By Marilyn Baron
The other day I was “Googling” an author who wrote a book featured in a PBS program my husband and I were watching on TV. Then I did something I had never done before. I decided to Google myself. I had no idea what I’d find. But what I did find surprised me. Apparently, I am not alone.
There are other Marilyn Barons out there. For example, there’s a Marilyn Baron with “35 + years in the sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation industry selling specialty coatings/liners and trenchless solutions to federal, state and local governments.” Yowie Gazowie!
Then there’s the Marilyn Baron from Somerville, N.J., who is in Substance Abuse Counseling/Drug Counseling and Social Work.
Then there is Marilyn Barron with Molson Coors Brewing Company.
Then, next to the picture of me and my Dopelgängers, is an image of Marilyn Monroe. Hey, I’m not complaining.
Then there’s me, Author Marilyn Baron, TWB Press, Owner, Baron Communications, Inc . and PRO member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers. There was information about my humorous, supernatural angel e-short stories with TWB Press and my new novel, The Edger, which I cowrote with my sister. Then there were some Petit Fours and Hot Tamales posts and my Face Book and Linked In sites.
Suddenly, another Marilyn Baron caught my eye. A Marilyn Barron (spelled with two r’s) Obituary in The New York Times. This Marilyn Barron was from Far Rockaway, NY. For a moment, I just sat there. Confronted with my own mortality, I didn’t want to delve any further. The next morning, I went back to try to find out more about this particular Marilyn Barron who is no longer with us.
Turns out, judging by the tributes her friends posted in her online guest book, she was a wonderful woman and a beloved member of her community. She passed away on March 11, 2012 at age 88.
“In the Eighties she organized the residents of Charlesbank to convert a commercial apartment building into a limited equity cooperative corporation. That makes possible for many of us today high quality affordable living in Boston’s brain corridor. “
“Marilyn was feisty and independent and a feminist long before feminism became prevalent. She was a world traveler and active in the community and as an alumna of Wellesley College.”
“Memories of Marilyn make me smile. I will miss her ‘energizer bunny-ness,’ her dapper appearance, her brilliant mind, her generosity of spirit and even more, her courage and tenacity to stay connected, active and vibrant long after her vision and mobility became so compromised.”
I only hope people have half the nice things to say about me as they did about the other Marilyn when my time comes.
Rest in peace, Marilyn Barron.
I recommend you try Googling yourself. It’s a sobering, but interesting experience. Have you ever tried Googling yourself? What did you find?