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Appreciation: Evel Knievel, 1938-2007 – TIME

 I used to love watching this guy do his daredevil stunts and did quite a few of them and every time it amazed us even more, o.k we even tried to mimic him on our bikes, we’ll miss you Knievel,,,

Evel Knievel died Friday after 69 years, which is more than twice as long as it by all rights should have taken him. Knievel, who had been in poor health for years from conditions including diabetes and hepatitis C, was best known for his death-defying jumps on motorcycles (and other vehicles) in the 1960s and ’70s. But really the stuntman, born Robert Craig Knievel Jr., was best known, and loved, for his crashes. After a number of successful jumps — over cars, trucks, live animals — Knievel shot to national fame after ABC Wide World of Sports aired footage of him spectacularly crashing, and crushing his pelvis, while trying to clear the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Appreciation: Evel Knievel, 1938-2007 – TIME


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3 Responses

  1. writingran49 says:

    I used to just watch Evel, shaking my head, and hurting for him when he crashed.

  2. Larry says:

    It’s surprising that he lived this long. This guy really put his body and family through a lot with his daredevil stunts. I think his son started to do the same things at one time.

  3. floyd says:

    It is amazing he lived through all of those, I thought his son did start to do some of those stunts. You just don’t take risks like that and you know as I said in the post kids will mimic this stuff, they just don’t know the dangers involved.

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