Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A look back

I have been thinking for a while about what this blog should be. I know it should be about my little business, RetroBMX. But the fact is that I don't have much to talk about there.

I don't have a lot of witty or incisive world observations to share with you.

And the Vikings are out of the playoffs, so I have nothing to carry on about there.

One thing I do have is a lot of magazines. I have saved every bike magazine I ever purchased, or subscribed to. And it is kinda sad that these magazines just sit around, collecting dust.

So I think it is time to start mining the magazines for material.

Here is the first image from one of my old mags...

The story inside this magazine made a lasting impression on me. I memorized a lot of the details that Bob Haro shared about his experiences working as a stunt double on the E.T. set.

Fast forward to 2007. Bob Haro had been booked to be the "Honored Guest" at the annual Rockford Gathering. I decided it was time to realize a long term ambition of mine as a BMX collector. I built what I call a "Bob Haro E.T. Replica" to show at Rockford. I got Bob to autograph it...

...and a picture of the bike appeared in BMX World magazine, in their Rockford recap.

The caption reads "Each year this gathering seems to unearth a few rarities." The funny thing is, most of the Rockford attendees had no idea what this crazy-painted Kuwahara was supposed to be. And I am not sure that whoever wrote the caption knew what it was was a replica of the bike ridden by the character "Tyler", who was stunt-doubled by Bob Haro, in the E.T. movie.

If you'd like to learn more about my E.T. obsession, go to my photobucket, where there are all manner of E.T. pics, and scans of the story from the BMX Plus issue pictured above.