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EVEL KNIEVEL - FIRST DAY COVER WITH AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 40380

EVEL KNIEVEL The daredevil stuntman inscribes "Happy Landings" on a first day cover celebrating fitness. Philatelic Envelope inscribed and signed: "to/E.M./'Happy/Landings'/Evel Knievel", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the centennial of the Sokols physical fitness groups, postmarked Washington, D.C.

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EVEL KNIEVEL
The daredevil stuntman inscribes "Happy Landings" on a first day cover celebrating fitness.
Philatelic Envelope inscribed and signed: "to/E.M./'Happy/Landings'/Evel Knievel", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the centennial of the Sokols physical fitness groups, postmarked Washington, D.C., February 15, 1965, 5-cent stamp affixed. Plate attached with image of Statue of Liberty and caption: "United States F D C". Robert Craig Knievel (1938-2007) was nicknamed "Evil" by a jail guard, a name he later changed to "Evel" to avoid offending religious persons. Reputedly a bank robber and safe- cracker in his youth, Knievel began daredevil stunts in 1965 to call attention to his motorcycle dealership. In 1973 he leaped 50 cars, stacked four deep, at the L.A. Coliseum. However, many of his stunts were unsuccessful, attracting fans anticipating a big smashup. Spectacular failures included an attempted leap of 150' over a fountain at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas (1968), and a rocket and parachute-assisted leap at the Snake River, Idaho (1974). Even after retirement, he retained his penchant for bone breaking spills, falling from a golf cart and then a Jacuzzi. Knievel's daredevil jumps may yet kill him indirectly. He required a liver transplant (1999) to replace an organ ravaged by Hepatitis C, acquired from tainted blood received in one of his many surgeries. Fine condition.

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