SI: Can a 63-year-old still be a daredevil?
Knievel: Not still be--I am a daredevil. I'm not only the
best-known daredevil on the face of the earth, I'm the oldest.
SI: You used to drink a shot of Wild Turkey before jumping. What
did you do to prepare for this interview?
Knievel: Sometimes I had two or three Wild Turkeys before
jumping. Before the Snake River Canyon jump I had six of them.
For this interview I just had a light beer.
SI: Tell us about your upcoming jump.
Knievel: I'm going to jump somewhere between 20 to 30 big trucks
or buses at either the opening of my Xperience or at some
stadium. Who knows? I might even try it at Yankee Stadium.
SI: Ever do wheelies just for old times' sake?
Knievel: S---, yes. All the time.
SI: Out of the three dozen injuries you suffered, which was the
Knievel: The worst one was a broken pelvis, but the pain after a
liver transplant [which Knievel had in 1999] is the worst thing
in the world.
SI: What's it like to be in a coma?
Knievel: How the f--- do I know? I was in a coma.
SI: Why did so many people want to see you jump?
Knievel: Sixty percent were fans, and they just wanted to see
you. Thirty percent wanted to see a bad accident, but they didn't
want to see you die. Ten percent watched just to see you get
killed. Those are the sick people on earth.
SI: Do you laugh at wimpy television shows like Fear Factor and
Knievel: It takes extreme talent to do some of the things those
life riskers do. But why they would do it for the chickens---
money they make is beyond me.
SI: What's the one thing you want people to remember about you
when you leave this world?
Knievel: The finest compliment you can pay a man is that his word
was as good as gold. That's the only thing I ever want them to
say about me.
COLOR PHOTO: DANA ANDERSON/ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY (KNIEVEL) "I just had a beer."