Saturday, December 1, 2007

R.I.P. Evel Knievel

The world's greatest stuntman, Evel Knievel died yesterday at the age of 69, from natural causes. Here is the NBC obituary for the legendary dare devil.

This is his first-ever televised jump, on November 10th, 1973, at the LA Coliseum, from ABC's Wide World of Sports. Here he jumped 50 stacked cars while riding his motorcycle.

And this is his first major crash, on September 8th, 1974, at Idaho's Snake River Canyon. For this stunt, Evel attempted to jump the canyon in a jet-powered sled, despite the fact that two previous unmanned flights were unsuccessful.

Side Note: The Snake River Canyon stunt took place on the day I was born. My mom watched the preparations for the stunt between contractions. And after giving birth to me - just as the drugs were wearing off - the first words out her mouth were, "Did he make it?!"

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