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Fox Won't Televise Canyon Jump Where Knievel Failed
KTVB ^

Posted on 07/26/2014 11:23:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Fox Broadcasting officials say they will not televise two daredevils' efforts to jump southern Idaho's Snake River Canyon where Evel Knievel failed 40 years ago.

A spokeswoman told The Times-News Wednesday that the television network opted out because of budget concerns and not enough production time.

Texas motorcycle daredevil "Big Ed" Beckley and Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun say they will

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1 posted on 07/26/2014 11:23:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
We have a possibility of a new reality show, The Two Dead Ed's Show!
2 posted on 07/26/2014 11:53:47 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

As I recall, Knievel’s stunt, billed as an attempt to jump the canyon on a motorcycle, was in reality, an attempt to shoot Knievel across the canyon on what was basically a rocket.


3 posted on 07/26/2014 12:01:44 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet

Well, how often do you see that? I was disappointed he didn’t try again.


4 posted on 07/26/2014 12:19:10 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: nickcarraway

I think they are right not to televise this.


5 posted on 07/26/2014 12:20:02 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: nickcarraway
The Evil Kneivel attempt on September 8, 1974 galvanized the entire country. I remember that day very well even though I was only about 11 years old. The TV stations wouldn't show it because it had an exclusive on "closed-circuit TV" (I still don't know what that means).

At the time of the jump, the nation literally ground to a halt. In Times Square, people stopped and gazed at the news ticker to see what the results were. Many people did not show up at church that morning.

I was listening to a Top 40 radio station at the time because they promised to break-in and let their listeners know how Evil fared. Right after the Bo Donaldson song "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" played, the DJ breathlessly announced that the jump had failed. Then he tossed "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston on the turntable. My friends and I thought he was killed in the attempt and it wasn't until later that night that we found out he was alive. This was way before the Internet and other ways of finding things out. Back then, you pretty much had to wait for the 6 o'clock news to know anything.

It was also the day, for history buffs, that our new president Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. Ford figured that nobody would notice because of all the attention being paid to Evil Kneivel.

For some reason, when I was younger, I often got Evil Kneivel confused with Elvis Presley.

6 posted on 07/26/2014 12:36:23 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I remember that time well, it was all anyone talked about in the days leading up to it.


7 posted on 07/26/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

A JATO motorcycle with a parachute. Great theatre.

5.56mm


8 posted on 07/26/2014 12:46:15 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: dfwgator

We were just talking about Evil Knieval in a class with kids and adults. The kids of course had no idea who he was. And the interesting point of how EVERYONE was paying attention to the jump was brought up - and how nowadays a jump probably won’t be a big deal. We have moved on in what we find entertaining.

And also was trying to figure out what would be something that EVERYONE would watch again. All I could come up with was things like 9/11, Boston Bombing, a school shooting, etc. Sad.

I broke my first bike with the stingray handle bars doing a jump like Evil Knieval. Well, sort-of like Evil Knieval - we would get 4 feet airborne I bet!


9 posted on 07/26/2014 12:47:50 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: GreenHornet

Evel was an interesting guy for sure.
An amazing promoter, serial philanderer, limitless boozer, and all-around rascal.

In a different world he could have been Bill Clinton....


10 posted on 07/26/2014 12:53:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nickcarraway; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner
I'd have more respect if Fox had released a statement saying that the network decided not to pander to the Lions vs. Gladiators mentality of some viewers in its audience.

Show the video of the "great theater" after it's over with.

Some other network, maybe HBO, will pick it up, anyhow, and there'll be thousands of on-the-spot observers clicking away for the later benefit of the Indy-hoping-for-a-crash crowd.

Leni

11 posted on 07/26/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: M Kehoe
Knievel didn't want to do the jump ,,he wasn't pulling in enough money to do it properly ... everything was "rigged" and barely functional... but if he didn't do it he wouldn't have been able to control the biker crowd that was already getting out of control.

Can this jump be made? SURE ... and it would have been easy using the tech of the time... look up "Turbonique" NASA guys that had a side business making all kinds of rocket powered stuff for drag racing ,, a 2000 hp engine was cheap... What Knievel came up with was crap and he was lucky he didn't drown.... but then he never bothered with real engineering ,, he was a "run what you brung" kind of guy who would guess at the details.

A go-cart with a small Turbonique rocket SPANKING TV Tommy Ivo's dragster...

12 posted on 07/26/2014 1:00:05 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: MinuteGal

I’m sure if it’s not carried on tv it will be live streamed on the net.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 1:00:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nickcarraway

I watched it at the time, Evil pretty much blew it. I won $10 from a friend who bet he’d be killed.


14 posted on 07/26/2014 1:01:40 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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The parachute deployed too early. Maybe that was intentional.


15 posted on 07/26/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: SamAdams76
My dad and I had gone fishing that day and were pulling in the driveway when the radio announced he had gone into the canyon and his fate wasn't known. My dad wasn't given to cussing but I still remember he said, "That poor sumbitch."

Here is another event that happened that day to go with Evel and Ford...

On September 8, 1974, a Boeing 707-331B (tail number N8734) operating as TWA Flight 841 took off from Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv en route to JFK International Airport, New York City. It was scheduled to land in Athens, followed by Rome, and then proceed to New York. After stopping for 68 minutes in Athens, it departed for Rome. About 30 minutes after takeoff, the plane crashed into the Ionian Sea. The out of control aircraft was observed by crew on the flight deck of Pan Am 110. They watched the aircraft execute a steep climb, the separation of an engine from the wing, and the death spiral. All 79 passengers and nine crew members were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the plane was destroyed by a bomb hidden in the cargo hold, which caused structural failure resulting in uncontrollable flight. This was the first known instance of a young Arab boarding an American plane in a suicide mission.[1]

16 posted on 07/26/2014 1:26:16 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: nickcarraway

With the Pay Per View capabilities of cable tv I’d bet alot of people would pay to watch.


17 posted on 07/26/2014 1:29:03 PM PDT by McGruff (We can't even secure our border never mind Ukraine's.)
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To: nickcarraway

18 posted on 07/26/2014 1:31:08 PM PDT by McGruff (We can't even secure our border never mind Ukraine's.)
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19 posted on 07/26/2014 1:32:27 PM PDT by McGruff (We can't even secure our border never mind Ukraine's.)
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20 posted on 07/26/2014 1:34:10 PM PDT by McGruff (We can't even secure our border never mind Ukraine's.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Some people suggested Evel panicked and pulled the ripcord too early.


21 posted on 07/26/2014 1:36:47 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: nickcarraway

I saw Evil do a Jump way back when. I think it was either Ascot Park in Torrance or it could have been Irwindale Raceway.

It was a loooong time ago. He milked it for all it was worth, taunting the Crowd by telling them that they were only there to see him get busted up. Everyone played along.


22 posted on 07/26/2014 1:38:19 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Things can always be worse and the Democrat Party is here to prove it.)
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To: McGruff

The dirt ramp is still there, visible from the bridge parking lot. The big bullseye target that bikers painted on the rocks below the opposite rim seems to have gone away.


23 posted on 07/26/2014 1:38:47 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Kirkwood
Well, how often do you see that? I was disappointed he didn’t try again.

Just speculation on my part, but I think he had a lot of difficulty getting sufficient financial backing for this event. If that was the case, given the disappointing outcome, it would have been that much tougher to find backers for another attempt. I don't know how many people who paid to see it on closed circuit TV the first time would have been willing to pay to see it a second time. Today, some cable channel somewhere might be willing to carry it, but back then, that option wasn't available.

24 posted on 07/26/2014 1:52:06 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: nickcarraway

Before Al Capone’s vault there was the Snake River “jump.” I remember it as a huge disappointment.


25 posted on 07/26/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: McGruff

You can see the chute already opening in that photo and the rocket had barely left the ramp. Very lucky it didn’t get caught and ripped apart. I really doubt Evel would have intentionally deployed the chute at the same instant the rocket fired.


26 posted on 07/26/2014 2:30:04 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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"Very lucky it didn’t get caught and ripped apart. I really doubt Evel would have intentionally deployed the chute at the same instant the rocket fired."

I remember the incident and IIRC the story was when the rocket fired off the force was so great that it pinned Bobby K to the seat and his hands flew off the controls and in the process the chute got activated...

27 posted on 07/26/2014 2:39:33 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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