No Fines For "Sully" After Book Goes Down With The Plane

Hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is now every librarian's hero, too. When the US Airways pilot's plane ended up at the bottom of the Hudson River on Jan. 15, so did a book he had checked out from the library at California State University, Fresno, through his local library near Danville. Sullenberger contacted library officials and asked for an extension and waiver of overdue fees because the book was in the airliner's cargo hold. Fresno State library officials said they were struck by Sullenberger's sense of responsibility and did him one better: they're waiving all fees, even lost book fees, and placing a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him.


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Nice story

Thanks for posting. Some of his passengers reacted to losing their stuff in a much less gentlemanly way.

Depends how you read it. I'm

Depends how you read it.
I'm wondering if they're luggage is on the bottom of the Hudson or in the body of the plane. Surely if it's in the plane it's still retrievable? Not in the best of condition maybe but retrievable. The airline may be offering them $5000 but surely they're be claiming off their insurance anyway, that's a seperate issue.

Library violates Hero's privacy.

so, save a planeload of people, contact the library to say their book is at the bottom of the Hudson, and then the library tells everyone what book you had checked out by placing a template in the replacement copy.... so everyone will know that "Sully" was reading How to Make Love Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson, or Touch Me: Poems by Suzanne Somers, or The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush by David Frum... ...wait, what would a California unversity be doing with a book about Bush in their collection that didn't have the word "Devil" in the title???

Do you work for the ALA Washington office

You are good at the reactionary nonsense without any evidence to back it up. Are they looking for a new director at the ALA DC office?

without any evidence?

you mean that the library says it's going to put a message in the book?? you mean that evidence??

(obviously you don't know jokes when you read them unless they have little :) on them)

but really, if any other person lost a book then contacted the library, and the library's replacement copy said who checked it out and how they lost it, *everyone* would freak out at the violation of the borrower's privacy... so first, get a sense of humor, then don't tell anyone because they won't believe it.

The article didn't say either way, but...

You're assuming they didn't ask him for permission first. There's nothing in the article that suggests that this was meant as a secret or surprise.

(a different anonymous)

yep, he could have given permission.

... if I had a serious point to make about this story, it would be that famous people are more likely to have their privacy violated...

Point taken

Yes, sorry. You were joking. I realized that after your second comment. I will point out, though, that if your first post had had a different name on it then it probably *would* have been serious... :)

a different anonymous

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