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Sid Cutter dies at 77; founder of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Sid Cutter dies at 77; founder of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Sid Cutter, who staged a hot-air balloon rally nearly 40 years ago that evolved into an annual fall festival and helped transform Albuquerque into a capital of ballooning, has died. He was 77. Cutter died May 21 in the New Mexico city after a long battle with stomach cancer, said organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, now held every October. A former Air Force pilot, Cutter had not been schooled in ballooning when he accidentally went aloft in 1971 when a crew member released a tether. Fortunately, he was a "fast learner," according to the Iowa-based National Balloon Museum. "I got hooked on balloons right off the bat," Cutter told The Times in...

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