"Robert Cardoza, Greg “Ceppie” Maes and David Lee were five minutes late to a private screening of Steven Spielberg’s "E.T." at Culver Studios in California in 1982, months before the film would open to the public. It was the first time the three boys, hired as BMX stunt doubles for the movie, would get to see their work on a big screen. As they rushed up to the studio entrance, they came upon a locked gate and a woman holding a little girl’s hands. The woman was kicking the gates with her heels and screaming, “Let us in, my daughter’s in this movie!” The boys were convinced they had blown their chance to get in. It turned out to be Drew Barrymore’s mom having a tantrum. Her outrage and insistent pleas eventually got them all in to the screening." Full story HERE.
Interesting read, it also contains several audio pieces from a few key players like Bob Haro and Howie Kuhn. I kind of thought those E.T. bikes put Kuwarhara out of business. Regardless, E.T. had an impact on BMX at least ten fold larger than Rad, due to the simple fact that E.T. was a massive blockbuster and Rad, well, other than being a terrible film, it was an absolute bomb at the box office.