The Niagara Falls Review has a great article about with some great photos of Jay Cochrane and Henry Rechatin, both of whom passed away last year.
The world of tightrope walkers lost two of its giants in 2013 – Jay Cochrane and Henry Rechatin.
Cochrane, who was born in 1944 and dubbed himself as “The Prince of the Air,” died from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 30. He was 69.
Rechatin, the legendary French tightrope walker and chair-balancer who was known as Henry’s, died on Dec. 27. He was 82.
Both men had plans to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, but unlike Nik Wallenda who did it on June 15, 2012, they were never able to get permission from the authorities on both sides of the border.
Speaking of Nik Wallenda, apparently he won’t be walking over the Falls again…
From the St Catharines Standard:
Don’t expect to see Nik Wallenda back in Niagara Falls for Round 2: Untethered.
“I’d say no, not at all,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said when asked if there’s a chance the tightrope walker will return to the Honeymoon Capital for a no-harness sequel to his June 2012 performance.
Thomson said following Wallenda’s June 15 walk between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont., the aerialist told her: “I’ve done Niagara Falls, I won’t do it again.
“He told me … he will go on and do something else,” said Thomson, adding she’s interested to see if the Florida native will walk between skyscrapers in New York City, which Wallenda has set as his next target.
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.
Canadian and American authorities have a backup plan to rescue tightrope walker Nik Wallenda should he be stranded during his walk across Niagara Falls.
The plan is a backup to Wallenda’s own rescue plan, which would use a system of pulleys and baskets, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Saturday.
“One of the conditions of the Niagara Parks Commission contract with Nik Wallenda was that he was supposed to furnish his own rescue plan,” said Douglas Kane, chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service in Canada. “We’ve reviewed it. We’re happy with it.”
Also see the original Buffalo News article called Wallenda, authorities detail stunt backup plans
Nik Wallenda will be practicing for his big walk in an area by the Seneca Niagara Casino. He has already had one session, and many outlets have reported on it:
From the Globe and Mail:
He has hung by his jaw from a helicopter without a safety net. He holds a Guinness World Record for the longest bicycle ride on a tightrope. And this summer, he plans to make history by walking on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont.
“It’s a lifestyle, and if you don’t understand it …” Nik Wallenda says, trailing off. You can almost see the daredevil’s head shake slightly in chagrin over the wire – the telephone kind – from Sarasota, Fla., where he lives in the Circus Capital of the World.
This is a very good article. I highly recommend you read it.