January 2, 2013
It may seem odd that at this time of year I choose to post something about one of my favorite writers, Rod Serling. But there is a certain synchronicity about this. For one, Rod was born on December 25, 1924, had a summer home in Interlaken, NY, and named the Production Company of the famed Twilight Zone, the Cayuga Productions (named by Rod and Carol Serling after Cayuga Lake).
I continually have the pleasure of running into different episodes of his Twilight Zone series on TV. And, if one can put aside the obvious fact or, should I say, inclination to dismiss it as sheer fantasy, the stories ring true of real life moments, not to say real story telling which touches not only the fantasy but the heart.
The spirits which dwell within the country side of the Finger Lakes surely had taken hold of Rod to inspire him to create tales which speak of lasting human values– something which seems to be lacking in this age of processed media news and political posturing. Maybe this speaks more to my dated sense of what is relevant and inspiring (and, I’m sure it does, as every generation must concede to the next for its place in the sun), but sometimes a voice rings true in all the clamor to be heard. And, I dare say Rod’s stories speak loud and true, if one would lend an ear to listen.