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In Just Because... on June 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Last evening, as I write this, Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famous wire walking family, completed a spectacular walk over Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, going from the American side to the Canadian side.

He said there were about two years’ worth of efforts made to get the proper permits, engineering, rigging, and everything else together before he could attempt the feat.  He trained on a wire with fire trucks spraying him with water, and an airboat blasting him with 55 mile-an-hour winds.

Needless to say, he made it.

His explanation of how he did it comes down to a Wallenda family article of faith:  “Never give up”.  When he encountered opposition from the governments of New York State, the province of Ontario, the Canadian Ministry (whichever one it is) in charge of their side of the Falls, the U.S. Department of Something-or-Other that has charge of the American side, and from skeptics, naysayers, and doubting Thomases in both countries, he followed this belief.

It worked out pretty damn good, didn’t it?

Suffice it to say that, for those of us who remember the tragedy at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit back in 1962, and who still are horrified by Karl Wallenda falling from a wire in Puerto Rico, this is even more of a magnificent achievement by someone who has trained, dedicated himself, and learned from all the bad – and the good – that has been done by his family, and others in the same line of work.

“Never give up.”

Not a bad epitaph, eh?

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  1. I never knew that history so I watched them on Youtube. They actually have Karl’s fall on there. 😦 The seven man pyramid I got to see, and it was amazing. I wonder why they felt like they couldn’t use nets though…

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