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Who Are the Heenes? Photos and Home Videos

By Whit Honea |

heene-wifeswap-balloonWhile the sad and frightening story about the missing six-year-old Falcon Heene and his floating away in the family’s storm chasing, experimental aircraft continues to unfold we thought we’d shed some light on the family.

Richard and Mayumi Heene have three boys, one of which witnessed Falcon climb into the homemade balloon that traveled a total of 50 miles, at heights over 7,000 feet, from their Fort Collins home.  The Heene family has been featured on ABC’s hit show Wife Swap.

The family also has a lengthy history on YouTube.


If you pull up Twitter right now you’ll see a lot of speculation that the story of Falcon Heene being trapped in a balloon is a hoax.  You’ll also see a lot of tasteless and offensive jokes about “#balloonboy” and his whereabouts.  It’s all rather crude and uncalled for.

The Heenes do seem to march to their own beat, but they are a family in crisis.  Let’s cut them some slack.

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Whit Honea

Whit Honea is an award-winning writer living in the greater Los Angeles area with his wife, two boys, and too many pets. His personal blog, Honea Express, is updated quarterly (give or take.) Read bio and latest posts → Read Whit Honea's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Who Are the Heenes? Photos and Home Videos

  1. [...] For more about the Heene family, check out this post on Babble’s Famecrawler. [...]

  2. [...] Falcon Heene was found alive.  It appears that he was not in the balloon.  More as it develops! SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: “Balloon Boy Falcon Heene Found Alive!”, url: “” }); Related Posts:Who Are the Heenes? Photos and Home Videos [...]

  3. [...] the front door. Who are these people? The Heene family and their now famous “Balloon Boy”  were guests on Larry King and boy, did Falcon burst [...]

  4. [...] website, thepsyiencedetectives, appears to be down but you can watch some of their kooky videos on FameCrawler. My personal favorite is the rap video which features all three Heene brothers. And Barbara [...]

  5. [...] hit reality series of 2010. Apparently, after all the publicity that Falcon Heene generated with his fake balloon trip and subsequent outing of his scheming parents — bigwigs at the Discovery Channel think [...]

  6. [...] “Balloon Boy” fever and couldn’t help but drawing on the similarities between the Heene family and the Simpsons, although I don’t see it.  The Heenes are going to jail and the Simpsons are [...]

  7. [...] the Kanye West is dead rumor, I’m really happy for you, and I’mma let you finish, but Balloon Boy had the best hoax of all [...]

  8. [...] like to see the Heenes do [...]

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