While on call over the weekend I decided to watch a Netflix movie on my computer. I came upon “Man On Wire”, the story of Philippe Petit’s ambition to walk a tightrope between the World Trade Center Towers. I really knew nothing of this at the time as I was only 7 years old, but I must say this documentary was fascinating to watch! Nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary this year, the film truly engages. Definitely worth the time!
On August 7, 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m., Petit stepped off the South Tower and onto his 3/4″ 6×19 IWRC steel cable. The 24-year-old Petit made eight crossings between the mostly-finished towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan, in an event that lasted about 45 minutes. During that time, in addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salute and, while lying on the wire, dialogued with a gull circling above his head.