Monday, June 24, 2013

Discovery Channel draws audience for Skywire walk over Grand Canyon by Nik Wallenda

The Discovery Channel aired live the 1400-foot skywire walk over a Grand Canyon (Arizona) chasm 1500 feet deep, by Nik Wallenda, live, to over 25 million.  Good for ratings, The basic link is here

The performer, 34, married with two kids, comes from a family of performers.  He topped twice to let the wind-induced vibrations (gusts over 40 mph) subside.  It took 22 minutes.

He plans the same stunt between the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building in New York.  There’s no such target in Washington (maybe the Monument to the Old Post Office tower?)

I remember a daredevil getting arrested in NYC for climbing a Rockefeller Cemter building in the 1970s, when I lived there.  I rather admired his "courage" at the time.  

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Wikipedia attribution link for Grand Canyon picture. My visits: 1967, 2000.  

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