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October 18, 1988 |
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.
August 10, 2004 |
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.
July 16, 2012 |
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.
July 14, 2012 |
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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February 4, 2005 |
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.