Something funny is going on in Birmingham
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by David Sher
5d ago
Today’s guest columnist is Rebecca Rothman. Some things are so far-fetched you can’t make them up. I’m a happily married mom of two well-adjusted teenagers. I work in finance. I volunteer at my temple, host Shabbat dinners, and drive carpool to Girl Scouts. I am a practical person! And yet here I am at the ..read more
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The stunning secret of Mountain Brook’s first mayor
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by David Sher
1w ago
Today’s guest columnist is Frank McPhillips. Charles Zukoski, Jr was Mountain Brook’s first mayor, elected in 1942, weeks after the City was incorporated. He also was, without doubt, among the most brilliant and creative public servants in Mountain Brook’s history, lauded by the Birmingham Post-Herald as the City’s Thomas Jefferson “who established its law and ..read more
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$158M regional attraction proposed for Jefferson County
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by David Sher
3w ago
Today’s guest columnist is Jimmy Parnell. For thousands of families, livestock shows are where parents and children make memories, pass along life lessons and grow relationships. For my family, the show ring was our baseball diamond, soccer field and concert stage.  It’s where I watched my children — and countless others — mature into responsible ..read more
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Birmingham’s surprising opportunity
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by David Sher
3w ago
By David Sher Larry Ellison announced this week he plans to make Nashville Oracle’s world headquarters. National media announced this week that JD Sports plans to acquire Hibbett, a public company headquartered here in Birmingham. Birmingham used to have 30 public companies headquartered here. Now we will drop from eight to seven. There is hope ..read more
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Growing up in Birmingham, my father struck me for dating a Catholic girl
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by David Sher
1M ago
Today’s guest columnist is Chervis Isom. Editor’s note: Chervis Isom passed away in 2023. He was raised  by an intolerant father, but he grew up to be a remarkable man with  a  remarkable life. He wrote the following piece. titled The Right Cross in 2016. “Your mother is upset that you’re spending so much time ..read more
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The Best Basketball Team in Bama History
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by David Sher
1M ago
Today’s guest columnist is Bill Ivey. Nate Oats is arguably the best college basketball coach in the country. He recruits at a high level, understands how to create a structured but creative atmosphere, and knows he can win big at Alabama. Coach Oats is building a foundation that could lead to a national championship. This ..read more
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Birmingham dodged a bullet, but missed the opportunity of a lifetime
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by David Sher
2M ago
Today’s guest columnist is Ron Blatman. The year was 1998. Oklahoma City was moving full speed ahead with huge economic development projects that were transforming the city. They called it MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects Strategy). Birminghamians were captivated by the Oklahoma City experience and sought to emulate its success. Although today some still lament that ..read more
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Man with Mtn. Brook legacy makes extraordinary prediction–could actually succeed
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by David Sher
2M ago
Today’s guest columnist is Bucky McMillan. Editor’s note: Bucky McMillan grew up in Mtn. Brook and coached basketball at Mtn. Brook High School where he won five state championships. In 2020, he became the head basketball coach at Samford which had only one winning season in the 14 years preceding McMillan’s arrival. This week his ..read more
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Birmingham, a story of Communism you may not know
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by David Sher
2M ago
Today’s guest columnist is Dr, Thomas Reidy. A blackjack split open Joe Gelders’s head before three men shoved him into a nearby sedan. It was late in the evening on the 26th day of September 1936. The kidnappers drove an hour and half from Birmingham to a wooded area near Maplesville, where the tormentors stripped ..read more
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This column should mute many Birmingham critics
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by David Sher
2M ago
By David Sher If you’re a ‘Birmingham critic,’ this column is not for you. What the City of Birmingham is doing is ambitious, strategic, and definitely would not be expected from a governmental entity. Most folks may not be aware of this broad-based effort, but it’s getting national attention. Ever since the first ComebackTown column ..read more
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