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October 19th, 2009
06:44 PM ET

Richard Heene proposal for reality show

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/10/16/colorado.balloon.boy/art.balloon.landing.kusa.jpg caption="Gossip blog Gawker has obtained a list of television proposals from Richard Heene. Including one for a homemade flying saucer."]

Editor's Note: Gossip blog Gawker posted an exclusive interview with Richard Heene's former researcher and collaborator, Robert Thomas. Below are a few excerpts from proposals Thomas says he and Heene were working on for a potential reality science television program. Check out the full list of proposals here.

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We found this on Gawker.com.

Prior to the Balloon Boy Hoax, Richard Heene was shopping a science-based reality show to anyone who would listen.  Robert Thomas, a former collaborator of Mr. Heene's, was compiling a detailed list of proposals he and Heene worked on for each of the show's 52 weekly programs. Originally obtained by Gawker on Saturday one of Heene's proposals included plans for a "homemade flying saucer." Check out a few excerpts from Gawker's list:

"16. Can we attract UFO's with a homemade flying saucer? We will modify a weather balloon, so that it resembles a UFO and will electrically charge the skin of the craft (Biefield-Brown Effect). We will capture the footage on film, and will utilize the media as a means with which to make our presence known to the masses. This will not only provide us with incredible footage, but will also generate a tremendous amount of controversy among the public, as well as publicity within the mainstream media. This will be the most significant UFO-related news event to take place since the Roswell Crash of 1947, and the result will be a dramatic increase in local and national awareness about The Heene Family, our Reality Series, as well as the UFO Phenomenon in general."

"30. Laser signal to the International Space Station: We will contact NASA regarding a controlled experiment with high-powered lasers and the international space station. Basically, the crew of the ISS will be informed that we will be shining a bright green laser at the space station, at nighttime when it passes overhead. The ISS crew will report whether or not the green beam was visible from their orbiting vantage point. The laser we will be using has a range of over 500-miles, so the result has the potential of being successful. This will also be a tremendous opportunity for the kids to talk to NASA astronauts who are actually in space."

"42. The Weightless Guinea Pig: Scientists have already successfully demonstrated that creatures such as frogs and grasshoppers levitate within a diamagnetic levitation chamber. Thus far, they have yet to levitate a guinea pig. Fortunately for us, we have a cute and willing participant named Gizmo, who has agreed to be the Guinea Pig in this experiment (pun intended). Gizmo will be equipped with a custom space suit (complete with a bubble helmet) and will be the first Guinea Pig in history to experience the feel of a true spacewalk. No animals will be harmed in this experiment, but we can't guarantee that Gizmo will still find her exercise ball entertaining after the fact."

Check out the full list here.


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