45 Facts About Rod Serling

1. In 1948 Rod Serling moved to New York City and entered the work world as a struggling freelance radio writer.

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2. Rod Serling was born December 25, 1924, in Syracuse, New York.

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3. Rod Serling died in Rochester, New York, on June 28, 1975.

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4. Rod Serling realized he made a mistake and quickly re-recorded to avoid embarrassment.

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5. Rod Serling was a screenwriter, TV producer and narrator most famous for his sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone.

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6. Rod Serling brought a political spin to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1964 with television film A Carol for Another Christmas, in which Serling uses the classic story to make a plea for world peace.

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7. Rod Serling enlisted in the US Army the morning after his high school graduation.

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8. In 1994, Rod Serling's Lost Classics released two never-before-seen works that Carol Serling found in her garage.

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9. Rod Serling is indelibly woven into modern popular culture because of the popularity of The Twilight Zone.

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10. Rod Serling told reporters who flocked to interview him, "I wish to Christ that I had written a stagecoach drama starring John Wayne instead.

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11. Rod Serling was truly devastated by what his script had encouraged.

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12. Rod Serling began his career when television was a new medium.

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13. Rod Serling spent two weeks at Tompkins County Community Hospital before being released.

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14. Rod Serling took his 1972 screenplay for the film The Man from the Irving Wallace novel of the same title.

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15. Rod Serling called A Town Has Turned to Dust, "a raw, tough and at the same time deeply moving outcry against prejudice.

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16. Rod Serling supported antiwar politicians, notably Eugene McCarthy in his presidential campaign in 1968.

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17. Rod Serling was an outspoken antiwar activist, especially during the Vietnam War.

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18. Rod Serling was one of the first guest teachers at the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in Hollywood, California.

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19. Rod Serling hosted the program and wrote some of the scripts.

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20. Rod Serling looked to the three dozen prose pieces Serling had published as a basis for literary analysis.

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21. Rod Serling made very occasional minor acting appearances, all in material he didn't write.

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22. Rod Serling hired scriptwriters he respected, such as Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont.

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23. Rod Serling submitted "The Time Element" to CBS, intending it to be a pilot for his new weekly show, The Twilight Zone.

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24. Rod Serling would live in California for much of his life but kept property in Binghamton and Cayuga Lake as retreats for when he needed time alone.

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25. Rod Serling modeled the main character on his former commander, Colonel Orin Haugen.

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26. Rod Serling continued to write for television and eventually left WKRC to become a full-time freelance writer.

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27. Rod Serling continued at WKRC after graduation and, amidst the mostly dreary day-to-day work, created a series of scripts for a live TV program, The Storm, as well as for other anthology dramas.

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28. Rod Serling began his professional writing career in 1950, when he earned $75 a week as a network continuity writer for WLW radio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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29. Rod Serling won a trip to New York City and $500 for his radio script "To Live a Dream.

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30. Rod Serling wrote and directed the programs and acted in them when needed.

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31. Rod Serling volunteered at WNYC in New York as an actor and writer in the summer of 1946.

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32. Rod Serling joined the Unitarian church in college, which allowed him to marry Kramer on July 31, 1948.

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33. Rod Serling changed his major to Literature and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950.

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34. Rod Serling said, "I was bitter about everything and at loose ends when I got out of the service.

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35. Rod Serling returned from the successful mission in Leyte with two wounds, including one to his kneecap, but neither kept him from combat when General Douglas MacArthur deployed the paratroopers for their usual purpose on February 3, 1945.

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36. Rod Serling eventually reached the rank of Technician Fourth Grade.

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37. Rod Serling was an avid radio listener, especially interested in thrillers, fantasy, and horror shows.

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38. Rod Serling was interested in radio and writing at an early age.

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39. Rod Serling began writing for the school newspaper, in which, according to the journalist Gordon Sander, he "established a reputation as a social activist".

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40. Rod Serling was interested in sports and excelled at tennis and table tennis.

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41. Rod Serling joined the debate team and was a speaker at his high school graduation.

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42. Rod Serling often talked to people around him without waiting for their answers.

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43. Rod Serling spent most of his youth 70 miles south of Syracuse in the city of Binghamton after his family moved there in 1926.

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44. Rod Serling was the second of two sons born to Esther and Samuel Lawrence Serling.

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45. Rod Serling was born on December 25, 1924, in Syracuse, New York, to a Jewish family.

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