Rod Serling

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Quotes (21)

  • Rod: There is a fifth dimesion, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimesion as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.

  • Rod: (What he enjoyed about writing) I don't enjoy any of the process of writing. I enjoy it when it goes on if it zings and it has great warmth and import and it's successful. Yeah, that's when I enjoy it. But during the desperate, tough time of creating it, there's not much I enjoy about it. It tires me and lays me out, which is sort of the way I feel now. Tired.

  • Rod: Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton's mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive make-up of a human being, there is a need for a place to hang a hat or a kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that's familiar because that's where you grew up. When I dig back through memory cells, I get one particularly distinctive feeling—and that's one of warmth, comfort and well-being. For whatever else I may have had, or lost, or will find—I've still got a hometown. This, nobody's gonna take away from me.

  • Rod: It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.

  • Rod: There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.

  • Rod: Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

  • Rod: Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself.

  • Rod: Seeing is not always believing.

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Trivia (47)

  • He received an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild Award under the category of Best Children Script for the 2000 TV movie remake "A Storm in Summer" despite having been dead for a quarter of a century.

  • Despite Serling's legacy as a writer of science-fiction, he was the first to say it was not his forte. Although he could adapt it as he did whenever he did anything science-fiction related, his work leaned more towards fantasy and social commentary.

  • Rod was really into playing tennis and ping-pong.

  • In his youth, Rod was into sports. Despite his height, he was gifted at tennis and table-tennis.

  • His least remembered work in the very briefly-lived saga western "The Loner." This series dealt with more character and drama rather straight shoot-outs. The series recieved remarkably bad feedback from both critics and viewers. The studio insisted he make some changes, conventionalize the series. Serling refused and "The Loner" was cancelled after only one season.

  • As a child, he and his brother were big fans of science-fiction-fantasy pulp fiction magazines and radio shows. Rod himself would often re-enact the things he had seen in the car with his brother, or sometimes all by himself--doing a one-man show.

  • Rod graduated from Binghamton High School in 1943.

  • Rod was ranked number 1 in the August 1, 2004 issue of TV Guide as one of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends."

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