I am a professor of history currently writing a book on the impact of the Japanese movie monster, Godzilla, on American life and culture.
In the 49 years since the first Godzilla film was released in Japan, this giant radioactive reptile has become a beloved icon around the world. Although Hollywood's computer-generated special effects now make Godzilla's production values — two actors in latex suits, wrestling amidst a toy landscape of Tokyo — look quite primitive, the Godzilla films remain endearing examples of science fiction escapism. I am interested in hearing from your readers about their personal responses to Godzilla. When did you see your first Godzilla movie? Do you own Godzilla collectibles? Why do you think Godzilla has become such an enduring icon in America?
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Department of History, University of Kansas, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001, Lawrence, Kansas 66045.
William M. Tsutsui
Associate professor of history