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Falcon Heene

'Balloon Boy' Doesn't Look Like THIS Anymore

OWN | Posted 02.18.2014 | OWN

On October 15, 2009, the country was captivated by a boy in a balloon -- or so it seemed. That day, Richard and Mayumi Heene of Colorado, a couple who...

WATCH: Balloon Boy's Metal Band

Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment

Falcon Heene, of "Balloon Boy" fame, has a new hobby. Heene, who was famously (and falsely) reported as stuck inside a weather balloon, is now frontin...

David Moye

WATCH: Bubble Boy Dad's Back, With A New, Crazy Invention

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 12.03.2012 | Weird News

Richard Heene learned the hard way that what goes up must come down back in 2009 when he attempted to hoax the world by sending a silver helium balloo...

David Moye

WATCH: Balloon Boy Dad Introduces Bizarre Pickup Truck 'Transformer'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Richard Heene has come a long way since October 15, 2009, when he hit what would be the bottom by anyone's standards. On that day, Heene, a part-ti...

Ballon Boy Dad Still Won't Admit Hoax, Plans To Sue 'Corrupt Cops'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Richard Heene, the father who orchestrated the infamous Balloon Boy Hoax in 2009, is remaining defiant almost a year and a half after he pleaded guilt...

'Balloon Boy' And Brothers Forming Boy Band

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The 'balloon boy,' otherwise known by the awesome name of Falcon Heene, is forming a boy band with his brothers because, well, who really knows why. ...

Balloon Boy Family Leaves Fort Collins For Florida

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The family at the center of the balloon boy hoax has moved out of the house where the fateful trip began, leaving Colorado...

Balloon Boy Family Mocked By Larimer County

The Coloradoan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Heenes have retrieved from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office the balloon that captured the world's attention on a fall afternoon last year. T...

Kids + Reality TV = Bad Combination

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Dimond

As a country we are hesitant to legislate how parents raise their kids but certainly we can legislate how television treats our children, can't we?

Balloon Boy Family Agrees To Pay 36,000

AP | Trevor Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The parents who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax have agreed to pay about $36,000 in restitution to authorities who ...

Balloon Boy Dad Richard Heene Completing Sentence At Home

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado man who pleaded guilty to falsely influencing the sheriff by saying his son had floated off in a runaway ball...

Balloon Boy Parents Get Balloon Back After Agreeing To Pay Restitution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

After $36,000 in restitution, a 90-day jail sentence, and 10 weekends of community service, the Heene family is finally getting its balloon back. The...

Balloon Boy Dad Released From Larimer County Jail

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The man who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax has been released from a Colorado jail to serve the rest of his sentenc...

Balloon Boy Attorneys Challenge Restitution Amount

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Attorneys for the parents who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax said the couple should pay only a small portion of the $48,000 in ...

Richard Heene Facing Scrutiny Over "Hoax" Allegations

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA and IVAN MORENO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — By all accounts, Richard Heene is an unapologetic self-promoter who would pursue all sorts of off-the-wall stunts to get m...

Why I Have Some Empathy for Balloon Boy's Dad

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Lear

Did any of the networks wonder, while scraping the bottom of the news barrel, if creating a climate that mistakes entertainment for news seduced the Heenes into believing they're entitled to their 15 minutes?

Media Blow 'Boy in Balloon' Story

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Tragic story or hoax? The press and news agencies reported for over an hour that a boy was in the balloon, even though the only witness was a sibling who saw him climb inside.

Jim Alderden, Balloon Boy Sheriff, Says Heene Family May Be Fined Up To $2,000,000

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In an interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly set to air Monday evening, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden discussed the charges being faced by the ...

Richard Heene Tells Larry King That 'Balloon Boy' Saga Was Not A Hoax

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Fresh off a 90-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to influencing a public official, Richard Heene--the infamous father in the 'Balloon Boy' saga-...

Do the Balloon People Have a Right to Publicity?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The boy in the balloon or, as it were, the boy not in the balloon, is a publicity stunt which has many people outraged, questioning the sanity of the ...

Balloon Boy Saga's Predecessor Was Edgar Allan Poe's Fake Balloon Story In 1884

The Morning Delivery | Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Now that we know we've all been hoodwinked into believing six-year old Falcon Heene might have been in the runaway helium balloon, it is worth noting ...

Balloon Boy Parents Should Be Banned From Making Money Off Of Incident: Investigator

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP); The parents who pulled off the balloon boy hoax are already facing the prospect of jail time and paying tens of thousands of...

Falcon's Aftermath: The Danger Was on the Ground

Jim Watkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Watkins

I would call in child protective services to look into the greedy, selfish, publicity-grasping response by the mother and dad to the whole thing, a response that clearly borders on being abusive.

It's Official: Heene Family Pleads Guilty To Influencing Official

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

AP: FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado parents accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon have...

HuffPost Photoshop Contest: Balloon Boy!

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

By now you've no doubt heard about "Balloon Boy" AKA Falcon Heene, the boy who captivated the media for an entire news cycle by virtue of not being in...