Something funny is going on in Birmingham

Rebecca Rothman
Rebecca Rothman (Photo by Harry Long)

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 age of 48, performing stand-up comedy. Continue reading Something funny is going on in Birmingham

The stunning secret of Mountain Brook’s first mayor

Frank McPhillips
Frank McPhillips

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 precept [and] brought light and order to its human relations.”

Zukoski also harbored a secret that wasn’t revealed until after he left office. Continue reading The stunning secret of Mountain Brook’s first mayor

$158M regional attraction proposed for Jefferson County

Jimmy Parnell

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, respectful men and women. Continue reading $158M regional attraction proposed for Jefferson County

Birmingham’s surprising opportunity

Birmingham from Railroad ParkBy 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. Continue reading Birmingham’s surprising opportunity

Growing up in Birmingham, my father struck me for dating a Catholic girl

Chervis Isom (Photo by Hugh Hunter)

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 with that Catholic girl. It’s good to have friends, but you shouldn’t get serious with her. She’s Catholic you know, and you can’t change them.” Continue reading Growing up in Birmingham, my father struck me for dating a Catholic girl

The Best Basketball Team in Bama History

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

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. Continue reading The Best Basketball Team in Bama History

We moved to downtown Birmingham, it’s awesome!

Jimmy Krell
Dr. Jimmy Krell

Today’s guest columnist is Jimmy Krell.

Some folks may have thought we were nuts, but my wife and I moved to downtown Birmingham and we couldn’t be happier.

Not only that, but my partners and I moved our dermatology practice to downtown.

This has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Continue reading We moved to downtown Birmingham, it’s awesome!

The world’s about to discover a one-of-a-kind Birmingham attraction

Gerald Watkins
Gerald Watkins

Today’s guest columnist is Gerald Watkins.

The world’s about to discover a unique Birmingham attraction.

An attraction that even many local folks don’t know much about.

A huge event is coming to Birmingham!

An event that that virtually no one saw coming. Continue reading The world’s about to discover a one-of-a-kind Birmingham attraction

Birmingham dodged a bullet, but missed the opportunity of a lifetime

Ron Blatman
Ron Blatman

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. Continue reading Birmingham dodged a bullet, but missed the opportunity of a lifetime

Man with Mtn. Brook legacy makes extraordinary prediction–could actually succeed

Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University
Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University

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 Samford team earned  an invitation to the the NCAA Tournament winning the championship game of the SoCon tournament.

He wrote this column for ComebackTown three years ago entering  his second season at Samford: Continue reading Man with Mtn. Brook legacy makes extraordinary prediction–could actually succeed

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