I thought the space above the Falls resembled Grand Central Station these days, crowds jostling back and forth on tightropes constantly, but apparently the walk on high wire directly above the Falls has never been done before and Nik Wallenda will be the first if he manages it on Friday.
OK, good for him. Here’s the thing though. Because ABC will be televising it live the network has insisted that Wallenda be tethered to the tightrope so if he falls he falls not like Lucifer, never to rise again, but dangling in an undignified manner from the rope patiently awaiting rescue.
To be fair to Wallenda, this isn’t what he wanted, but the only way to get the financing from ABC was to agree to those terms/
Here’s the rub though, at least for me. Without any risk the whole exercise becomes mundane and rather pointless. He might as well ride across sitting comfortably in a chopper. Remember that French guy who set up a tightrope between the Twin Towers and walked back and forth while his buddy filmed, no safety devices whatsoever? That was incredible viewing. Screw ABC, one of the cable channels should have approached Wallenda and said if you’re willing to risk your life then we’re willing to film you