Florida: A Case of Paracide

When he was not covering space shots at Cape Kennedy, Reporter John Wasik's fascination with the sky took him to nearby Green Air Park. With a parachuting club called the Falling Stars, Wasik, 29, a reporter for the Melbourne, Fla., Daily Times, made 17 weekend jumps, finding in his eerily placid descents a sense of euphoric freedom.

So strong was his love for the sport that last summer he persuaded his brown-haired bride Rickie, 22, to share it with him. Her first jump was perfect, though she laughed about landing in a mud puddle. The second time up, last August, she...

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