Highly Unimpressed

In about a half an hour a man will attempt a highwire act above Niagara Falls. The community has been abuzz for weeks. What if he falls? ABC is televising it? Will he be tethered?

The man in this photo is Karl Wallenda. The great-grandfather of today’s stunt man. He performed his stunt in May of 1976. I was two months old. I have no recollection of this event.

But it took place at Silver Stadium. The Rochester Red Wings former home ballpark. It took place before a paltry crowd of about 2,500. No cameras. No national media. If you didn’t read the paper that morning, you probably didn’t know.

He was untethered. He was also 71 years old.

In about a half an hour, I’ll be unimpressed. #rochistory

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3 thoughts on “Highly Unimpressed

  1. This post and your first comment completely sum up my feelings about it too! I was annoyed at myself for even watching, but it was pretty amazing.

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