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Anniversary of George Willig's 1977 WTC climb

Article: Anniversary of George Willig's 1977 WTC climb

While the spotlight has recently been cast upon Phillippe Petit due to the popularity of the documentary MAN ON WIRE, this week marks the anniversary of another famous stunt involving the World Trade Center that occurred on May 25, 1977. That day beginning at 6:30 am, a Queens mountain climber and toymaker George Willig began scaling the South Tower using custom clamps. When guards caught on and yelled at him to get down he replied, “I’m not coming down. There’s only one way to go, and that’s up.”