New York City Mayor Abraham Beane fined Willig a penny for each floor climbed.
A mountain climber from Queens, Willig climbed the South Tower 2 of the World Trade Center in only 3 ½ hours.
He began at 6:30 AM and authorities were alerted to the oddity believing Willig to be suicidal. Managing to communicate with Willig it became clear that he was not suicidal and police pulled him through a window at 10:05 AM, promptly arresting the climber.
Before perfecting his climbing abilities, Willig was a toymaker. He had visited the World Trade Center a year before the climb taking measurements that allowed him to create special clamps that fit into the window washing tracks.
The stunt was followed by many television appearances including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and Good Morning America. He became a stuntman appearing in the movies, The Six Million Dollar Man, Trauma Center and Hollywood Beat.