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  1. #1

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    Steve Fosset's Vanishing Act

    Well comrades, it appears another fellow adventurer has gone the way of Richard Haliburton, "The Thai Silk King" Jim Thompson and Amelia Earhart.... For those who haven't heard the news the world record holder of several plane, boat and balloon escapades got into a small plane Monday morning in NV and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
    What's really odd is he didn't file a flight plan w/ the FAA nor did the transponder on his plane automatically activate to help locate a crash. It almost seems like Old Steve wanted to make his last exit and perhaps start a new life...?
    Anyway, whether he's alive and well somewhere or no longer w/ us, the world needs more dreamers just like him! Can you imagine if he had turned his tenacity to break all kinds of flying, boating and ballooning records (he's the only one to ever cirumnavigate the globe in a balloon) to treasure hunting He'd probably have more big buck$ finds than Mel Fisher's group and Odyssey Marine Exploration combined!!!
    So here's to a legend, who if he's no longer w/ us has perhaps become a star in the sky somewhere over Nevada.... Cheers Steve!
    HH
    -spyguy

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    Maybe he's after Jimmy Hoffa's record.

    Ima
    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of BURIED TREASURE BABY!!!
    Lead me to the BOOTY Rudy2003 !!!

  3. #3

    May 2005
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    big buck$ Fosset.

    Cannot say I will miss him and his
    appetite for setting records
    In the academies many books, at the circus many sacks of peanuts, at the club rooms many cigar butts.

  4. #4

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    Gotta say I agree with Sherman. Never was impressed with the balloonatic.

  5. #5

    Feb 2005
    San Marcos, TX
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    Re: Steve Fosset's Vanishing Act

    Well my hat's off to him. The world needs more Steve Fossets, Burt Rutans, Mel Fishers and others like them. Guys like this never give up against impossible odds and setbacks. They're the closet thing we have to heroes. I admire anyone cut from this rare cloth. I went all the way to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to see first hand Spaceship One, right there next to the Spirit of St Louis and as luck would have it, right above Steve Fosset's balloon capsule that he sailed around this planet.

    Godspeed Steve.
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    I don't see Fosset in the same category as Mel Fisher. Fisher was a man who accomplished something through a lot of hard work, hard times and luck. Fosset was a billionaire who bought a balloon and went for a ride. Granted, I give him credit for his financial sense and work that brought him financial success, but the balloon rides were a joke.

  7. #7

    Feb 2005
    San Marcos, TX
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    Re: Steve Fosset's Vanishing Act

    Bought a balloon and went for a ride? Right. Lindbergh got in a plane and flew east. Magellan got in a boat and went sailing... Nuthin' to it right? LOL

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    Hey, I'm no Fossit fan. In fact, the only record that I've heard of him breaking is the "Balloon Ride" (maybe I don't watch enough tv ). But I think the balloon record was quite a feat. I don't even like driving out of town.

    Ima
    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of BURIED TREASURE BABY!!!
    Lead me to the BOOTY Rudy2003 !!!

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    Apr 2007
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    Amen, Ima.

    Desertfox
    Happy Hunting

    Desertfox
    (Paul)

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    Feb 2007
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    Steve Fossett has spent millions and for what ? Has he fed the hungry or provided for the poor. His only true interest seems to have been to get his name recorded for posterities sake. Well now we'll all know him as the rich guy who went around the world in a balloon, big deal that's not on par with curing cancer which his millions might have just as easily accommplished. Me, I have no pity for the idle rich.
    http://www.thegoldenolde.com

  11. #11

    Feb 2005
    San Marcos, TX
    White's MXT
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    Good Lord I seem to be defending Steve Fosset Have I stumbled into a nest of Liberal Democrats here or what?

    I have no pity for someone who casts stones at the "idle rich". Idle by whose standards

    Since when did it become Fosset's responsibilty or anyone else's responsibility, who happens to be wealthy, to "feed the poor"? Are you talking about here in the US where milk is cheaper than gasoline and a dozen eggs can be bought for a couple of bucks? Who the heck goes hungry in this country unless it's a child who is being neglected by their alcoholic or drug abusing parents? Feed the poor?? That's patently ludicrous in this country. Now in other countries like say North F***ing Korea... yeah people are starving because their corrupt leadership has ruined the country. How about Mexico? Same scenario. India? same scenario... It's corruption, and fundamentally flawed ideologies of every stripe that pave the roads to Hell with good intentions while leaders line their pockets with $$$.
    No amount of money spent by Fosset or any other wealthy individual will help feed the poor in these impoverished and corrupt regions of the world.

    Then you expect Fosset to spend his millions curing cancer Isn't that what the biomedical and pharmaceutical companies are trying to do? Would you be happier if Fosset had invested in Geron or Pfizer of some other big Pharma? Maybe he did... who knows?

    Point is, Fosset was a man I admired because he dared to do something nobody else had succeeded in doing.

    I don't have any patience with somebody bashing a wealthy person because they are wealthy. If you're NOT wealthy or on the road to wealth and you want to be, all it takes is effort, perseverence and a little luck. Blaming or disrespecting somebody who DOES have wealth but who has not spent their money in a way agreeable to your standards is pretty sad.

  12. #12

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    Good Lord I seem to be defending Steve Fosset Have I stumbled into a nest of Liberal Democrats here or what?

    I have no pity for someone who casts stones at the "idle rich". Idle by whose standards

    Since when did it become Fosset's responsibilty or anyone else's responsibility, who happens to be wealthy, to "feed the poor"? Are you talking about here in the US where milk is cheaper than gasoline and a dozen eggs can be bought for a couple of bucks? Who the heck goes hungry in this country unless it's a child who is being neglected by their alcoholic or drug abusing parents? Feed the poor?? That's patently ludicrous in this country. Now in other countries like say North F***ing Korea... yeah people are starving because their corrupt leadership has ruined the country. How about Mexico? Same scenario. India? same scenario... It's corruption, and fundamentally flawed ideologies of every stripe that pave the roads to Hell with good intentions while leaders line their pockets with $$$.
    No amount of money spent by Fosset or any other wealthy individual will help feed the poor in these impoverished and corrupt regions of the world.

    Then you expect Fosset to spend his millions curing cancer Isn't that what the biomedical and pharmaceutical companies are trying to do? Would you be happier if Fosset had invested in Geron or Pfizer of some other big Pharma? Maybe he did... who knows?

    Point is, Fosset was a man I admired because he dared to do something nobody else had succeeded in doing.

    I don't have any patience with somebody bashing a wealthy person because they are wealthy. If you're NOT wealthy or on the road to wealth and you want to be, all it takes is effort, perseverence and a little luck. Blaming or disrespecting somebody who DOES have wealth but who has not spent their money in a way agreeable to your standards is pretty sad.
    Joya, I wholeheartedly agree with this post. But, I am still not impressed with Fosset's balloon ride. I admire the man for his financial abilities, but his "stunts" just do not impress me. Someone with billions who buys a balloon and goes for a ride is just not that impressive to me. It's not even comparable to someone setting a land, air or water speed record because there is no real skill involved (you don't drive or fly a balloon, you simply go). Yes, yes, it was never done before. But, that does not necessarily make it a special accomplishment. And, again I have no problem with someone of wealth using their money in any manner they want, just don't expect me to be impressed by someone "buying" a record.

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    Feb 2007
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    I do happen as a matter of fact to be wealthy. But I choose to use the majority of my wealth to do good rather than take part in some self grandizing fashion with no benefit for my fellow man. And as a side bar, anyone of substantial means does have a moral obligation to use their good fortune for the benefit of others.
    http://www.thegoldenolde.com

  14. #14

    Feb 2005
    San Marcos, TX
    White's MXT
    78

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    Casull- Apparently there IS some degree of skill involved in flying a balloon, according to the FAA... "In the United States, a pilot of a hot air balloon must have a pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and it must carry the rating of "Lighter-than-air free balloon", and unless the pilot is also qualified to fly gas balloons, will also carry this limitation: "Limited to hot air balloons with airborne heater".

    In order to carry paying passengers for hire (and attend some balloon festivals), a pilot must have a commercial pilot certificate. Commercial hot air balloon pilots may also act as hot air balloon flight instructors."

    But whatever... if you guys think there was nothing admirable about being the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon then that's your perogitive.


  15. #15

    Feb 2005
    San Marcos, TX
    White's MXT
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    Re: Steve Fosset's Vanishing Act

    Quote Originally Posted by MD Dog
    I do happen as a matter of fact to be wealthy. But I choose to use the majority of my wealth to do good rather than take part in some self grandizing fashion with no benefit for my fellow man. And as a side bar, anyone of substantial means does have a moral obligation to use their good fortune for the benefit if others.
    I feel the same moral obligation as you. I use the majority of my modest wealth to support impoverished Texas wineries who might otherwise sell fewer bottles of wine each year, the County Tax Assessor who graciously grants me the right to continue living on my land year after year, White's Metal Detector's, to whom we're all indebted, and of course the largest charity of all... Exxon Corporation, without whom my weekend forays into the hills would not be possible, unless I were to ride my bicycle with my MXT slung across my back.

 

 
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