An old friend of mine recently reminded me of a story from my hometown of Chicago’s great history. Back in the early 80’s, Dan Goodwin – a climber – began a series of highly publicized scalings of skyscrapers. To perform this, he used custom made tools based on the building’s architecture. He started with the Sears Tower using suction cups. That was 108 stories. He made it to the top.
On January 11, 1981, he climbed the 100 story John Hancock Center. However this time, he garnered much more attention from the city’s police, fireman and even Mayor Jane Byrne.
Here is a video with two parts. The first part is a more recent piece with interviews from the people involved including then Mayor Byrne, Dan Goodwin and even Stan Lee! However, the retro goodness can be spotted in the second half of this YouTube video (about 3:00 minutes in) – which has the original news broadcast. See how it ends for Spider-Dan. Hint – he’s still alive.
[Via] Skyscraper Defense
(Fun Chicago easter egg – Ribbie and Roobarb, the former Chicago White Sox mascots – make a brief appearance in the news clip. I wonder what prompted them to head downtown.)