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Balloon Boy’s Parents Admit to Hoax, Avoid Jail

November 12, 2009

The parents of “Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene will be pleading guilty tomorrow in a deal that will avoid a felony conviction against the boy’s mother, Mayumi Heene, which would have meant her deportation.

The couple engaged in a hoax by reporting that their son Falcon was trapped in a runaway helium balloon, a story which captivated the nation just a few weeks ago.

From the Associated Press:

Richard Heene will plead guilty in the alleged Oct. 15 hoax to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, his attorney David Lane said. Mayumi Heene — a Japanese citizen who could have been deported if convicted of more serious charges — will plead guilty to false reporting to authorities, a misdemeanor, he said.

Prosecutors haven’t announced whether they’ve filed charges in the case and didn’t immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment on the plea agreement.

The saga gripped a global audience, first with fear for the safety of 6-year-old Falcon Heene and then with anger at his parents when authorities accused them of perpetrating a hoax.

After the boy was found safe at home, sheriff’s officials contacted social workers to make sure the children were in a healthy environment.

Ricardo Montalban Dies at 88

January 14, 2009

No KAAAAAHHHHHN jokes today.

Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who was most well known as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV’s “Fantasy Island,” died Wednesday morning at his home at the age of 88.

From the Associated Press:

Montalban’s death was announced at a city council meeting by president Eric Garcetti, who represents the district where the actor lived. Garcetti did not give a cause of death.

“What you saw on the screen and on television and on talk shows, this very courtly, modest, dignified individual, that’s exactly who he was,” said Montalban’s longtime friend and publicist David Brokaw.

Montalban had been a star in Mexican movies when MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946. He was cast in the leading role opposite Esther Williams in “Fiesta,” and starred again with the swimming beauty in “On an Island with You” and “Neptune’s Daughter.”

But Montalban was best known as the faintly mysterious, white-suited Mr. Roarke, who presided over a tropical island resort where visitors were able to fulfill their lifelong dreams — usually at the unexpected expense of a difficult life lesson. Following a floatplane landing and lei ceremony, he greeted each guest with the line: “I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island.”

The show ran from 1978 to 1984.

More recently, he appeared as villains in two hits of the 1980s: “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and the farcical “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad.”

Between movie and TV roles, Montalban was active in the theater. He starred on Broadway in the 1957 musical “Jamaica” opposite Lena Horne, picking up a Tony nomination for best actor in a musical.

He toured in Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell,” playing Don Juan, a performance critic John Simon later recalled as “irresistible.” In 1965 he appeared on tour in the Yul Brynner role in “The King and I.”

“The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in my Council District — where the next generations of performers participate in plays, musicals, and concerts — stands as a fitting tribute to this consummate performer,” Garcetti said later in a written statement.

“Fantasy Island” received high ratings for most of its run on ABC, and still appears in reruns. Mr. Roarke and his sidekick, Tattoo, played by the 3-foot, 11-inch Herve Villechaize, reached the state of TV icons. Villechaize died in 1993.

The Mystery of Kerry Walsh’s Shoulder “Tattoo”

August 16, 2008

That has been a question of great debate during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Is is a tattoo? What is it? It appears that the mystery has finally been solved!

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From Forbes:

On an average day Albuquerque, N.M.-based Kinesio USA, a seller of elastic therapeutic tape, gets 700 to 800 hits on its Web site.

Thanks to an Olympics beach volleyball player and her eye-catching, mysterious black “tattoo,” that number spiked to 54,000 and made “kinesio tape” the second-most Googled term last Saturday.

The surge in interest followed viewers’ first glimpse of American Kerri Walsh, who’s been sporting a web of tape on her right shoulder during matches. Walsh, who had shoulder surgery last fall to repair a torn rotator cuff, probably wears the thin strips primarily to relieve pain. They also correct muscle and joint function and improve circulation by applying compression to the skin. The tape itself, which goes for $15 a roll, contains no medicinal properties.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

Walsh’s use of the product will most certainly give the company a huge sales boost. Some figures show that the company had 1,600 online orders waiting for it, up from the usual monthly total of 250.

Obviously the product is working as Walsh and her partner Misty May-Treanor are currently cruising through the Olympics on their way to a gold medal once again in 2008.