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Commentary editor of The Anniston Star. Memphis native. University of Memphis and Jacksonville State University grad. Cardinals fan. And, yes, that's me in the wildcat mascot costume. Anything for a story. I'm a journalist, a writer, a storyteller and an editor. I write about politics, history, culture and life. Everyone has a story. Sometimes, you have to climb into a wool costume in 90-degree Alabama heat to find it.

Tommy Lasorda didn’t hang up on me

I bring this up because Lasorda’s beloved Los Angeles Dodgers are (were, thanks to the Red Sox) in the World Series, and my only connection with them revolves around the Hall of Fame manager and a shortstop, Dave Anderson, who played (mostly) poorly for the Dodgers in the 1980s. Anderson starred at the University of Memphis (then Memphis State University), where I was a student and sports editor of the campus newspaper, The Daily Helmsman.