And I still wish they'd call the new coaster something else.
Seahawk & the Wave said:
Only the bad kids liked him?
Gimme a break. Or some crack. come on....
um - yeah. Only the bad kids liked him. The losers. Were you alive and in 7th grade in 1972? I was.
No, I was -1 in 1972. But when I was older, like 5 or 6, I remember Evel being a pretty cool guy. Yes, it had 'white trash' all over it similar to Nascar stuff. But come on, I was a good kid and liked him :) Losers? Geez what stuck up burb did you grow up in?
I watched a History channel biography on Evel today. He was brave but it was purely for entertainment sake.
They also showed the jump he did at KI. Does anybody know where that happened in the park? I couldn't get a bearing. But my guess would be in the north parking lot.
Maybe KI should name a ride after him too.
Thanks for another great season, VF!
Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers
Seahawk & the Wave said:
I've never voted for anyone named Bush, drunk drivers or otherwise - though I was overruled by the majority on three occasions.
Well, majority twice and minorty once anyway...
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
I agree with those who support the Knievel name and the near myth legend of Evel. He was an true American icon imo, a mix of courage, showmanship, heart, and yes, like us all, mistakes and flaws.
I watched a cable channel documentary on him yesterday and Evel came across pretty genuine in it; he knew he was a screwed up guy.
Another thing. The show mentioned one thing in contrast to something someone above said. matt above said, "I think putting a ton of respect towards someone who made a living by putting himself in grave physical danger for the purpose of selling action figures and lunchboxes is a bit misguided." A) if you listen to him as to why he did what he did it was because he loved doing what he did, he cared less about the merchandise. B) Evel was the pioneer for almost half of the entire xgames genre. So I think these people (http://expn.go.com/expn/index) would disagree with you, and these (http://www.radical-films.com/), and him (http://www.glenplake.org/), and maybe them (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEeqHj3Nj2c&feature=related), oh, and definetly this guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X70OPsVnSm4&feature=related). If we took a little time to learn, maybe we'd all be a little less 'misguided'.
One final thing. Whoever felt the need to throw Bush in this thread, get a life. How far into the next guy's term before this pathetic rhetoric finds the trash can? Think solutions, not blame. If there's one thing I dislike more than Bush it's Bush hatred.
It's supposed to be a thread about a roller coaster the daredevil for which it's named. Let's try and keep it so, yes?
To all that have something to say to Mr. Knievel, here's what he'd have to tell you...
"You come to a point in your life when you really don't care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself." - Evel Knievel *** Edited 12/2/2007 10:24:51 PM UTC by Dale Picolet***
For every event he succeeded at, there was the next one or two he didn't do so well at. And this would typically wind him up in the hospital for extended stays.
But, in many respects it's no different than watching today's Motocross bikers (or skateboarders/bmx bikers) at the X Games when they don't succeed at a trick. When they fall out of the sky, you just know it's going to be really bad.
It's still hard to get the image of the guy this year who attempted Travis Prastrana's double-back flip and didn't make it. Or even worse (but walked away from it) was the guy competing in the skateboarding big air competition and slammed from 40ft. up in the air onto the plywood. Ouch.
Robbie and others who've followed have had DIRT bikes with 19 inch suspensions, There were a couple others in Evel's time doing it with simular equiptment and hard work. Evel stood out and got bigger and bigger while the rest faded away.
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
I don't agree with his personal crap, but his name is known enough to put it on a coaster logo.
His name is iconic in the stunt world regardless of his demons.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
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