For 50 years, he walked a wire the width of a bicycle tire suspended hundreds of metres above a street - or a river, or a football stadium - with no net underneath, and no safety harness to break his fall. To his fans, Jay Cochrane was the ''Prince of the Air,'' the greatest high-wire walker who ever lived.
Tom Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation recounts the story of men and women who grew up during the privations of the Great Depression. The strongest values of this generation were compassion, respect and duty. Anne had these values in spades and used her Catholic faith as their building block.