NEWSLETTER - 50th Anniversary Edition
THE TWILIGHT ZONE TURNS 50!
||SERLING STAMP FINALLY RELEASED
| At an official ceremony on
August 11th, the U.S. Postal Service released a series of twenty stamps
commemorating "TV's Early Memories."
At the Binghamton event at the Forum -- ANNE SERLING-SUTTON
and JODI SERLING unveiled the stamp honoring their
The stamp series was also unveiled in a ceremony in Los Angeles -- on
the same day.
The celebration in Rod Serling's hometown was
kicked off by the Serling family and local dignitaries... and continued for
included proclamations and presentations... special screenings and
readings... unveiling of an original Rod Serling bust... live television
re-enactments of TWZ episodes... rides on the carousel which inspired the
episode "Walking Distance" and much more. Full details, including
photo galleries, news links and blogs can be found at the Foundation
The School of Communic-ations at Ithaca College, where
Serling taught creative writing sponsored a two-day conference that featured
an international panel of researchers, special guests and speakers --
including Foundation Board members TONY ALBARELLA (left-below) and
GORDON WEBB (right).
Albarella's presentation -- including
lots of video clips -- examined the impact of war on Rod Serling's life and
work, while Webb used clips and still images to illustrate differences between the
150 filmed episodes of The Twilight Zone and the six shows produced on
videotape during the second season.
keynote speaker was
GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON -- one of the few living writers who worked on The Twilight Zone. Johnson scripted four episodes, and
created the stories for four others. He also wrote the first episode of
the TV series Star Trek (1966) and is
co-author of the sci-fi classic Logan's Run.
A bus trip to Binghamton on Saturday afternoon brought
conference participants to Serling's hometown to see what was going on --
including Anne Serling's reading from her memoirs (see column two).
THE PALEY CENTER PRESENTS A CELEBRITY STAGED READING
OF THE TWILIGHT ZONE'S "THE MASKS"
CHECK OUT FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
ANDY POLAK'S BLOG
FOUNDATION PHOTOS PAGE • PALEY CENTER PAGE
FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE PALEY CENTER EVENT
Board member STEVE SCHLICH produced a really creative montage of clips from
The Twilight Zone for use on I-C's conference bus trip to Binghamton.
He's intercut shots from the series along with Serling's famous intros and
closing in a way that communicates something special on its own. This
program is definitely worth watching... and you can
information about his production.
Gordon C. Webb
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President POLAK sports the new shirt
specially designed (in black-and-white) for the 50th anniversary... and, YES
they're available on the Serling Memorial Foundation Website!
On October 28th, the Paley Center
for Media in New York honored the 50th anniversary of The Twilight Zone
with a unique, star-studded reading of the first and only TZ episode
directed by a woman
Fans who attended the event saw the episode recreated by a
star-studded cast, including: Lucie Arnaz, Laurence Luckinbill, Katharine
Luckinbill, Robert Walden, and Fritz Weaver. The reading was directed
by Antony Marsellis, and ANNE SERLING-SUTTON (above, right) was a special guest.
Anne reads from her book
Growing Up With The Man Behind The Twilight Zone
on the RSMF website.
On Saturday night, October 3, 2009, Binghamton's
PBS affilliate WSKG staged live performances of two beloved Twilight
The episodes followed Serling's original scripts where
possible and adapted to the live studio setting where necessary. A masterful job!