Job well done, Sully and crew!

I am not the first to marvel and the skills of Chesley B. Sullenberger (who graciously goes by “Sully”, because look at all those syllables!), Jeffrey Skiles and their crew. We needed some awesomeness on the news and there it was. Just amazing. And well-timed.

Sully is the perfect modern icon with the name and the picture and the fascinating background. It’s no wonder New York City wants to throw this guy a ticker tape parade. I want to offer to wash his car. And name my nonexistent children after him. Bake him a cake. I wonder if Jeffrey Skiles will draw as much attention. I hope so! Because for that landing to go down that way, there had to be abundant excellence all around.

Anyhoo, I can’t help but be fascinated by the fact that there’s a fan page for Sully on Facebook already (which, truth be told, I just joined). What does this say about celebrity? I think it says that it can be doled out where credit is due and we can all feel like we can stand in it’s aura (or some such). And it can allow us, when the bad news swirls like a dust storm, to find something to celebrate. We can celebrate the awesomeness among us.

On a job-related note, what do you think about the use of FB fan clubs to simply celebrate a “job well done”….you know, for those among us whose jobs don’t involve saving 155 peoples’ lives?


Comments (6)

  1. crawdad13 says:

    I actually survived an eerily similar crash while taking off from Regina, Saskatchewan in 2000.  A flock of geese took out both engines of our DC 9 while we were taking off and we ended up on our belly in a swamp about 1000 feet off the end of the runway. (full of fuel)

    As soon as we stopped, I said to folks around me "they give you free miles if they run out of food…I wonder what we’re gonna get for this?"  Surprisingly everyone laughed.

    a couple hours later they finally let us off the plane.  We stepped out directly onto a plywood path that they had laid down across the semi-frozen swamp so that we could get back to the tarmac.

    Landing gear… gone, business meeting… gone, Clean undies… gone

    Nobody injured…Phew!

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    And sense of humor still well intact!

  3. Steinkamp says:

    I was watching in amazement the coverage of that plane bobbing in the water as the boats were bringing the passengers on board.  My six year old daughter came in and looked afraid as she saw the images.  I explained that  "birds got sucked into the engine of the plane and the incredible pilot landed the plane on the river.  Now the ferrys are rescuing the passengers".  Her eyes got very large as she exclamied with a huge smile "FAIRIES SAVED THE PASSENGERS!".  It took me a second to realize that she was picturing mythical winged fairies plucking the passengers from the water.  Priceless…

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    That is so awesome! I love that story!

  5. crawdad13 says:

    YOU’RE Mythical!


    the Fairies

  6. HeatherLeigh says:

    Seriously, considering that I need a laugh today (working against some deadlines….so tired), laughing about something as light-hearted as fairies is just perfect. Perfect.

    I’ll be telling my friends about that this weekend.