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Rod's childhood friend Bob KellerRod Serling's achievements in playwriting, speech making and broadcasting are considerable and important. As members of The Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, we dedicate ourselves to promote and preserve this great man's contributions to the Arts and Humanities.

We pledge to educate the public about Rod Serling's genius and his passion, hoping that they will understand and appreciate his mastery of the creative arts, his unique understanding of human relationships, his esteem as a writer, his generosity as a speaker in and around Binghamton, and his uncompromising commitment to quality.

NON-PROFIT PLEDGE: The Rod Serling Memorial Foundation is operated exclusively for the above and other non-profit purposes, and is registered with the IRS as a non-profit entity. No part of any net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private member.
The Founding of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation

There were several attempts to memorialize Rod Serling following his death. Don Snyder, former general manager of WNBF-TV, in editorial on two different occasions, urged the community to remember Rod Serling in some significant manner. Through a well-received 1981 documentary entitled "Rod Serling: Remembered" on WMGC-TV, news anchor Julie Ross spurred public interest with a suggestion that Recreation Park or the high school might be named after Rod. On June 11th, 1983, Mayor Juanita Crabb and the Binghamton Local Development Corporation made possible the world premiere of "Twilight Zone The Movie" at the Crest Theatre in Binghamton New York.

In February 1985, the Rod Serling Memorial Committee was formed. The founders:
David G. Stearns, Chairperson
Stanley G. Gilinsky, Vice Chairperson
Charles Lesko, Jr., Treasurer
Ethel F. Molessa, Secretary
Helen M. Foley, Creative Director
Carol Serling, Advisor
Jem Aswad
Helen Bailey
William Behan
Mare A. Ferro
Michael T. Fuir
Bill Foley
Betsy Aswad
Barbara Furch
Richard N. Aswad
Yvonne Gabel
Sybil Goldenberg
Eileen Haley
M. Joan Handy
Anne Greiner
Norma F. Lawson
Ruthe B. Lee
Jules Levitt
Lonna McKeon
Ann E. McNulty
Irene McNulty
R.D. Rosenbaum
Phyllis Stearns
Shirley Weinstein
In the fall of 1986, the Committee became the ROD SERLING FOUNDATION and was later recognized as a non-profit, tax exempt organization in 1987.

AT RIGHT:
Sybil Goldenberg, Foundation Board Member, posing with a portion of
our film archive. 1989. Source: New York Times