Base Jumping

In 1975, Owen J. Quinn, a jobless man parachuted from the south tower of the World Trade Centre to publicise the plight of unemployment. Quinn got a job with the dock builders' union, working at the World Trade Centre and on July 22, he disguised himself as a construction worker, hid his parachute in a duffel bag and made his way up the North Tower of the World Trade Centre. He claims to have been inspired after seeing a modle of the WTC. Quinn had long ago had his first taste of parachuting and absolutely loved it and wanted to die doing it. Quinn wore a blue football jersey with the biblical verse, a19:26: "But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible". When he landed he was arrested. He was booked and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and reckless endangerment. (Base Jumping: 2011)

In 1976 Rick Sylvester skied off Canada's Mount Asgard for the ski chase sequence of the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, giving the wider world its first look at BASE jumping.

Base Jumping.(2011). [online]. Jumping Off A Cliff, AVAILABLE at: : [ACCESSED ON 24-3-2011]

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