Today, the high-flying Texan owns
her own hot-air balloon. Heloise shares her life with
her husband, David, a plumbing contractor who was one of
the country's first commercial hot-air balloonists.
A nostalgic look at Heloise, top
left, a publicity photo of Heloise's mother, the
first Heloise, top right, Heloise as a child
with her mother, bottom center, Heloise.
Her home in San Antonio doubles
as her base of operations. She has five full-time
assistants who sort and file the thousands of hints
received from her readers each month. Her staff of five
helps research and test new housekeeping hints before
they are suggested to Heloise's vast audience through
her columns. When mail runs especially heavy (as it
frequently does) the regular office staff is
supplemented by as many as six part-time workers.
Heloise also enjoys spending
time with her small zoo of animals which includes
Cabbie, a miniature Schnauzer, Rocky, a military macaw;
and JD (John Doe, a Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab), who
adopted Heloise and her husband. As she says, "I don't
own them, they own me and I love it!"
While Heloise loves ballooning,
she keeps her feet on the ground in every other way. She
remains unspoiled by her own international fame, and
takes media attention with "a whole box of salt."
People magazine called
her "the world's best-known housekeeper" and even
though she wears the title well, she still says, "I'm
not a fanatical housekeeper like most people may think.
My philosophy is always to pick up the big chunks and
keep things neat. No one is going to look inside your
oven, heaven forbid! If they do, they deserve what they