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"And Then I Got Bit By Tarzan's Monkey"

by M.E. O'Day

I have always wanted to write. As a child I wrote poetry. I remember one I wrote for my grandmother about her pug nose. It was very funny and she laughed out loud. I discovered years later, after her death, that she kept that poem in an envelope, with my name on it, in her cedar chest.

I studied Journalism in high school and college and attended a three-week writing seminar sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association in Georgetown, KY. It was there that the instructor, Jim St. Clair, told me “you have a knack for this Ellen, just keep going with it.” They say that you should write about what you know. I know a few things. Like what it’s like to live in a dysfunctional family. What it’s like to love and lose. What it’s like to deal with illness, and overcome adversity in the workplace.

But for my first outing I did not want to write about any of those things. I wanted to write about something that was fun. So, I decided to write about the famous people I have met. All the stories you will read about in this book actually took place. They were all unexpected and brought me joy at the time and have left me with fond memories.

I am sure that a lot of you have had your brushes with celebrities. It is my hope that this book will not only amuse you about my brushes, but will invoke your own memories.

Please enjoy!
— Ellen