'Spider Dan' Scales Frisco Tower
Californian Dan Goodwin detained atop 58-story building
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2010 1:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Daredevil skyscraper climber "Spider Dan" Goodwin came out of retirement yesterday to scale a 58-story landmark in San Francisco yesterday. Goodwin, equipped only with suction cups, unfurled an American flag at the top of Millennium Tower before being being briefly detained by waiting police, CNN reports.

The 54-year-old death-defier, who scaled the World Trade Center's north tower in 1983, said yesterday's climb was both to raise awareness of America's vulnerability to terrorist attacks and to inspire fellow cancer survivors. "He's got other things planned, but I can't get into that," his publicist tells the San Francisco Chronicle.