On 30 August 1984 at 6:30 pm I heared on the radio that Frida was in Holland to make a video clip and to promote her brand new album Shine. I immediately decided that I had to meet her.
There was no time to waste. I phoned the president of the fanclub. She told me that she didn't know where Frida was staying, which I didn't believe, but she expected Frida to stay in one of Amsterdam's luxury hotels.
A couple of phone calls later I knew that she stayed in the Sonesta Hotel. So I went to Amsterdam together with close friend Emyl Mijnhout who happens to like ABBA too. When we arrived in Sonesta hotel, the staff told us that she was out to dinner and they even told us to which restaurant.
We decided to go there and indeed we could see Frida wining and dining. We didn't enter the restaurant, because we wanted to give her some privacy. So we waited outside of the restaurant and occasionally looked if she was still there.
By then she had noticed us and thought that we were journalists. So she sent one of the people from the restaurant staff to us. He asked if we were journalists. We said "No, just fans wanting an autograph and our photo taken with her."
The waiter went back and a couple of minutes later Frida came to us, talked with us, autographed a couple of records and posed for photos. As you can see in the pictures, she was very relaxed and obviously I was pretty nervous :)
Funnily enough, then I didn't know that one of the people accompanying Frida was Görel Hanser who happens to be in one of the pictures too.