Daredevil Evel Knievel badly needed a comeback when he arrived in London in 1975 for yet another crazy motorcycle stunt. This time, he needed to jump over 13 buses.
Knievel crashed. It was bad. He was in the hospital for 11 days, back at his hotel for five more, and went home with his family to Montana for a few weeks of bed rest.
Of course, he recanted his plans for retirement.
“You told 70,000 people you were going to retire,” said a reporter as soon as he landed in New York. “How can you say now that you’re going back?”
“I don’t care what I say,” Knievel declared from his gurney. “The schedule calls for me to jump again in September.”
— Adapted from Evel, Leigh Montville, Doubleday.