BODYGUARD TO THE STARS
As a little scapper at school, kids called him
EARNED HOW TO FIGHT WHEN HE WAS 8.
NOW, AS A TOP KARATE EXPERT, HE GUARDS AND ACTS AS FRIEND TO CELEBRITIES IN AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS
A row of framed pop posters hangs on the wall. Most are affectionately inscribed. One reads:
"For Bob, thanks for all your help. Love and kisses Linda Ronstadt."
On the poster announcing the David Bowie tour of Australia, the star has written:
"With all my thanks for your excellent work "
But the prize possession is the:
"Thanks to Bob Jones Karate Skool''''
Mick Jagger scrawled before he flew out of Australia with the rest of the Rolling Stones.
Bob Jones, 1.8 m (6 ft) tall, with shoulders almost as wide and a mane of thick, wavy red hair, has been in the business of protecting international stars on tour here for almost a decade.
Bob''s long list of clients includes Shelley Berman, the Rolling Stones, Abba, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Joe Cocker, ex Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda.
"They are crazy, fascinating, often highly intelligent and always fun people," Bob says.
Recently his charges have been taking him on tour out of Australia . . . to South East Asia, Japan, and to the U.S.