Thirty Years and 35 Broken Bones Later

By on September 8, 2004

Thirty years ago today, Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River in Idaho. I have vague memories of going to the pay-per-view to watch this historic event and I still have the tickets to the show to prove I was a pack rat even at the age of six. He didn’t have great success that day and within a couple of years, Evel was headed to retirement at the age of 38.

A commentator at the time said that after his jump he would either be “an American hero or a dead screwball.” I’ll go with something in between. How about American Screwball? It’s truly a miracle that he’s still alive thirty years later. I think every American boy raised in the 70’s idolized this guy. He was truly an original.