Tracy Barnes, a 22-year-old University of Minnesota student, is a former Army paratrooper who got tired of always coming down. After discharge from the Army he decided, for a change, to go up instead. Aided by his mother in the family backyard at Wayzata, Minn., he got together a sewing machine, some nylon cloth and two tanks of propane gas, and proceeded to make a 70-foot hot air balloon that actually carries him aloft. Thus far Barnes has made six flights, the highest to 8,000 feet. He regulates his flight by the amount of propane gas he burns: the hotter the air, the higher he goes. "It's so serene," he says. "All I can hear is the faint hissing of the burner." Someday, Barnes hopes, hot-air ballooning will become a popular pastime. "My balloon only cost me $300," he says, "and it will support as much as 300 pounds." Barnes's mother is also optimistic. "After parachuting," Mrs. Barnes says, "a balloon looks safe."
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Dec. 4, 1961
Leading championships and meets January through March
- By Tex Maule
The New York Giants meet the Green Bay Packers this weekend; the two conference leaders, judging from their last strong victories, may play again on December 31—for the pro title
- By Frank Graham Jr.
Gene Tunney is a magic name in sport, one that evokes an instant and recognizable picture to millions of people, even though it is 35 years since he upset Jack Dempsey and won the heavyweight title. No athlete ever went to more pains to establish a public picture of himself but, incongruously, no athlete ever succeeded in obscuring his own great skills so completely. The story of Tunney then (left, in 1926) and Tunney now is the story of a man who has been almost unbearably successful
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Full of hot air
- SCORECARD 17
Full of hot air