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It Doesn't Seem Natural

Posted Monday, December 3, 2007, at 10:18 AM

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He was the man.
Well, biology finally accomplished what physics never could: The death of Evel Knievel. It just shows that you never know. If ever there was a guy who should not have died of natural causes, it was Evel Knievel.

I remember well what a hero he was to me for his accomplishments and, maybe even more so, for his spectacular failures. One wonders how many other kids like me were injured if not outright killed because of that kind of hero-worship. I was one who actually had a motorcycle rather than just a bicycle, and Evel was never far from my thoughts when I cranked it up. For that reason I rarely passed anything remotely resembling an inclined plane without seeing just how far I could launch myself off of it.

I never tried to jump anything approaching the size of a bus or Las Vegas fountain, though. So while I did get injured, it was only slightly, and on some level I was always a little ashamed of that. Every bone in my body like Evel might have been a little much, but you'd think I could have managed at least a green stick fracture or something.

So long, Evel. You can't be blamed if you didn't go out in a blaze of glory. You certainly tried to often enough.


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I'm sure a guy like Evel Knievel made quite a few enemies over the years, even when he stopped short of breaking bones. Like a lot of celebrities, he was probably a lot more admirable from a safe distance. Still... I don't have much respect for a guy who didn't have the guts to sue the man while he was still alive. (Not that I can really blame him.)

I think the Snake River Canyon jump was the beginning of Evel's downfall (literally and figuratively). The rumor was that he knew all along the thing wouldn't work and just pumped up the hype to cash in. Maybe. But what is overlooked is: How much more guts would it take to get into a rocket and launch yourself into a canyon when you KNOW you aren't going to make it to the other side?

-- Posted by kenteutsch on Wed, Dec 5, 2007, at 7:59 AM

The vultures have already descended........ Evel's former pr man. whose arm Evel broke with a baseball bat........... is trying to collect a judgment against his estate........... i remember 1974 and the Snake River Canyon jump................ Evel had big cojones....................

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 11:13 PM


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