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    Theodore Savas

    Dear Mr. Trescott,

    Thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to relate Joe Balzer's story. Flying Drunk has the power to help so many people, and you have gone a long way toward making that happen. And you also hit the nail on the head about redemption: Joe's contrition is real, palpably so. Vick's is less convincing.

    People can read more about Joe's amazing story here: www.flyingdrunk.com and on our website, with an excerpt from his book at: www.savasbeatie.com.

    Thank you.

    Theodore P. Savas
    Managing Director
    Savas Beatie LLC


    Thanks for the PIREP on this book. I didn't make it to Oshkosh but would have loved to meet Joe and hear him speak. I'll have to order myself a copy, it sounds like a great read.


    Max- I am surprised at your raving review of this book as it is such a controversial topic. As someone who lost a very dear friend to the carelessness/stupidity/selfishness of a drunken driver I find his actions unforgivable. I will however reserve my judgment until I have had a chance to read his book.

    Max Trescott

    Steve, I too have lost a close family member as a result of the actions of an alcoholic. I agree the author's actions were abhorent. But he does a good job of explaining how things came together in his life so that this occurred and how it destroyed his life for a long time. I think the book offers hope to anyone who has screwed up badly at some point in their life.

    Patrick Flannigan

    Sounds like an interesting read. Sounds like this guy really made a 180 degree turn around with all that he's doing to help others in a similar situation. Its nothing short of amazing that he was able to make it back into the flight deck. I've known guys who have given up on the dream after some general collegiate irresponsibility. I'll have to reccomended this book to them.

    Thanks for the review.

    Scott Prouse

    Mr. Trescott,
    I would strongly caution you and other readers as to the veracity of Mr. Balzer's reconstruction of the events of Northwest Flight 650. He has taken great liberties in his retelling, and while they make for an interesting story, they will not stand up to close scrutiny. Oprah's experience with James Frey's book, comes to mind.


    I worked closely with Joe Balzer at Delta Airlines in the Ft.Laud.airport around late 1980-1982.Joe was my personal friend,I always trusted his character and morals.I was proud to be his friend. He took us for rides in his small plane, gave me helpful advice at Delta, always had a smile for everyone.Joe was the nicest guy I ever met.He wanted to be a pilot more than anything. When he got into trouble in the 90's I was sick for him and the loss of his dream.I tried to find him throughout the years, to no avail. Now that his book has come out, I find it one of THE BEST books I've ever read. If anyone deserves to have his life turn out ok,it's my old co-worker, Joe. I've prayed for him all these years. A picture of Joe and I, has hung on my company's wall for years. If I could have found Joe when he was released from prison, I would have made him the President of my company, without hesitation. He's a "stand up guy" and the most honorable man I ever had the blessing to know. God bless you and your family, my friend.My family and I will be there for you in a heartbeat, if you ever need us.I only wish I found you sooner....
    With Love and Friendship,

    COCO GIANCANA,President
    The Professional's Concierge
    Las Vegas, Nevada

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