Introducing RAD for the next generation. An ultimate BMX racing movie released in 1986, featuring local kid Cru Jones and Helltrack – Cochrane’s new BMX track that is not to be messed with. It is the ET movie of BMX.
Filmed in Canada, the popularity for this movie has never waned and to date, countless reviews and comments are still being posted on internet sites worldwide.
Meet Eddie Fiola. Famed for the stunts of Cru Jones and flat land scenes before and after the movie, Eddie has experienced a successful career in BMX, which has opened doors as a stuntsman. He’d originally picked up the skateboarding scene before swapping the board for the bike, mainly because it was easier to get from A to B. Competitions at the time were only for skateboards in swimming pools.
In the beginning, Eddie began his passion in the racing scene (beginner and expert) before focusing on freestyle and flatland. His first sponsor at the age of 16 was Premier Helmets after he met Fred Blood (SE Racing/General) who introduced him to Denise Barter (now Director of Marketing for Premier Helmets – who were founded in California in 1961 and moved their production to Italy in 1987) and Harry Larry (talented BMX racer who later became the Production Manager for the Diamondback Company).
Riding in general is great in the first place says Eddie, talking from his Californian home. You’re paid to ride. My first show paid food, $25 and I got to ride all day.
Eddie believes RAD is loosely based on his life, as director Hal Needham had paid him a visit to his home several years earlier. He’d been interested in Eddie’s life and had asked him many questions, which put together, paints a similar picture of Cru Jones life, who’s dad had also passed away several years earlier.
As a sponsored youth, life was busy as he traveled alone from show to show in the 80′s as his mother, a single parent, was looking after his two other siblings. Although Eddie didn’t really think much of it at the time, he only thought about riding his bike. Life consisted of traveling to specific areas for tours, riding for the entire show, packing up, sleeping and then driving to the next show. But he doesn’t miss it.
I like to play around now. My favourite tricks are back flips as they’re fun but 360 are my favourite’. Moonwalks on a bicycle also come up high on his list and he can be seen on various old-school You Tube videos. Many of the old tricks he does these days awe inspire the kids into thinking they’re new.
These days, Eddie Fiola works long hours as a Stunt man and Film Stunt Coordinator, particularly on movie sets. His impressive resume include stunts on Superman 2 & 3 and The Dukes of Hazzard. being able to see and do stunts and then watch the movie, is amazing he says.
One of his most popular television ads to feature in Australia, showed him chasing a cheetah through the Texan (Tahone) Pass – in California desert, after it’d stolen his Mountain Dew. when he catches up with the cat, he tackles it to the ground, retrieves the can from the bottom of its stomach and states bad cheetah. after the six days of filming this scene, the three boys who drank the can at the end and said see . . . that’s why I’m not a cat person, were lucky enough to go to South Africa just for that scene, leaving Eddie to stay home in California
These days, life is mainly about stunt work and married life with his young daughter. He’s come a long way in the world of bmx and movies. But he still holds the dream of winning the lottery.
LITHONIA, Georgia — Megachurch leader Bishop Eddie Long announced Sunday he’s taking time off to focus on his family after his wife filed for divorce.
Long’s spokesman, Art Franklin, said the new Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader told his congregation during church services that he will continue to serve as senior pastor at the church in Lithonia just outside Atlanta. but Long said he needs a sabbatical.
Franklin declined to say how long the pastor’s sabbatical from the church would be. He said Long and his family “are asking for privacy and sensitivity to their family.”
The divorce filing comes more than a year after allegations last year that Long used his lavish lifestyle and position of spiritual authority to lure four young men into sexual relationships. Long settled the cases but has never admitted to any wrongdoing. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
The scandal has tainted Long’s reputation as an influential spiritual leader who transformed his suburban Atlanta congregation of 150 into a following of 25,000 members and an international televangelist empire that included athletes, entertainers and politicians.
Long’s wife, Vanessa Long, filed a petition for divorce Thursday in DeKalb County Superior Court to end her 21-year marriage to the embattled minister. the church sent out a press release Friday morning saying Vanessa Long planned to withdraw her petition, but her attorney said later in the day that she had changed her mind.
In her petition, Vanessa Long indicated that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that there was “no hope of reconciliation of the parties.” she asked the court for temporary and permanent alimony, as well as attorneys’ fees and an equitable division of marital and non-marital property.
“Vanessa and I are working together in seeking God’s will in our current circumstances,” Eddie Long said in a written statement.
According to the divorce petition, the couple is “currently living in a bona fide state of separation.”
The Longs were married March 10, 1990. the couple has three children together and has another child from Long’s previous marriage.
Eddie Long, who has been a vocal opponent of gay marriage, built his empire with charisma and a prosperity Gospel message that told followers God would reward the faithful with wealth. it was an idea he embodied, sporting jewels on stage, living in a mansion and driving a luxury car.
The bishop was well-regarded in Lithonia, just outside Atlanta in DeKalb County, home to one of the most affluent African-American communities in the U.S.
Eddie Izzard a whiz on one leg
(UKPA)–3 days ago
Eddie Izzard has revealed he has become such a master of walking on one leg he can almost run.
The actor and comedian – who in 2009 completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief – stars as Long John Silver in a new adaptation of Treasure Island to air on Sky1 at Christmas and had to train to play the one-legged pirate.
Eddie revealed: “The whole one leg thing, that was tricky, because you know if you have one leg now you have two handles and two crutches, so you can get around.
“This is one stick and no handle, getting that right was really hard. I can go forwards and backwards on it.
“I can even do a fast walky-run for the chase scenes. and yes, I have kept the crutch.”
The 49-year-old stand-up enjoys a challenge after perfecting his French to perform 71 gigs in France.
Next year he plans to do stand-up in Berlin, Moscow, Cairo and Madrid, all in their respective mother-tongues.
He admitted: “Those will all be pinnacles to climb. My Spanish is – there’s not much there, but I could probably get it.
“Russian will be tough, Arabic will be tough, German I did two years ago so I can.”
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