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From: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport "For decades it was called Washington National Airport before being renamed to honor President Ronald Reagan in 1998."
Should the article mention this or use "Washington National Airport" instead, as the naming for President Reagan came 24 years later? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 01:16, 22 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In a plea bargain, he pled guilty to "wrongful appropriation and breach of the peace," and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and fined $2,400. This amounted to a six-month sentence, since he had already been in prison for six months at the time. (Source: New York Times, Aug 27, 1974, p. 20 and Aug 30, 1974, p. 10.) I didn't find any other follow-up beyond that. Mahousu (talk) 02:57, 22 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This month's issue of Air & Space says he died of cancer in 2009... Check-Six (talk) 00:59, 26 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
He was charged with "wrongful appropriation " because stealing or theft requires the person to intend to keep the taken item. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 12:04, 17 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have some serious reservations about using a "digitally recreated" image in the info box, or any where on the page, even with a disclaimer stating its false nature. It seems disingenuous to use a faked image to portray the events in an encyclopedia. If no fair use image of the actual event can be found or used, then an image of Preston, a Huey, or the White House's south lawn would serve as a reasonable substitute. --Mikaka (talk) 22:22, 27 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I had doubts about using the image, and since you raised this issue, I've change it to a more generic Bell UH-1 image. L293D (☎ • ✎) 20:18, 8 March 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Simply because it has a source is not sufficient reason for inclusion - see WP:NOTNEWS, among others. Also, Wikipedia:Relevance of content seems to summarise this situation particularly well: "Some people are only famous for their connection to notable events, without having any fame beyond those events. As such, they are not public figures, and details of their personal lives are not relevant to what has made them of encyclopedic interest." As I said, in this case, details of personal life are not relevant to the helicopter saga. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:50, 18 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I disagree. The modest degree of information present is reasonable on a biography, which this article is. --18.104.22.168 (talk) 22:07, 18 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This article is, very clearly should I say, not a biography. The main subject is the helicopter incident, and Preston's life is hardly relevant to it, except maybe for the basic (necessary) background given. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:36, 19 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I disagree. The article describes the reason for Preston's fame, includes information about his earlier life, and should also include information on his later life. Pixels are cheap and readers will want this information. --126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:53, 20 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
But is the article about the one event which made him famous or about Preston? As I said, a background is necessary. However, his life after the events is not relevant, and even if you think it's interesting, that's just your opinion. What matters here is whether what happened after is relevant. In this case, it reads more like details about Preston's private life that would not otherwise be covered since they're not relevant to the one event that has made him famous. Again, see Wikipedia:Relevance of content, particularly the following:
The bulk of Wikipedia's content consists of:
Basic description – which explains what the subject is, what it does (or did), and what it is notable for. This type of information should be put in the article lead, or in the first lines of the section to which it is most relevant.
Factors that have influenced subject's form, role, history, public perception, or other noteworthy traits. The effects of these factors on the subject should be plainly apparent; if they are not, additional context is needed. Groups of disparate facts lack such context, and should be avoided.
A short account of Preston's life before the incident is very clearly a "factor that influenced [this]". His marriage and his death are disparate facts and have not influenced the outcome of this in any way (particularly since they came years after the incident...). 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:15, 20 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The photo selection in this article could use improvement, particularly in removing extraneous ones. A picture of the actual Huey used appears in the article body, so clearly photos of it are available. Why, then, does the infobox bother with a picture of a "similar" helicopter? Surely there are pix of JetRangers more closely related to this incident than a Los Angeles machine. --Piledhigheranddeeper (talk) 15:51, 8 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Piledhigheranddeeper: because one photo is used doesn't mean there are better public domain images available. There are several images that could be way better and relevant than the current one, but unfortunately they're not freely licensed. I did review all the commons images for hueys, and this is the best one I got. At the air&Space article that I use as a reference in the article, they have several high-resolution images. Do you think I could claim fair use on one of them? If there's consensus for that, it would be great. The picture of the actual helicopter was free, because it was taken by the FAA, a US gov organisation, but I thought the angle wasn't great. L293D (☎ • ✎) 16:06, 8 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]