By Anne Serling
In Twilight region reruns, I look for my father within the guy at the display, yet i cannot continually locate him there. in its place, he seems in unforeseen methods. reminiscence summoned by means of a definite mild, a colour, a smell--and I see him back at the porch of our outdated crimson lakeside cottage, the place I danced at the steps as a child.
To Anne Serling, the implementing determine the general public observed web hosting The Twilight Zone every one week, intoning cautionary observations approximately destiny, likelihood, and humanity, was once no longer the daddy she knew. Her fun-loving dad might play at the flooring with the canines, had nicknames for everybody within the relatives, and was once apt to place a lampshade on his head and escape in music. He was once her ally, her playmate, and her confidant.
After his unforeseen demise at 50, Anne, simply 20, was once left shocked. progressively, she discovered solace for her grief via chatting with his neighbors, poring over outdated correspondence, and recording her early life thoughts. Now she stocks own photographs, eloquent, revealing letters, and fantastically rendered scenes of his youth, struggle years, and their family's time jointly. Idyllic summers in upstate long island, the years in la, and the myriad methods he stuffed their time with laughter, power, and endearing silliness--all are captured the following with deep affection and candor.
Though started in loss, Anne's tale is a party of her remarkable courting together with her father and the traits she got here to prize via him--empathy, kindness, and an uncompromising experience of social justice. As I Knew Him is a lyrical, intimate tribute to Rod Serling's legacy as visionary, storyteller, and humanist, and a relocating testomony to the affection among fathers and daughters.
"I used to be so moved via Anne Serling's account of the loving courting she had together with her dad, I laughed and that i cried. I plan to learn it back as soon as I trap my breath. This superbly written publication is evidence that the apple did not fall too faraway from the tree whilst it got here to the writing gene." --Carol Burnett
"It used to be my privilege to grasp Rod Serling. He used to be as attention-grabbing off reveal as on. I enjoyed Rod Serling. nonetheless do." --Betty White
"Thanks to Anne Serling's haunting and fantastically written memoir approximately her father, readers will come to grasp Rod Serling in a private approach, as I did." --Robert Redford
"A loving daughter's intimate memoir and portrait of her father, a guy who simply occurs to be essentially the most very important American cultural leaders of the 20 th Century . . . the simplest glimpse we are more likely to get of that guy and the maelstrom he moved in except or until eventually we enterprise into the Twilight Zone." -- James Grady
"A memoir packed with intimate info and emotion; a young, considerate and intensely own portrait of yankee genius Rod Serling, author and author of the best express ever made, The Twilight Zone." --- Alice Hoffman
"A richly advised, deeply sympathetic trip into the brain of 1 of the masters of tv, this haunting memoir is usually approximately grief, creativity, and a father-daughter bond as memorable and magical as any Twilight sector episode." --Caroline Leavitt