I don’t think there was any child or adult for that matter during the seventies that didn’t want to be Evel Knievel. Include me in that long list.
Evel was cool, tough, crazy, and had the chutzpah to pull off jumps not even a Hollywood script writer could imagine.
While we all knew about his motorcycle stunts, stunts never before performed and sometimes never even practiced, like most of you, I did not know much about his personal life or the evil side of Evel. But all that changed with a recent documentary on the History Channel titled “Being Evel.”
**If you were anything like me, you destroyed the house and bruised a few ankles with the windup toy. Let’s not forget how many ramps you set up that resulted in a few bumps and bruises along the way.
Being Evel was directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Johnny Knoxville, along with a host of others. The no holds barred documentary examines Evel’s life from a child, juvenile delinquent, con-man, criminal, to world-wide superstar who influenced extreme sports as we know it today. I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary and highly recommend it.
Since writing this blog, the first ever Evel Knievel Museum has opened in Topeka, Kansas. Having a museum was always a dream of Evel. The museum has the blessing of the family and many of the personal items on display are on loan from the family.
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Below is the official trailer of “Being Evel.”
There are no documentaries of me, not yet at least ;), and my story may not be as interesting as Evel’s, but it’s still my story. Click the cover below 😉