When I was a kid I once found an Evel Knievel action figure in a trash can– score! Evel Knievel is often imitated… but he will always be the original!
“When he was 27, he became co-owner of a motorcycle shop in Moses Lake, Wash. To attract customers, he announced he would jump his motorcycle 40 feet over parked cars and a box of rattlesnakes and continue on past a mountain lion tethered at the other end. Before 1,000 people, he did the stunt as promised but failed to fly far enough; his bike came down on the rattlesnakes. The audience was in awe.
‘Right then,’ he said, ‘I knew I could draw a big crowd by jumping over weird stuff.'”