Sully's hat goes for $5,800


The bidding ended today at $5,800 for the pilot's cap belonging to Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The eBay auction was held to raise money for Dougherty Valley High School and its sister school, Lockwood Elementary School in Oakland.

Sullenberger, a Danville resident, achieved fame on Jan. 15 when he piloted US Airways flight No. 1549 safely into the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of all 155 people on board. His two daughters attend Dougherty Valley, which opened in fall 2007 and has already achieved a high on the Academic Performance Index.

"Sully and I were excited by the opportunity to help these two public schools," Sullenberger's wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, said in a prepared statement. "We hope that the winner will enjoy owning Sully's hat but also that they will be happy that they have helped fund two deserving educational institutions."

-Bay City News Service contributed to this story.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 15, 2009 at 6:44 am

WOW...Where has this one been hiding...needs to take a little break. I was just wondering what the rest of his clothes would go for...I assuming the lucky sucker that wasted $5,800 lives in Danville the Hero's home town. There are so many small thinkers out there. But it get me thinking...I wonder if one of Mr. Woods fun girls kept his shorts or a shirt or something. We the stupid people don't really care if he's a hero or a golfer...put it on e-bay and watch the crazies.

Well, I hope the $5800 go to go a pay hike to the teachers, wow, that will really get the kids smarter.

I thinks its time for my 2nd cup of coffee.

I'll be back, Julia

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2009 at 7:21 am

Dickita P! Don't leave us - you crack me up!

Sully and his family were thrust into the spotlight and have taken the opportunity to help out a couple of schools, etc. I think it is great that they are managing to help others in the midst of all this press coverage. I think I would have tried to get away until it all died down and missed some philanthropic opportunities.

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Posted by Dick P
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

I'd like to know how much he'll sell his American Hero-print underdrawers. Because I'd like to buy them. As a former American Hero myself, I'd like to see what a fellow American Hero is made of in a stressful situation like that. I was in B-17s over the commies. We could compare results.

Also, I'm glad all that money went to those "teachers" at those new-age falafel-snorting Howard-Zinn-sipping it-takes-a-villageing tree-sitting catch-and-release-fishing family-lip-kissing American-Hero-underdrawers-not-buying commie fascist marxist Obamaist osamaist Bowmanist breeding grounds they call public schools these days. Now they can afford to buy those nutty kids a haircut.

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Posted by ....
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

Yep. One big collective haircut..... sheesh.

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Posted by Gunslinger .45
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Soon DVHS will be teaching around 35 kids a class (oh what a nightmare!). We the people are tired of funding these wimps who whine about having to teach more than 20 kids, saying that it harms the kids to have more per class (bull!), when really they're just selfish thieves who know that smaller class sizes means we have to pay for more teachers. They take our money, a lot of it (that $10billion of stimulus that went to California went almost entirely to keeping these uselessly numerous teachers). Meanwhile our infrastructure is crumbling, which is truly a life or death safety issue. And then on top of all that, these arrogant, snooty, effeminate creeps think they're entitled to proactively work against everything we teach our children about morals and culture, diminshing our ancestors accomplishments while lauding those of demographics not our own

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Posted by Wang Pu
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Ahh yes, Gunslinger .45, you touch not-so-delicately on the importance of the ancestors in public funding! For two decades I have supported more funding to building monuments to our ancestors, specifically Uncle Cho and Great-Aunt Maude, who visited the Grand Canyon 45 times! Sadly, the idiot policy makers have consistently refused to take schools' money and create a life-size Grand Canyon in Alamo to correctly honor these two great ancestors of ours.

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