ET seen at Junction Hill
By TONY WHITE
AN ET sighting at Junction Hill yesterday had tongues wagging and hearts fluttering.
No it wasn't the famed mythical movie character but none other than former Australian, NSW and Cronulla rugby league star, Andrew Etinghausen, who now hosts a fishing show on Foxtel.
Etinghausen and friends stopped at the Junction Hill Family Store on the Summerland Way (Casino Road) for lunch at noon and it didn't take long for him to be recognised.
"I was inside when the girls, my wife Karen and Jenny Cameron, came running in and said guess who is sitting outside," store proprietor John Edwards said.
"It was Jenny who first recognised it was ET."
After plenty of prompting from the two smitten females, Edwards went outside to meet Etinghausen and ask if he would have a photograph taken.
"Apparently he was on a fishing trip with friends and I was a bit reluctant to bother him," Edwards said. "But the girls were really keen to get a photo.
"When I asked him if it was all right ET said no problems.
"He was very helpful and polite. The girls even got autographs."
Edwards said it took some time for the women to settle after ET's surprise stopover.
"The girls were flustered. They took some time cooling off after he left," Edwards laughed.
"Did they make any calls to let their friends know?" Edwards was asked.
"Did they ever," he replied.
"The phone ran hot. There were plenty of calls to friends to talk about his (Etinghausen's) good looks."
Edwards, who worked with the RTA for 23 years, said since taking over the store approximately two years back, several other celebrities including millionaire retail and thoroughbred owner-breeder Gerry Harvey and Tony Mundine senior, had dined at the store.