Anne Serling, daughter of the late Rod Serling, acclaimed writer and host of “The Twilight Zone,” shared more about the man on screen during her visit to the Penfield Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Serling spoke and answered questions about her book, “As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.”
Anne said the grim figure on “The Twilight Zone” is different from the way she remembers her father, a devoted family man, to be.
“He wasn’t that dark, torturous soul that everybody thought he was,” said Anne. “He was really funny.”
Rod Serling was a Syracuse native and decorated Army veteran of World War II. His experiences inspired Sterling to write about life and humanity from an often dark place.
“I knew my dad was traumatized by the war. He found writing cathartic,” said Anne.
Speaking from a social and political point of view, Rod is quoted as saying, “An alien could say what a Democrat or Republican couldn’t.”
Rod moved to Binghamton, N.Y. at an early age and later taught communications at Ithaca College. His television career started full force in the 1950s and continued into the next decade. Rod died of a heart attack during surgery in 1975 when he was just 50 years old.
His memory and work lives on, however, Anne explained.
“I think one of the reasons ‘Twilight Zone’ has survived the test of time is because of the moral and social issues that still exist today.”
Serling speaks at the Pittsford Barnes and Noble on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.