It's a big deal here in Sarasota. He lives here, along with many other circus performers. Couldn't believe the front section of our local rag devoted 5 full pages to it, with a pic of him taking up most of the first page, over the fold.
My mom would never take us to a circus in which the Wallendas were performing. She didn't want us witnessing them falling to their deaths because of their refusal to use safety nets. She preferred for us to attend time trials at the Michigan Speedway to actual races, for similar reasons. I agree with her that the Wallendas' refusal to use safety nets is pretty suicidal, and they have paid for it over the years with deaths and paralysis.
In my mom's defense, she was in the audience at the race in Indy that killed Eddie Sacs. She was leery about letting us watch Evel Kneival attempt to jump Snake River Canyon, but that was a cultural television event that could not be ignored by any child at the time.
I remember his dad walking across old Veterans Stadium in Philly before a game. Not a little building by any stretch and very wide.
He was working with a net.
That means any of us could be high wire walkers. Today. No experience necessary.
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