He didn't make it across, but what a sensation Evel Knievel
caused on Sept. 8, 1974, when he attempted to jump the
quarter-mile-wide Snake River Canyon on his rocket-powered
Skycycle in front of 15,000 fans and a closed-circuit TV
audience. The bad news: Knievel's chute deployed prematurely. The
good news: He survived, and helped define '70s cool.
This is an article from the June 7, 2004 issue