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    Niagara tightrope walker promoted Slocan mines

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    This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but it is still interesting…

    From the Nelson Star:

    This month, stuntman Nik Wallenda became the first person in over 110 years to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. One person who would have known the feeling was William Leonard Hunt, aka the Great Farini, an American-born, Canadian-raised daredevil who had a direct, but little known West Kootenay connection.

    Farini walked over Niagara Falls several times beginning in 1860. Once he reached the middle, he climbed down another rope onto the deck of a boat, then climbed back up and went the rest of the way blindfolded.

    Wallenda gets a preview of wet conditions

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda got his first taste of the wet and windy conditions he’ll encounter when he walks over the falls, as blowing rain drenched the stuntman Wednesday during his daily training session.

    The skies opened at 11 a.m., just as Wallenda was walking his practice wire, drenching him and causing onlookers at the Seneca Niagara Casino to take cover under a canopy.

    Wallenda, though, didn’t hesitate, continuing his walk along the lower portion of the high-wire. He didn’t walk along the more elevated section of the wire.

    “Just enjoying the beautiful weather,” the stuntman joked to a ponchoed fan who rushed to take Wallenda’s picture.

    He walked in the pouring rain for about 25 minutes—until he was fully drenched — stopping and changing direction twice.

    Wallenda on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”

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    From the Buffalo News:

    When Nik Wallenda walks an 1,800-foot cable above Niagara Falls this summer, his biggest challenge won’t be the mist or wind in his face – it’ll be the first step of his historic feat.

    “The first step’s definitely the hardest one,” Wallenda said Tuesday on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. “After the first step’s over you’re there, you’re committed. After the first step, you’re not gonna turn around and come back. Youre just gonna go.”

    Wallenda this week got a taste of the national fame he’s expected to bring to the falls when he walks the wire sometime between June and September.

    The stuntman and father told legendary Sports Illustrated reporter Frank Deford, now working with HBO, that his parents used to shake his practice cable to prepare him for the surprises he might face on the wire.

    Parks official resigns post in Canada

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Fay Booker, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission, has resigned from the Canadian park agency.

    The reasons for Booker’s resignation are unclear, though a source familiar with the situation said tensions between the agency and the Niagara Falls, Ont., city government likely played a role.

    Before her hiring as general manager last summer, Booker served as chairwoman for the commission, which has garnered increased attention in recent months because of its decision to allow stuntman Nik Wallenda to walk on a tightrope above the falls and awarding a 30-year contract allowing Hornblower Cruises to run boat tours around the falls.

    “We will build on the foundation Ms. Booker helped to establish and continue moving in a new strategic direction to ensure a strong, sustainable future for the Niagara Parks Commission,” interim Parks Commission Chairwoman Janice Thomson said in a statement.

    Some Wallenda posts today

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    I know I’m behind, but I still wanted to post some articles about Nik Wallenda and his attempts to get approval to walk on a wire over Niagara Falls.

    The rest of the posts today and at least one tomorrow will be on his recent trip to Niagara Falls Ontario to present to the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Wirewalker to make pitch on Falls crossing

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nik Wallenda is used to wowing people. Now he hopes he’s able to wow the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Wallenda will have his chance in two weeks to finally convince Niagara Parks commissioners his proposal to walk on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls between Canada and the United States is the work of an experienced and talented performer, not that of a thrill-seeking stuntman.

    The Florida wire walker submitted his request online to speak before the commission, a request interim chairwoman Janice Thomson granted for the Nov. 16 meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Legends golf course.

    “Separately, (Wallenda) sent me a letter with some of the details of how he would propose to do this walk,” said Thomson.

    Barrels used by daredevils on display in Niagara Falls exhibit

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    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).

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