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Star-Tribune article

Serling's star of fame awaits home in street
from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin Press & Sun-Bulletin (1988)
By CHERYL TRECOSKE
Staff writer

Helen Foley, Rod Serling's Middle School Public Speaking TeacherWhat more appropriate place to put Rod Serling's star than in the twilight zone?

On Binghamton's someday-to-be Walk of Fame might be nice, but the city has no plans to set the star in concrete. For now, the star honoring the Binghamton native and creator of the Twilight Zone television series will rest in Robert A. Keller's living room.

The 22-inch-wide bronze star was unveiled Thursday by Keller, president of the Rod Serling Foundation, at the MetroCenter, in front of its future home.

About 30 people, some wearing Serling memorabilia, gathered to witness the unveiling of the star to be embedded led in a proposed Walk of Fame of Binghamton celebrities. Serling's star on the Hollywood's of Fame was dedicated Oct. 6, 1986. [Ed.: 1988]

"The unveiling of the star is to let the people know we haven't abandoned our project," former foundation president Michael A. Pipher said. "The idea was presented to the foundation about four years ago, but the City of Binghamton has yet to embed a star in the Court Street sidewalk, he said.

"I think the star is elegant, but wish it was in the sidewalk," said Helen M. Foley, a foundation board member and Serling's former teacher at Central High School, now Binghamton High School.

"We agree with the concept, but don't have the funds at the moment," said Binghamton Mayor Juanita M. Crabb.

Installing a new sidewalk panel of concrete would cost about $3500, and other city needs have to be considered, she said, explaining who no plans exist to put the star in concrete next year. However, she did commend the group for keeping Serling's memory alive.

Sweeping the Binghamton Walk of Fame
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin photo: 11/23/1992

Keller said he's trying to get county approval to place the star in a display case at Edwin A Link Field.

But until Serling's star finds a home, his friends will keep his memory alive in other ways.

"I thought he was going to be an actor," said Foley, who taught public speaking. "I don't remember him writing too much in school, but he was a great speaker."

Keller was Serling's friend since Keller was 7, he said. "We grew up together, attending grammar, junior and high school and senior high school," Keller said. Serling would return and speak at high school reunions, he said.

Some did not know Serling personally, but expressed their acquaintance with his work.

Margaret Zabolosky of Chenango Place, Binghamton, said she loves Serling's work, and watches reruns of the Twilight Zone on television.

"I've been to the Hollywood Walk of Fame about three times already, and think Binghamton's is a great idea," she said.

The star's unveiling marked Serling's death of heart surgery complications on June 28, 1975.

"Everyone has to have a home," Serling once said, "and Binghamton's mine."

And until money is found to put his star in the ground, it will shine in a Johnson City living room.