We are reformatting the the 2013-2016 Luncheon Society narratives. I have nearly three years of Luncheon Society narratives that will be inserted, roughly 1 per day if things go according to plans. For upcoming luncheons, look to the calendar.
While so many of our Luncheon Society gatherings address serious subjects, this one was a blast. Philippe Petit had a new book out called “Why Knot,” a playful book on the creation of knots. Petit might come out with the “Yellow Pages,” but everybody still wants to talk about what happened during the summer of 1974, when Petit and his team of Frenchmen climbed the tower and then he began his famous tightrope walk
However, when you think about it knots played an important role in keeping him alive. The tightrope was shot from one tower to the other by bow-and-arrow and then carefully tied down to ensure that he would not fall 110 stories to his death. His action added a special poignancy now that both towers were destroyed in the 9.11 attacks.
His book “Man on Wire” is a riot to read. The book, which became an Academy Award winning documentary, detailed Petit’s extraordinary journey from a dental office in Paris to the chasm between both Towers. It was capped off with a surprise by Petit himself at the Oscar telecast.
There is a new movie arriving in the fall of 2015, directed by Robert Zemeckis, which Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title role. It will be one of those “tent-pole movies that will hit the theaters this October.
One funny story. On the day Petit walked, it was a foggy day and it was very hard to see him from the ground. His girlfriend stood on the streets below “ginning” up interest by pointing into the sky to a very faint and blurry figure 110 stories up. Continue reading