M.E. “Ellen” O’Day, a northern Kentucky resident who graduated from a KPA Journalism Boot Camp at Georgetown College in the early 2000s, is now an author. O’Day’s book, “And then I got bit by Tarzan’s monkey,” details her adventures meeting a number of celebrities over the years, ranging from actors to famous musicians and even her chance encounter with Tarzan — actor Johnny Weissmuller — and his pet monkey who bit Ellen on the hand.
On the back cover, Ellen wrote: “I have always wanted to write. As a child I wrote poetry…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 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 tie and have left me with fond memories.”