"the twilight zone"
Board member and Serling
lecturer Gordon Webb is fond of "The Zone" -- but always tries to emphasize
that there's far more to Rod Serling's creative work. In a recent program for "The Plato Society" at the University of North Carolina/Wilmington
his multi-media presentation included production stills... script
examples and lots of video clips from TV's "Golden Age." "The
participants were mostly 'boomers' -- so I sprinkled in clips from
Serling's serious work during the 1950's."
Gordon taught TV production and scriptwriting on the faculty at Ithaca College for 17 years, and has lectured on Serling's work at the College's London Center.
Speaking of "The Golden Age" -- some of Serling's early scripts are being featured on recently-released DVD's -- including some previously unavailable work. For an excellent commentary on Serling's Studio One dramas -- check out Jamie F. Rich's article on the RSMF website.
Thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers from The Rod Serling Memorial
In December, 2009 Tony Albarella happened upon the auction sale of a rare film print of Playhouse 90’s “Forbidden Area” -- starring Charleton Heston. Since the acquisition and preservation of Serling-related media is a key goal of our organization, members of the RSMF Board quickly agreed that despite the inherent limitations of the film’s format, we would pursue the sale. The RSMF entered the bidding and won the sale.
But 16-millimeter film is, for all intents and purposes, obsolete in this age of digital media so the Foundation pursued a way of making their new purchase "viewable." Fortunately, RSMF member Gordon Webb, a recently-retired Assistant Professor of Radio & Television at Ithaca College, had maintained contacts at the School's cinema department -- and arrangements were made to use their facilities to repair and digitize the film. The original copy was returned to the RSMF archive once copies of it were donated to Ithaca College's Rod Serling Archive. You can read Tony's full story on The Discovery and Preservation of a Serling Rarity on the RSMF website.
R.S.M.F. RESURECTS SERLING'S "FORBIDDEN AREA"
ROBERT SERLING (1918-2010)
Robert J. Serling passed away
on May 6, 2010 at the age of 92 -- with his wife and children by his side.
Bob grew up in Binghamton, New York with his brother Rod, and -- like his younger sibling is best known as a writer. His creative work consisted mostly of aviation-themed books -- fiction and non-fiction -- and like his brother, he received numerous awards -- including: Seven awards for Aviation News Reporting from Trans-World Airlines from 1958-65, the 1960 Strebig-Dobben Memorial Award, as well as special citations from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation in 1963, the Flight Safety Foundation and the Airline Pilots Association in 1970. His 1967 thriller THE PRESIDENT’S PLANE IS MISSING spent thirty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and spawned a 1973 made-for-TV movie. Bob also provided technical advice and dialogue for some of his brother’s teleplays, including Studio One’s “The Arena” and The Twilight Zone’s “The Odyssey of Flight 33.”
You can visit the RSMF website for Robert Serling's complete obituary and a listing of his literary credits.
Charles Beaumont lived several lives during his tragically brief 38
years, and in one of them he wrote Twilight Zone episodes.