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Gravity rules at MIT’s annual piano drop

CAMBRIDGE - Charlie Bruno was, by all accounts, the one guy in his college dormitory who would do just about anything on a lark. On the MIT campus during the anything-goes early 1970s, he was one of the first to go streaking. He once built a homemade rocket and shot it into the Charles River, friends say.

But it was his piano work that still resounds at Baker House, the iconic Massachusetts Institute of Technology dormitory along Memorial Drive. Not that he played, rather, in November 1972, Bruno decided it would be hugely entertaining to heave an unplayable old upright off the sixth-floor roof of the residence hall.

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