Franco & Tina at Gold's Gym-Venice: discussing how we will train comedian Don Rickles for the filming of an HBO special.
If anyone has gotten my book, you know that I included a picture of myself with Dr. Franco Columbu at Gold's Gym in Venice, California. Of course, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of photos taken of me back in the day, and I included only a few.
I heard of Franco's death last week, and something kicked off grief in me that lasted for days. I think I was grieving my life as I was knew it. Back then, I had important people around me at all times; each of us were trend setters, shakers and movers. They were nothing like the lowlife Satanists, freemason Gangstalkers and thieves that surround me today. Unfortunately, they also harass my old friends; making them send me emails and occasional communications that make me upset (I am sorry they bother you and probably threaten you.) This is why I stay at a far distance from the people I once loved and shared my life with, though I hold those memories close to my heart, which often helps me make it through another day. This is also why I hadn't stayed in contact with Franco throughout the years. I didn't want him to be harassed or lied-to about me.
I could go on for pages on how different my life is today, but I will focus on Franco instead. We did an ongoing column together called, Body by Franco w/ Tina Plakinger, for IronMan magazine. We would usually meet at his office is West Los Angeles where the interview would take place, before he would treat me to a fish dinner at some nice nearby restaurant. He was always a perfect gentleman and someone who knew how to love life and appreciate beauty to its fullest.
If you don't know about Franco Columbu, you must look him up, for he was a strongman back in the day. He would blow up hot water bottles until they exploded! He could also pull tractor trucks behind him with a rope over his shoulder. He was truly an amazing chiropractor, as well. I hold my memories of our time together very close to my heart. For that strongman has made me a strongwoman today!
Rest in peace, my friend. Rest in peace. For you have left your legacy here on earth for many to learn from. One thing I want to add: The filming of your movie about life in Sardinia, Italy, where you introduce your mother to the world, was enjoyed by both myself and Dr. Leroy Perry of the International Sports Medicine Institute in West Los Angeles. Something so precious that I was invited to participate in and will never forget. Losing you has kicked up the loss of myself in many ways and brings tears to my eyes, yet thinking of how strong you were makes me remember how strong I am. Thank you for everything. I will see you in the afterlife, God willing. ###