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Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 7:14 AM


Just read that he's jumped his last bus.

In the words of the 'Simpsons' daredevil Lance Murdock,
"Bones heal, chicks dig scars, and the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world."

RIP Evel.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 7:15 AM

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 9:19 AM

Although he was the ultimate "showman/con-man" he DID bring a little respect and popularity for motocyclists at a time when they needed a little respectability. I was an avid biker before and during this period and was aware of the old outlaw social image.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 9:53 AM

I hope his family has even of a sense of humor to let him go out in Evel style. I'm thinking the Grand Canyon again?

Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 7:21 PM

I never expected to see a mention of this here, but since I have I just have to comment. Evel was my biggest childhood hero. I had a Schwinn Krate bike that I used to jump ramps on while sitting down because Evel did it that way. I think I had every Evel Knievel toy ever created when I was a kid.
The first real fight I was ever in (that didn't involve my brother) was with a kid in the neighborhood on the day of the Snake River Canyon jump. I was 7 years old. I came outside after watching it on TV and another kid said that Evel Knievel was a wimp because his Dad told him that Evel was too scared of the canyon and pulled the chute early. I decked him for saying that.
Sure he was cocky. He had a reason to be. The mold was shattered the day that he was made.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 10:42 PM

I wrote up a thread for him in "Trivial Tangents" yesterday.


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sat, 1st Dec '07 10:44 PM

Death of a Super-Stuntman

I just heard that Evel Knievel died at the age of 69 of an unspecified lung disease.

He wowed so many of us during his daredevil long Evel, it was good to know you.

Daredevil Evel Knievel dies, aged 69

Daredevil Evel Knievel, who dodged death in a series of spectacular motorcycle leaps and crashes that made his name synonymous with showmanship, has died at the age of 69, according to a message on his website.

The site read simply "Robert Craig 'Evel' Knievel October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007."

He had been ill for some time.

In his heyday, the tempestuous showman dressed like a superhero for his jumps, wearing a red, white and blue leather jumpsuit with a cape and cane, his hair sculpted back in a tall pompadour.

Knievel's greatest stunt turned out to be a failure when on September 8, 1974, he tried to ride a rocket-powered motorcycle across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

With a nationwide pay-per-view television audience watching, the parachute deployed when Knievel's Skycycle X-2 was only about two-thirds across, sending the cycle into the canyon wall. It landed partly in the river, but Knievel walked away with minor injuries.

"Anybody can jump a motorcycle," he once told Esquire magazine. "The trouble begins when you try to land it."

Knievel broke more than 40 bones, including his back seven times. His final years were plagued by pain resulting from his numerous accidents, as well as pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs.

The reporter described Knievel, who was 68 at the time, as feeble and reliant on an oxygen tank and an implanted drug pump to relieve his pain.

His famous nickname came courtesy of a jailer who dubbed him 'Evil Knievel' after run-ins with the police as a youth. To avoid being seen as a bad guy, Knievel later changed the spelling to 'Evel' as his daredevil career took off.


Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 2nd Dec '07 6:21 AM

I admired him for his guts and free lifestyle. I drove a motorcycle once when I was in my twenties and never got on one again. I wasn't afraid of the bike, I was afraid of myself because I didn't care about traffic. In the area where I live, guys my age are paying up to $25,000 for a bike and a fake ponytail (blonde with green teeth is extra).

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