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FALLS JUMPER IS READY FOR NEXT STUNT

Kirk Jones, the man who plunged over the Horseshoe Falls a year ago today and lived to tell about it, now plans to tackle his next stunt in Las Vegas.

Jones came back to Niagara Falls this morning to say he plans to jump off a major hotel in Vegas to break the world record for the longest free fall, which he said is more than 200 feet.

He will land in a giant air bag, similar to that used by movie stunt men, at the foot of the hotel.

"I never intend to challenge the falls again, but other challenges await," said Jones, dressed all in black, during an 11 a.m. news conference in the Fallside Cafe and Souvenir Shop at 399 S. Rainbow Blvd.

The Guiness Book of World Records says the longest free fall was 1,100 feet off the CN tower in Toronto in 1979. Jones said that man used a cable to guide himself down and he plans to jump without one.

He said he would make the fall later this winter but would not say when, or what hotel was involved. He also would not say how much he would be paid for the stunt. He said he would give more information in about a month at another news conference in Niagara Falls.

"I'm not a special man as far as being a stunt man, but the idea of a challenge still burns inside me."

A dozen TV and newspaper folks, but few spectators, attended the news conference.

Jones made history a year ago today when he plunged over the Horseshoe Falls and lived to tell about it. He said afterward that he was despondent about being 40, single and jobless.

Canadian authorities rescued, then arrested, Jones, of Michigan. He was evaluated in an Ontario psychiatric hospital before he was whisked to New York City to appear on "Good Morning America" and "Inside Edition."

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