I Went to Sweden: Part 1

You guys know how I like to visit the graves of movie stars, right? So of course I made sure to take two trains and walk half a mile through Stockholm’s gorgeous graveyard (I almost called it “drop-dead gorgeous”) to visit the site where Greta Garbo’s ashes were interred.

Greta Garbo grave

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  1. Bo says:

    My wife and I were on a ~8am AAirlines flight from JFK-LAX…December 19,1983…enroute to Tahiiti. We were sitting about 3 rows back (in coach) from 1st class….Well, I noticed the flight attendants (stewardess back then) were paying alot of attention to the passenger sitting on the (F/O) side or right side of the plane…last seat…..Of course this stirred up my curiosity….I was getting anxious….Who is that?…I thought…..Most people, including my wife were oblivious to this…not me…..Then, about half way through the flight she got up….went to the restroom…when she was about to take her seat…she spotted me…spotting her…It was Greta Garbo…in the flesh….same familiar hairdo she always wore…older but STUNNING!!!!…..She had a 6th sense about peering eyes……I knew getting her photo was almost the Holy Grail of photographs….I had to figure out how/when/where to do this…That was when I whispered to my wife….Greta Garbo is on this flight and she’s sitting right over there….My wife was…leave her alone….she doesn’t liked to be bothered…then…Are you sure it’s her?….I said….100% sure……Now, my Canon camera was with me….When we disembarked the plane I made sure we left at the 1st class exit (not sure if that’s an option anymore)…As we made our way up the aisle, I turned back to look at my wife so I could confirm it was Garbo and again…our eyes met…..Garbo was definitely onto me….Let me explain for a moment…I, from time to time, have seen celebrities in NY and I even have a few autographs..but I never remotely annoyed/stalked anyone ever….and…the few celebrities I did see…I regret not getting their signature..like John Lennon’s…….Anyway, I made sure I walked fast staying ahead of Garbo in order to set up a spot where I could get a photo and not be in her line of sight. I found a great spot in front of a row of telephones….well….I was locked and loaded and as Garbo passed she turned toward me and I unloaded a barrage of shots……but I wanted more…..So I set up my telephoto lens and made sure she didn’t see me..this time….Let me say Again…..what I did here is SO out of character for me…but for some reason…I had to do this……..I shot away at the luggage carousel………Now, on this roll of film were other shots I took in LA….since we had about 10 hours to kill….We rented a car and I drove around LA snapping as many shots as I could….Here’s the most bizarre part of the story…..Every shot I took of Garbo…never developed!….all the other shots of LA…no problem…..I’m not sure if that’s the way Garbo’s vibe wanted it…or the place where I had my film developed recognized her photo and stole them…..I like to believe it’s the former…………Just my 2 cents!….Take Care….Bo

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