ERIE, Pa. - A former area resident who previously worked at the OBSERVER is going to attempt to be in the Guinness World Records this weekend. If he makes it, it will be the second time he's held a world record.
David Belmondo, is the JET 24/FOX 66 TV weekend anchorman. However this weekend he will not be in the anchor chair. Instead, he will be riding the Ferris wheel at Waldameer Amusement Park and Water World in Erie.
The popular TV news personality will be attempting to set a new Guinness world record for the most continuous hours riding a Ferris wheel, or as Guinness Book of World Records puts it, "Longest Marathon on a Fairground/Theme Park Attraction."
With approval of Guinness World Records, and the blessing of Waldameer owner Paul Nelson, Belmondo will begin his feat today at 11 a.m. His goal is 31 continuous hours. That would have him exiting the Ferris wheel with a new world record, sometime after 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Waldameer Amusement Park and Water World is celebrating its 117th season this summer, and Belmondo's feat marks opening day for 2013.
Admission to the park is free. The public is invited to come and watch Belmondo in his attempt to break the record. You can cheer him on. Or if you want, you can even take a ride with him high above the shores of Lake Erie. Belmondo is asking anyone wanting to ride along to make a small donation to benefit the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation.
If you think trying to set a world record is a crazy idea, it's old stuff to Belmondo. He's already in the Guinness Book for a stunt he successfully completed in 1978. When Belmondo was a disc jockey, he set the world record for the most continuous hours spinning records in a disc jockey booth, 2016 hours. He entered the booth at The Castle in Brocton on Sept. 15, 1978 and didn't leave it until Dec. 7. He appeared in the 1980 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Thirty-five years later the record stands unbroken.
A Brocton native, Belmondo later became an OBSERVER sales representative, working from 1979 to 1982.
So this weekend, as Saturday turns into Sunday and the official timer approaches 31 hours don't feel bad for a man who spent two months in a disc jockey booth. To Belmondo, this feat is nothing more than a ride at the amusement park.
You can follow Belmondo's record setting adventure LIVE on JET 24 Action News and FOX 66 News at 10, with updates around the clock on YourErie.com, Facebook and Twitter.