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Updated: 10/08/2013 11:04:01AM

Memories of Sinatra strike high note

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Frank Sinatra autographed this picture of himself for Jean Buchhardt in the lobby of the Philadelphia Theater, circa 1944.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Englewood resident Jean Buchhardt’s father was one of the bodyguards for numerous Hollywood celebrities when they came to Philadelphia on bond drives.

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Actor Paul Henreid, Glasgow Driscoll, opera singer Rise Stevens, and Gene Brenizer during a bond drive.

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Glasgow Driscoll, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Brenizer take a moment to relax during a bond drive.

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Jean Buchhardt finally looked up at Ol’ Blue Eyes so the photographers could get a picture of them.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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ENGLEWOOD — Jean Buchhardt is a very lucky person. It’s not every day that someone can say they met Frank Sinatra, chatted with him backstage after a performance, and watched as he signed a photo of himself and gave it to her.

Buchhardt’s father, Eugene “Gene” Brenizer, was a Philadelphia homicide detective during the 1940s and 1950s. He served 25 years as a Philly police officer, beginning his career walking a beat, riding a horse and motorcycle, and retiring after reaching the coveted position of chief of detectives.

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