Rick Wallenda brought the slippers he wears on the high wire for his talk with members of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance on Wednesday. JAMES A. JONES JR./Bradenton Herald
By JAMES A. JONES JR.
August 9, 2012
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Wallenda family reunions are strange affairs.
For one thing, there is little need to catch up on what others have been doing.
"We all do the same thing," said Rick Wallenda, 57, of Sarasota.
The family of high-wire daredevils are known for their performances without a net.
Members of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance listened raptly Wednesday as Wallenda described performances that leave audiences holding their breath, and put hearts in throats.
Rick Wallenda's cousin, Nik Wallenda, walked a tightrope June 15 on live TV over Niagara Falls between Canada and the United States.
That was a triumph. But in 1962, a seven-person chair pyramid collapsed in Detroit, throwing three of the Wallendas to the ground, killing Richard Faughnan and Dieter Schepp.
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