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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 22, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Explosion kills three balloonist High Point Enterprise Friday october 22, 1976 a Hunt hits gop record on tourism a Charlotte a a hot a air balloon making a promotional flight across Charlotte thursday struck a 100,000-Volt Power line and exploded into flames killing the gondolas three occupants. The balloon crashed minutes before i . Near a City Park in a residential area about one mile East of Independence Square in the heart of the City. The Federal aviation administration which licenses and inspects balloons began an investigation of the crash. An Faa spokesman declined to speculate on the cause of the Accident. The dead were identified As Sidney Gibson 53, and his on Patrick 28, the Ballon owners from Levittown pa., and a passenger James e. Vogan 29, of Towson my. The balloon was being used to promote the Mecklenburg Jaycees charities old time fair which opened tuesday at the metro Ina Fairgrounds on Charlottes outskirts. Vogan was an employee of the Tidewater helicopter co., sparrows Point md., which is staging $6 helicopter rides at the fair. Workers said he had gone along for the ride. Guy Henderson 30, general manager at the fair said he last talked to the three men about to a m. He said the balloon carried a Loudspeaker with which they could shout to people on the ground. A a wed cancelled flights on tuesday and wednesday because of the wind conditions a Henderson said a but they decided they a go up for about two hours today and Fly at about 50 feet so that people could hear the Orange red Blue and yellow balloon described Asio stories High was launched from the Johnson c. Smith University athletic Field about 12 30 ., according to assistant football coach Kenneth Powell. The Ballon might have ascended to As High As 2,000 feet before it began a sudden and Steep descent according to two Aerial photographers who watched from an air plane several Miles away. A a we were flying at 1,500 feet a said Pilot Blaine Nash. A it looked like they could have been up about 2,000 or maybe 2,500 feet. They fell very Tom Johnson 14, was among a group of Piedmont Middle school pupils who watched the balloon descend As they prepared to go to lunch. The ninth grader said the balloon passed Over the school and appeared As though it might land in the schools football Field. The balloon began to Rock Back and Forth passed on beyond a line of Trees and then blew up the boy said. A a it looked like someone had dropped a bomb. Then it went up in smoke a he said. Businessman Joe Townsend who was watching from the 24th floor of the a cab Plaza at Independence Square told newsmen the balloon and Gondola appeared to fall straight Down to the Power lines. A a it just seemed to disintegrate in one Ball of fire a he said. At least two acquaintances of the Gibsons told newsmen they saw the father stitching a foot Long tear in the Nylon balloon earlier in the week. A the told me it Tore when he took it out of his Van a said Tom Mccoy 21, who was helping to set up rides at the fair Gibson told another acquaintance he was sure the Patch would hold. The balloon which had pictures of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses s. Grant on the sides was used in the 1968 Warner Brothers movie a the grat Bank it was to be used at the fair for rides a fair spokesman said but it had not yet been used for that purpose friends of the Gibsons in Pennsylvania described the father son team As a barnstormers a two men who loved the adventure of flying balloons but were not making much Money at it. Sid the father was a world War ii bomber Pilot who won the distinguished growl Bine i Urt so a we my in Kink i Mimi v shows f rom to am til i pm i the bizarre Story of people with a a sex problem plus a a porous line a escorted ladies admitted starts today you la by hid he in Krott with laughter i still the fairest if them Alif Walt Disney Snow White and the i technicolor tonight a Snow whits 7 15 no Deposit 8 50 sat. A Sun. Snow White 3 15-7 15 no Deposit 4 48 8 50 tuesday nights a seats m of both theatres v Martin twin 1801 West Chester or /88b 0091 i ought 7 to a Joo it i Sun j is s to 7 10 a j of where anything can happen and usually does % o of. Martin twin Iso Witch stir or lib 009? uiiui.ch11141 Mil ii ii u t no Lim into no inn Luu it ii is lad fan taif to Tost total fair Kin Fura flying Cross and the Silver medal. He had logged More than 15,000 hours of flight time in All kinds of aircraft according to a press release he put out when he arrived sunday for the fair. His son and Copilot his Only child was a Marine corps Vietnam Veteran and a student at Miami University of Ohio majoring in drama and communications. Vogan worked with the ground Crew of the Tidewater helicopter firm. For the last four months he had travelled from fair to fair Selling tickets and helping Load passengers into the company a helicopter for pleasure rides. His Boss William e. Boz Man told newsmen Vogan was divorced and had a Young son. William Richardson was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the crash and he recalled later a you could hear them screaming. Two of the men were still moving. They were moaning and groaning just like me or you would. I grabbed one of them by the Arm but the cop tol. Me it was no use a his reference was to Charlotte policeman r. W. Hoagland the first officer on the scene. A they were gone and we help them a the officer said. Dance this Fri amp sat. Night 9 30 a 1 30 at Holiday inn 1-85 amp Welt Green amp music by v the Cavaliers Grampa Smiths Bluegrass music tonight 7 30 in the Pickin parlor Corbett Bennett and the country Gold Road Apple Ramblers ticket $2 Advance 52.50 at dear Gramps Smiths country store 885-2786 i,<v2? 6 at the Corner of Elm a Brood Raleigh a democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hunt has promised the states tourism Industry that if his is elected he will work for More Money for promoting tourism. Also thursday Hunt criticized the Republican administration of gov. Jim Holshouser for its handling of advertising and tourist promotion. Hunt spoke to the travel Council of North Carolina which is made up those involved in tourism such As attractions travel agencies resorts and motels. In the last four years the travel Industry has been embarrassed by scandal and has rated As a Low priority Hunt said in a luncheon talk As leaders of the Council met to work up their legislative program a state government has an important role in the health of this Industry. It takes the responsibility of helping to attract More travel believe we need a change in state government to achieve that a he said. Hunt noted that he has promised to work toward moving economic development from the department of natural and economic resources and putting it under the department of Commerce. Economic development should be divid movie ratings for parents and Young people the of Civ of of it Rohrig a of inform purer to oho it the of Niovi Content to by their children a Ages admitted Gono tol Audi onto Ali Ages admitted Sorento guidance Stag Miled r so me Matin Al May not to suitable tar pro Toon Agert a restricted undo i 7 Roc Trot Ocompo Nymfa Parent or Adolf guardian vn0 oni Uno 17 admitted a i limit May vary in certain or oat Ali g a and alms receive this Seal ate of the motion picture c00e of self regulation the above is published As a Public service by the High Point Enterprise Center Don t miss this dynamite night of entertainment i h Chinook Road i ill for the first time in 42 years one film sweeps All the i a ajor Academy awards Best picture Best actor Best actress Best director Best screenplay Jack Nicholson or to second hit a you men a Mae hut you rat. Alices restaurant de among three officials one seeking new american Industry another seeking foreign investments and a third boosting tourism and travel. The divisions Heads should be chosen by an economic development Board made up of citizens he said. A i done to believe they ought to be chosen on a political a i think our experiences with the state advertising contract dramatize Why we need to make a change. That contract has suffered from some disastrous management the last few years a he said noting that the problem was settled by hiring a new Agency during the summer. Head of the Agency Jerry Louchheim handled Holshouser s 1972 Campaign advertising. After Holshouser took office Louchheim a Agency was Given the contract to handle the tourism ads. He was indicted several months ago on charges of double Billing for some services and cheating the state. The indictment followed a series of newspaper exposes. 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