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The Knievel effect

Daredevils in Marietta nothing new

June 24, 2013

Stunt motorcyclist Robbie Knievel’s jump across the Ohio River, currently planned for the end of September, won’t be the first daredevil feat performed in the Marietta area, according to local......

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Jun-25-13 12:07 AM

what is a 4/5G WiMAX system?

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Jun-24-13 9:08 PM

To those of you that is always putting Marietta down,and not happy with this town. Why not just leave?

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Jun-24-13 7:14 PM

Evel would give his approval if he were here.

Marietta needs an event like this....You seasoned haters giving those salty looks, Lowery's.

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Jun-24-13 2:55 PM

I tried to perform a daredevil feat in Marietta a few years ago. Unfortunately I got in a bit of trouble with local law enforcement. How the heck was I supposed to know that driving on the sidewalk is illegal? I saw no signs indicating that. :)

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Jun-24-13 2:30 PM

The last sentence in my previous comment is suppose to be that : Mr. Sheng has never given up to contribute to this area.

His late father, was chief engineer and vice president of Marietta Concrete.

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Jun-24-13 2:26 PM

Mr. Sheng has tried to contribute to the Mid-Ohio Valley, using his own personal funds. Do you recall when he successfully tested his 4/5G WiMAX system here back in 2010 but was not granted a variance by the ex mayor Moon Mullen, who preferred to have a pizza joint, instead and a cool $254 K for his 12 acres of land beside Mr. Sheng's property ?

Yeah...Mr. Sheng is not using a cent of taxpayers money.

Bringing attention to the Mid-Ohio Valley area and bringing celebrities to this area will help the people.

Now Mr. Sheng has been cheated in the past by certain local people but he have given up the faith to continue to contribute to this area.

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Jun-24-13 12:03 PM

If you don't like it, don't go! I will hopefully be sitting in my boat watching the numbskull soar through the air.

And from what I have read Tessie is correct about the low water mark being the "state line".

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Jun-24-13 11:42 AM

Ohio owns the portion of the river between the Ohio River's 1792 low-water mark and the present high-water level. It would probably extend out about 50-60 feet from the normal shoreline.

I won't attend because it's not my thing, but there are those who will, and who will enjoy it. Not a particularly classy act, but it will draw people to Marietta for the event. Any exposure Marietta gets lets people know about us. Choosing the right events is crucial to marketing Marietta in the best way possible.

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Jun-24-13 10:15 AM

Joe just views it as a cool event that will help Marietta...semantics aside.

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Jun-24-13 9:32 AM

What a fascinating article! Thank you Ms. Zimmer for bringing to light these long forgotten events from our li'l town's history.

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Jun-24-13 7:58 AM

I have a question about this "jump across the Ohio river". I have heard it is to be a jump across the river and I have also heard it is going to be a jump from one state to another.

The ramps are to be built in the river on barges, not on the banks on either side. Since the ramps are going to be built in the river, how can this be called a "jump across the Ohio river" when Knievel will not be clearing the water from shore to shore?

Now also, how can this be called a "jump from one state to another" if Ohio does not own any part of the Ohio river? Seems to me, the state line ends at the river bank on the Ohio side. So if he jumps from a ramp in the river, his jump actually starts in West Virgina and ends in West Virginia.

Has Joe Matthews lost his mind? I am sorely disappointed I voted for him. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. It won't happen a second time.

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Jun-24-13 6:02 AM

well as long as their hanging out in the psych unit and not just hanging!

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Jun-24-13 5:22 AM

What is so wrong about this supposed 'daring feat' is that the ramps that will be built on each side of the river for the 'mighty jump' will supersede the actual span of river jumped by this alleged great daredevil Matthews was drooling about. Matthews shouldn't have given the media such a star struck interview. It affirms how over the top goofy he (Matthews) comes across as. As for the Knievel guy (riding on the coattail of his dad's fame) he's really not 'all that'. The past other stunts mentioned in the article however were 'true' death defying feats and rather interesting. Pretty sure if they tried today what they did back then, a couple of them (if not all three) would be found hanging out in a psych unit.

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