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French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, 24, looks back at the photographer as he rests between walks across a cable stretched between New York’s World Trade Center towers high above the city on Wednesday, August 7, 1974. Petit crossed the cable twice and at one point, hung by his heels. The Frenchman and two assistants apparently hid in one of the towers and set the cable up before dawn, police said. (AP Photo/Alan Welner)

"Man on Wire" remembers twin towers

January 1, 1970

On Wednesday, August 7, 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit accomplished the amazing feat of crossing a cable stretched between New York’s World Trade Center towers. His spectacular stunt was documented in the 2008 Academy Award winning film, "Man on Wire". Ten years after the towers came down in the Sept. 11 attacks, Petit still treasures the memory of his 1974 adventure as, "an intimate, romantic, poetic, joyful feeling that will continue...for the rest of my life."