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.