““A slim figure in white, looking cold and lonely against a white sky, inched his way today across a 300-foot wire stretched across a rocky gorge of the Great Falls.” #Onthisday in 1974, @nytimes published this photo of the Philippe Petit in Paterson, New Jersey. This stunt took place less than a month after his legendary #tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which astonished New Yorkers. The stunt shown here — captured by @nytimes staff photographer Joyce Dopkeen — was faulted for being brief relative to the wait. “My back is killing me,” one onlooker told @nytimes. “We’ve done dumber things and will do them again,” said another. Yet much of audience of 30,000 was enthusiastic, perching on cars, on steps and on top of a billboard on the road above the gorge, @nytimes reported. We found this photo in our newsroom #archives, known as the morgue. #tbt” By nytimes on Instagram.
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