Road Trip Roundup: Evil Knevil

Evel Knievel bikeNope, that title isn’t a typo.

After learning a bit about Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, I wondered: have any babies ever been named after him?

Yes, at least one.

Evil Knevil Fregia was born to Raymond and Betty Fregia of Liberty, Texas, in 1975.

Where did Knievel’s nickname “Evel” come from?

After a police chase in 1956 in which he crashed his motorcycle, Knievel was taken to jail on a charge of reckless driving. When the night jailer came around to check the roll, he noted Robert Knievel in one cell and William Knofel in the other. Knofel was well known as “Awful Knofel” (“awful” rhyming with “Knofel”) so Knievel began to be referred to as Evel Knievel (“Evel” rhyming with “Knievel”). He chose this misspelling because of his last name and because he didn’t want to be considered “evil.”

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Source: Evel Knievel @ Wikipedia
Image: Evel Knievel Exhibition by Leo Reynolds

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