View Full Version : R.I.P Evel Knievel
12-01-2007, 01:58 PM
I know most of you have already heard about this but R.I.P Evel. When I was kid he was an ICON...everyone wanted to be Evel Knievel. He was a real SUPERSTAR! I had his toys, I watched him on TV, I just loved Evel Knievel. There are other stunt jumpers, more bizzare stunts and tricks but there will NEVER be another Evel Kneivel.
As a kid if you didn't have Evel Knievel toys, if you didn't consider him a real life Superman there was something wrong with you.
12-01-2007, 02:02 PM
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12-01-2007, 02:10 PM
I read the synopsis of his life, alot of stuff I never knew, he was a self-made promoter! (I'm saying this as a positive statement.)
I wonder if it was true what I was told many years ago ? That he once sold those cheap little accident insurance policys that you could buy a bunch of and that he sold them to himself, then as the hospital bills would mount up the company would beg him to sell them back to them and of course he wouldn't.
Back around 1940 here in town a man out lived the policy he had on his life and true to company policy they paid him back all the money that he had paid them over all of those years, of course he had to be 99 years old to collect!
The 99 year old was still working selling newspapers at a restaurant newspaper stand.
If I had been smarter in my youth I would have planted a grove of oak trees , then when I was 120 years old I would have a fortune in wood to sell!
Or I could use the wood myself to make me some new wooden legs and a babybed for my newborn......
(Didn't need no wood for that other thing!)
("Newborn?" @120yrs. old? hahahaha!)
12-01-2007, 05:53 PM
I was the proud owner of 2 Evel Knievel stunt cycle toys, the rocket cycle that he used at Snake River Cannon, the Dragster, and the Scramble Van. Mr. Knievel, and his toys, inspired me to jump over many things on my bicycle. The biggest jump was my very own version of Snake River Cannon. It was the Snake Infested Ditch near my house, and like my inspiration, I failed to make it across.
Here's to you Evel Knievel! The saint of youthful fearlessness!
12-01-2007, 06:58 PM
I actually saw him jump successfully, at a local race track back in the early 70's and my brother has it on super 8 film. He jumped the next day and crashed. I too had one of his stunt cycle toys (one of the greatest toys EVER) and his Skycycle. I have an album of his called Evel Knievel, basically an interview and a biography. I also saw many of his jumps "live" on Wide World Of Sports" Just sad that he ended up so bitter and angry.
12-01-2007, 08:17 PM
But Dirk being 69 years old and always looking for that last jump...makes a guy bitter.
12-02-2007, 01:57 AM
Jim, thats whats Viagra is for. YOU should know that of anyone!!
12-02-2007, 03:31 PM
Is it just me or is it the ultimate in irony that Evel Knievel died of natural causes?
12-02-2007, 04:19 PM
Yes if you got a good dose of Hepatitus C in one of your surgeries during a blood transfusion, then had a liver transplant because of that, broke 40 bones in your body and all of this trama and the drug s used to care for all of this ended up in pulmanory fibrosis that takes out your lungs.
Yep. naturally you are going to die.
12-02-2007, 04:40 PM
12-03-2007, 09:24 AM
what? lol no just kidding man
12-03-2007, 01:23 PM
I remember being a WEE TOT and listening to the older kids talk about how awesome he was. I never realized until he passed what a really neat legacy
he left. I do not think he was angry and bitter really, I watched a show about
him the other night and I was struck by how really human he was, he seemed
straight forward and honest and if he told you he would beat the hell out
of you with a baseball bat he was honest about it.hahah Also, he really
loved his kids, he kept getting choked up talking about how proud he was
of them and what a good life he had lived.
He reminded me a lot of my father in how painfully honest he was and he
spoke with great candor about his life. He did not sugarcoat the bad
I think its really sad that he is gone and those of you that got to see him
jump in real life are very lucky.
Huggs to everyone and Screams
12-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Ya I remember loving Evil Knievel! He was great! I had the bike and the windup toy you jumped things with. He was definately a hero! R.I.P
12-03-2007, 10:17 PM
I loved him when I was little. So much so that my mom made me a replica of his jacket for my birthday. Yeah, I was stylin'. LOL.
12-05-2007, 01:30 AM
Thinking about Evel has made me remember being 10 years old again, and has brought back a lot of memories for me. I loved Evel, everyone loved Evel. He made stupid mistakes just like everyone else. But Evel made people think anything was possible.
Has anyone duplicated what he did in terms of popularity for something...Tony Hawk owes every penny he has to Evel!
I can tell you that.
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