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The point of no return

Vintage photographic print on Kodak photo paper. 20 x 30 cm in an aluminium frame. Taken by Mike Sergio and titled "The point of no return"First ever recorded parachute jump executed from the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City in 1975.On July 22, assisted by his good friend Mike Sergio, Owen Quinn disguised himself as a construction worker and hid his parachute in a duffel bag (covered with tools) and made his way up the North one of the Twin-Towers. They were met by a security guard, and while 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". 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 immediately 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.