America's All-Too-Human Superman

For those who grew up watching him on TV, Evel Knievel was much more than a self-promoting daredevil with 38 broken bones to his credit: he was a flawed superhero. Sure, the motorbiker's bravado was insane; he jumped cars, buses, canyons and the fountains at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace (above)--a feat that landed him in a coma for a month. He also liked to drink and was once jailed for assaulting a writer with a baseball bat. Yet whether he cleared his intended target or behaved nicely was beside the point. Evel, who changed the spelling of his adopted name (he...

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