Oh Marilyn, Where Art Thou?


        By Rodney E.J. Chang

      Honolulu, Hawaii


June 1, 2016


     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”! 

     Apparently President John Kennedy told his secret-other that aliens do exist, even if the government denied it. He confided how he had seen the bodies retrieved from the Roswell Crash of 1947 at a secretive military base in Nevada.  Marilyn was going to spill it to the press.  Before she could go, she was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.

     All this Marilyn inspired me to write a sci-fi novel (Roswell Encounter Gallery) that includes the Marilyn episodes of my real life.