Sully, Lorrie and ALIVE: A Look Back

The last time I saw Lorrie Sullenberger was in 2010, in my office In Danville. She and her husband, Sully, came to visit with an autographed first edition copy of his first book Highest Duty. in hand. Aside from bringing the book the reason for their visit was, essentially, for Lorrie to say “goodbye,” as the course of their lives had changed so much as a result of Sully’s “Miracle on the Hudson” landing, she would no longer be able to write her To Your Peak fitness column in ALIVE. Lorrie had faithfully continued her column for more than a year after that fateful day– January 15, 2009–submitting her final piece in the February 2010 issue of ALIVE.1

Looking back nearly eight years, to say that Lorrie and Sully’s lives have changed may just be the understatement of the century. They have been guests of honor at everything from a Presidential Inauguration and the Super Bowl to the Rose Parade and they’ve appeared on every notable TV program from 60 Minutes to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Sully has authored two books along with a re-release of hrs first j book under a clever new title-Sully-to coincide with the newly released film by the same name. Yes, I’d say “change” pretty well captures it when on top of all that they are being portrayed by Tom Hanks and Laura Linney in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood!alive-media-magazine-october-2016-56-sully-our-hometown-hero-michael-copeland

As the new film reinvigorates another wave of media attention, we thought it appropriate to take you back for a second look at our locally¬ connected, exclusive stories about the Sullenbergers that we originally published in April 2009.

First, you’ll again enjoy the casual interview that ALIVE feature writer Michael Copeland conducted with Sully and Lorrie In their Danville home where they discussed how the events on January 15, 2009 changed their lives forever, then you’ll read an open letter penned by Lorrie Sullenberger herself as she shares her thoughts and expresses gratitude for the outpouring of heartfelt letters they received soon after Sully’s miraculous landing in the Hudson River.

Finally, you’ll read author and ALIVE contributor Bob Fish’s unique perspective on just what makes someone a real hero-what sets them apart from the rest of us.

Even as the world might know the Sullenbergers as “celebrities,” here in the East Bay we still know Lorrie and Sully as neighbors and friends.

We hope you enjoy this issue of ALIVE, as you get to know Sully and Lorrie just a little better, too.