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Billing himself as the “Great Wessellini” and “The Great Lorenzo: The Human Cannonball,” art student Dan Wessel entertained the KU student body in the early 1970s by attempting two ill-fated stunts: flying over Memorial Stadium in a homemade glider and rolling down the slope of Mount Oread in a giant Plexiglas bubble. In the climate of student strikes, anti-war demonstrations, and civil rights protests, his antics were a welcome respite from more serious issues. Learn more about Wessel’s stunts.

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