July 19, 2018
The Evel Knievel Museum is in Topeka, not Butte, Montana, his home. A total tribute to this once famous daredevil who attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, on a motorcycle, it’s wildly popular and has been opened only one year. My impression is that its sponsors hope to turn Evel into a 21st century Elvis.
Evel was a master at self-promotion and a money magnet. The display of the products he endorsed is huge. He bragged about the 33 million dollars he earned.
The most popular place in this amazing attraction is the 4-D Jump Experience. “It’s so real!” one man exclaimed as he did it followed by several wows.
Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story.
My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times.
I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey.
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