Descendant of famed tightrope walkers to launch Ripley’s ‘odditorium’
By Jean Marbella, (The Baltimore Sun 5/1/2012)
Karl Wallenda tightrope walks 60 feet above the harbor, 1973.
Believe it or not, a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallenda family plans to walk a high wire above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on May 9.
Nik Wallenda’s feat will promote the opening next month of a new Ripley’s Believe It or Not “odditorium” in Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion. It’s also a tip of the hat to a similar wire act by his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda, who walked between two cranes above the harbor in 1973 to open the fourth annual City Fair.
“When I was approached about this, I was so excited because of just that,” the 33-year-old Wallenda said. “I’ve re-enacted many of his walks, even the one where he fell to his death.”
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