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William Fitzgerald
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    (1931- )
    'Niagara Falls Plunge (July 15, 1961)'
    Niagara Falls, New York Daredevil
    Appeared in an IMAX feature
    He risked his life for attention and 'personal reasons.'
    He was featured in 'Ripley's Believe It or Not.'
    He was also known as Nathan T. Boya.
    He likes to tag Ph.D at the end of his new name.
    He hid from the media because they were investigating his true occupation, which was that of an IBM maintenance man.
    He opened his hatch while descending so he could 'get a view.'
    He survived with nearly no injuries.
    He received a PH.D. and became a doctor after his stunt.
    He was the first person to be charged and convicted under the Niagara Parks Act.
    He was the first black man to descend the Falls.
    He said he did not do it to achieve fame or fortune.
    Jean Lussier advised him to take extra oxygen.
    His craft was made of metal, steel and rubber.

Credit: Skunk Butt

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