Stamp honors 'Twilight Zone' creator Rod Serling
by Jennifer Micale
BINGHAMTON - Jodi Serling and her sister, Anne Serling- Sutton, gave a gentle tug to the black cloth covering a black and white portrait of their father.
This was no ordinary portrait, however. Rod Serling's face will be reproduced in miniature throughout the country as a 44-cent stamp, part of the U.S. Postal Services' new Early TV Memories stamp sheet. Now available, the stamp was unveiled Tuesday at the Broome County Forum.
Serling, who considered Binghamton his hometown, was a screenwriter, TV producer and teacher best-known as host of TV's "The Twilight Zone."
This October marks the 50th anniversary of "The Twilight Zone," and Binghamton is planning to celebrate Serling with a series of events from Oct. 1 to 4.
A member of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation went to Washington twice to lobby for the stamp, said foundation representative Robert Keller.
"I'm tremendously honored, flattered and exuberant," said Jodi Serling, of Ithaca, of the work to honor her father. "It's amazing. 'The Twilight Zone' keeps going on."
October's celebration will include a public screening of a PBS documentary on Serling, a special "Night Gallery" featuring screenings of the first "Twilight Zone" episode on First Friday, a 12-hour "Twilight Zone" marathon at the Forum Theater and a walking/bus tour of Serling-related sites, as well as other events.
At 11 a.m. Thursday, officials will unveil a BC Transit Bus decorated with Serling's image and advertising the October celebration.