I was 8. Seeing a matinee movie in the small Colorado town where I grew up.
I've long forgotten that afternoon's featured attraction, but I never forgot that preview of things to come ~ That massive, malific monstrosity - that hallucinogenic horror we Americans knew as:
THE SMOG MONSTER*!
*The Japanese call it "Hedora"or, in the words of a real Japanese Scientist, "the dirty decaying part of sewage". Apparently, my mind has been in the gutter ever since....