Saturday, December 1, 2007

Goodbye Evel Knievel; 1938-2007

When I was young I remember having this Evel Knievel motorcycle toy that had a Knievel doll on it. You could wind up the motor in this little hand-wound bay and then the motorcycle would shoot out and race wherever you pointed it.

I would make it jump other toys, furniture, a stream outside and pets. Usually it crashed. Unfortunately, Knievel himself crashed a lot too.

Evel Knievel was the quintessential American daredevil, and inspired a whole generation of American boys to smash their nuts against the handlebars of their bicycles attempting to imitate his stunts.

In his red, white and blue costume, his uniquely American persona is burnished in the collective memory of many of us. Rest in Peace, Evel.


mccommas said...

Get Out!

I had that same toy and he was my hero as well. You must be about 40 years old.

My father however told me he was not worthy of my hero worship and told me he spend time in jail for beating a man with a baseball bat.

That kind of ruined it for me but I still liked my toy. I played with it in my basement having it jump all sorts of things.

RIP Evel Knievel.

Headless Horseman said...

That toy was awesome, and it is one of the ones from my childhood I still remember vividly.

The guy did have some serious problems. That beating was one of them, although I understand why he did it. He also was a real drunken debaucher of women.

But he did capture the imagination and he was a hell of an entertainer.