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Bill Murray falls from the sky in Chicago

August 15, 2008

bill.jpgFunnyman and actor Bill Murray doesn’t miss a beat, even while falling out of the sky.

Murray, sporting a bright yellow flight suit, waved and kicked his legs while strapped to a member of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights skydiving team that parachuted onto Chicago’s lakefront on Friday to kick off the city’s annual air and water show.

“I had a designated driver,” Murray told WBBM-Radio after the charity stunt.

bill2.jpg“I was laughing hysterically while I was falling but just before it I was tearing up a little bit, thinking ‘Oh, not another stupid mistake.’ But it was really fun, a kick,” Murray said, safely on the ground.

There was no way to back out before he exited the plane over Lake Michigan, Murray said.

“It’s kind of like pushing someone into a swimming pool: he wants to go but isn’t quite ready,” he said. “The lake looks kind of cold from up there.”bill3.jpg

Asked if he got any training beforehand, Murray joked, “Mostly I had to sign a lot of waivers saying I wouldn’t sue the government if I died.

“They pretty much told me to show up and shut up.”

The Golden Knights also helped former President George Bush fulfill a skydiving wish.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern)                                                                                       

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