Howie Cohen Interview (2013)

June 11, 2017 is the 35th anniversary of the U.S. release of Steven Spielberg’s film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Its famed BMX chase sequence has influenced countless boys and girls around the world to take up the riding. 

Howie Cohen is the man responsible for a certain brand of bicycles to be used in the movie, a story I shared in my 2013 multimedia piece The BMX Boys of E.T. and that of the young California BMX riders who did the stunts in that chase sequence. If you haven't read that story, click on the link, read it, and come back here. You can safely assume that the reaction worldwide to that story inspired me to embark on Generation BMX, the documentary series.

To celebrate the film's 35th anniversary I decided to post a set of audio clips from that story mixed in with some never before heard ones from my interview with Howie. Plus a whole set of unpublished behind the scenes photographs of the day the first batch of bicycles were delivered to the studio for Steven Spielberg, his production team (including Kathleen Kennedy and Dennis Muren), and the actors. 

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