By Anne Serling
"A haunting and wonderfully written memoir concerning the writer of The Twilight Zone." --Robert Redford
"Beautifully written. . .I laughed and that i cried. I plan to learn it back as soon as I capture my breath." --Carol Burnett
In this intimate, lyrical memoir approximately her iconic father, Anne Serling finds the fun-loving dad and relatives guy in the back of the implementing determine the general public observed webhosting The Twilight sector each week. After his unforeseen, early loss of life, Anne, simply 20, was once left shocked. yet via speaking to his pals, poring over previous correspondence, and recording her adolescence stories, Anne not just came upon solace, yet won a deeper figuring out of this extraordinary guy. Now she stocks her discoveries, besides own photographs, revealing letters, and scenes of his early life, conflict years, and their family's time jointly. A tribute to Rod Serling's legacy as a visionary, storyteller, and humanist, As I Knew Him is additionally a relocating testomony to the affection among fathers and daughters.
"A smooth, considerate and intensely own portrait of yankee genius Rod Serling." --Alice Hoffman
"Richly advised. . .a haunting memoir approximately grief, creativity, and a father-daughter bond as memorable and magical as any Twilight area episode." --Caroline Leavitt
"Filled with anecdotes and self-reflection. . .Serling nonetheless casts an oversized shadow." --Variety
"Lush thoughts of a outstanding father and adept research of his work." --Kirkus Reviews
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Extra resources for As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling
My father was not a sentimental man or one given to careless nostalgia. He knew that not all live television drama was priceless or enduring. What he cherished was the sense of possibility and excitement that live television conveyed. He deplored ‘‘the crucial loss of novelty in the medium. 65 That his derisive comments regarding Elvis Presley have become his most quoted words would have amused my father. His judgments on Elvis prompted one scholar to say that he ‘‘led the charge to immobilize Presley,’’ quite a feat for two newspaper reviews.
Knopf, ), ; Phil Rosenthal, ‘‘Just Keep Those Questions Coming,’’ Los Angeles Daily News, May , . Another favorable appraisal of my father appears in R. D. Heldenfels, Television’s Greatest Year: (New York: Continuum Books, ), . 28 08:33 Chapter One The Golden Age of Television Drama T he ‘‘Golden Age of Television’’ in the early s was the heyday of live drama productions that originated from New York City and featured the plays of such writers as Rod Serling, J. P. Miller, and Paddy Chayefsky.
The incident gained some historical signiﬁcance because the White House aide who arranged the event was former NBC president Robert Kintner. He had been brought out of retirement to help manage the inner workings of the Johnson White House. An insecure alcoholic, Kintner looked for ways to underscore his inﬂuence. 55 When the quotation came to my attention in the mid-s, I asked my father what he remembered about the incident. He said that he left the White House immediately after the interview and did not see Kintner nor say what had been reported in the memorandum.
As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling