Posts Tagged ‘1967’

Evel Knievel Motorcycle Crash

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

was a pop culture icon when I was a kid whose fame was earned as a motorcycle daredevil. I remember the hype surrounding his attempt to jump . He was all over TV and he made an impression on me as a little boy.

We had this miniature kids’ picnic table with one set of legs broken off. I looked at it one day and realized that it would make a perfect ramp from which to do Evel Knievel-style stunt jumps using my bicycle. So I set it up in the street, put on my football helmet, grabbed by bike, raced up and over my makeshift ramp…and promptly fell off my bike and landed directly on the top of my head. It was a damn good thing I was wearing my football helmet. Some role model Knievel turned out to be.

This clip is of his most famous motorcycle crash at in which he broke 40 bones. There’s no gore, but if you’re squeamish, you might want to take a pass, because you can see bones breaking:

November 30th Solution – Eugene McCarthy Commemmoration Video

Friday, November 30th, 2007

This is a video commemorating the 40th anniversary of former Minnesota Senator ‘s announcement that he would run for president as an anti-Vietnam War candidate. McCarthy’s opposition was a major force in the anti-war movement of the 1960s. The video contrasts McCarthy’s opposition to that war with our current situation in Iraq and asks who will be our next Gene McCarthy.

The video and were produced by Vance Opperman, the man who led the 1968 McCarthy campaign on the U of M campus. I created the web site.