Here's a tip for anyone who wants to perpetrate a hoax involving silver balloons: don't email your friends about it. Investigators want to interview Robert Thomas, a Denver man who is an associate of Richard Heene, father of the now-infamous balloon boy. In a story he sold to Gawker, Thomas claimed that he exchanged emails with Heene about a proposed reality series—and a stunt to promote it—in which Heene would play a mad scientist carrying out various experiments. According to the show proposal posted on Gawker, "This will be the most significant UFO-related news event to take place since the Roswell Crash of 1947." Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden, who is seeking felony charges against Richard Heene and his wife, also said that a media outlet that blurs "the line between entertainment and news" agreed to pay Heene regarding the balloon incident.