December, 1961: Len Steckler was a photographer and a friend of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg, then 83 years old. Steckler says that one day when he was visiting with Sandburg, “Carl mentioned that he might be having a visitor.” Marilyn Monroe arrived a few minutes later and said, “I’m sorry I’m late — I was at the hairdresser’s, matching my hair to Carl’s.”
Steckler says, “As we know, Marilyn loved older men, she loved the intellectuals and Carl was very parental with her. It was a lovely thing to see.”
The poet, seven years later.