At Home With Evel Knievel

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    This is daredevil Evel Knievel photographed in front of his house in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, circa 197?, by Bill Wolf.

    He lived across the street from Lani, my oldest friend (our parents were friends and we "met" as infants). Now Lani lives in Oakland. She came across this while moving and sent it to me this week.

    One of Lani's earliest and oddest memories: a blood-soaked pimp, having been beaten up by an unsatisfied Knievel, pounded on the door of Lani's house late one night and asked her parents to use their phone to call a taxi.

    Fort Lauderdale is a bizarre place. Home sweet home.

    fixedgear, dav, -- Slavin, gunnyrat, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. KBlood 106 months ago | reply

      I stood next to the Knievel in Toronto in 1975. I was 16 and thought he was pretty gosh darn sexy. Must have been the greased back hair...

    2. keithyoshi 84 months ago | reply

      Amazing. I thought he only wore the cape when doing stunts. Looks like he's about to go for a gentle cycle in full regailia.Love it

    3. meganballi_99 81 months ago | reply

      Great photo. WSJ.com used it to illustrate a post for the Health Blog. We credited you and linked back to your page. You can see it here: blogs.wsj.com/health/2007/08/21/the-part-time-daredevil-w...

    4. markramsey.com 78 months ago | reply

      Gonna miss him, blogged this:

      markramsey.com/?p=465

    5. Twang Your Head 78 months ago | reply

      R.I.P. Evel... He was a stud.

    6. disrupsean 78 months ago | reply

      Yes he was. The world needs more Evel. RIP

    7. rcvernors 76 months ago | reply

      He sure was cool when I was a kid. I had a toy Evel on a motorcycle and it came with a ramp. We made him jump everything.

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Age of Aquarius (60's,70's), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. luckyleatherneck 75 months ago | reply

      I had that motorcycle to,it would jump everything.

    9. brent.r.chapman 69 months ago | reply

      That bike was raffled off in Bend Oregon at Sunnyside bike shop last year.

    10. The Pollyanna Society 60 months ago | reply

      This is just surreal and wonderful!

    11. crabsandbeer (Kevin Moore) 59 months ago | reply

      Great shot...and story.

    12. hatless 56 months ago | reply

      What part of Fort Lauderdale was this? My uninformed guess would be Coral Ridge.

    13. disrupsean 56 months ago | reply

      Can't remember for sure. I think it was not that far north... Numi Isles or thereabouts.

    14. Cannibal713 19 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot. Evel Knievel in his outlandish outfit in front of a "cookie cutter" 50's era design home. Great juxtaposition.

    15. disrupsean 19 months ago | reply

      Cannibal: That was HIS house... I think. I can't remember for sure, but it was either the one you can see or the one next door. He was standing in front of his house.

    16. flyau98 17 months ago | reply

      It was the Coral Ridge area...definitly not Nurmi Isles.

    17. disrupsean 17 months ago | reply

      It was Imperial Point.

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