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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   35 years ago, Cleveland tried to set a balloon launch world record and learned a harsh lesson about weather, gravity, and hubris   (ultimateclassicrock.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Guinness World Records, World record, Twin Galaxies, Lake Erie, Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, United Way of Cleveland, city of Cleveland  
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2021-09-27 9:23:08 AM  
Sometimes I say, "Give me a balloon!.  Sometimes I say it loud, "GIVE ME A BALLOON!!!"  Most people don't pay any attention to me...
 
2021-09-27 9:51:42 AM  
Has Cleveland ever suffered from hubris?
 
2021-09-27 9:54:22 AM  
Also, Debris....
 
2021-09-27 9:54:34 AM  
They let all the stank out.

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2021-09-27 9:56:49 AM  
"The guy from the United Way who dreamed this up had been in marketing at Proctor and Gamble and was trying to rebrand Cleveland as cool," explained Tom Holowach, the project manager of Balloonfest '86, in a 2014 chat with Gizmodo.

Excellent. Another reason to continue not giving money to the United Way.
 
2021-09-27 9:57:04 AM  
That was a depressing read. And they even soft-pedaled the environmental disaster of millions of rubber balloons being eaten by birds and fish and polluting waterways.
 
2021-09-27 9:57:31 AM  
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2021-09-27 9:58:31 AM  
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2021-09-27 9:58:58 AM  

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Shakes tiny fist!
 
2021-09-27 9:59:46 AM  
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2021-09-27 10:01:11 AM  
As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.
 
2021-09-27 10:01:26 AM  
The Doomed Cleveland Balloonfest of '86
Youtube n0CT8zrw6lw

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2021-09-27 10:01:50 AM  

thealgorerhythm: That was a depressing read. And they even soft-pedaled the environmental disaster of millions of rubber balloons being eaten by birds and fish and polluting waterways.


This explains my rubbery walleye from Red Lobster last week.

I'm kidding of course. Don't ever eat fish from Lake Erie.
 
2021-09-27 10:02:00 AM  
We love littering!
 
2021-09-27 10:02:20 AM  
"This is a prime example of what United Way is trying to do in terms of saying, 'Cleveland, it's your time.' It's time to say yes. It's time to say it is a happening city. We are on the move. It's no longer the butt of jokes."

At least they're not Detroit.
 
2021-09-27 10:04:14 AM  
I mean, environmentally, is that good to just let that much garbage go up and then be littered all over the place?
 
2021-09-27 10:05:17 AM  
"trying to rebrand Cleveland as cool."

I can understand this misunderstanding, being Cleveland and all, but most of the world didn't see putting millions of pieces of trash all over the land and waterways as cool, even in 1986.
 
2021-09-27 10:05:56 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.


Thread.
 
2021-09-27 10:08:55 AM  
And the part about the search and rescue. I can't even wrap my head around the level of WTF those poor search and rescue people were thinking.
 
2021-09-27 10:08:58 AM  
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2021-09-27 10:09:17 AM  
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2021-09-27 10:09:49 AM  
Balloons - The Postmarks - Yo Gabba Gabba!
Youtube iPOnLhTtZzs
 
2021-09-27 10:15:17 AM  
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This guy knows cool.
 
2021-09-27 10:15:51 AM  
I really liked the commentary where he's like
"No one will dare to call us names anymore! We are not a mistake by a lake!

We'll forever be known as the city that released a bunch of balloons!

NOW THEY HAVE TO RESPECT US!"
 
2021-09-27 10:23:43 AM  
TFA gets into some detail about this different ways it was so bad:

The sight distracted motorists, causing numerous car accidents in the surrounding Cleveland area. Streets and waterways were clogged with the decorations. The Burke Lakefront Airport was forced to shut down for half-an-hour due to balloons on their runaways. A mass of balloons landed on a pasture in Medina County, Ohio, spooking some Arabian horses located on the property and resulting in equine injuries.

Still, the saddest effect took place on the water of Lake Erie. The day before the event, two men, Raymond Broderick and Bernard Sulzer, had gone out fishing. When they didn't return, their families reported the men as missing. Authorities began searching the lake on Sept. 27, discovering their abandoned boat that morning. The Coast Guard's attempts at finding the missing men became seriously impeded as balloons littered the lake.

"It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack," explained one of the authorities conducting the search. "You're looking for more or less a head or an orange life jacket, and here you have a couple hundred thousand orange balloons. It's just hard to decipher which is which."

The Coast Guard suspended its search on Sept. 29, with the two men's bodies washing ashore shortly thereafter. The wife of one of the fishermen would later sue the United Way of Cleveland and Balloonfest's organizers for $3.2 million, later settling out of court for an undisclosed amount.
 
2021-09-27 10:32:24 AM  
Balloons should be phased out.
 
2021-09-27 10:42:17 AM  
"What happens when the balloons fall back down to the ground? Won't that create an enormous cleanup effort to remove the balloons from rivers, etc?"

"SHUT UP LARRY YOU'RE NOT COMMITTED TO REVITALIZING CLEVELAND!"
 
2021-09-27 10:44:18 AM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: "trying to rebrand Cleveland as cool."

I can understand this misunderstanding, being Cleveland and all, but most of the world didn't see putting millions of pieces of trash all over the land and waterways as cool, even in 1986.


In point of fact, mass balloon launches were very much a done thing in the mid-80s. People weren't nearly as environmentally-minded then as now.
 
2021-09-27 10:49:01 AM  
"They're hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

// bonus, helicopter sounds :-)

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2021-09-27 10:49:24 AM  

g.fro: Don't Troll Me Bro!: "trying to rebrand Cleveland as cool."

I can understand this misunderstanding, being Cleveland and all, but most of the world didn't see putting millions of pieces of trash all over the land and waterways as cool, even in 1986.

In point of fact, mass balloon launches were very much a done thing in the mid-80s. People weren't nearly as environmentally-minded then as now.


(also: we had more helium)
 
2021-09-27 10:51:43 AM  
Still a better idea than Balloon Boy
 
2021-09-27 10:54:33 AM  
The Story of Balloonfest '86 | A Short Documentary | Fascinating Horror
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2021-09-27 10:58:20 AM  
Where did they expect them to land, the Allegheny national forest?  I'm sure the feds would have loved that.
 
2021-09-27 11:02:45 AM  

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Baby Luigi looks weird without his hat
 
2021-09-27 11:19:40 AM  
Found a picture of one of the balloons coming down...

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2021-09-27 11:23:03 AM  
I'm going to take this opportunity to plug my favorite podcast: The Dollop, with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Those boys made a hilarious episode about the Cleveland Balloon Disaster.

https://allthingscomedy.com/podcasts/​3​8---balloonfest-1
 
2021-09-27 11:32:26 AM  
it's almost like if you put a bunch of shiat in the air and water there are consequences.
 
2021-09-27 11:37:34 AM  

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Love the Cleveland Bathtub Slide out of the Golden Oak Library remains.

*4 stars*
Would laugh again.
 
2021-09-27 11:44:17 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Where did they expect them to land, the Allegheny national forest?  I'm sure the feds would have loved that.


Canada. They didn't give a fark about Canada.
 
2021-09-27 11:46:19 AM  
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2021-09-27 11:50:05 AM  
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2021-09-27 11:51:21 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.


I was going to post that before you, but I was overcome by my nerdiness, because Cleveland isn't Cincinnati.

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2021-09-27 11:51:23 AM  
The goals of Balloonfest were simple: raise funds for the local branch of the United Way and publicly paint Cleveland as one of America's true up-and-coming cities.

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2021-09-27 11:54:40 AM  

Ambitwistor: Madman drummers bummers: As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.

I was going to post that before you, but I was overcome by my nerdiness, because Cleveland isn't Cincinnati.

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Fortunately for Cincinnati.
 
2021-09-27 12:26:33 PM  
Carl learned lessons from what happened in Cleveland

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2021-09-27 12:42:58 PM  
"Will the next person that sees anybody [release any balloons], point them out and get them out of here? You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!"

Sam Wyche - Bengals - You Don't Live In Cleveland
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2021-09-27 1:11:20 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: Ambitwistor: Madman drummers bummers: As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.

I was going to post that before you, but I was overcome by my nerdiness, because Cleveland isn't Cincinnati.

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Fortunately for Cincinnati.


Or Cleveland. Face it, it's pretty much a wash.

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2021-09-27 1:17:20 PM  

Ambitwistor: Madman drummers bummers: Ambitwistor: Madman drummers bummers: As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.

I was going to post that before you, but I was overcome by my nerdiness, because Cleveland isn't Cincinnati.

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Fortunately for Cincinnati.

Or Cleveland. Face it, it's pretty much a wash.

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I'll take chili instead of a steamer any day
 
2021-09-27 1:25:36 PM  

LarryDan43: We love littering!


Gotta do something  else now since we can't catch the river on fire...
 
2021-09-27 1:36:30 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Ambitwistor: Madman drummers bummers: Ambitwistor: Madman drummers bummers: As god is my witness, I thought balloons could fly.

I was going to post that before you, but I was overcome by my nerdiness, because Cleveland isn't Cincinnati.

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Fortunately for Cincinnati.

Or Cleveland. Face it, it's pretty much a wash.

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I'll take chili instead of a steamer any day


I'm pretty sure Cincinnati chili and a Cleveland steamer are the same thing.
 
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