Alright, something that’s been on my mind for awhile. My friend and I were having a discussion of the greatest American of All-Time. He says Hulk Hogan, I say Chesley “Sully” Sullengerger from US Airways Flight 1549 where he landed in Hudson Bay and saved 161 lives. Hogan was fictional, whereas Sully saved more lives than everyone except for maybe Paul Revere. I’d take Sully any day of the week. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. America babyyyyyy!
Chesley Sullenberger is the guy who crashed landed submerged a plane into the Hudson River the other day. To look at any world media these days, you’d think he was Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, and Superman all rolled up into one. Everyone thinks he’s a “hero.”
He’s not. He’s just a guy who did his job. Landing the plane. That’s what he’s supposed to do. Land the plane. Ideally on land, but hey, these things happen. Sometimes it’s harder than others. This was one of those times.
If anyone is hero for getting all those people out of the plane, it’s the flight attendants. These are the people–mostly women, if my flying experience is any measure–who did the hard work. Keeping 150 people calm enough to maintain order and getting them out of a sinking hunk of metal to go stand in ankle-deep slush is no easy task. I’ve seen fistfights break out when people try to deplane in a hurry just because they have a connection to make; I can’t imagine this particular de-boarding went as smoothly as those.
From Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s wikipedia entry:
In 1987, Duggan and the Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vasiri) were pulled over by New Jersey police after a WWF event, suspecting Duggan of driving under the influence. After a search of the vehicle and the persons, police discovered that Duggan was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, while Vasiri was high on cocaine. Small amounts of cocaine were also found in the vehicle. Duggan received a conditional release while Vasiri was placed on probation for a year. The scandal that erupted after two in-ring enemies were found drinking and doing drugs together led to the end of the angle, the Sheik’s release, and Duggan’s temporary departure from WWF. Duggan soon returned to wrestling.
Your hero is a zero.