Welcome to the Foundation's FIRST newsletter!
Through this online publication, we hope to keep members informed about
what your Foundation is up to... as well as what's happening in the "Zone."
Since I'm a relatively new member of the Foundation (and its Board of
Trustees)—I'm allowed to brag a bit... and what attracted me to this group
in the first place was their intense dedication to the memory of this
talented writer who called Binghamton "home." Since the mid-1980's this
organization has been working to honor Serling—one of the most talented
and prolific writers in American television.
Beginning with this issue, we'll highlight the continuing interest in Rod
Serling and his work—from the press... on bookshelves... DVDs and on the
internet. And, as always, we answer to our members—and look forward to
comments on this newsletter and how we can make it better.
Carol Serling Collaborates
Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone:
The Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute
by Douglas Brode and Carol Serling
Syracuse University professor
and pop culture writer Brodie uses Carol Serling's words to "frame" each
chapter, in which he analyzes some 80 episodes.
(member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees):
"It is not designed to be strictly a biography, an episode guide, a
collection of trivia, a photo book, or a reference tome—these
niches have already been filled. Rather, it is a critical study that
seeks to define The Twilight
Zone’s lasting cultural appeal; a fiftieth birthday present to a
series that is ageless, and a most appropriate Golden Anniversary
homage to the show and its creator...
"The early feedback on
and the Twilight Zone" has been overwhelmingly positive.
Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. called it 'A timely commentary on
TV’s first truly great filmed weekly dramatic series The Twilight
Zone, a show that has clearly passed the test of time and speaks
again to each new generation of devoted
At long last, release of a
ROD SERLING POSTAGE STAMP
has been announced by the U. S. Postal Service. It didn't turn out exactly the way we wanted
it (see our
left) but it's nice to know all the Foundation's letters &
petitions helped bring this to reality. On the sheet of 20
different stamps, Serling—
the only writer included—
will share the spotlight with
other TV greats such as Alfred Hitchcock, Burns & Allen and "The
You can read Foundation board member Steve Schlich's
Many "Twilight Zone" scripts were
undoubtedly written in ITHACA, N.Y.—at the Serling family
cottage on Cayuga Lake... and the TWZ creator often taught at Ithaca
College between 1967and 1975. I-C will host their third Rod
Serling conference: "Celebrating 50 Years of 'The Twilight
Zone'" on October 2-3. A scriptwriting competition
will also be included and all conference details may be found on
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.—Rod Serling's real hometown—are planning "Twilight Zone @50."
The event, scheduled for October 1-4 may include: a reinactment of Serling's 1968 commencement
address at Binghamton High School... live screenings at the
Recreation Park carousel... a live "Twilight Zone" marathon... walking/trolley tours
of area Serling sites... etc. Programming is
subject to change, but planners of the Ithaca College conference intend to
include some of the
Binghamton events in their schedule.
TWO OF SERLING'S FAVORITE CITIES CELEBRATE
OF "THE TWILIGHT ZONE"
has just completed Volume Six of "AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: The Complete
Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling" (published February 28,
2009 by Gauntlet Press). Tony also wrote the cover article on Del
the latest issue of Filmfax Magazine.
Retired Ithaca College professor
just can't stop teaching. He has a luncheon lecture on Rod Serling
April 21 at "Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center" (Painted Post,
N.Y.) and will present a two-evening course on Serling's work at the
of North Carolina/Wilmington in May.
RSMF member and home improvement columnist Ron Wolfe explains how you can find The Twilight Zone in your own home!
FOUNDATION MEMBERS AT WORK
some "sterling" SERLING Links