“When asked in an interview which of his scripts he had special feelings for, my dad mentioned Requiem for a Heavyweight and an episode of Night Gallery called 'They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar,' for which he received an Emmy nomination.
'Tim Riley’ is similar to The Twilight Zone’s 'Walking Distance.' Both truly represent my father’s writing at its absolute best and both evoke the theme of going backwards and going home again.
Randolph Lane, the main character in the story, lives on Bennett Avenue, just like my dad. Lane was also a paratrooper in World War II. And, like my dad, he has a preoccupation with the past, and a particular sense of nostalgia and infinite longing.”
AS I KNEW HIM: My Dad, Rod Serling (New Title of Memoir)
“On October 11th and 12th, The Rod Serling Video festival in Association with S.T.A.R Southern Tier Actors Read presented a stage reading of Rod Serling’s Emmy-award winning Television play PATTERNS.”
The production and the cast were (once again) terrific. Last year they presented “Eye of the Beholder.” How excited my dad would have been to see these productions come back to life after all of these decades—particularly held in his old high school.
As I wrote in my memoir: My dad said he couldn’t make up characters-- "They have to be people I’ve known. I’ve never known any businessmen very well, but I had a captain during the war who had the same kind of viciousness as the executive in Patterns. In the script, I simply put him into a business suit….”
PHOTO: Dad with Fielder Cook, director, while working on PATTERNS January 1955