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The Daily Herald Sunday, July 8, 2018 23 By Sarah Passingham TV Media Homage to Evel: At the precipice of History's second annual week of car-themed programming, the network is set to unveil an unprecedent- ed live event with the help of Travis Pastrana. On Sunday, July 8, the American profes- sional motorsports competi- tor honors the legendary Evel Knievel with three stunts in "Evel Live." Pastrana will be attempting Knievel's jump over 50 cars and another over 14 full-size buses, but the feather in his cap — if he succeeds — will be the jump over the Caesar's Palace fountain. The Caesar's fountain jump has become legendary in sports enter- tainment; Knievel famously missed the jump and spent more than a month in hospi- tal afterward. The buzz from his attempt got footage from the failed trick picked up by ABC, and when it aired, it be- came a 1967 version of a viral sensation, sending Knievel's stuntman career skyrocketing. Pastrana will become one of only four other motorcy- clists to attempt to clear the fountain, and only two of those in that club so far have landed on the other side. Knievel's son dedicated his successful jump to his father in 1989, and Mike Metzger landed a backflip over the fountain in 2006 to celebrate the 40th an- niversary of Caesar's Palace and the premiere of "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). To attempt the jumps, Pastrana has created a mo- torcycle inspired by the one Knievel used more than 50 years ago. Just after beginning his practice runs about a month in advance of the stunt, Pastrana told Dirt Rider about practic- ing: "I even feel like a sissy to start with, because I know Evel wouldn't have done that." With the 50/50 crash/land record of the jump, Pastrana is definitely smart to prac- tice, though he has bounced back from countless injuries throughout his racing career. Pastrana is not only an X Games gold medalist and former NASCAR competitor, he has also produced docu- mentaries based on his and his friends' stunts. Expect interviews with Pastrana and Knievel's family members, footage found in Knievel archives of his daring stunts, expert analysis and much more in the special. Watch the three-hour live event "Evel Live" on Sunday, July 8, on History. Long live the king: Once a year, skateboarding magazine Thrasher holds a contest inviting professional skateboarders to vie for the coveted title of King of the Road. Thanks to Viceland, you can catch all the jumps, she- nanigans and skinned knees of the competition in "King of the Road," which debuts its third season on Tuesday, July 10. This season welcomes three new teams comprised of some of the best skaters from brands Element, Real and Foundation, who take each other on in a series of challenges set out by Thrash- er. Experience the teams' wild antics as each week they participate in stunts and get a step closer to being crowned. The skaters are in for the trip of a lifetime as they travel across America while compet- ing in the ultimate scavenger hunt. Joined by surprise guests, the competitors complete as many qualifying stunts as they can before the end of Thrasher's annual com- petition. Check out the season 3 premiere of "King of the Road" on Viceland on Tues- day, July 10, to see which teams could possibly begin their reign this year. From space to sea: For more than 40 years, Gordon Cooper kept an incredible secret. While completing a 122-hour-long space mission, the pioneering NASA astro- naut came across an extraor- dinary discovery, the findings of which he shared with just one other person. Catch a new episode of Discovery's documentary series "Cooper's Treasure," airing Friday, July 13, and see what those find- ings have led to more than 50 years after his mission. Cooper began document- ing anomalies around the South Caribbean while on his record-breaking space flight in 1963. He suspected the dark spots he had seen from space to be shipwrecks, and possibly Christopher Columbus' lost fleet. He kept his work of curating a map of these discoveries a secret that he only shared with his longtime friend Darrell Miklos before dying in 2004. Miklos revealed to Carol Off of CBC's "As It Happens" that Cooper "deduced right away that they were ship- wrecks because they were smaller, yet they were out in the middle of nowhere." Be- lieving that the wrecks indi- cated on his map would hold a priceless treasure, Cooper hoped that researchers could finish the exploration that he started. The second season of "Cooper's Treasure" follows Miklos as he tracks down 11 wreck sites in the Bahamas as guided by Cooper's map. Anticipating a career-making discovery, Miklos uses new clues, modern equipment and a box of Cooper's photos of the Bahamas in his search. Because of his extensive experience recovering wrecks and his close personal and professional relationship with Cooper, Miklos was a natural pick for the continuation of Cooper's work. Catch a new episode of "Cooper's Treasure" on Discovery on Friday, July 13. real talk Travis Pastrana in "Evel Live" Conan Microsoft is working on technology that removes the need for cashiers and checkout lines. This cutting-edge technology is known as "shoplifting." President Trump said Russia should not be punished for seizing parts of the Ukraine because they speak Russian there. Which explains why, today, Mexico announced plans to take back California. Today is President Trump's 72nd birthday. Trump spent a quiet evening with loved ones, then Melania stopped by. The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon I saw that Uber is working on a new feature that can tell if you're drunk when you request a ride. Here's how it works: If it's 2 a.m. and you call an Uber, you're drunk. Applebee's is offering $1 Long Island iced teas for the entire month of June. So if someone tells you they just spent $20 at Applebee's, get them to a hospital. Father's Day is this Sunday! Yep, it's that magical day when you call dad for 10 seconds of small talk before he goes, "Hold on, I'll get your mother." The Late Late Show With James Corden The crayon company Crayola has launched a new line of makeup based on its crayon colors. People who've tried the Crayola makeup say the colors are great, but they did have trouble staying inside the lines. Tomorrow is the big summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump spent the day preparing for the summit, which basically means he wrote on his hands, "South Korea good, North Korea bad," so he doesn't get confused. Late Night With Seth Meyers Facebook has announced a new page called "Memories" that will show users photos from the past. It's better than the original title for the page: "When You Were Thinner." The Cheesecake Factory has been fined $4.6 million for wage violations with their janitorial staff. And now, to save money, they have to remove the last 40 pages of their menu. According to CNN, over 800 people in Central Florida were stung by jellyfish this week. "I'm on my way!!" said R. Kelly. Late laughs Homage to Evel Travis Pastrana attempts three of Evel Knievel's iconic jumps

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