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Daredevil Nik Wallenda, steps out on the wire

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, steps out on the wire backward for a live television show before his tightrope walk Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, across the Chicago River from the west tower of Marina City uphill at a 15-degree angle to the top of the Leo Burnett Building. Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

For those readers whose cable was blown out Sunday (me), or weren't following Twitter, or had no radio, or Internet, or TV of any sort, or decided not to follow the morning shows on Monday, or to actually talk to another human being . . .

Let's just say you have been happily, blissfully, out of touch Sunday through this morning and turned a deaf ear to the steady thrum of news, noise and hype . . .

. . . Nik Wallenda did it again.  

This was the most intensely  covered TV event of the weekend (hype is the usual shorthand term for that kind of event) -- easily surpassing Prince's first "SNL" appearance in eight years. A replay, or at least a two-minute clip, is warranted. 

But good for Nik and for the Discovery Channel, which will announce a reasonably huge prime-time audience for this.   

Here's the official quote:

“It was such an incredible feeling to do this walk in Chicago. The city holds a special place in my heart and have dreamed about doing this ever since I was a kid,” said the 35-year-old Wallenda. “I feel blessed to have this opportunity and would like to thank everyone in the city of Chicago along with the Discovery Channel for trusting in my abilities.”

Will he try for a feat in New York City again -- between the Chrysler Building and ESB? Doubtful. New York City has turned him down before. NYC has more than enough excitement any single day, thank you very much. This would be just another annoying tourist circus distraction.

This particular walk, between Chicago's Marina City's west tower to the Leo Burnett Building, was without a harness or other safety tools. He had a harness for the Niagara Falls walk in 2012,  required by ABC. But on this one he added a blindfold for a second stretch.

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