Quad-City Times, 1993, by: Bill Wundram
COPENHAGEN, Denmark --- Bruce Springsteen was in town the other night. He didn't know that he would be having a middle of the night tete a tete with two Moline, Illinois grandmas in their 70s. Nora Rexroth and Beulah Graham, the Moline duo, may never be the same. They have yet to wash the hands squeezed by the Boss. And he didn't just shake their hands; he left his cozy hotel room at 1:15 a.m. and chatted with them and asked all about them and posed for pictures. It began with our arrival at the Plaza Hotel, a spiffy but tiny place where people like George Bush and Barbra Streisand and Ringo Starr stay. There was a gaggle of young people waiting at the front door. "Who are you," several asked. "I am Bruce's grossvater (grandfather)," I replied with outstretched arms in this land where no mortal would know me. I thought none would take me seriously, but while passing in and out of the hotel that day, the youngsters would yell "Grossvater! Grossvater!" I would take a bow and they would laugh and applaud. At mid-day, Bruce appeared accompanied by a couple of heavies who were bodyguards, He walked briskly through the hotel lobby, pausing to say hello to our traveling group. That night, while all the rest of our contingent was tucked away in bed, Nora and Beulah were stalking the lobby, waiting for Bruce to return from his concert. They visited with his security people, telling them how they had waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the Boss so they could "tell our grandchildren we were in his presence." They were told Bruce was already in bed, having come in the back door earlier. Then one of the guards said, "You ladies are so nice. Wait here a minute."A few minutes later, at 1:15 a.m., Bruce came down in the elevator, in his bathrobe. Smiling, he greeted the two Moline grandmas."It's him," Beulah gasped.He hugged the two women and then posed for about a dozen pictures. Nora admired his earring and told him how much she liked his curly hair. Bruce is not a large person, and Nora noted this: "I could pick you up and put you right over my shoulder,'' she said. "Sing something," Nora asked. "What would you like to hear?" Bruce said. "I like that one song -- something about 'home.' But I don't know if it's by you or Willie Nelson." (She likely meant Bruce's "My Hometown.") The three hugged some more and then Bruce was gone. The whole episode must have lasted 15 minutes. It says a lot for a star to quietly spend that much time with two grandmas from nowhere. Nora and Beulah are still enraptured.



1993-05-30 Gentofte Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark