Rise to the moment of truth Sunday, July 3, 2022


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Randy Tatano: Priscilla Presley rocks!

 About 10 years ago I was one of the producers of a television segment on Elvis, which would feature an interview with his ex-wife, Priscilla, who was returning to Graceland on the anniversary of his passing. While I didn’t know everything about Elvis, I was very familiar with Priscilla from her days on the TV show Dallas.

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Randy Tatano: Dad's radio days

Back in the day (those of us who are “of a certain age” say that a lot), you could fix electronics. If the TV had a problem, you could pull out the tubes, take them to the neighborhood store that had a tube tester, plug in each one, and find the bad one. Then buy a replacement, pop it in, and you’re back in business watching a picture off the rooftop antenna in spectacular black-and-white. Back in the day you could also build electronics. Which reminds me of the coolest thing I ever did with my Dad.

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Randy Tatano: Snake on a plane

Snake on a Plane. No, not the movie. And not a real snake. Kenny Stabler.

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Randy Tatano: Hiring at your 'conveyance'

If you’ve ever been in a position to hire someone, you’ve no doubt had an eye roll moment. I’ve had several. They range from bizarre things on resumes to weird wardrobe choices for an in-person interview.

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Blanchard and Burdette make gubernatorial campaign stops in south Alabama

Gubernatorial candidates Lew Burdette and Lindy Blanchard made a stop in south Alabama this week.

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Randy Tatano: The time the airport went silent

Those of us of a certain age remember when flying was actually fun. I know that seems hard to believe in an era in which you get half-undressed...

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Randy Tatano: The Yankees are coming ... but we won't bite

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there is currently a mass exodus from the Northeast to places in the South. While...

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Randy Tatano: A writer, because of a great teacher

Fifth Grade, 1964. The Cold War. The space race. And an amazing teacher. I loved school back then. And after a long summer, I was ready...

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Randy Tatano: Alabama fans, let me show you how to lose

Believe me, I get it. I know what it feels like when your favorite team loses. Problem is, I know it a lot better than Alabama fans....

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Randy Tatano: How the Cancel Culture mob came after me on January 6th

Writers are used to bad reviews. Even the most beloved bestsellers have a parade of one-star reviews on Amazon. Look up your favorite...

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Randy Tatano: Resolution for parents - help your teen get a job!

My Dad started with the old school lessons early. I was in the first grade and was complaining about the one-mile walk to the elementary...

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Randy Tatano: The relatives you miss at Christmas

Let’s face it: the classic movie Christmas Vacation doesn’t really hit high gear until Cousin Eddie shows up. Every family has someone...

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Randy Tatano: Dreaming of a White Christmas? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

By Randy Tatano This time of year, the chance of snow on Christmas Day in Alabama is pretty much a long shot. Sure, we’ve had an occasional...

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Randy Tatano: OK, Alabama, it's time to stop eating fake Italian food

At the end of the classic mob movie Goodfellas, Ray Liotta complains about Witness Protection placing him miles away from decent Italian...

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Randy Tatano: The billboard wedding

People often ask me, “What’s the craziest story you ever covered?” I don’t even need a second to think about it. It was the time a...

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Randy Tatano: Oh, great! Another Star Wars spinoff

Lately, the TV ads are dominated by trailers of another Star Wars series. Or movie. Which might be in theaters. Or streaming. Or at...

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Randy Tatano: A guide to the Mafia for Alabamians

I knew they would be coming as soon as I saw the trailer for the Sopranos movie “The Many Saints of Newark.” “They” meaning questions...