Friday, November 30, 2007
"I did everything by the seat of my pants."
Evel Knievel died today at the age of 69. Knievel had been in the news recently after ending a feud with rapper Kanye West. Though I wasn't alive during Knievel's heyday as a motorcycle daredevil, the guy always fascinated me. I remember seeing an A&E Biography special on Knievel a number of years ago. While it detailed many of the triumphs and setbacks of his career, the part that always stuck with me was when Knievel took a baseball bat to an author who had written an unflattering book about him. Most people would have sued, Knievel put the guy in the hospital first and then threatened to sue. In the end, I'm not sure if you could accurately describe the man as having been brave or crazy, because it must have taken balls of steel and shit for brains to think jumping over a canyon in a rocket was a good idea.