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November 24, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Larry Walters, who achieved dubious fame in 1982 when he piloted a lawn chair attached to helium balloons 16,000 feet above Long Beach, has committed suicide at the age of 44. Walters died Oct. 6 after hiking to a remote spot in Angeles National Forest and shooting himself in the heart, his mother, Hazel Dunham, revealed Monday. She said relatives knew of no motive for the suicide.
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November 24, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Larry Walters, who achieved dubious fame in 1982 when he piloted a lawn chair attached to helium balloons 16,000 feet above Long Beach, has committed suicide at the age of 44. Walters died Oct. 6 after hiking to a remote spot in Angeles National Forest and shooting himself in the heart, his mother, Hazel Dunham, revealed Monday. She said relatives knew of no motive for the suicide.
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August 13, 1987
A 3-month-old girl was kidnaped from her parent's home, sexually molested and abandoned in a nearby field, Vacaville police said. A suspect, Thomas Clifton Turner, 23, was arrested on suspicion of kidnaping, burglary and child molestation, Sgt. Larry Walters said.
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October 18, 1988 | JACK JONES
Larry Walters doesn't care much if he never flies again, despite--or possibly because of--the momentary fame that enveloped him more than six years ago when he flew from San Pedro to Long Beach. Walters was in an aluminum lawn chair at the time, startled to find himself being hoisted to an altitude of 16,000 feet by a clutch of helium-filled weather balloons while his terrified fiancee pleaded with him to come back down that instant.
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October 18, 1988 | JACK JONES
Larry Walters doesn't care much if he never flies again, despite--or possibly because of--the momentary fame that enveloped him more than six years ago when he flew from San Pedro to Long Beach. Walters was in an aluminum lawn chair at the time, startled to find himself being hoisted to an altitude of 16,000 feet by a clutch of helium-filled weather balloons while his terrified fiancee pleaded with him to come back down that instant.
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August 10, 2004 | Ashley Powers
Subject: John Ninomiya, 44, of Solana Beach, Calif. Obsession: Soaring 3,000 feet or higher tethered to 72 balloons in a "sport" called cluster ballooning. Experience: Ninomiya first took off from El Mirage Dry Lake in 1997. Since then he has logged 28 flights in nine states. Tools: Balloons 5 and 7 feet in diameter are made of chloroprene, an artificial rubber, or latex. The strings -- No. 36 braided twine from Home Depot -- tie to a harness that crisscrosses his body.
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July 14, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
It's a bird, it's a plane, it was two flying lawn chairs strapped to 350 helium balloons! In a soaring feat reminiscent of a certain Disney movie , a gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer lifted off in a homemade flying machine in central Oregon on Saturday -- only to be forced down again by storms moving through the area, according to a report from the Associated Press . The area saw heavy rain and hail as big as nickels, the...
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July 16, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
What is it about the balloon men? Ever since a California truck driver improbably took flight in an aluminum lawn chair in 1982 -- and as recently as this weekend in Oregon -- the balloon men have landed secure spots in popular culture, tying balloons to things and trying to fly away with them. The balloon men have inspired musicals and movies, carried by flying lawnchairs, flying deckchairs, flying houses, landing in San Pedro, Ore., a fictional Venezuela, and somewhere in the very real Atlantic Ocean, beyond the coast of Brazil.
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February 4, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Apparently the NFL championship showdown isn't the only "super" game this weekend. Bert Pierce of Burbank noticed a store ad's reference to another event (see accompanying). I can just hear the printer explaining, "But I used spell check...." A real jolt this time: A longtime Whittier financial institution has been acquired by Banco Popular, and, before it disappears, I'm reprising an old photo of its sign (see photo). Actually, it was supposed to say Quaker City.
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August 13, 1987
A 3-month-old girl was kidnaped from her parent's home, sexually molested and abandoned in a nearby field, Vacaville police said. A suspect, Thomas Clifton Turner, 23, was arrested on suspicion of kidnaping, burglary and child molestation, Sgt. Larry Walters said.
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November 17, 2000 | STEVE HARVEY
Food for thought: The other day, I published the photo of the Culver City bakery with the sign that said: "Florida ballots 4/$1." Now, with Americans hungry for some resolution of the election, Howard Cohen of North Hills noticed what seemed to be a tirade against the Republican Party on a restaurant bill (see accompanying). EXPLANATION: The restaurant told Cohen that "GOP" stands for "gravy on potatoes." RESPONSE: So? I always thought that's what the Republicans said "GOP" stands for, too.
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May 22, 2001 | Steve Harvey
Fashion-driven: Glendale attorney Terry Gibson saw this trial excerpt in the book "Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History," by Charles Sevilla of San Diego: Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. In another courtroom: Sevilla's book also has this exchange: Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to? A: Oral.
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