Blog Focus on Balloon Boy and the Heene Family
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The Heene family, by all appearances, are a 21st Century family. When they aren't chasing storms, they're Science Detectives (of a sort). When they're not sleuthing, they're creating DIY devices of the sort that Home Depot doesn't usually run into from weekend tinkerers.
And when they're not swapping wives for fun and profit, they're nearly launching their 6-year-old child into the air inside a balloon. (Thankfully, no such thing ever happened and a frightened child was allegedly found in the attic after hours of nationwide fretting and media saturation.)
So what have we learned from blogs about America's newest camera-friendly family?
• FameCrawler - The Heenes kept themselves in front of the camera between television shows by using their own camera. Their YouTube channel tells us about life on Mars and also on Planet Heene.
• Gothamist - Jen Chung notes that Richard Heene, the father and amateur scientist, likes to chase storms with his family and launch rockets into them to prove a theory about magnetic fields and rotating storms.
• Gawker - John Cook points out Heene also has his own science club/Web show where he talks about the intersection of science and the paranormal.