Saturday, December 01, 2007

Evel Knievel dead at 69


Also from Jonco, but it ain't a joke.
Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

A legend has died. Frankly, I'm surprised he lasted this long with all his injuries.

For years Evel Knievel astounded millions with his unbelievable feats. Often his attempts ended tragically and he broke most of the bones in his body. The pain must have been nearly unbearable.

But he was a pioneer in what is now called "extreme sports" and he was always thrilling to watch. Part stupid, part daredevil, part courage and always the showman, there will never be another like him.

Rest now Evel. We will miss you.

Via Jonco.

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