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« on: Mar 22 2002, 16:24 »

From Yahoo news:

"Erik Weihenmayer, who became the first blind man to summit Mount Everest (news - web sites), is likely to become one of the first heroes to be highlighted in a series of films by ABC and sponsor Tommy Hilfiger.

Weihenmayer's memoir, "Touch the Top of the World," has been sold to the producers Jaffe/Braunstein, Mark Sennet, and Roger Lefkon, and talks are under way with the network. The 36-year-old Weihenmayer, who lost his sight in his teens, made his awe-inspiring ascent last summer despite being discouraged by no less than "Into Thin Air" author Jon Krakauer, among others who feared for the climber's life.

Since reaching the summit of the mountain, Weihenmayer has been featured on the covers of Time and Outside magazines. He wrote his memoir years ago, but has written a new Everest chapter for the paperback, which will be published by Dutton/Plume. Weihenmayer, whose deal was made by Hotchkiss & Associates, is hardly a one-mountain wonder. In fact, he's two hills away from climbing the highest mountains on all seven continents.

His book also delivers humor as well. When he reached the summit of Mount McKinley in Alaska a few years ago, his wife and child flew in a small plane to view him on the summit. "Do you think they will recognize me in all this climbing gear?" he asked a climbing companion. "You're waving in the wrong direction," he was told.

Reuters/Variety"

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