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91. The Balloon Boy (Richard Heene)


A Concerned Citizen

Society & Culture, History, Documentary, True Crime

4.79.4K Ratings

🗓️ 19 March 2023

⏱️ 78 minutes

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A botched backyard science experiment sends a 6-year-old boy soaring through the Colorado sky on a balloon. Prelude: Lawn Chair Larry fulfills a lifelong dream. –––-–---------------------------------------- BECOME A VALUEDLISTENER™ Spotify Apple Podcasts Patreon –––-–---------------------------------------- DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop WATCH: SwindledVideo.com –––-–---------------------------------------- MUSIC: Deformr –––-–---------------------------------------- FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram Twitter.com TikTok Facebook Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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And then there is this story of man's quest for the stars that does not involve a secret space shuttle but a lawn chair.


A lawn chair that went three miles up in the earth's atmosphere. No astronaut aboard just a 33 year old California truck driver, Larry Walters.


I was always fascinated by balloons. Larry Walters told writer George Plimpton in the early 90s.


When I was about 809, I was taken to Disneyland. The first thing when we walked in there was a lady holding what seemed like a zillion Mickey Mouse balloons and I went, wow.


I know that's when the idea developed. Larry Walters childhood idea was to float into the sky using nothing but a cluster of helium-filled balloons.


When he was 13, Larry recalled that cartoonish vision became an obsession when he saw weather balloon hanging from the ceiling at an army surplus store.


He was already experimenting with hydrogen at home and trying to make his own generators and rocket fuel. Larry Walters was destined to fly.


This fascination with aviation persisted throughout Larry's adolescence until he was old enough to join the Air Force.


The United States was at war with Vietnam at the time. Of course, Larry envisioned himself as a pilot.


Ultimately, it was Larry Walters' vision that let him down. As eyesight was so bad, the armed forces wouldn't let him near an aircraft much less fly one.


Instead, he was handed a spatula and Larry Walters served the country as an army cook.


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