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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nik and Erendira Wallenda bring family, tradition to Michigan International Auto Show

Nik Wallenda poses with his daughter Evita and wife Erendira at the Michigan International Auto Show.
February 02, 2011,
By John Gonzalez The Grand Rapids Press
“My wife is nine generations on one side of her family, so it's something you're generally raised doing. I wouldn't trade what I do for the world.”
Wallenda proposed to Erendira in 1999 on bended knee on a wire 30 feet high during a performance in Montreal, Canada before a packed house of 18,000 people.
Despite their unusual occupation, Erendira said they're a pretty normal family, especially at dinner time.
“We talk about our kids, and schooling and laundry,” she said. “We're normal people, except for we have dangerous jobs.”
“Not a lot of normal people talk about laundry during dinner,” Nik said.
“Yes they do...women do,” Erendira said.
Nik and his wife are to perform at tonight's Charity Gala to benefit the DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation.
This is Nik's fifth time performing at the auto show. It's his first time using the “sway poles.” Also making an appearance this weekend is their daughter Evita, an eighth generation Wallenda who is her dad's biggest fan.

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