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March 23, 2013

Wallenda returns: Daredevil talks of new book and Falls site update

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NIAGARA FALLS — Aerialist Nik Wallenda returned to Niagara Falls on Friday, and gave his word, once again, that plans for a Falls performance area were still in the works.

The daredevil, who left the city so triumphantly last June after crossing the Niagara Gorge on a two-inch wire, held a press conference on Friday to talk about several things, including his new book, his upcoming walk over the Grand Canyon June 23, and the probability of some sort of tented site being erected in the city where he can perform a daredevil act.

The press conference, held at the Visitor’s Center near the falls in the state park, attracted a throng of local media. Wallenda was introduced by state Senator George Maziarz, R - Newfane, who called Wallenda “The best PR person the city of Niagara Falls has in the entire world.”  Maziarz — known to be the politician responsible for clearing the path of red tape to make Wallenda’s walk possible after local developer Roger Trevino approached Wallenda about coming to the city — cited a national morning news show appearance by the daredevil this Monday in which half of the interview was about his Niagara Falls feat. 

Maziarz announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and  Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state parks, have approved a monument to be created in the park at the site where Wallenda made his historic walk, likely to be a stone with a plaque and a piece of the actual wire used in the feat.

Wallenda, in town to accept an “Visionary” award, to hence be named in his honor, from the Niagara USA Chamber Friday night, took the microphone and announced his new book was making its debut on June 6 entitled “Balance: A Story of Faith, Family and Life on the Line,” the front cover of which shows Wallenda on a wire over the gorge.

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