November 30, 2007

Longest...

... leap.

ADDED: "Knievel was the most complex man I’ve ever known — although I don’t claim to have known him."

13 comments:

Meade said...

Don't we love our outlaws. Dylan should write the song of Evel K.

B said...

69 years old? Man, that's young.

Lawgiver said...

He suffered a total of 40 broken bones during his career.

What a way to make a living.

Ron said...

Oh Lord, who will deliver all the toys to the good little boys and girls this year?

That's Eval, right?

George said...

The American housing sector went up like a rocket scooter. Now it's coming down slow, slow, slow the way Evel did over the Snake River.

amba said...

Excellent post! Because I had just seen the news, I got it instantly.

There should be a word, like "haiku," for a two-worder.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Amba. I once did a whole lot of 2-worders like this in a row, then started a separate blog devoted to this style: over here. Shoulda kept it up. It's a nice discipline. Quite bloggy.

Ann Althouse said...

BTW, my original wording was: Last... crash.

amba said...

That too.

George said...

I saw a live broadcast of the 'Jump' at a sports arena.

Ol' Evel pulled the chute before the astrocycle even left the ramp. He had to have figured that that was the only way to survive.

A great con artist. A great American. A great number of broken bones. The man belongs on a postage stamp.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Safe...


landing.

SteveR said...

He was a bit of a con man but plenty real. He was as American as they get, it was hard not to admire him.

amba said...

Jacques recalls seeing a man in an after-hours club in New York, a drunk with cowboy boots and faraway prairie- sky eyes who kept drawling (as a menacing "don't mess with me"), "I'm from Butte, Montana . . . Evel Knievel's home town."