Pasadena bon vivant, financial advisor, Rose Bowl Operating Company board member and wearer of fine Jack Purcell products Ross Selvidge sends over the world’s most out-of-focus photo and this explainer:
One famous, one somewhat less famous… We are both pilots (with airplane and glider ratings) but I think he has more hours.
Taken at the Rose Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, 12-31-09. “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed the airliner in the Hudson River in January, is Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade for 2010.
While attending the luncheon more than a dozen groups of people asked me for my (Sully’s) autograph and to have their photo taken with me. Lots of fun
By the end of the luncheon I was expecting people would be asking Sully for my autograph
So, when I finally meet the guy the camera moves and the exposure is wrong!
These “Sully sightings” have been going on since the beginning of the year. At Parkway Grill in Pasadena on Easter Sunday, the day an article on Sully appeared in Parade Magazine, a fellow came up and sheepishly asked “Are you a commercial pilot?” Last month in the Oakland airport a woman approached me and asked “Are you a famous pilot?” At the Kickoff Luncheon three former Tournament of Roses presidents in their red jackets (one of whom is a neighbor!) waved me over so they could have their picture taken with me. This weekend I may prowl Old Pasadena sporting my best Sully smile and see if I can score a couple of free meals at some of our fine restaurants.