A Bouquet Of Balloons, A Chair And A Dream Trip

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Friday, 36-year-old Jonathan Trappe of Raleigh, N.C., floated across the English Channel, powered only by a colorful cluster of helium-filled balloons. Host Scott Simon has the story of a man who achieved every child's dream.


Yesterday, 36-year-old Jonathan Trappe of Raleigh, North Carolina floated across the English Channel, powered only by a colorful cluster of helium-filled balloons, the kind of cluster you might see a clown hold. Almost refreshingly, Mr. Trappe didnt float through the sky to call attention to any good cause. He did it for fun.

Didnt you have this dream? he asked reporters, grabbing onto a bunch of toy balloons and floating off. I think it's something that shared across cultures and across borders, just this wonderful fantasy of grabbing on to toy balloons and floating into open space.

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