Ed Driscoll

Evel Knievel's Last Leap

Not surprisingly, I have very mixed emotions about Evel Knievel. But he was absolutely tailor-made for the craptacular pop culture of the 1970s, and it speaks volumes about television that whatever lofty goals and ideals the ABC network’s sports division paid lip service to, it was Knievel’s jumps–and especially his frequent spectacular crashes–that kept Wide World of Sports going during that decade. And I love Mark Danziger’s description of Evel:

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