Oh Marilyn, Where Art Thou?
Rodney E.J. Chang
Believe it or not, I think I've had paranormal
encounters with Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood's 20th century sex icon.
In the '50s, my parents took their brood of five to the local drive-in.
Featured was an adult film starring Marilyn.
As an eleven-year old boy, all that necking on the big screen was boring.
So I turned my attention to the night sky.
One eye noted Marilyn making out in bed, but the other saw an object zip
across the sky, shoot downwards at a diagonal angle, then after a short pause,
jet straight up and disappear into the heavens. From that moment on, my young
brain subliminally associated Marilyn with UFOs.
As a college art student I toyed with experimental graphics.
Setting random parameters, I let programs run all night without personal
manipulation. One morning, I discovered on the monitor an eerie image that
appeared to be Marilyn! “Marilyn”
was the most popular art print in our student art show.
Later in life I became obsessed with the UFO phenomena, leading me to take a trip to Roswell, New Mexico, ground zero for UFO enthusiasts. I was surprised to discover that there was a lecture entitled “UFOs and Marilyn”!
All this Marilyn inspired me to write a sci-fi novel (Roswell Encounter
Gallery) that includes the Marilyn episodes of my real life.