Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Evel Knievel's First TV Jump!

This is Evel Knievel's first jump shown on Wide World of Sport in 1967. It was rebroadcast on ESPN.

I had never heard of Evel Knievel before 1969. My grandmother was visiting us in Texas and I had a poster of Easy Rider up in my room. She asked if it was Evel Knievel. I told her I had never heard of him. She progressed to tell me who he was and what he had done.

I was amazed that my grandmother knew who he was. I am still amazed to this day. I wonder what else my grandmother knew that she never told me. She was remarkable old girl.

Rest in Peace Grandma. You are not forgotten.

"There are a lot of myths about my injuries. They say I have broken every bone in my body. Not true. But I have broken 35 bones. I had surgery 14 times to pin and plate. I shattered my pelvis. I forget all of the things that have broke." - Evel Knievel


The Vegas Art Guy said...

I used to have an EK motorcycle that you could crash er jump things with. I was sad to hear of his passing.

Texas Truth said...

The Vegas Art Guy: He was definately an icon. (Did I spell that right?)

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Close enough for me! lol

Texas Truth said...

The Vegas Art Guy: I believe his son Robbie is probably better than he was.