Posted by: Bruce | November 19, 2009

John Travolta & Girls on Film (almost) at Sydney Airport.

And now for a little John Travolta trivia from 1980 (possibly late 1979). An event missed by media but not by me! A brief brush with fame.

The location was Sydney, Australia; in particular the domestic airline terminal at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

John Travolta - Grease / a Google imageIn 1980  John Travolta arrived in Sydney for film promotions. It was rumoured that he was following Olivia Newton-John whom some days before had returned to Australia. Films around this time, Grease, Xanadu and others.

His arrival was very low key (unlike now), expected only by some officials notified accordingly. As such, crowds were not an issue, he was hardly noticed in the International Terminal.

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in 1978  movie " Grease" - a Google imageMyself and a colleague in law enforcement were given the task of safeguarding John Travolta until he boarded his connecting flight from the domestic terminal. (A tough job, but someone had to do it). We even had an introduction and handshake thrown in. He looked as cool as in the movies. A curse for us mere mortal males.

After waiting in a lounge there was a short walk to board the plane. It was at this point that he was spotted by 3  teenage girls around 15yrs of age. They appeared kind of speechless; one carried a small camera (film) like a Kodak Instamatic.

They managed to ask John if he would be okay with photos. He smiled, and posed with two of the girls, while the third (the owner of the camera) pressed the shutter. Two girls were happy.

The owner of the camera excitedly took her turn to pose with John. No click from the shutter pressed by her friend. The last frame on the film had been exposed. I wanted to help, we all wanted to help, couldn’t.

Time was gone, the plane boarded and John Travolta winged away.

I often wonder about the young lady, who almost made it on film with John Travolta. I guess she has her own very clear picture of that day; just not in the format she hoped; a great memory all the same. And what of her two girlfriends and their pictures; do they still have them?

Word for that day;      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! (or equivalent)

More to come;  same blog time,  same blog channel.


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  2. If only that girl had used her iPhone. 🙂 How things have changed, Bruce. Builder / photographer and law enforcement officer. You do lead an interesting life.
    Whenever I watch Dial M for murder I think of iPhones and how differently that film would have turned out. There’s a story in that somewhere.

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    • You should write that story Mary. As for me, I’m a jack of a few trades and master of none. And of the few unusual things I might write about, they seem so long ago that they happened to someone else! Thanks for reading Mary, Happy Valentines Day for yesterday.


      • I know what you mean. The years intervene between you and your memories and it’s hard to believe they were even your experiences. It’s called (almost) old age. You should record those far away experiences, Bruce. While you can still remember them being yours. And I’d still like to read about them. ⭐️

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