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EVEL KNIEVEL

Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel has died at 69.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/30/2007 at 06:01 PM
  1. You know what: I thought that 1) he was a lot older than that, and 2) he’d died years ago. Don’t ask me why. (Probably because he was a feature of my Seventies childhood, which seems a million years ago.)

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 11 30 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  2. #1 Exactly my thoughts.

    Posted by Contrail on 2007 11 30 at 06:10 PM • permalink

  3. What a fascinating life he led - a real rough diamond.  Coincidentally I was reading his Wikipedia entry last week. It’s worth a few minutes. Rags to riches then rags again. With just about every bone in his body broken several times.

    He was every outdoor boy’s hero in the 60s and 70s.  Evel Knieval dolls were a popular Xmas present for a certain demographic of young lad.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2007 11 30 at 06:16 PM • permalink

  4. Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel has died at 69.

    That’s the way I want to go.

    Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 11 30 at 06:18 PM • permalink

  5. #3

    He was every outdoor boy’s hero in the 60s and 70s.  Evel Knieval dolls were a popular Xmas present for a certain demographic of young lad.

    Now they have Jackass, the more moronic of them emulate Jackass.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 30 at 06:20 PM • permalink

  6. From Wikipedia:

    Knievel dropped out of high school after his sophomore year and got a job with the Anaconda Mining Company as a diamond drill operator in the copper mines. He was promoted to surface duty where his job was driving a large earth mover. Knievel was fired when he made the earth mover pop a motorcycle-type wheelie and drove it into Butte’s main power line, leaving the city without electricity for several hours.

    RIP, Evel.

    Posted by kpom on 2007 11 30 at 06:23 PM • permalink

  7. #1: Ditto. RIP.

    He probably would have preferred to go in a monumental motorcycle explosion while trying to jump the English Channel, but we don’t usually get to pick how we check out. Didn’t his son inherit the dare-devil business?

    Posted by paco on 2007 11 30 at 06:25 PM • permalink

  8. #4, but Evel always goes down in flames.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 11 30 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  9. He jumped live sharks, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, cars, motorcycles, vans, fountains, Mustangs, trucks, and the Snake River Canyon. He suffered broken ribs, groin injuries, broken arms, concussion, broken wrist, broken knees, broken hips, and apparently suffered only minor injuries when he fell in the Snake River Canyon.

    And died quietly at home, 69 years of age. Ironic, eh?

    It was the death of a lifetime!

    Posted by TimT on 2007 11 30 at 06:51 PM • permalink

  10. Guess he just couldn’t jump the Grim Reaper.

    I’ll say this for him, he was an icon of a bygone era.  It’s impossible to look back at the 70’s and not think of him.

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 11 30 at 07:13 PM • permalink

  11. RIP..King Knievel

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 30 at 07:15 PM • permalink

  12. He should have checked out being Kevin Rudd.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 30 at 07:24 PM • permalink

  13. Evel, you were awesome.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2007 11 30 at 07:25 PM • permalink

  14. Evel finally ran out of his, at least, 69 lives. He was the best of his kind.

    Posted by Barrie on 2007 11 30 at 08:36 PM • permalink

  15. RIP, Evel.  You done did good.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 30 at 08:42 PM • permalink

  16. RIP Evel. One of a kind, and a great one.

    Posted by Simon Darkshade on 2007 11 30 at 09:36 PM • permalink

  17. The man was a loon…and the only Claim to Fame Montana had during the ugly years. Damn good at what he did, a showman all the way. I’d bet he’s arranging to jump the Pearly Gates about now.

    Repeating what The_Real_JeffS said, ya done good, Evel. Via con Dios.

    Posted by KC on 2007 11 30 at 09:49 PM • permalink

  18. I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Evel and Frank Gifford filming an American Sportsman retrospective on the Snake River Canyon jump. I was very surprised by his intelligence and humor. My favorite quote from the day was “Nobody else has tried to do it” when he was asked if jumping the Snake River was such a big deal. There is no Tim Blair regular that would not have enjoyed his company.

    Posted by Rotorhead on 2007 11 30 at 10:07 PM • permalink

  19. walterplinge wrote:

    He was every outdoor boy’s hero in the 60s and 70s.  Evel Knieval dolls were a popular Xmas present for a certain demographic of young lad.

    Why, yes.

    (I think I had one of the motorcycle sets with the hand-cranked launcher you could use to send Evil Knievel speeding across the floor. Also had the Battlestar Galactica sets that shot those little red things. Before all that safety stuff changed them.)

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2007 11 30 at 10:10 PM • permalink

  20. #3
    Yup, unlike the other ‘action figures’, Evel wasn’t as plastic as the doll ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 30 at 11:02 PM • permalink

  21. #18 Rotorhead: American Sportsman! What a great program! Did you regularly work on that series? Man, the memories. Phil Harris fishing, William Shattner learning to kayak; in fact, I think there might have been a show where Shattner went bow-hunting for grizzlies (and, no, I’m sure the episode I’m thinking of didn’t feature Ted Nugent).

    Posted by paco on 2007 11 30 at 11:05 PM • permalink

  22. I think I had one of the motorcycle sets with the hand-cranked launcher you could use to send Evil Knievel speeding across the floor. Also had the Battlestar Galactica sets that shot those little red things.

    They were fun, I had both as well, but my favourite childhood toys were the giant machinder shogun warriors which shot all manner of nifty projectiles. ( I had Dragun, Godzilla,Raydeen and Goldorak- each one 2 feet of eyeball threatening goodness)

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 11 30 at 11:25 PM • permalink

  23. #22
    Meh. I preferred the live action Samurai.
    As a kid I quite like Shintaro.
    Right up there with Richard Greene’s Robin Hood.

    I’m a hopeless case.

    Posted by kae on 2007 12 01 at 12:59 AM • permalink

  24. How long do you reckon it’ll take him to escape from his coffin?

    Posted by Habib on 2007 12 01 at 03:26 AM • permalink

  25. Fare well Evel.
    I often wondered how to say his name.
    Is it Knievel as in knife or
    Knievel as in k’noath?

    Posted by Skeeter on 2007 12 01 at 03:59 AM • permalink

  26. Skeeter, according to Aunty ABC, it is Kneivel as in k’noath, and Aunty has a style manual just for these occasions.

    As a one time dirt bike racer in my yoot, I admired Evel immensely, fortunately not enough to try jumping my bike over canyons or rows of 15 buses, consequently I am still alive and kicking.

    A larger than life showman. RIP, Evel.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 12 01 at 04:19 AM • permalink

  27. #25 skeeter,
    K’noath

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 12 01 at 05:39 AM • permalink

  28. #26 sorry Pedro,

    didn’t realise I was an HOUR behind. I blame the shampoo with dinner. And the drinks before dinner. And the drink after dinner. hic!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 12 01 at 05:40 AM • permalink

  29. As expected there is a fine obituary in The Telegraph (UK)—

    Here.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2007 12 01 at 06:12 AM • permalink

  30. *laughing at #4 & 8.
    RIP Evel.  We could use more in this world with your spirit, tenacity and chutzpah!

    Posted by missred on 2007 12 01 at 06:50 AM • permalink

  31. #21 Paco

    Only did the one show. I did have a pilot friend that did an American Sportsman with Cheryl Tiegs at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. I asked him if she was as pretty in person as she was in the media. He replied, “Oh YES but she sure is dumb. She couldn’t pick out a giraffe in a flock of sheep.”

    Posted by Rotorhead on 2007 12 01 at 11:52 AM • permalink

  32. Robert Craig Knievel was one of the greatest entertainers and self promoters of all time. He led the way for many that ultimately made a living in motorsports entertainment. I will miss him.

    Posted by swassociates on 2007 12 01 at 01:43 PM • permalink

  33. St Peter’s gonna spit when Evel comes flying in over the Pearly Gates…

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 01 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  34. Just like I’m spitting now. KC, you beat me to it.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 01 at 05:39 PM • permalink

  35. #33 ‘St Peter’s gonna spit when Evel comes flying in over the Pearly Gates…’

    First, St Peter’s gonna say,
    ‘I’ve been expecting you for 50 years, Evel.. Why else did I rebuild these gates 50 yards high with burning tires across the top? Now EARN your place…’

    Posted by Barrie on 2007 12 01 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  36. Well, sick minds, y’know, Swinish…thanks for the compliment…8-)

    Posted by KC on 2007 12 01 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  37. Evel WAS the 70s: a total personification of the era, all that was good and all that was a tad tacky. They don’t make showmen like that anymore. RIP.

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2007 12 02 at 12:42 PM • permalink

  38. #7 paco

    If I remember his son did take up the family business and I think he went by the name of Awful Knawful

    Posted by Pickles on 2007 12 02 at 05:27 PM • permalink

  39. Hey, Pickles, wasn’t his middle name Jess’?

    Posted by kae on 2007 12 02 at 05:29 PM • permalink

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