Bill Shirt, the man who was buried alive for 79 hours, was an American escape artist, radio personality, broadcast entrepreneur, and actor who was born on May 3, 1945 in Indianapolis.
Shirk earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Ball State University in 1967, and he also owned and operated Hala Radio in Muncie, Indianapolis, Cloverdale, Lebanon, and India.
From 1968 to 1972, he worked as a sales manager, production manager, program director, and afternoon disk jockey on the radio in Muncie, Indiana. He was the general manager and DJ at WXLW in Indianapolis in 1972, and he later became the owner in 1974, while he was added to WHHH- FM, Hot 96. 3, as an owner in 1991, and he is still a DJ to this day.
In addition, he is the C. E. O of the Hoosier broadcasting corporation.
He was a major figure in Indianapolis radio in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, and he thrived in the escape artist industry.
He had set eight world records from 1976 to 1980. In addition, the fastest time to break free from a straight jacket is 4. 53 seconds, making it the world’ s fastest jail break.
He was buried alive for 79 hours as an act of art, along with a ten- foot python, two tarantulas, and a rattle snake, and received worldwide coverage and a donation from President Jimmy Carter.
He raised $10, 000 from the Marion County Association specifically for mentally retarded citizens.
In 1983, he made his debut in the film Escapes, which was made to protect him and his radio station from greedy corporations and featured his high- profile stunt, which included a straight jacket escape while hanging upside down from a helicopter 1600 feet in the air.
He risked his life by being buried alive under seven tons of dirt and cement in a Plexiglas coffin on the 66th anniversary of Harry Houdini’ s death in 1992. All of this was done to highlight the conflicts in his professional life.