Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rod Serling Conference: 50 Years of Twilight Zone

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The Twilight Zone television show premiered on October first, 1959.

Celebrating 50 Years of The Twilight Zone is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the works of Rod Serling. It took place this October 2-3, 2013 at New York's Ithaca College.

The college is just 50 miles north of Serling's hometown of Binghamton. It's also
very close to the family cottage on Cayuga Lake where, ­in an Airstream trailer behind the house, some of the most memorable Serling scripts in television history were crafted.

In 2013 the "semi-annual" conference was held in Los Angeles for the first time in hopes of attracting a wider audience. It was held in early November.

Ithaca College is home to the Rod Serling Archives, and Serling taught at the college from 1967 - 1975. You can follow the Serling Conference on Twitter.

There's a very good episode of the PBS series, American Masters that focuses on Serling. As a fan of both The Twilight Zone and old radio, I discovered these Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, and you may want to check them out. Some are available on iTunes. Let me know if you know of a good web site for the original tv series.

So what was your favorite episode and why??

Photo is from Ithaca College web site

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