Around the World ... in Four Years

NEWPORT BEACH — It was over beers with a friend after the late show at the State Theater in Waseca, Minn., that David Kunst hatched his audacious plan to walk around the world.

His marriage on the rocks, bored with his job as a Waseca County surveyor and looking for adventure, Kunst, 30, enlisted his 22-year-old brother, John, to join him on the adventure of a lifetime.

On June 20, 1970, several thousand well-wishers gathered in front of the State Theater, where David moonlighted as a projectionist, to see the brothers off. And then, with a mule dubbed Willie Make It carrying their supplies and the high school band playing "King of the Road," the two brothers simply walked out of town.

Four years, three months and 16 days later, David Kunst walked back into town and into the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the first person verified to have walked around the world.

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