Person Of The Year

Time Magazine says it’s Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Frank Rich of the New York Times goes with Tiger Woods.

Gerry Brooks of NBC Connecticut says it should be Chesley Sullenberger(I just wanted to see what it was like to refer to oneself in the third person.  Never did it before.  Probably never will again.)

It has been nearly a year since the U.S. Airways captain put flight 1549 down in the Hudson River.

On and off the air I thrilled at what he and his crew did.  Which was to do their jobs to the very best of their ability and training.  As a team.


Sullenberger was the leader of that team, and stood to gain the most from his turn as a hero.  But aside from a lucrative book deal, he has remained, by all accounts, “Sully.”  He has used his fame for the good of his community and his profession.  And, he has gone back to work (rare for someone who comes up a winner in the Fame Game).

For his professionalism and his dignity, Chesley Sullenberger is my Person of the Year.  And he and his crew are my Team of the Year.

Everyday people… answering the call of extraordinary circumstances.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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14 Responses to Person Of The Year

  1. Janet A says:

    Janet A agrees with Gerry Brooks on this one! (and I’ve never before referred to myself in third person either….)
    Happy Holidays!

  2. You know what they say about people who refer to themselves in the 3rd person? I believe Freud published a thesis on that.

    Agree totally about Sully. But all the people who howl in outrage about Bernanke miss the point. The Person of the Year doesn’t necessarily go to the best person.

    Hitler, Stalin, Khomeini and Ken Starr all won it, too. Not that Bernanke belongs in that company either, but I believe it’s supposed to go to the person who had the greatest impact on the news, right?

    • Gerry says:

      You sir, are absolutely correct. And Time, which (with Newsweek) has become increasingly irrelevant, hopes and prays its selection gets debated as much as Bernanke’s did. Merries and Happys to ya.

  3. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    “Merries and Happys”

    Interesting pluralizations.

  4. Def. agree. Sully a.k.a. Capt. Chesley Sullenberger SHOULD have been named the person of the year. He landed Flight 1549 safely and all 153 of his passengers escaped unhurt. That’s an American hero!

  5. If the Nobel Committee was voting it would be President Obama!

  6. Lori Galvin says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Gerry. Merry Christmas!

  7. graham says:

    I have to agree with Gerry. I’ve known some pretty “cool” pilots over the years, but Capt. Sullenberger takes the cake!
    He gets my vote too.

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