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    Cochrane Launches Skywalk 2012

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    From WBEN AM:

    He’s been walking tightropes for 50 years, and Jay Cochrane will be spending his summer walking over a part of Niagara Falls, Ontario. He’ll be walking each night for 12 weeks from Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel’s north tower to the top of the Skylon Tower, 600 feet in the air.

    Cochrane says the goal is to help raise money for a pair of children’s charities, the Boys and Girls Club and Tender Wishes, which helps terminally ill children have their wishes granted. “I always have a goal, and I try to surpass it. Instead of setting a limit, I’d rather be able to say I raised more than I expected,” explains Cochrane in not mentioning how much he’d like to raise. The walks are free, as are posters, and spectators can give donations. They can also buy DVDs of his performances, the proceeds of which will go to charities.

    Natural wonder or carnival sideshow?

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over Niagara Falls this summer has been pitched as a once-in-a-generation event, a tribute to stunting history that legally can take place only every two decades.

    Now three more daredevils want to join the party — promising they will seek to conquer the falls in a barrel. All have achieved the feat in the past.

    This attention to stunting revives a centuries-old debate: Should the waterfalls exist as a natural wonder or as the centerpiece of a man-made circus?

    “A little carnival is good,” said Mark DiFrancesco, owner of the Niagara Daredevil Museum on the American side of the falls. “A little bright lights and attention for the area is good. It’ll bring people into the area, and hopefully they’ll come back.”

    But others think that government officials, by approving Wallenda’s stunt, have opened the door to these other attempts by renewing interest in stunting.

    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.

    Pressure mounts to OK walk across Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Star:

    As an aerialist’s bid to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next summer hangs in the balance, the commission ruling on his proposal is facing pressure to let the event proceed.

    Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famed tightrope-walking Wallenda family, hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking across the falls on a wire.

    The proposal has cleared all legal hurdles on the American side, but authority to approve or reject Wallenda’s idea in Canada rests with the Niagara Parks Commission. Chair Janice Thomson has repeatedly said the walk would be a stunt contrary to the commission’s mandate to preserve the falls’ natural beauty.

    Wallenda maintains his balancing act is an art form, not a stunt. He made his case before the commission two weeks ago in a 12-minute presentation. The commission is reviewing the proposal and Thomson said she expects a ruling early next week.

    Wallenda outlines plan for N Falls walk

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo (including a video):

    Nik Wallenda presented new plans to the Niagara Parks Commission, this week.

    The proposal outlined his exact path across the falls. Still, he’s walking a fine line with the Canadians and some in Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls historian Paul Gromoziak said, “Oh my God, it’s ridiculous to even contemplate such a thing! Leave the falls alone! If you want to walk on a rope, go some place else.”

    Gromoziak is outraged over Wallenda’s proposed stunt. Wallenda wants to cross the falls, on a tight rope, no wider than a nickel. Gromoziak says the state has reneged on its promise to keep the falls “natural” consenting to Wallenda’s walk.

    “And now by permitting this, this stunt to be performed, in the park, it’s opening the flood gates, I think, to many things similar to that come,” argued Gromoziak.

    Wallenda makes high-wire walk case before Canada’s Niagara Parks panel

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    From the Buffalo News:

    After a lifetime of staring down death atop a high-wire, Nik Wallenda on Wednesday faced a different challenge: persuading Canadian officials to let him walk a wire across Niagara Falls.

    Unlike the high-wire acts that made his family famous, Wallenda won’t know for weeks whether this attempt was a success.

    Wallenda on Wednesday presented his wire-walking plan to Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission, which controls the area around the famous cataracts.

    “This isn’t a stunt to me,” Wallenda told the commission. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. This is life to me.”

    The event would draw between 60,000 and 125,000 spectators, depending on the weather, and infuse the economy with up to $20 million, said consultant Michael Harker.

    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.

    NFR exec seen aiding Wallenda in wire-walk bid

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda, who hopes to wire-walk across Niagara Falls sometime next summer, has attracted crowds each time he has come to the Cataract City.

    He has also attracted the attention of a man whose much-talked-about company has unveiled different plans for this city: Roger Trevino of Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC.

    Trevino has been “guiding” Wallenda during his local appearances, according to Wallenda’s manager.

    “He’s sort of a friend of the family, so to speak,” manager Winston Simone said Thursday. “He’s able to give us direction, and he knows the lay of land.”

    Caution needed at the falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    This newspaper is not in favor of stunts that put both the daredevil and rescuers in danger. So we hope that the governor and State Legislature thought it through thoroughly before giving the green light to Nik Wallenda’s plan to walk a wire across Niagara Falls.

    The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. George D. Maziarz of Newfane directs the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to allow Wallenda to anchor one end of his wire on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. He still needs Canadian approval for the other end of the wire.

    While Wallenda may have the “unconditional support” of Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati and Ontario Parliament member Kim Craitor, he still needs the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    The argument for allowing this stunt is simple: It would boost tourism to the falls. The stunt itself would draw thou-sands to the falls, and news coverage of the event would provide free publicity around the world.

    Wallenda proposes to be a a modern-day version of the “Great Blondin” a century and a half after that daredevil’s tightrope walks across the gorge. In this age of 24-hour news channels and viral YouTube videos, the images would be projected worldwide.

    In addition, Wallenda’s inevitable tour of the morning and late-night talk shows would add to the hype.

    The arguments against Wallenda are many, starting with the question of whether such a publicity stunt diminishes the grandeur of one of the wonders of the world.

    Wallenda making pitch to Canada for tightrope walk

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Nik Wallenda’s lifelong dream may be coming closer to reality.

    The tightrope walker and his team met with Canadian officials Thursday in continuing efforts to convince that side of the border to allow a wire walk next year above Niagara Falls. Wallenda said he wasn’t expecting anything but a continuation of the dialogue his group has had with elected officials.

    “I don’t perceive a 100 percent go-ahead,” he said during a press conference Thursday. “We’re just discussing the next step. But we’ve gotten great support from Mayor Jim Diodati and the other officials”

    I saw several other articles about this:

    • WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo – Wallenda Visits Niagara Falls For Gorge Walk
    • Buffalo News – Wallenda meets Canadian officials
    • Niagara Falls Review – Wirewalker has ‘plan B’ ready if Canada says no
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