A Flying Wallenda Tries for a Comeback

“SARASOTA, Fla. – Mario Wallenda says he doesn’t remember anything about that day in January 1962 when he tumbled from a tightrope in Detroit, an accident that left him a paraplegic.


The adopted son of Karl Wallenda, patriarch of the famous Flying Wallenda family of acrobats, Mario was 21 when he had to leave the circus life. But he still ached to walk the high wire again.

Now retired after decades working at a contact lens lab, Wallenda is looking to get back on the tightrope — in a specially built two-wheeled electric “sky cycle.”

I hope that this works out for him. I like stories of people who are determined to overcome disbilities.

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