It seems like only yesterday that a silver balloon floating across Colorado caused a nation to stop -- and celebrities to tweet -- about Richard Heene and his young son Falcon, who reacted to the publicity his non-flight generated by vomiting on the Today show.
And now? Richard, who pleaded guilty to his role in the hoax (which he subsequently insisted wasn't a hoax at all), has completed the jail and work-release portion of his sentence and will wrap up the rest of his ninety-day sentence at home. Where he has all of his inventing tools and material, not to mention lotsa time to cook up his next attention-getter.
Will it be another "experimental craft"? No telling -- but here's a word of advice to Falcon: If your dad asks if you'd like to appear on TV again, just start puking.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.