Thanks to Bud Kennedy, our resident dean of N. Texas history, for passing along this video of Evel Knievel jumping 11 Mack trucks in North Richland Hills in February 1974.
Howard Cosell is commentating, which gives you an idea of just how big Evel was back in the day. The daredevil, who was just as famous for his crashes as he was for his successful landings, will have a big-production funeral with fireworks Sunday in Butte, Mont., followed by a 6-mile drive/parade on Monday. He's going out in style. But what made him come to North Richland Hills? Bud, help me out.
It took us a few years after 9/11, but we've become comfortable again with celebrating implosions. A couple of years ago in downtown Fort Worth, crowds watch The Landmark Tower come down. And earlier this week, another Vegas hotel fell into the dust.
Well, this story out of Houston may make us think twice about throwing implosion parties.
Seems there's a question of whether someone was actually in the Crowne Plaza hotel when it was imploded Friday. Police are searching for a body, and there's a home video that allegedly shows "something."