.”

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.

“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.”