May 15, 2011 |
Evel The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend Leigh Montville Doubleday: 400 pp., $27.50 For men of a certain age, Evel Knievel is a touchstone of innocence lost, vaguely held in the memory bank as an emblem of how easily and simply wonderment once came to a fan-boy of American sports. In the 1970s, Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil clad in a white jumpsuit, flew over cars and buses and canyons (well, he had issues with the canyons)
December 25, 2008 |
Evel Knievel was a superhero, from the tip of his jumpsuit collar to the bottom of his white boots. He mounted motorcycles, and even a few rocket ships. He leaped cars, buses, rattlesnakes and sharks in a single bound. He wore a cape. Even so, Knievel was no Superman. Underneath the star-spangled get-up, the first son of Butte, Mont., was a tale-telling, philandering ex-con who once smashed another man's arms with a baseball bat. And about those leaps . . .
July 29, 2004 |
Evel KNIEVEL hasn't made a major motorcycle jump since 1980, when he broke his forearm and suffered a concussion attempting to clear a tank of live sharks, but his absence seems to be making Hollywood's heart grow fonder. This weekend, TNT will air "Evel Knievel," the fourth movie to chronicle the legendary daredevil's life. (And Universal Pictures has a fifth in active development: "Pure Evel," directed by McG of "Charlie's Angels" fame.
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November 18, 2001 |
Decades ago, millions would pause in awe as Evel Knievel, astride a gaudy roaring motorcycle, sailed over fountains, canyons and rows of buses, the stars on his superhero costumes glittering. A century ago, his hometown of Butte was "the city that electrified a nation" with wire from its copper mines. Butte was famous for its raucous, bustling streets, sometimes dangerous but always exciting, hard against a mountain of copper ore that was steadily chipped away by miners.
May 25, 2008 |
Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel, son of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, successfully jumped over 24 delivery trucks at the site of one of his father's most famous stunts. Knievel, 46, had said he would need to be going 95 mph at takeoff for the 200-foot jump, which began from a three-story-tall ramp and was completed amid wild cheers, explosions and shooting flames at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati. After touching down at the tip of the landing ramp, Knievel gave the crowd a thumbs-up and popped a wheelie.
December 10, 2007 |
Fireworks exploded over the mining town of Butte as the body of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel arrived for a funeral expected to draw thousands. Knievel will be remembered in a service today as his hometown celebrates the life of the legendary stuntman who sped motorcycles over the local mine dumps as a boy. Knievel died Nov. 30 in Clearwater, Fla. He was 69.