KAPTAIN ROBBIE KNIEVEL, DAREDEVIL SON OF DAREDEVIL EVEL KNIEVEL, DIES AT AGE 60
When I was little, I about lost my mind the first time that I saw Evel Knievel perform one of his stunts on television. And by television I’m talking about a maybe 15 inch screen, with a rotary channel system that topped out at 13 channels. But yes, it was a color TV, at least. But despite the shortcomings of the display at the time, the signal was good enough for me to marvel at how crazy this man was, jumping his motorcycle over an impossible sea of lined up buses, landing alive and whole to the cheers of thousands. But Evel Knievel has been dead for years now. Yet I have just learned that his son, Robbie Knievel, has also passed away recently at the age of 60.
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ROBBIE KNIEVEL FOLLOWED IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS, AND MADE HISTORY ALONG THE WAY
So in a way, I’m having double barrel childhood nostalgia and am mourning the memory of Evel yet again, even as I remember his son Robbie and his many accomplishments. I wanted to be Evel Knievel, you see. My childhood sense of the world made it possible to believe that there was some way to do those crazy stunts as well. But I did have some clue that was beyond any reasonable, sane reach. And then I learned that Evel had a son, and he was older than, me, sure. But Robbie Knievel had a little motorcycle and was clearly following in his father’s footsteps.
ROBBIE KNIEVEL STARTED HIS CAREER AT AGE 4, AND SET 20 WORLD RECORDS WITH 350 INSANE STUNTS
Then I wanted to be Robbie Knievel. He was still a kid! And he was doing what his father did! But boy, did I not understand how true that was at the time. “Kaptain” Robbie Knievel started jumping his motorcycle at the age of 4! And he managed to make 350 jumps over his amazingly survived stunt career. And it’s incredible to realize he set 20 world records over that time. Yet the mysteries of fate, and not a crazy stunt, are what brought Robbie to an end. He passed away at 60 after battling pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his three daughters.