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  Rod Serling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rod Serling served as a U.S. Army paratrooper and demolition specialist with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II from January 1943 to January 1946.
Serling fought hard for creative control, hiring writers he admired (such as Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont, both television writers known for their science fiction and fantasy stories) and launched himself into weekly television.
Serling wrote a number of short stories in the science fiction and horror genres, which were collected into three volumes of Twilight Zone stories (1960, 1961, 1962), two of Night Gallery stories (1971, 1972) and a collection of three novellas, The Season to be Wary (1968).
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 Jonathan Lethem - Selected Published and Unpublished Writings, Bibliography and Links
Rod Serling was so many things, and many of them are now hard to keep entirely in focus: Master of a brief, much-lamented era of live plays on television, and paradigmatic figure of that monstrous new medium's potential and decline.
Serling's collaborators on The Comedian were Ernest Lehman, who supplied the original story, the young director John Frankenheimer, and Mickey Rooney in a tour-de-force performance in the lead role -- a depiction of sadism and ruthlessness as persuasive as James Cagney's in White Heat.
Serling's confidence as a writer was always fragile, and it had weathered years in the rough and tumble grind of television.
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 The Twilight Zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Throughout the 1950s, Rod Serling had established himself as one of the hottest names in television, equally famous for his success in writing televised drama as he was for criticizing the medium's limitations.
Serling himself would later admit that to go "from writing an occasional drama for Playhouse 90, a distinguished and certainly important series to creating and writing a weekly, thirty-minute television film was like Stan Musial leaving St.
Eager to capitalize on Serling’s celebrity status as a writer, CBS packaged “Where the Dead Are” with Matheson’s adaptation of “The Theatre”, debuting as a two-hour feature on the night of May 19, 1994, under the name Twilight Zone: Rod Serling’s Lost Classics.
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 Association of Transformative Media Arts (ATMA) - Articles - Rod Serling
Rod Serling was surely one of the most idealistic, outspoken, and iconoclastic writers of television's Golden Age.
Rod had been hired by WLW Radio-TV - The Nation's Station, as it was called - in Cincinnati to join a small group of writers in the Continuity Department.
I received a poignant letter from Rod thanking me for my concern, a few weeks before he died.It was an honor to have known Rod Serling, particularly at the beginning of his unparalleled career.
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Rod Serling's bond with Binghamton, NY was incredibly strong, influencing both his life and work.
The school has done much to honor its most famous graduate: in the 1990's the Rod Serling School for the Performing Arts was born, offering a special fine arts and humanities curriculum; and every year it hosts a video contest/festival for young filmmakers.
Serling's bronze star was the first to be installed, and was followed by stars honoring other famous area natives.
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 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
One exception is Rod Serling, whom Harriet Van Horne of the New York World-Telegram and Sun has called "television's only angry young man." Author of more than 100 television plays, he was the first video dramatist to have one of his works produced a second time by popular demand.
Serling by this time had sold ninety scripts to the major networks in four years; suddenly he was one of the best known writers in the business.
Serling has given us a creative, frightening and often moving portrait of familiar and rare executives caught in mahogany-paneled 'jungles' with their teeth, hearts and minds bared.
www.tzworld.com /RodBio.html   (1538 words)

 American Masters . Rod Serling | PBS
Rod Serling earned a reputation as a creative force and a writer with a social conscience well before he launched The Twilight Zone.
Rod Serling was a man who fought hard for quality television, and to this end he wasn’t afraid to remind people of television’s potential.
Serling admired great writing, but on some level he never felt that he really deserved to be part of the club – the great writers’ club, primarily because he wrote for television.
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 Rod Serling: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Rod Serling served as an Army paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II World War II quick summary:
Night gallery was rod serlings follow-up to the twilight zone in the late 1960s, early 1970s....
Serling died due to complications from heart bypass surgery[For more, click on this link] and is interred in the cemetery in Interlaken, EHandler: no quick summary.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/r/ro/rod_serling.htm   (983 words)

 SCIFI.COM | The Twilight Zone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
On the day he graduated from high school, Serling enlisted in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division paratroopers, and after basic training (during which time he took up boxing and won 17 out of 18 bouts) he was sent into combat in the Philippines and wounded by shrapnel.
Serling returned to Antioch College as a professor and lectured at college campuses across the country.
Rod Serling died on June 28, 1975, in Rochester, N.Y., of complications arising from a coronary bypass operation.
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 Rod Serling
Rodman Edward Serling was born in Syracuse, New York to Samuel and Esther Serling.
In 1959 Serling expressed his frustration: "I think it is criminal that we are not permitted to make dramatic note of social evils that exist, of controversial themes as they are inherent in our society." Because of the hostile creative environment Serling began to see the advantages of writing science fiction and fantasy.
Rod Serling's personal papers can be found in the Special Collections department at the UCLA Research Library in Los Angeles, California and at the University of Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research in Madison, Wisconsin.
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 Rod Serling's Twilight Zone - the Lost Pilot : TVparty!
Serling reacted angrily, storming out of the meeting when he was told, turning his concentration instead to other TV and motion picture projects.
Serling completed minor rewrites on "Time Element" (for instance, Westinghouse had the Army excised from the story because of their defense contracts), afterward he turned in his third pilot script to CBS for 'The Twilight Zone,' entitled "Where is Everybody?"
Rod Serling was rarely seen on TV in the mid-sixties, turning up for one season in 1969 as the host of 'The Liar's Club', a syndicated game show.
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 The Whitewolf Zone - Rod Serling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
And Rod really kept battling to do controversial, socially relevant material." Of particular consternation to the network and the sponsors was a planned episode dealing with the murder of a fl teenager from Chicago, visiting Mississippi in the summer of 1954.
Serling's story dealt with the U.S. Senate, although, as he later noted, "I was not permitted to have my Senators discuss any current or pressing problem," and "to say a single thing germane to the current political scene was absolutely prohibited.
Rod himself was a constant presence on the scenes of the series, as Carol Serling told The Twilight Zone Companion.
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 SERLING, Rod - personal data   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
All of which made Rod Serling the most honored writer in television history.
Rod turned to fiction, in part, as a means of escape and release.
Serling was the primary writer for Twilight Zone with Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson almost tieing for second with about 20 script s each.
www.gwillick.com /Spacelight/serling.html   (340 words)

 Rod Serling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Rod Serling, creator of "The Twilight Zone" grew up in Binghamton.
Both Serling and the character in the episode carved their initials in the bandstand.
The Rod Serling School of the Arts in the High School has been named in honor of this famous graduate.
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 Reagan, CBS, and "The Twilight Zone"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
IN EARLY 1956, TV writer Rod Serling wanted to tackle the case of poor Emmett Till, a fl 14-year-old Chicago boy who on a visit to Mississippi the previous summer had made the fatal mistake of whistling at a white woman.
(Serling asked whether their buildings would now be constructed of aluminum.) Soon, Serling's pawnbroker had become "an unidentifiable foreigner" and the murderer "a decent kid momentarily gone wrong." ABC even removed a Coca-Cola sign from the set of a diner, believing that it too clearly evoked the South.
Serling joked darkly that they would've chosen the North Pole as the script's location were it not for the pesky problem of another minority group--Eskimos.
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 Rod Serling Bio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Rod Serling was born in Syracuse, New York on December 25, 1924.
Rod was also awarded the Sylvania Award, the Television-Radio Writer's Annual Award for Writing Achievement and the George Foster Peabody Award.
After getting fed-up with the interference of sponsors, and the realization that live television was a dying art form, Serling decided to attempt a science fiction anthology series.
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 NPR : The Twilight Zone, Present at the Creation
Serling rewrote his early script and sent it to CBS as a potential pilot, but the network tossed the concept onto the shelf.
Serling knew he could use the more fantastic elements of science fiction to address the issues that plagued America without setting off alarm bells under the caps of cautious network executives.
Over the course of five seasons and 156 episodes, Serling managed to tackle serious issues from ideals of beauty to paranoia and civil strife, from fear of death to the dangers of technology.
www.npr.org /programs/morning/features/patc/twilightzone   (1438 words)

 Rod Serling Video Festival - News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
The Serling video festival is the brainchild of Lawrence Kassan, director of special projects for the city school district, who began it to encourage the creative use of video by students K-12.
In its eight-year history, the Rod Serling Video Festival has grown from a strictly Broome County event to one that draws between 150 and 200 entries each year from as far away as New York City and Buffalo.
The founder of the Rod Serling Video Festival, one of the few competitions open to students in kindergarten through high school, would like to see more kids try their hand at making movies.
www.rodserlingvideofest.com /news.htm   (5810 words)

 The Whitewolf Zone - Rod Serling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Serling himself seemed to think that the series had ended, and accepted a teaching post at Antioch College from September of 1962 until early '63.
Serling commented that "we used to finish up at two in the morning, have a beer in a place across the street and discuss the work.
Serling, however, was still at Antioch, mailing in scripts and discussing others by phone with Hirschman.
www.geocities.com /twhitewolf/serling3.htm   (3131 words)

 The Whitewolf Zone - Rod Serling
Serling wasn't seen as often on television after this, although he was still heard, as the narrator of several specials based on the writings of Erich von Daniken (Chariots Of The Gods).
Carol Serling told WNET that "he never stopped writing, that he had his office there" at their home, but that being away from Hollywood was also important.
Serling had a mild heart attack in May of 1975, and was admitted to a hospital in Rochester, N.Y. He returned to the hospital a month later for triple bypass surgery.
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Serling's early works such as 'Patterns' and 'Requiem For a Heavyweight', proved to the industry and to the world, that he was a top creative writer, and a heavyweight for television.
Along with Rod Serling's numerous awards and achievements as a writer, he was a lecturer and teacher and a WWII awarded U.S. Paratrooper.
The OFFICIAL ROD SERLING USPS STAMP PETITION Petition to Rod Serling Admirers and fans of Dramatic, Scifi, Fantasy Television was created by The Twilight Zone Archives; in conjuction with The Rod Serling Memorial Foundation and written by Stewart Stanyard.
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Serling weekly unvelied disturbing portraiture on Night Gallery as preface to a diverse anthology of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
With over 200 produced teleplays to his credit, Rod Serling was perhaps the most prolific writer in television history.
Serling won his third Emmy for his caustic adaptation of an Ernest Lehman novella about a two-faced television comedian (Mickey Rooney in his first TV performance), who makes life hell for his entourage.
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 Rod Serling
Serling, however, was disappointed during the war when he was assigned to the Pacific to fight the Japanese instead of the Nazis.
Serling's liberalism was put to the test in 1954, after the Cincinnati Enquirer lambasted Edward R. Murrow for his attack on Joseph McCarthy during his historic broadcast, See It Now.
Serling instinctively knew he didn't belong here, which is why, even after he left the military he continued to work for them testing dangerous experimental parajumping equipment.
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 LitKicks: Rod Serling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
I could tell right away that Rod Serling was cool, from the subdued bongo drums in the opening theme to his sly, out-of-this-world countenance.
Rod Serling was born on December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, NY.
Serling was asked to host the TV show Night Gallery from 1970 to 1973 but he had no creative control over the series and expressed the feeling that he was just a figurehead over a show which he considered mediocre.
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 Rod Serling
A master of suspense and the bizarre, Rod Serling is best remembered for his groundbreaking sci-fi television anthology series The Twilight Zone (1959-1965).
Born in Syracuse, NY, the son of a wholesale meat dealer, Serling had a life-long interest in science fiction and the supernatural.
In addition to his television career, Serling often did cross-country college campus lectures and for a time was a professor at Antioch College.
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 Gary Westfahl's Bio-Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film: Rod Serling
Serling might be better celebrated for the imaginative opportunities that his series provided for other talented writers — including Richard MATHESON, Charles BEAUMONT, and George Clayton JOHNSON — and neophyte directors like Steven SPIELBERG, John BADHAM, and Jeannot SZWARC.
Unfortunately, Serling wasted his charisma on a number of unworthy projects in the 1960s, including numerous commercials and, of all things, a game show, and later he unwisely lent his authority to three dubious documentaries about ancient aliens and UFOs by reading their narration.
Serling smoked incessantly and, no doubt as a result, died suddenly of a heart attack.
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 World Talk Radio TV Time Machine: Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone with Mrs. Carol Serling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone with Mrs.
In addition to creating The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, Rod Serling wrote over 200 dramas over a twenty-five year period, and was the recipient of six Emmy awards, including two for the classic dramas, Patterns and Requiem for a Heavyweight.
To bring the many dimensions of Rod Serling into clearer focus in this program, we are honored to welcome Mrs.
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