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The day that two Argentines (SILVIA and JAVIER ESTRACH) met George in his Friar Park Home
The afternoon of May 23, 1999, my wife Silvia and I had a wonderful meeting with George Harrison, which lasted for almost 30 minutes. A huge thrill was have him face to face a few inches away and see his smile wide and frank.
The first thing we see is what we already thought of it: we met a quite simple, humble man with sense of humor and a great! Peace of mind that we are contagious while we were chatting.
Both we would like that this humble story will serve as a kind of tribute to someone who changed our lives dramatic and beautifully, making us better people, bringing us a lot of joy from our childhood, up to the present, there is no a single beautiful memories from our childhood that is not associated with it or the rest of the Beatles.
On Sunday, May 23, 1999, while staying in England arrived at the town of Henley on Thames, Silvia and I decided to go there with the cherished but remote idea for us at that time to see George. We knew that most likely was that we had to make do with stand outside and take photos of the House only, but even if it were that, for us already was worth.
We arrived at Friar Park in the afternoon, and when we recognized that famous big gate with its gold plaque, started to take photographs and admire the immense expansion of the land and the forest interior. He clarified that the mansion where he lived George is not possible to see it from the outside, since the ground is covered with large trees and plants and his palace is away from the main entrance, which is seen from the outside is simply the House you live in the home.
We were several hours in the hope that something happens. After taking a few pictures, we decided to take one of the Palisades that surround the entire length of Friar Park, and after a few minutes of walking, we started to hear a noise that came from the forest within the property, that it sounded like footsteps on dry leaves, we immediately stopped us, we look inward and saw the shadow of a standing manlooking half-hidden among the trees (clarified that field within the property has different levels with respect to the street, so George was watching us from above our).
It was already well into the afternoon and we were the only ones walking along the narrow street at that time. We were talking in Spanish, and I think that it caught his attention.
At that time we recognized its shadow immediately, was it! , and I began to yell "Hey George!" George! "and he said very sheepishly... "Do Huh? who is there? ”.
George! , we come from Argentina only to see you! , we have a present for you! , please could you give us only a minute?.
"But... I do not want any present...What is it? "-It is simply a t-shirt that we brought from Argentina..." is for you!
That first time showed something unsafe with regard to us and you could see that he was trying to make sure that we were trusted.
In that I remembered to appoint him as another gift that I had sent him several months earlier by mail and by which he had answered me with another present on your part... nothing less than a PIN (pin) with the sign of the "Ohm" and a card with the words of Swami Sivananda, all this came to my house in an envelope orange.
So it was that I remembered him something that would surely recognize... "George, I you sent months ago a video of Juan Manuel Fangio, and will have received it because your office sent me this collar and a card in response", then George smiled and said the magic words, "okay..." go to the gate! ,”.
We were not credit to our ears and ask... What?... Really? ", and again smiling said..." "Yes, Yes, go up to the main gate! "making a gesture with his arm pointing out the place. That was the most exciting moment of our lives and we were running like a beam towards the main entrance, we were about to meet one of the men that we formed and with which we grew up: George Harrison.
George arrived at the entrance to driving a truck, those that are used in the fields of golf, and we told him... Cute car George! ","Do it is, it is not true? ", then with a big smile, he pulled out his keys and opened a gate more small right next to the large main gate, and greeted us with a memorable handshake."
We started to tell him what he had meant in our lives, not only for his music, but by his words and his way of thinking, and we learned to be better through it.
He smiled and said: "thank you!" ", thank you for listening to my music, many people listening to stupid music today, music that makes no sense".
We talked about the video of Fangio that I had mailed him long ago and Formula 1. The PIN and the card you sent me, George said: "remember him. Sometimes I prefer to send anything better than a simple autograph, the Ohm and the words of Swami Sivananda help people feel better because each one is special and you are".
Then very smiling asked: "How is Gardel? ", -"he sings better each day! "answered us, explaining that it was a well-known saying in Argentina.
We continue talking about various topics and also gave our gift... a t-shirt with a drawing of the center of Buenos Aires, which the he looked carefully and asked where he was.
We told him that it was an important area of... AH! of Buenos Aires, not? ", Yes!" , Buenos Aires! ","Thank you,... " but you really don't need to give me anything"-"we know him, but we live so far away, this is a way of making us feel a little closer,"answered us, the smiled and said... Oh... Okay, thank you very much then! "Then asked if he had also received a magnet with a picture of Tango, what George returned to add laughing:"the magnet for the refrigerator? " "he told us that he had put in his and laughed when he heard that I had also been us responsible for that gift.
Then we asked about our country, and was interested to know as he was living in Buenos Aires, what we told him that it was very different to the here, also asked us how long we were staying in Henley and if we had visited other places in Europe. When we told her that we had been in Hamburg and that we had walked by the Große Freihet and the Reeperbhan, laughed slyly as usual, but with good intentions: "that was a long time ago!" ", he said between smiles, and we talked about the resemblance which had between the red light district of Amsterdam and Hamburg, whereupon he was agreed."
George was interested in our conversation, and seemed to be talking to someone known... was fantastic! Said that he had never been in Argentina, and was the only country in South America which met Brazil, when the next Emerson Fitipaldi in the town of Guaruya, to which we remember that was in February 1979.
In the middle of our conversation asking about your health "How is your health now George"? (the already came some time ago to treat the first tumor that took in the throat). When asked he said: "Oh, now I'm well thank you!" recently I was in America making me several studies and the doctors told me that I am OK! "George was thankful of that worry to ask you and we could not believe its simplicity!."
After a while more than talk, Silvia, we began to feel that it was time to bid farewell to, but the two noticed that he felt comfortable with us and not cutting the conversation, by contrast, took subjects to continue talking.
We then asked if we could take a photo with him to have souvenir, which he kindly said... Oh yeah, sure! , a photo with each one! ”
In the process of taking the photos we had a small problem with one of the cameras (at the time both analogue) and he offered to review it, which was really fun because we made jokes saying that we were not good photographers, since he took our camera and when he pressed the trigger involuntarily took a photo of Silvia feet, to which at that time looking at me with a smile said "there is no very good photographers these days, you have to press with more force the red button!" ”.
What we didn't know at that time is then we see that one of our chambers was staying without batteries, and so capriciously failed at that important moment.
Finally my wife and I had our respective photos with, and then this time Yes... It was already time to say goodbye, George returned to shake their hands, but I could not stop my impulses, and gave him a great and sincere hug, it also very warmly hugged me, did the same with my wife Silvia which also gave a kiss.
We finally told her... For you this is perhaps a very small moment in your life, but it is not for us! , will never forget this moment for the rest of our lives! ”
"OH!" is not that too? ”
No, isn't it all!
"OK, thanks to you, both are special..." Good bye!! “
"Goodbye George you care!" “
He entered and closed the gate, and just before getting to the golf cart, turned to turn and waving his hand with our gift, saying... "Thanks again both of them!" "," No, thank you George! "" then we were looking at us as he moved away by the path and was lost in the thicket of the forest.
A month later, already back in Argentina, I bought the Billboard magazine in June of ' 99 in which there is an interview that takes place Timothy White to George. In a segment the journalist asked him: "you think that popular music had impact on the way of thinking of the people through time?" ", to which George inter alia responds:"Yes, definitely think about it... " I've known recently time, fans who have come to my excited to places like Argentina!. The music of the Beatles has had a great influence and still has it."
Least seven months later (on 30 December of that same year), a mentally ill got to Friar Park and attacked and it seriously wounded George.
From there onwards, it seems that things began to get worse for him. After that condition their health later deteriorated because of cancer.
Silvia we were lucky enough to go to England in April of 2001 and visited again Friar Park, but already everything had changed. While we were in London the front pages of all newspapers reported that George had a new tumor in his lung and that it had removed a small part.
In spite of that, we decided to risk and return to Henley on Thames. There could speak at the entrance to Friar Park with one of the men that he hired as security and then tell the experience that we had with George two years earlier, asked if it could make you reach George a gift from our part, to which it committed very kindly, so we give a book in English about plants and trees typical of the Argentina that we took together with a letter with the photos we had taken with him on the previous trip.
We have the consolation that maybe gift has been interested in being a subject so close to him as it was gardening.
Well, this has been the story of what lived with one of the four people that changed us head in a beautiful way inevitably for the rest of our lives. It was an unforgettable experience and from November 29, 2001 sadly unrepeatable.