Once in a great while, when ABC's Wide World of Sports wasn't covering dull bobsled races or flabby Russian power lifters, they would broadcast the insane motorcycle stunts of Knievel, inspiring countless boys (like myself) to stage our own spectacular jumps using our bikes and crude plywood ramps (I still cringe when I recall my pal Chucky hitting the jump and flipping end over end on his mom's "extra speedy" 3-speed bicycle).
Well, all of us naturally wanted the Evel Knievel action figures (not DOLLS, mind you!) and the other cool accessories (like the Scramble Van and the Sky Cycle) hyped by ads like the one above (click on the ad for a larger view).
Unfortunately, only a few of us had parents who were willing to actually buy them. You see, most moms and dads obviously didn't want to fan the flame our Evel obsessions...a flame that only encouraged more of our spectacular bike jumps (and spectacular skin abrasions), so the Evel Knievel toys weren't high on the gift priority list.
Despite never getting my own Evel Knievel action figure (or even a Robbie Knievel figure), I still have fond memories of the quirky folk hero in his goofy Elvis jumpsuits and his death-defying stunts.
Oh, and as a little tribute, I thought I'd post a great Evel Knievel bit by comedian Brian Regan (funniest guy in the business). Just click on the audio clip below and enjoy!
UPDATE! Brian Disco Snell (yet another funny guy named "Brian") alerted me to a series of YouTube videos featuring the Evel Knievel toy in action. I had to feature at least one of 'them because...well, there's no such thing as too much multimedia in a single post!