From Buffalo Business First:
On July 3, 1984, a Czech emigre by the name of Karel Soucek rode in a nine-foot barrel over the cataracts at Niagara Falls, and lived.
A few months later, on Jan. 19, 1985, a stunt he was performing in the Houston Astrodome malfunctioned and within a day he was dead, the victim of massive injuries.
I got to thinking about Soucek after reading that Nik Wallenda is still trying to get official permission to walk on a high wire above Niagara Falls. These fellows always come to Niagara Falls, don’t they?
From the Canadian Press (via Yahoo! Canada Travel):
Twenty-five years after stuntman Karel Soucek survived his trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel, a new exhibit highlights the daredevils who have been drawn to the site.
Soucek, from Hamilton, suffered only minor injuries in his plunge on July 2, 1984. He died, however, about six months later after a barrel-drop stunt at the Houston Astrodome.
The exhibit, which opened last month in the lobby of the city’s Imax theatre, features Soucek’s red barrel and seven others used by daredevils ranging from Annie Taylor (a school teacher who went over in 1901) to Steve Trotter (a bartender who did it twice, the last time in 1995).