On July 2, 1982, Larry Walters attached 43 weather balloons to his lawn chair, filled them with helium, put on a parachute, and strapped himself into the chair.

Later, when a reporter asked what made him decide to take a patio chair aloft, Walters explained:

“A man can't just sit around.”

News segment on NBC News, 1982

Interview with David Letterman, 1982

Unfortunately, Larry's life story has a tragic ending. When Larry was 44 years old, he hiked to his favorite spot in the forest and shot himself in the heart, ending his life.

Rest in peace, Lawnchair Larry.