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William Fitzgerald "Plunge-O-Sphere" Niagara Falls

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Published on Mar 22, 2012

This Bio of William Fitzgerald alias Nathan Boya aired on National Geographic's Biography.
#NationalGeographic. I produced and edited this video for the Brown-Fitzgerald 2011 Family Reunion in Atlanta, GA.

William Fitzgerald was the first African-American to go over the Niagara Falls in 1961. I edited and produced this video for the 2011 Family Reunion in Atlanta, GA. William constructed a huge 1200 pound ball, more then six feet in diameter with a 16 gauge steel frame. Inflated cushions were also wedged inside to add buoyancy.
His ball, which came to be known as the "Plunge-O-Sphere" made its journey successfully over the falls.

William Fitzgerald survived his date with death only to be promptly arrested and charged under the Niagara Parks Act for performing a stunt without the permission of the Niagara Parks Commission. His fine was $100.00. William is still alive and lives with his family in Florida.

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