Theres a lady you missed in your story. Her name
is Krystal Kennedy. She gave me the best years of her life.
She was 22 when we met. We married three years ago, November
99. At that time I was an alcoholic. I had hepatitis
C and didnt know it. She went through my alcoholism;
she went through a condition I had called bleeding esophagus;
she went through a hip transplant, all the time nursing me
back to life and back to health. And she gave me the best
years of her life. We divorced in 2000 but we are back together.
I had a temperament problem, a bad one. I dont
mind talking about this because itll be good information
for some people who have the same problem. I was on drugs
like Zoloft it was like dropping a pill in the Pacific
the divorce I finally fought back and got on medication that
would help me, help the damage I did. She then returned to
me. She came back. And together were trying to make
everyday a good day. You know how tough that is. She has been
a real blessing to me in my life.
Anyway, the day I was going home to die, she is the
one who was driving me across the bridge. I was going to our
home in Clearwater to die, with Krystal and this little puppy
Squirt was his name. Squirt and Rocket, that was our
two puppies you only got Rocket in there. Anyway I
decided to go home, the doctors told me I had 48 hours, my
body was shutting down, and they had no donor liver available.
I just told Krystal to take me home. I didnt want to
die at the hospital.
As she was driving across the bridge, I got that call
on the phone from a nurse named Debby. And she said, Evel,
where are you at? And I said Im on the bridge back to
said, theres been a car wreck in Miami. Theres
been a young man killed who has your exact blood type. We
think his livers perfect, and he is a donor. He was
23 or 24. She said, Can you turn around? Your transplant surgeon
is on his way to Miami in a Lear jet. Hes gonna get
the liver, put it in a solution and come right back.
Krystal went across the bridge down at the end
you know, one of them barriers that says, Do Not Cross. She
turned the car around, crossed over and drove it right back
to the hospital. From the call, they took the transplant organ
out of the boy right at the accident. And thank God, it worked.
Previously, I was married to a wonderful gal named
Linda for 38 years before I divorced her. Shes the mother
of my children and her and Krystal are the best of friends.
She deserves a Purple Heart for going through the things
she did with me. Shes just a wonderful woman. Her names
Linda Knievel. She still lives in Butte in the home that I
provide for her, and certain arrangements we made are all
kept. My youngest daughter Alicia lives with her and a little
Your story was a wonderful story, Im very proud
of it. I called to thank you personally and I would like you
to add the things about Krystal and Linda.
You stay in touch with me. Ill let you know what
Ive got coming up. Im doing an info-mercial for
Gold Seal, which is the second to first largest health product
company in the world.
And my grand opening will be out at Primm, State Line,
Nevada later this year (The Evel Knievel Experience
entertainment center built by Evels partners at the
MGM group to showcase 35 years of legendary showmanship).
And my jump will probably be in September. So anyway,
stay in touch with me, buddy. Take care of yourself. Happy