Wednesday, August 13, 2008
In August 1974, a young Frenchman secretly rigged a cable between the World Trade Center Twin Towers in Manhattan, and proceeded to walk across the cable 1/4 mile above the street.
He crossed between the towers 8 times in 1 hour.
He was immediately arrested when he returned to the tower after his 8th crossing.
He had captured the heart of New York City, and thanks to public support, his punishment was to perform (in controlled and lower venues)for the city's children for free.
This seemed like justice as it should be.
Of course, in the same time period, people were slaughtered at Attica, life sentences were being imposed for people caught with any amount of marijuana, Mamia Abu Jamal....
You can Google Philippe Petit for several good articles.
There is also a new movie about him and the World Trade Center named
MAN ON WIRE
Posted by Morgan at 12:17 PM