SUNDAY January 10, 2021
“We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we’ll be judged on.”
Sully Sullenberger

When Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger landed United Airlines flight 1549 on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, saving all 155 passengers onboard, "The Miracle on the Hudson" became one of the most inspiring stories of our time.

Now a legend in the commercial aviation field, Sully travels around the world to deliver his story of hope and inspiration to future leaders. He’s one of many individuals proud of all he learned growing up in Texas’ Upper East Side. Read P.A. Geddie’s article below about Sully’s formative years and the influences with him that day in the cockpit.

Inventor and auto engineer Carroll Shelby famous for developing the Ford Cobra, precursor of the Mustang shared similar humble origins. Aside from leaving a large footprint on the auto industry, Shelby's story inspired the 2019 movie Ford vs. Ferrari.

We hope you will take a few moments to read these inspiring stories and reflect on the character traits most admired in leaders. What better time to share them with others as we begin the new year. — Lisa Tang
One of Gary E. Bachers “Bird of Paradise” wax pencil drawings. See more of his art on
In his memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, Sully Sullenberger says he realized that his journey to the Hudson River that day didn’t begin at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, but decades before at his childhood Texas home.

Sullenberger's life began in Denison, Texas, a town in Grayson County, 75 miles north of Dallas. Born January 23, 1951, he comes from a long line of rural Texans. His parents were born in Denison. His grandparents, from both sides, were from Denison.
For the scoop on yogurt, ice cream, milk, and other dairy delights, visit the Southwest Dairy Museum in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The destination offers wholesome family fun and tasty dairy treats. Click the headline link above to read more in the County Line archives.
The son of a rural Texas mailman, Carroll Shelby went on to acclaim as, first, a celebrated race car driver, and then designer of one of the most famous American performance race cars — the legendary Shelby Cobra sports car, which also influenced his designs of versions of Chrysler Viper and the ever-popular Ford Mustang. The Los Angeles Times called him a "cult classic car designer." 

Follow the headline link above to read more of Shelby's fascinating career in the County Line archives.
While thousands of musicians and fans are usually headed off to MusicFest in Steamboat, Colorado, this time of year, it is cancelled for 2021 due to COVID.

MusicFest is however continuing with their annual artist tribute and named Texan-born and based Cody Canada for the honor this year. Click the headline link above to read more about the new tribute album coming out this week in our Speckled Crow blog.
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