Nothing would make me stop down more as a kid than seeing Evil Knievel on Wild World of Sports. It was absolute gold.
And he once jumped a bunch of buses at North Richland Hills at some drag strip called Green Valley Raceway and I remember waiting for over an hour and half as ABC, carrying it live, hyped the thing. I also remember Evil saying, "I broke my back when I landed." It's not his most spectacular jump but, like most everything else, youtube has it. Howard Cosell and Don Meredith had the call.