Owen J Quinn:
first person to successfully parachute off one of the World Trade Center towers.
On 22 of July, 1975, Quinn and his friend Mike Sergio arrieved at the WTC. Disguised as a construction worker and with his parachute hidden in a duffel bag (covered with tools) they made their way up the North Tower. On the way, they were met by a security guard, and while his friend Sergio distracted him, Quinn continued toward the roof and got into his parachute. Quinn says he “stepped back about 15 feet and ran fast right to the end”. Sergio shot a picture and called it “The Point of No Return” (see picture shown). Quinn wore a blue football jersey with the biblical verse, Matthew 19:26: “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.
When he landed, he was arrested by Port Authority Police and taken for psychiatric exams at two different hospitals, Elmhurst and St. Vincent. When it was concluded that he was in fact sane, he was booked and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and reckless endangerment. Within the course of a year Quinn made 19 appearances in court, but the case was eventually dropped.