In 1950 I was standing on the corner of 11th and Walnut in Kansas City, Missouri, waiting for a streetcar and whistling “Questa o quella” from Rigoletto. I was approached by a man asking for directions to the Plaza Theatre. He spoke to me in a Swedish accent. Curious, I asked if he were Jussi Björling, the tenor, and he was! I wondered if my whistling was why he asked me for directions, but I didn’t ask. I was astonished that he was there in person, so I don’t really recall all of the conversational exchanges we made. I do remember telling him the Plaza Theater was way out south, and if he went out there to watch a movie he would be late for his own concert! I told him that I had tickets to attend his concert and didn’t want him to miss it, so we agreed to walk around downtown together instead.
Darrow, Arthur H. Patrick
"A Voice Lesson with Jussi,"
Journal of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 27
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsociety/vol27/iss1/11