Evel knievel was born in montana
Evel Knievel Days by Pauls ToutonghiFrom the critically-acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming, witty story of immigration and belonging, false starts and new beginnings, and finding out what home truly means
Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. Half-Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce -- Khosi has never quite managed to fit in. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town (and Khosis longtime love uses Buttes annual festival, Evel Knievel Days, as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else), Khosi takes his first daredevil like risk, and travels to Egypt to find his father -- and a connection to his heritage.
What he discovers, in Cairo, is much more startling than hed imagined it could be. The city is a thrilling mix of contradictions -- and locating his father turns out to be the easy part. Through mistaken identity, delicious food, and near tragedy, Khosi and his parents rediscover what it means to be connected to each other, to a family, and to a culture.
The timely story of a young man searching for his roots, and along the way finding his identity, Evel Knievel Days is Khosi’s charming and funny journey to learn where he came from, and who he is.
“A funny, heart-warming, compulsively readable novel about the unbreakable bonds of family — and baklava.”
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
Evel Knievel and Butte Montana
Evel Knievel Biography | An American Legend
As a youth, Knievel was often jailed for stealing hubcaps and motorcycles, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at age Knievel performed his first motorcycle stunt in his late 20s in order to stimulate business for a motorcycle shop that he co-owned; as part of the stunt, he jumped over rows of parked cars, a caged cougar, and a box of rattlesnakes. Clad in his trademark star-spangled red, white, and blue jumpsuits, Knievel made more than jumps during his career and claimed to have broken nearly every bone in his body. In he performed perhaps his most famous stunt—a spectacular jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas , in which he botched the landing and fractured his skull; he was comatose for a month afterward. Other well-publicized stunts included jumping over some 50 cars at the Los Angeles Coliseum , a failed attempt to soar over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho using a rocket-powered motorcycle called the Sky-Cycle , jumping over 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London , and leaping over a shark-filled tank in Chicago Evel Knievel.
Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr. October 17, — November 30, was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. His achievements and failures got him into the Guinness Book of World Records several times, including his record 40 broken bones. Knievel's daredevil persona was parodied as "Super Dave Osborne," a fictional character played by Bob Einstein, whose signature is to perform outrageous stunts which invariably go awry and result in his grievous injury. Robert and Ann divorced in , just after the birth of their second child, Nic. Both parents decided to leave Butte and their two children to get a new start.
Evel Knievel. A name that for many immediately brings to mind broken bones, death-defying stunts, and star-spangled motorbikes. What motivated him to do what he did time and time again? Draw the curtain of show business shut, and what kind of man were you left with? This, right here, is the full story.