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A LOFTIER VIEW
Steve Rushin
September 24, 2001
IN A MORE INNOCENT TIME, PHILIPPE PETIT USED THE TWIN TOWERS' MAJESTY TO SHOW THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
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September 24, 2001

A Loftier View

IN A MORE INNOCENT TIME, PHILIPPE PETIT USED THE TWIN TOWERS' MAJESTY TO SHOW THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

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So it is that the Frenchman had frequent opportunity to use his lifetime pass to the rooftop observation deck. Indeed, he visited the top of the south tower twice in the past month, most recently a fortnight before the attacks, with his brother and his brother's children. He will choose to remember the building—and its identical twin—as an edifice that inspired the best in human nature, rather than its polar opposite.

"There is a spot in the observation deck where you can face the other tower and look down to the plaza below," says Petit, still speaking in the present tense. "In recent years I would often stare out from that spot and have to convince myself—convince myself—that I had made that walk, that the impossible does not exist. Because I was finding it unbelievable that for those minutes, years ago, I had been out there on a wire, dancing in the sky."

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