He always said he’d be back.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to his birthplace in the village of Thal in Styria, Austria, on Friday for the inauguration of his museum.
Moving through the crowd and smiling broadly, Schwarzenegger waved to well-wishers as they snapped photos of him and screamed his name. Even in the rain, common folk and dignitaries, including federal chancellor Werner Faymann and Styria Governor Franz Voves, showed up in large numbers for the event, which was accented by a serenade from the village band.
Schwarzenegger, wearing a gray suit, looked more like the Governator than the hometown boy who left this small town in the late 1960s to pursue a career in America as a bodybuilder.
The former California governor told young people that he wanted them to understand that everybody can have success.
"The museum is a symbol of the will, that everyone has a chance in life,” he told them, according to CNN affiliate ORF in Austria. "Personal success is the result of determination, hard work and tenacity."
Mementos from his three careers - bodybuilding, acting and politics - are enshrined at the museum. From his weight-training days, there’s a barbell. Representing his time in Hollywood, there's some "Terminator" paraphernalia and the sword he used in the “Conan” films. Also on display is a copy of his desk from his time as governor.
Unveiled at the event was a hulking bronze statue of Schwarzenegger flexing as a bodybuilder.
Schwarzenegger used the occasion to indulge fans via social media as well, tweeting a photo of himself hugging his former teacher. “She said she lived this long to make sure we made something of ourselves,” he tweeted.
Schwarzenegger was accompanied by his 18-year-old son, Patrick, who was met by a chorus of screaming female fans.
A museum dedicated to Arnold Schwarzenegger opened this week in the former California governor's childhood home, Austrian media report.
Schwarzenegger, whose 64th birthday is Saturday, didn't attend the quiet opening, but organizers have invited him to be back for a grand opening at a date to be determined, the Austrian Times reported.
The museum in Thal will include Schwarzenegger's first set of weights, props from some of his movies and a replica of the desk he used as governor, the Austrian site The Mark reported.
It also may include a picture of Schwarzenegger's estranged wife, Maria Shriver, according to the Austrian Times.
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When the 13-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger's former housekeeper found out the Terminator was his father, he answered with one word: "Cool!"
That's what the housekeeper, Mildred Baena, tells HELLO! magazine, in what the British publication says will be her first and only interview on the subject.
The housekeeper told the magazine she didn't realize at first that the boy, Joseph, was Schwarzenegger's son.
“It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered – but It became more apparent as time went on,” HELLO! quotes Baena as saying.“I knew Arnold was the father, and maybe as Joseph got older and began to look like him, he (Arnold) wondered. But he never said anything to me.”
Baena also said Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, had her suspicions.
“She would say things like, 'I’m here if you need to talk.' I sensed something was up," Baena is quoted as saying. “Finally, she asked point blank.”
Upon learning the truth, Shriver comforted Baena, the housekeeper told HELLO!
"She cried with me. ... We held each other and I told her it wasn’t Arnie’s fault, that it takes two,” Baena is quoted as saying.