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Old 01-03-2007, 07:53 PM
 
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I remember a wonderful story in the paper about a NYC Bus Driver who temporarily snapped and stopped the bus at the curb to address his riders. He said something like this: "I have been driving this bus for 18 years and have turned left at this intersection. Today I'm turning right and going to Florida. If you want to go, stay on. If you don't want to go, get off." The article stated that something like 8 people headed to Florida with him. He later came back to NYC with the bus and they gave him his job back.

Does anyone remember this story? Is it researchable somewhere? I've been telling it for years but didn't cut it out. It might have been 20 or so years ago.


Many thanks!

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Old 01-06-2007, 04:54 AM
 
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It IS a great story! I'll bet there are a LOT of New York life stories like this that never see print and get shared with the world, unfortunately. The New York Times is mainly concerned about the same old news we see on the TV news, CNN and all the other alphabet soup "news" channels. There is plenty of space for the same old news. And not enough for what used to be called human interest stories.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:28 AM
 
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If I recall correctly there was also a subway motorman who snapped years ago and attempted to go south with his train. I think they just cut power on the line he was on and scooped him up with a net.
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:44 AM
 
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Default Give me a break.

News that never happened is not newsworthy. Just in case you were wondering, the newspapers, et. al. also didn't report on the spaceship that landed on the Empire State Building in 1947.

Urban Legends are not news.
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:28 PM
 
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Default The NYC Bus Driver

Actually, I remember clearly that it was in the Atlanta Constitution-Journal and probably came over the wire services. I lived in Atlanta 27 years. I just wish I remember when it was in there. That would narrow down the search considerably.

It might be an urban legend but the Atlanta Constitution normally does the fact checking pretty well.

Many thanks! I'm hoping for a few ideas on how to research this.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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the story is true. the bus drivers name was william cimillo. he was my fathers cousin. he became sort of a folk hero and because of this he was not fired. i dont remember the exact date ,but it was sometime in the 50s.
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:20 PM
 
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the story is true. the bus drivers name was william cimillo. he was my fathers cousin. he became sort of a folk hero and because of this he was not fired. i dont remember the exact date ,but it was sometime in the 50s.

YES LATE 50s - definitely. I remember it.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:39 AM
 
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to research this story you have to look in the ny daily news archives. there was also a story and picture of the bus and driver in the sunday news color section when the transit authority retired the bus.
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:22 AM
 
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six paragraphs down

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Old 05-25-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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Also this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/nyregion/11about.html
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