General chatter - Happy Ending.... That little boy is safe and alive




Sweetcaroline
10-15-2009, 08:07 PM
I watched that weather balloon coverage for a couple hours...
Let me tell you though, I had the TV on mute and caught a glimpse of that thing floating around... the whole story was weird... Imagine what was going thru his head... :D


EZMONEY
10-15-2009, 09:09 PM
Wild story SWEET-C ....

my son called me about an hour ago to ask if I had seen it...I told him I had and was scared the boy was dead...he told me the kid was at home...thank God...

my son also told me that his high school class Myth Busted the story and figured the balloon couldn't carry a kid!

Go figure....

EDIT ~ for those that don't know the story...

http://news.aol.com/article/balloon-lands-without-falcon-heene/719681

junebug41
10-15-2009, 09:34 PM
I think the landing was one of the most dramatic things I have seen in a long while. Thank goodness he's alright, but at the same time I hope the parents are sent a bill from the multiple agencies that aided in the effort.

Did you know it was the parents who called 9News (the station that broke the story)?


Glory87
10-15-2009, 11:44 PM
They just posted a link on Fark where the little kid was interviewed saying his parents told him to do it "for the show." (they were on wife swap or some such apparently).

Here's the link:

http://www.fark.com/cgi/vidplayer.pl?IDLink=4703592

If it's true, hope the parents are billed for every dime.

kaplods
10-16-2009, 08:41 AM
Hubby and I suspected as much when we heard that the family had been on "Wife Swap" (twice apparently).

The more I read on the story, the fishier it sounded.

MindiV
10-16-2009, 09:16 AM
The kid has "had to vomit" two times during subsequent interviews when he was asked why he said they "did it for a show" and his DAD was left to answer for him.

It was a total setup...I also hope they're billed, but they probably won't be.

midwife
10-16-2009, 09:45 AM
I think the landing was one of the most dramatic things I have seen in a long while. Thank goodness he's alright, but at the same time I hope the parents are sent a bill from the multiple agencies that aided in the effort.

Did you know it was the parents who called 9News (the station that broke the story)?

I was at work and I was just so afraid that the kid had fallen out of the balloon. I'm so glad he's safe, but I won't be amused at all if it shakes out to be a hoax. I hadn't heard that the parents called the news.

EZ, I just told DD she should tell her AP Physics teacher about your son's class Myth-Busting it. What a great exercise!

whip1
10-16-2009, 09:46 AM
yeah they are weirdo's it was all for attention.........

MindiV
10-16-2009, 09:48 AM
A story today said they'd only been building their "experimental balloon" for a week or two...I bet it was a setup to get the balloon on TV for attention and funding for the project...

Thighs Be Gone
10-16-2009, 09:52 AM
I think a very thorough investigation needs to be done and dad needs a lie detector. Some counseling, parenting classes, etc. seem to be in order here in the very, very least.

junebug41
10-16-2009, 09:58 AM
After watching the CNN interview I am convinced that it was a setup.

Horrible. Absolutely horrible.

ANOther
10-16-2009, 09:07 PM
1. Thank goodness the kid wasn't on the balloon

2. The whole thing seems like something more and more rotten in Denmark with each passing minute. Apparently the family had been planning a reality show of their own but it fell through. (Better that than the kid!) Could a helium-filled balloon of that size be able to support a 6-year-old boy's weight? ETA: You beat me to it, EZMoney. And the whole interior compartment of the balloon would apparently be filled with helium and that kid would have suffocated if he had been in it for any length of time. Get to the bottom of it, and if necessary shake the parents down for every $ spent chasing the balloon and searching for the kid

3. That said, the first thing that came to my mind as I was reading the story was an old movie I'd seen on TV as a kid: A Ticklish Affair with Gig Young and Shirley Jones. Here's the page on the TCM website: click the "See synopsis" link to read the plot, which likewise involves a little boy flying away tied to helium-filled wx balloons http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=723

kaplods
10-16-2009, 09:48 PM
I think the odds are good that the family will be prosecuted.

My understanding is that not only were local law enforcement and fire department personnel involved, but military equipment and personnel as well. In my experience law enforcement, and government agencies (even city government) do not appreciate being "misused." What will come of it, or whether their publicity stunt works well enough for them to be able to pay damages and still make a profit, who knows?

Somni
10-17-2009, 04:49 PM
I think the odds are good that the family will be prosecuted.

My understanding is that not only were local law enforcement and fire department personnel involved, but military equipment and personnel as well. In my experience law enforcement, and government agencies (even city government) do not appreciate being "misused." What will come of it, or whether their publicity stunt works well enough for them to be able to pay damages and still make a profit, who knows?

That and since it landed 12 miles from the international airport, I think they had to divert some flights as well? A lot of people putting a lot of time and effort into something that's looking rather shady...

I have never seen Wife Swap but I watched the clips of their second appearance on there. Obviously how people live their lives, raise their kids, is their own business, and there's probably some element of "hamming it up" for the camera, but at the same time, it was still kind of appalling seeing the boys' dad behaving that badly. Screaming, throwing milk on a woman for attempting to enforce her vegetarian rule, encouraging the boys to act out... wow. It was like watching a spoiled little kid throwing tantrums.

kaplods
10-17-2009, 07:35 PM
there's probably some element of "hamming it up" for the camera, but at the same time, it was still kind of appalling seeing the boys' dad behaving that badly. Screaming, throwing milk on a woman for attempting to enforce her vegetarian rule, encouraging the boys to act out... wow. It was like watching a spoiled little kid throwing tantrums.


I didn't see any of that, but I did wonder from the beginning why a 6 year old would "hide" for being reprimanded, unless the adult was emotionally or physically abusive. It's not the hiding, but the hiding for so long that seemed really weird to me. When my parents would yell at us, we'd sometimes hide and pout (they'll be sorry when they can't find me, and think I ran away), but we never stayed hidden for very long (besides which our hiding spots weren't very well hidden - like our bedroom closet).

Then when I heard that the boy became physically ill on two seperate occasions when questioned about the lie (which I don't kow to be true) it just made me very uncomfortable. It's very traumatic for children to lie for an adult - or even to be a silent witness to an adult's lie. I remember as a kid, I was large for my age, so waitresses wouldn't believe I was under the age limit for the children's menu. My parents never fought it, but my brother was vey small for his age, and so when he outgrew the children's menu, my parents would tell the waitress he was younger than he was. I guess they figured it all balanced out, since they paid adult price for me when I was under the age limit. Still, it stressed both my brother and me out (I'd turn bright red, so it was kind of hard not to see that I was embarassed). I think my parents must have figured that out, because they didn't try it more than a couple times. I can't imagine being 6 and being expected to keep such a big secret/lie. Maybe it isn't abuse, but I think it comes pretty close. The parents are, at the very least (lets just say donkeys)for putting a 6 year old through that.

harrismm
10-17-2009, 07:46 PM
Hubby and I suspected as much when we heard that the family had been on "Wife Swap" (twice apparently).

The more I read on the story, the fishier it sounded.
Gosh, I didnt know Wife Swap allowed "multiple swaps"....I think they are on to something....ROFLMAO.

ANOther
10-18-2009, 04:15 PM
Says here the parents had actually taken acting lessons which accounted for their being so convincing when they called the cops:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/us/19balloon.html?_r=1&hp

Emmy and Golden Globe voters: for your consideration! Sounds like they belong on a reality show all right: I'd like to pitch a concept for a reality show where PITA rich folk and celebrities get sentenced to live in a trailer park for 6 months on a budget of $500/month, flipping burgers for a living, and see how long it takes before they climb the walls, and we all get to watch!

EZMONEY
10-18-2009, 06:11 PM
My Pastor is a pretty sharp guy...even for being 70 yrs. old :)

This morning his sermon was titled..."SO - What Does The Future Really Hold?" based on scripture James 4:13-17....

cliff notes version...we don't know the future

He started with a picture of the balloon - the family - and the young boy on the big screen....then he says in Colorado this week many of us saw the story of the balloon and the little boy....these parents had no idea that their day was going to be like this....at this time my son and dil look at me and we are "like....doesn't Pastor know?"....then Pastor says..."Now before you all get excited I understand this is probably a hoax....but I already wrote the sermon"....:D....he is a funny guy!

Operator265
10-18-2009, 06:25 PM
I'm sure they didn't realize they would be facing criminal charges.

harrismm
10-18-2009, 07:37 PM
And from what I hear...possibly going to lose custody of their children...guess they didnt think that sending their kid to the attic for 5 hours was ABUSE...idiots!

kuhrisuh
10-19-2009, 01:51 AM
Ohh - I knew they were facing like 6 years in prison if found guilty, but I didn't know they might lose custody! I still can't believe they fooled the whole world practically.. I was on the elliptical and was watching the whole time. Geeeez.

harrismm
10-19-2009, 02:04 AM
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20313593,00.html
Hard way to learn a lesson, thats for sure!

MindiV
10-19-2009, 09:04 AM
Up to six years in prison and fines of up to $500,000...AND that doesn't include the wheat field the balloon and all the emergency equipment destroyed. The people who own the field said it only produces a crop every OTHER year, so they've lost a TON of income from their little scheme...

kaplods
10-19-2009, 11:43 AM
I read that the Colorado Sheriff is meeting with the FBI and Federal Aviation Officials to determine if there are federal charges that can be made - so I'd say prison time could be a lot more than 6 years. Because the military is involved, they could be in even more trouble for a much longer period.

kaplods
10-19-2009, 11:21 PM
OK, this story gets weirder and weirder by the minute. I just read that the Heene's believe they are descendents of aliens, and believe that the world is going to end in 2012. Apparently, the father (at least primarily, there's some conflicting reports as to whether the wife was actively involved or whether she may be an abused wife going along for the ride out of submission to weird hubby) concocted the hoax to make money quickly so that they could become rich enough to build a bunker undeground, where they can be safe from the sun exploding...

Ummm, I have news for Mr. Heene, if the sun explodes in three years, an underground bunker isn't going to help him any.

dutchgirl
10-20-2009, 12:29 AM
Or, call me cynical, could this be a bid for an insanity plea?

kaplods
10-20-2009, 01:36 AM
Or, call me cynical, could this be a bid for an insanity plea?

Probably not, as this allegedly was known well before the balloon incident, apparently at least some of it (the "we're descended from aliens,") was weaved into one or both of the family's Wife Swap episodes, and the other part is being alleged by a former friend or acquaintence. He came out publicly (or perhaps was investigated) as being a possible co-conspirator - but he is alleging that Mr. Heene (alien-dad, as I now think of him - alien dad and balloon boy - now that does sound like a television show) contacted the man about helping him(Mr. Heene) with a publicity stunt (that this other guy alleges was not related to the boy and the weather balloon, and that in the end, he declined to help Mr. Heene, implying at least that when the ideas got too weird, or maybe illegal, he cut off contact with Mr. Heene).