Evel Knievel: October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007

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.'”

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One Response to “Evel Knievel: October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007”

  1. mimima Says:

    It is so odd to see him pass, as his stunts are such a part of my childhood memories.

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