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91-year-old WWII Veteran skydiver makes record-breaking jump in Canon City

Posted at 7:06 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 21:06:48-04

CANON CITY – A 91-year-old WWII Veteran is now the oldest skydiver to make a record-breaking jump in Canon City.

Jumping thousands of feet from a plane may be on some people’s bucket list, but not everyone is able to check it off. That isn’t the case for Harold Tidenberg, who made the jump Saturday afternoon.

“I’m always adventurous,” Tidenberg said.

His bucket list item is one that most people wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. But, his adventure comes with a big surprise, as his wife didn’t know anything about the jump.

“She keeps real close track of what I’m doing, so there’s not much you can keep from her,” he said.

But that is an understatement, as his wife had no idea where she was being taken Saturday.

“I didn’t know where we were going, and he’s supposed to have that meat delivered at noon,” said Diana.

Tidenberg dressed like a clown for what he hoped would be the big reveal for Diana. But, when she realized where she was and what was happening, she just shook her head.

“He’s nuts,” she said. She explained that if you’ve ever been married you’ve seen something like this happen before.

“A man his age could have a heart attack,” she commented.

The 20 plus members of his family were there to witness the event, most which were not phased by what Tidenberg was doing. His daughter said his dad is a world traveler and didn’t appear surprised by the big jump.

As Tidenberg took to the air, Diana came around. “He’s gone, up in the air, up, up, and away.”

Tidenberg made his way down, from thousands of feet in the air, giving his wife time to breathe, for what was also her big day. Tidenberg, a world traveler, said their next adventure will take them to New Zealand.

Four generations of the family came together for the record-breaking jump.