Sal Valentino Gets Lucky or A Life Ordinary

4 Feb

Sal Valentino married the girl who fell on the hood of his car.  She had flung herself off the Eiffel Tower and landed on Valentino’s automobile below.  She was one of four people in history to survive the jump.  The three others were blown into rafters and platforms at various levels.

On February 4, 1912 Franz Reichelt an Austrian-born French tailor, after repeatedly petitioning the Parisian Prefecture of Police for permission to conduct a test of his parachute suit from the Eiffel Tower, jumped from the first platform wearing his invention.  The parachute failed to deploy and he crashed into the icy ground at the foot of the tower.  The fall killed him.  There is film footage of this event.

Sal Valentino managed to bring his wife to the States and lived with her in Bozeman, Montana until his death in 1974.  He was struck by a tractor trailer carrying a load of livestock from Missoula to Bismarck, North Dakota.  Valentino’s wife continued to work as a factory worker in a facility that manufactured talc.  In 1979 she began work as an accountant in a factory which produced pencils and telephone polls.  She died like everyone else.  And then she was dead.

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3 Responses to “Sal Valentino Gets Lucky or A Life Ordinary”

  1. valerie 04/02/2010 at 1:45 PM #

    she must be disappointed. or have been.

  2. Slyboots 05/02/2010 at 11:26 AM #

    you make me so happy. You just do.

  3. (S)wine 05/02/2010 at 11:31 AM #

    This is like the super-annotated “Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” for the 21st Century reader. Please to enjoy Sly, please to enjoy.

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