F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4870 posts, RR: 29 Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1673 times:
I met him in a hospital in LAS several years ago, in fact around 1992-1993. He was in rough shape at the time, and I really don't know what he was in for. I can say though, he was very crabby. I would have been too. RIP, and I send my condolences to his family.
Jpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1017 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1626 times:
Oh man. The one and only.
Quoting MDorBust (Reply 11): Strap a canister O' evil ashes to a motorcycle and rocket sled him as far across the grand canyon as possible.
I just mentioned that to my buddies in the room a few minutes before I read this thread! Although, my scenario had the motorcycle disintegrate into a huge ball of fire in the middle of the canyon... Sure would go 'out with a bang!'
You can still to this day,see the mound of dirt that was used as the base of the takeoff ramp for the canyon jump attempt. I remember watching that live, on (I think) ABC's "Wide World of Sports".
"The jump, on Sept. 8, 1974, was nearly a total disaster. Crowds rioted the previous night because of excessive beer and concession prices. The parachute accidentally deployed when the Sky-Cycle was launched, and strong headwinds blew Knievel back into the canyon where he crashed, 600 feet below, just a few feet from the swirling waters of the river. Twelve thousand people trampled restraining fences to try to get to the edge of the canyon and see what had happened. Miraculously, Evel Knievel walked away with only minor injuries. "
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12675 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
Somehow, he made it to 69 years old. Evil Kneivel was an icon of the 1970's, somehow survied many too close endings of his own life. He abused alcohol and pain killers, probably to control the pain he must have been in much of his life. There are stories he was abusive to women too. Guess he will be going to that great big motorcycle jump in the sky...or hell.