Sunday, July 27, 2008

Evel Knievel Days come once again

Brian and I have made Butte Montana our adopted city. And what a city it is. Unknown to us we have adopted the very city, where Evel Knievel, one of our childhood heroes and an American Icon was born and raised. As a kid, not a child (for those safety naziees out there) I was one of the obstacles that my male playmates would jump over. Oh, and by the way; we never got hurt. My husband, also tried many a stunt to emulate Evel.

Evel Knievel's hometown of Butte, MT plays host to the worlds greatest celebration for the Worlds Greatest Daredevil in the finest fashion.

Started in 2002, the three-day event draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Mining City during the last weekend in July each year.

from wkipedia

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel was born in Butte, Montana, in 1938, the first of two children born to Robert E. and Ann Kehoe Knievel. His surname is of German origin; his great-great-grandparents on his father's side emigrated to the United States from Germany after a famine struck in 1782. Robert and Ann divorced in 1940, after the birth of their second child, Nic. Both parents decided to leave Butte. Evel was raised by paternal grandparents, Ignatius and Emma Knievel. At the age of eight, Robert Knievel attended a Joie Chitwood Auto Daredevil Show, which he gave credit to for his later career choice, to become a motorcycle daredevil. Almost every jump he did was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel (pronounced /ˈiːvəl kɨˈniːvəl/[1]) (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, an entertainer famous in the United States and elsewhere between the late 1960s and early 1980s. Knievel's nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the twenty most-watched ABC's Wide World of Sports events to date. His achievements and failures, including his record 433 broken bones, earned him several entries in the Guinness Book of World Records.[2]

His son Robbie Knievel is also an accomplished motorcycle daredevil.

What can I say, for better or worse, the man was and is a true American Icon. He was arrogant, he defied the odds and he paid for his mistakes with his body. All of the new "so- called" extreme sports are a direct product of this man's lust for adventure and quest for pushing the edge. I had a chance to be his Home Health Nurse last yr and my agency had to turn him down because of his, yes you got it, extreme demands. Arrogant and demanding to the end. I don't know if he is with God, but God did not let him die those many times when he should have.

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