Zaslow and Sully…and Hoelzer Too

I always enjoy reading Jeffrey Zaslow’s byline in the Wall Street Journal. His writing is high quality. He once wrote about the “Huntsville Rocketeers” who emigrated from Germany to Huntsville, Alabama. Helmut Hoelzer was one of those rocketeers and he was a friend of my grandfather, Harry Livingston (Horst Liebenstein back then). They traveled in similar circles in Germany during the 1930’s. The rocketeers became the nucleus of NASA’s rocket program. Gramps knew Helmut and many of the other rocket scientists from school and work before he got out of the country in October 1938. I contacted Zaslow about the rocketeer story and he was very kind in his reply.

Zaslow’s byline caught my eye again this week. He wrote about Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who famously landed his commercial airliner in the Hudson River after its engines failed following a take off bird strike. Sully, has been the toast of the United States media for months now. His heroics have been discussed, dissected, and debated. Zaslow nabbed an awesome responsibility as the co-author of Sully’s book, “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.” The story of Sully’s journey is fascinating and there are some awesome lessons to learn from this man’s humility. I was engrossed by Zaslow’s story in the WSJ. I’m deeply behind on reading (books), so I’ll need to wait for the abstract. No time to read another one cover to cover. With the rocketeer story and now the Sully story, Zaslow has added to his aerospace credentials.

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