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Wallenda Death Fall #53117

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 22, 1978
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(Studio) Karl Wallenda's death fall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(San Juan, Puerto Rico) Film of Wallenda's fall shown. High wire stunts said effort to promote later performance. Wallenda career recalled. 1970 film shown. Wallenda performances for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus noted. Film of Wallenda walk across Tallulah Gorge in Georgia shown. [Voice of WALLENDA - describes high-wire walk across gorge.] Deaths of other Wallenda family members in high-wire acts recalled. Film of pyramid act collapse in Detroit shown. Wallenda nephew quoted with regard to act's being continued
REPORTER: James Walker

Reasoner, Harry;
Walker, James

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