Thread: The Original Jackass
08-13-2007, 06:20 AM #1
The Original Jackass
[size=12pt]Daredevil Evel Knievel comes back to earth[/size]
Turns out that getting old is the worst thing that can happen to a man who spent most of his life trying to defy gravity.
By Lane DeGregory, Times Staff Writer
Published August 5, 2007
Evel Knievel is shown in his rocket before his failed attempt at a highly promoted 3/4-mile leap across Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Sept. 8, 1974, file photo. The jump failed when the parachute on his rocket malfunctioned, opening prematurely.
CLEARWATER - The old daredevil tips back in his recliner, nursing a blue lollipop. His small white dog, Rocket, slumbers in his lap. - On the Food Network, a chef is shouting. Evel Knievel grabs the remote, fumbles with the buttons. "Blasted thing," he growls. "I can't turn it down." He slams the clicker on the table beside him. Buries his face in his hands. - "I spend my days right here, mostly," he says, without lifting his head. It's been three weeks since his second stroke. He is always tired, sometimes addled. Knievel is 68 but has the body of - well, of a man held together with pins and plates. - "I used to go all over the world," he grumbles. "I used to travel eight months a year. Now I can't even drive." - He takes 11 pills in the morning, a dozen at night. They keep his blood flowing and his transplanted liver working. They ease the arthritis that burns his back, arms and legs. It hurts like hell, being mortal. - It's a hot morning in July. In two weeks he is supposed to fly to his hometown of Butte, Mont., for the annual festival in his honor: Evel Knievel Days. He'll wave from the passenger seat of a pickup, sign some autographs, try to impersonate the man he used to be. - "This is my last performance," he says. "If I make it."...Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain
08-13-2007, 03:02 PM #2
Re: The Original Jackass
Poor guy. It's hard out there for a daredevil. He should come up with a stunt to go out in a blaze of glory, on his terms. Perhaps something like being launched on a rocket to the sun would do.
08-13-2007, 03:16 PM #3
Re: The Original j~~~~~~s
Always better to be rich than famous!
God bless Evel though!BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE
08-13-2007, 06:58 PM #4
Re: The Original Jackass
It's Amazing how he survived all those crashes
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