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Man skydives 7 times in 7 states on 7/7/07

Man skydives 7 times in 7 states on 7/7/07
By: Carly O'keefe

HARRISBURG, Il. --You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Ken Wallace of Harrisburg says he's close to 60. He won't say which side of 60 he's closer to, but on 7/7/07, he performed a stunt most 20-year olds wouldn't even attempt. Wallace jumped from a plane, sky diving, seven times into seven different states.

"This is my lucky day and I'm going to do something," said Wallace.

He packed his gear into his plane at the Harrisburg-Raleigh Airport at 8 a.m. By 9:00 a.m., he and pilot Dale Shelton were in the air on the way to Sturgis, Kentucky, where Wallace made his first jump.

"It feels more like flying than falling. You just have to be conscious that the ground is coming up at you at 120 MPH at all times. Because you're not really flying," said Wallace.

Next Wallace flew to Carmi, Illinois, where he went for jump two.

"You just feel like you're stepping out into freedom. It's a great feeling," Wallace said.

From Carmi, Wallace flew to Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Sikeston Missouri, Blytheville, Arkansas, Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee, and--lucky number seven--Tunica, Mississippi.

Most folks would consider this a once-in-a-lifetime event. Not Wallace, 7/7/07 was actually his second seven-state sky diving trip on an all-seven date. His first was exactly 30 years ago.

'I did this on 7/7/77 in the same seven states," said Wallace.

While ken will no doubt continue jumping from planes for many more years, he knows this was his last seven-state skydive.

"I think by 7/7/77, I'll have given up jumping. So this is the last one I'll get to do," said Wallace.


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