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September 9, 1992 | By Walter F. Naedele, FOR THE INQUIRER
In the first hours after sunrise . . . In the last hours before sunset . . . When the sun is not building pillars of heat that rise from open spaces, that bump and kick balloons, that make ballooning truly frightening . . . In early light, in last light, the people who make money from hot-air balloon rides check into their offices in the sky. And when they do, it's so easy. "Like renting your own personal cloud," said one balloonist, Bob Dicks of Holland, Bucks County.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four years ago, Bob Metzger received a gift certificate for one free ride in a hot air balloon. He's been high ever since. Metzger is president and a founding member of the Carousel Balloon Team Inc., a group of residents in the West Chester area obsessed with the thrill that comes from floating hundreds of feet above the ground in a basket suspended under a huge, gaily colored, gas-filled balloon. Metzger said he got hooked on hot air ballooning the moment he lifted off on the first, fateful ride.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
FORMER EAGLES wide receiver Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said. The 10-year NFL veteran, currently a free agent, won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent. "He's going to be OK. He has some burns, but he's going to be fine," Rosenhaus said. "He will be able to continue his NFL career.
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August 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT'S ALL FUN and games until someone gets stuck in a tree. That was the life lesson an adult and two juveniles learned Thursday night when the hot-air balloon that they were riding in got tangled in a tree in Sicklerville. Gloucester Township police said they were called at 7:20 p.m. to Del Sordo Drive near Crossing Place, where they found the balloon dangling about 50 feet in the air. Police officers and firefighters were eventually able to help the pilot, whose name was not released, free the balloon and land safely.
NEWS
March 20, 1988 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
An Upper Uwchlan Township man has been convicted by a Chester County jury of firing a shotgun at a hot-air balloon that flew over his property in June. William MacBride, 52, of Corner Ketch Road, Lyndell, was found guilty Tuesday of three counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the incident, which occurred June 7 when three people flew a hot-air balloon over his house. During the two-day trial before Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Gavin, MacBride testified that he waved his shotgun and then fired it into the bushes near his house because the balloon upset his dog and horse.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2006 | By Bill Reed INQUIRER ASSISTANT TRAVEL EDITOR
There's something magical and mystical about a hot-air balloon floating above the countryside. The sight of a graceful, brightly colored balloon carrying an oversized basket full of adventurers evokes the same childhood wonder that a clown at the circus or a giraffe at the zoo does. Children and adults gaze up in amazement, shout "Hello," and wave to the passengers. Some jump onto their bikes or into their cars and try to follow the 70-foot-tall balloon, hoping to get lucky enough to see it lightly touch down and to meet travelers from faraway lands.
NEWS
March 27, 1991 | By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Special to The Inquirer
When the hot-air balloon came floating over his Chester County homestead, spooking his horse and dog, William MacBride grabbed a shotgun and fired away. The action nearly four years ago landed him in Chester County Court, where a prosecutor labeled him a "nut" on the way to MacBride's conviction of assault before a trial jury. The trial judge considered the description a "fair comment for describing the conduct of one who would fire a shotgun at a balloon," but the state Superior Court disagreed last week and ordered a new trial for MacBride, 54, on the ground that it prejudiced the jury.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1990 | By Ed Condran, Special to The Inquirer
Hot-air ballooning has come off the movie sets and into the mainstream - and now, when the warm rays and springtime light play happily on our part of the planet, is a good time to take a ride. "A hot-air balloon ride is magic," says Roger Wayne, co-owner and pilot of Lollipop Balloon in Exton. "It's no different in terms of magic than Walt Disney World. You're able to go back to your childhood. " Wayne says that most potential customers expect a roller-coaster ride - and they're surprised when they don't get one. "A lot of people . . . think the ride is going to be filled with bumps.
NEWS
September 9, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea and Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The hot-air balloon landed, and Kevin McShea suddenly felt heat. "Then I heard the pilot screaming, 'Get out! Everybody get out!' " he said. The balloon's cramped quarters made that difficult. McShea said he swung his torso over the side and landed head-first. After the flames erupted, he said, he saw pilot Earl Wendell MacPherson Jr. "on fire and still at the controls. " MacPherson, 67, of Pennsville, N.J., a pilot who often participated in balloon safety exercises, was killed in Sunday's crash in West Vincent Township, Chester County.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1996 | By Deni Kasrel, FOR THE INQUIRER
'LAND HERE! FREE PARKING!" The little girl jumps up and down, overtaken by the excitement of seeing our hot-air balloon cruise some 400 feet above her housing development. It's about 8 on a Sunday evening. The sun is setting and a bunch of folks are outside, eyes fixed high in the sky. Grown-ups wave. Kids go bonkers. A man runs into his home and quickly comes out again, camera in hand. All are tickled pink by the presence of our gently floating neon-colored craft. From our vantage point, the homes look like pieces on a Monopoly board and the people are the size of toy soldiers.
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August 22, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
We felt a great a disturbance in the Force recently - as if thousands of geek voices cried out in anguish and refused to be silent. Yes, the news that in order to attend a Star Wars event at the Please Touch Museum, you have to be accompanied by someone of a certain age and not much taller than R2-D2 - i.e., a child - hit the solo adult fans hard and caused a Death Star-size social-media backlash. To those without a small fry to accompany them, we say, Jedi-like: This is not the Star Wars event you're looking for. You don't need to attend - you have any number of Comic Cons and Wizard Worlds of your own. Move along.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pilot of a hot-air balloon died Sunday morning when he fell out during a landing in an East Pikeland Township field and was crushed under the basket, police said. The basket was carrying 10 passengers. Jeffrey Hooten, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., fell when he reached out of the balloon's basket to pull a rope that would deflate the balloon around 7:20 a.m. Sunday, said East Pikeland Police Chief James Franciscus. The Federal Aviation Administration said Hooten fell when the balloon bounced after it struck the ground, according to preliminary findings.
NEWS
May 13, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
GINNY DOYLE had nerves of steel from the free-throw line, where she once set an NCAA record by downing 66 consecutive shots - then humbled a male sportscaster who'd doubted her by going 20-for-20 in a head-to-head challenge. But Doyle, an Archbishop Ryan High School hoops star in the 1980s, seemed jittery - although excited - as she waited Friday to board a hot-air balloon in Virginia, adding an "#anxiety" hashtag to a tweet of her standing beside the balloon's basket. "Getting ready to go up!"
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Freeman Crispin, 71, of Pilesgrove, who served in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and was part of President John F. Kennedy's funeral procession, died at home Tuesday, April 22, of brain cancer. Born May 4, 1942, Mr. Crispin grew up on a farm in South Jersey and attended Woodstown High School. At a canteen dance, he met Bonnie Brown, to whom he was married nearly 50 years, until her death in 2012. After graduating from high school in 1960, he joined the Air Force, motivated by a longstanding interest in serving his country, his daughter, Sherry Munyan, said.
NEWS
August 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT'S ALL FUN and games until someone gets stuck in a tree. That was the life lesson an adult and two juveniles learned Thursday night when the hot-air balloon that they were riding in got tangled in a tree in Sicklerville. Gloucester Township police said they were called at 7:20 p.m. to Del Sordo Drive near Crossing Place, where they found the balloon dangling about 50 feet in the air. Police officers and firefighters were eventually able to help the pilot, whose name was not released, free the balloon and land safely.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
FORMER EAGLES wide receiver Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said. The 10-year NFL veteran, currently a free agent, won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent. "He's going to be OK. He has some burns, but he's going to be fine," Rosenhaus said. "He will be able to continue his NFL career.
SPORTS
March 18, 2013 | Associated Press
Former Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor has signed with the Giants as a free agent, the club announced Saturday without disclosing details. The Penn State product and Strath Haven High graduate, who can play both inside and outside, started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season, making 56 tackles. He also started three games at weakside linebacker. "Talking to the Giants coaches, the [4-3] system seems to fit me," said Connor, who was released Monday by the Cowboys.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
LUXOR, Egypt - The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot-air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame, and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths. Nineteen people were killed Tuesday in what was likely the deadliest hot-air-ballooning accident on record. A British tourist and the Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned, were the sole survivors.
NEWS
March 20, 2012 | By Jeff Martin and Tom Breen, Associated Press
ATLANTA - As a fierce thunderstorm that seemed to come out of nowhere closed in, hot-air balloon pilot Edward Ristaino spotted an open field 4,000 feet below and calmly and tersely warned the five skydivers aboard the craft, "You need to get out now. " He may have saved their lives, but he lost his own. With lightning spidering across the sky and the wind rocking their parachutes, the skydivers floated safely to the ground, while the balloon...
NEWS
March 19, 2012
Police break up N.Y. Occupy rally NEW YORK - A day after police broke up a rally at Manhattan's Zuccotti Park and arrested dozens, Occupy Wall Street protesters said Sunday that their movement for economic justice would pick up momentum with the spring. The crackdown at Zuccotti happened late Saturday after hundreds of activists had gathered to mark the six-month birthday of the movement. Detective Brian Sessa of the New York Police Department said protesters had started breaking park rules against setting up tents and tarps.
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