Merry Christmas! And Happy Rod Serling’s birthday!
The noted screenwriter and television show host was born on December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York. His family moved to Binghamton, New York two years later and he attended local schools before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served with the 511th Parachute Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division and saw combat in the Philippines. Following his release from the service he attended the famously progressive Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He later spent time in Cincinnati working at WLW radio as a continuity writer, and then wrote for television at WKRC. He freelanced and also wrote his own material he hoped to sell during this time.
He eventually left the Queen City and found success, first with the drama “Patterns,” then with “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” and then—you guessed it—“The Twilight Zone.”
Rod Serling will be featured more in-depth on Buckeyemuse in the future. Until then, enjoy Christmas—and remember Rod Serling, born ninety years ago.
Wikipedia entry on Rod Serling