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Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012'
Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 20th 2009

Posted on 10/20/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT by Steelfish

Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012' Richard Heene, the man suspected of the alleged "balloon boy" hoax, was driven by a conviction that the world will come to a cataclysmic end in 2012, according to a friend.

Nick Allen in Los Angeles 20 Oct 2009

Robert Thomas, who claims to have been a confidante and researcher for Mr Heene, has been interviewed by police. Mr Thomas's lawyer, Linda Lee, claimed: "Heene believes the world is going to end in 2012. Because of that he wanted to make money quickly, become rich enough to build a bunker or something underground, where he can be safe from the sun exploding."

It was the latest disclosure about Mr Heene's bizarre world view, which also allegedly includes a belief in aliens and UFOs. The suggestion that the world will come to an end in 2012 is based on an interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar. It is also the subject of a soon to be released Hollywood blockbuster called "2012".

However, scientists and Mayans themselves have debunked the theory. Police believe Mr Heene and his wife Mayumi planned a hoax in which an experimental helium balloon was "accidentally" released from their back garden in Fort Collins, Colorado.

They then claimed the youngest child, six-year-old Falcon, was on board. However, authorities suspect it was a publicity stunt to gain attention for a proposed reality television show about the Heene family.

Mr Thomas said he had nothing to do with the hoax and didn't know about the balloon being launched until he saw it on television. Police have been poring over e-mails, phone records and financial documents from the Heene home as they consider charges. Mr Heene emerged briefly from the house on Tuesday morning but said nothing.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 15minutes; 2012; falconheene; maya; mayancalendar; mayans

1 posted on 10/20/2009 6:21:59 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

If the world ends in 2012, as the liars for money say, why would you want to be “famous”?


2 posted on 10/20/2009 6:22:57 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Steelfish

Good grief Gertrude. This guy is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.


4 posted on 10/20/2009 6:25:11 PM PDT by Shelayne (Be a FR monthly donor--it is pain-free and easy-peasy lemon squeezy!)
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To: Steelfish

“be safe from the sun exploding”

Good luck with that!


5 posted on 10/20/2009 6:26:38 PM PDT by Lawdoc (My dad married my aunt, so now my cousins are my brothers. Go figure.)
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To: Steelfish

He’s up on his Mayan Calender.


6 posted on 10/20/2009 6:27:56 PM PDT by Indy Pendance (Live Free Or Die)
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To: Shelayne

I think he is a taco shy of a combo plate


7 posted on 10/20/2009 6:28:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;))
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To: Honeybunch

Ping.


8 posted on 10/20/2009 6:29:05 PM PDT by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - Sean Connery to Honor Blackman in "Goldfinger".)
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To: Shelayne

10-4. I wonder what the diagnosis will turn out to be.


9 posted on 10/20/2009 6:29:44 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin: pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: GAB-1955

Like an underground bunkwe would protect you from an exploding sun. Even if it did, whatcha gonna do when the Earth becomes an ice ball?


10 posted on 10/20/2009 6:30:46 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Indy Pendance
Here's the proof....

Mayan End Age 12-21-2012

Here's the cliff notes from USA Today.....

Does Maya calendar predict 2012 apocalypse?

11 posted on 10/20/2009 6:32:45 PM PDT by Indy Pendance (Live Free Or Die)
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To: GeronL
whatcha gonna do when the Earth becomes an ice ball?

Well duh, they'll stock electric blankets and space heater in the bunker!

12 posted on 10/20/2009 6:35:09 PM PDT by T Minus Four (This post is NOT approved by the White House!)
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To: Steelfish

One good hoax deserves another...


13 posted on 10/20/2009 6:35:58 PM PDT by mikrofon (Ballooning Deficit)
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To: al baby

That too. :^D


14 posted on 10/20/2009 6:36:09 PM PDT by Shelayne (Be a FR monthly donor--it is pain-free and easy-peasy lemon squeezy!)
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To: Steelfish
Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012'


15 posted on 10/20/2009 6:38:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Steelfish
"Heene believes the world is going to end in 2012. Because of that he wanted to make money quickly, become rich enough to build a bunker or something underground, where he can be safe from the sun exploding."

Gee! Let me guess. Balloon Dad saw "Knowing" starring Nicholas Cage.

16 posted on 10/20/2009 6:38:38 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: GAB-1955

The ole insanity defense baby!


17 posted on 10/20/2009 6:38:44 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Steelfish
However, authorities suspect it was a publicity stunt to gain attention for a proposed reality television show about the Heene family.

"Meet the Know-Nothings."

18 posted on 10/20/2009 6:40:38 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: Steelfish

>”where he can be safe from the sun exploding.” “

Our suns not big enough to explode, Dumb-Ass.


19 posted on 10/20/2009 6:50:02 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Just a National Security Threat, trying to get a nut.)
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To: scoobysnak71

I hate to say it; especially since I don’t have children, but it sounds like this guy should have his kid taken away. He obviously is too stupid and demented to have him. JMVHO


20 posted on 10/20/2009 6:52:13 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: Steelfish

Before the world ends in 2012 I hope to become famous as the guy who lives in a tiny condo with 2 cats and only goes outside to shop for groceries once a week.


21 posted on 10/20/2009 6:53:20 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Steelfish

>>>The suggestion that the world will come to an end in 2012 is based on an interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar. However, scientists and Mayans themselves have debunked the theory.

What happened is the museum cleaning lady noticed some faint marks on the stone calendar that when translated said “Continued on Next Stone”.


22 posted on 10/20/2009 6:55:26 PM PDT by tlb
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To: al baby

Me thinks, he’s no-fat milk foam short of a cafe latte!


23 posted on 10/20/2009 6:56:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Jean2

Lets pray the genes dont continue on....


24 posted on 10/20/2009 7:02:50 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Just a National Security Threat, trying to get a nut.)
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To: Steelfish
Mr Heene emerged briefly from the house on Tuesday morning but said nothing.

Thus ensuring another 6 weeks of Winter.

25 posted on 10/20/2009 7:09:13 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: Steelfish

This guy is Hale-Bopp material.


26 posted on 10/20/2009 7:10:00 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Steelfish

He thinks he can protect himself from the sun exploding???


27 posted on 10/20/2009 7:11:21 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: al baby

His cheese done slipped off’n his cracker...


28 posted on 10/20/2009 7:12:36 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: Steelfish

Lordy, at last, some humor!! But CPS should still take the kids...


29 posted on 10/20/2009 7:16:36 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: mware

I’m sure he thought you could just slather on some SPF 10^43 and be fine. Oh, and be sure to bring along a couple O2 tanks, since it’s gonna be a bit difficult to breathe with that whole “All the oxygen in the atmosphere being consumed in flame” thing.


30 posted on 10/20/2009 7:29:28 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Lawdoc

‘’To be safe when the Sun explodes’’ Man, this guy makes Mensa look like the braidead tin-foil hat crowd! Those kids of his ought to be taken away from him


31 posted on 10/20/2009 7:43:46 PM PDT by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: GeronL

An exploding sun causes the earth to become an ice ball?

How’s that work?


32 posted on 10/20/2009 7:51:47 PM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Steelfish
A guilty Liberal here? You would think 'peace' might be his concern if world is jeopardy - which it is; really. He IS right there.

That said. . .am left, basically speechless, to explain such shallow narcissism when 'deep' is the Liberal norm.

33 posted on 10/20/2009 8:03:27 PM PDT by cricket
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To: Steelfish
A real "balloon boy" story mentioned in the SF Chronicle.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/20/MNHK1A7P5F.DTL

When the balloon boy story broke last week - about the 6-year-old who was supposed to be helplessly soaring through Colorado in a balloon - there were lots of reactions.

But Marin contractor Dan Nowell had the most unusual.

Been there. Done that.

In 1964, Nowell was a skinny 11-year-old who volunteered to help launch a hot air balloon in Mill Valley. But when the balloon abruptly lifted off, his fingers became entangled in the rope. As a horrified crowd of 200 spectators watched, the sixth-grader from Tamalpais Valley Elementary School was hoisted 3,000 feet into the air.

"People still refer to me as the Balloon Boy," Nowell said. "My kids got pretty tired of it over the years. I did get some interesting phone calls and e-mails last week. I said, 'Somebody is trying to steal my thunder.' "

Unlike the kid from Colorado, whose parents face fines and charges for manufacturing the story, Nowell's experience was real and captured the nation's attention before news helicopters, Twitter, and cable news networks came to be.

"The most extraordinary thing was the power of the press," Nowell said. "I got letters from all over the world addressed to 'Balloon Boy.' "

Dan Nowell, who didn't hear the command to let go of the ... Sal Veder / AP

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/20/MNHK1A7P5F.DTL#ixzz0UXIIaxQa

34 posted on 10/20/2009 8:09:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Sherman Logan

I wrote that even if they survive the sun exploding in this underground bunker they wanted to build, with a dead sun the world would become an ice ball.

I know this might happen over eons, I’m just saying


35 posted on 10/20/2009 8:13:07 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Ahh. You mean 2M years later. Their air tanks might not last that long.


36 posted on 10/20/2009 8:15:29 PM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan

But they might evolve into a species that could adapt. *cough*


37 posted on 10/20/2009 8:18:16 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: mikrofon

Or, “never let a good hoax go to waste”.


38 posted on 10/20/2009 8:35:29 PM PDT by Uncle George
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To: Steelfish

Thus I saw falsehood and truth compounded fly abroad as one piece of news.


39 posted on 10/20/2009 8:43:38 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Steelfish

Thank you, George Noory. With his almost constant 2012 hysteria, some nitwits are bound to believe it. Just like Art Bell’s Y2K hysteria. Or Art Bell’s Hale-Bopp comet hysteria (which proved fatal to the Heaven’s Gate cult that believed him). Or Art Bell’s “the quickening”, which was the forerunner of Al Gore’s global warming. They pound away at this stuff, night after night — they’ve got to realize that some people are going to “bleeve” it.


40 posted on 10/20/2009 8:43:47 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: Steelfish

I am not defending these people but if what they did is illegal I wonder why Al Sharpton didn’t go to jail for the Tawana Brawley hoax and that dancer chick didn’t go to jail for the Duke LaCross hoax. I’m just sayin’.


41 posted on 10/20/2009 9:09:08 PM PDT by beckysueb (Hey Obama, get out of Sarahs' house!)
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To: Sherman Logan
An exploding sun causes the earth to become an ice ball?

How’s that work?

When it explodes the core drops below the heat/density required to sustain fusion. Radiation pressure is the only thing preventing gravitational collapse to a dwarf little person star.

So you get a brief flash of heat, then a tiny star emitting little heat - forever.

42 posted on 10/20/2009 9:16:20 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Do you want President Palin flyng in a 35 year old helicopter?)
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To: Sherman Logan

Air nothing!

What about the bizarre popularity of reality TV? What will motivate Heene if suddenly (in an epochal sense) such entertainment is no longer “hip”?


43 posted on 10/20/2009 10:12:20 PM PDT by cliniclinical (space for rent)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Technically speaking, I suspect after the explosion the Earth will have little water left to form ice.


44 posted on 10/21/2009 8:19:15 AM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: GeronL
Like an underground bunkwe would protect you from an exploding sun. Even if it did, whatcha gonna do when the Earth becomes an ice ball?

Freeze.

45 posted on 10/21/2009 8:28:29 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: The_Victor

46 posted on 10/21/2009 8:37:32 AM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: The_Victor

assuming the Heene family survived the fiery explosion of the sun and had stockpiled enough food, over the thousands of years they might evolve into some kind of ice worm that reaches the surfaces and self-inflates becoming a balloon.


47 posted on 10/21/2009 9:09:36 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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