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Friday, October 16, 2009

"Balloon Boy" Home Safe (He Never Left) and a Childhood TV Memory 

The boy-and-the-balloon episode in Colorado yesterday had a happy, if somewhat anticlimactic and mysterious, ending, with the boy being home the whole time.

This event actually brought back memories of a fictional multi-show episode (scroll down to ""The Journey" part 1 (02/17/63)") on the TV show Lassie, where Timmy and Lassie (the world's most famous collie of that era) take an accidental balloon trip to a Canadian forest. I was only seven years old at the time and I recall being genuinely worried about the fate of Timmy and Lassie. The story was later made into a movie.

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