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The first time I was hustled by Evel Knievel, my hero

A chance encounter during a golfing weekend led to a surprise meeting with the ultimate daredevil.

Evel Knievel jumping over 10 Mack trucks at Dragway 42 in Cleveland, in this May 28, 1974, file photo. Knievel, whose motorcycle exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died in November 2007. He was 69.

"Most celebrities don't want to hustle me, though there have been times when money was at stake and I had to remind myself to bat the stars out of my eyes and play like a shark when playing with sharks." - Matt Walsh (above), comedian and star in the series "Veep".

AS a boy in the 1970s, I worshipped Evel Knievel. His motorcycle jumps, whether successes or bone-crushing failures, were legendary. He travelled the world attempting to leap over cars, buses, canyons and even sharks in his signature leather jumpsuit and cape.

I consumed all of his...

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