As I Knew Him : My Dad, Rod Serling

As I Knew Him : My Dad, Rod Serling

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In Twilight Zone reruns, I search for my father in the man on the screen, but I can't always find him there. Instead, he appears in unexpected ways. Memory summoned by a certain light, a color, a smell--and I see him again on the porch of our old red lakeside cottage, where I danced on the steps as a child.

To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family, and was apt to put a lampshade on his head and break out in song. He was her best friend, her playmate, and her confidant. 

After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories. Now she shares personal photos, eloquent, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together. Idyllic summers in upstate New York, the years in Los Angeles, and the myriad ways he filled their time with laughter, strength, and endearing silliness--all are captured here with deep affection and candor. 

Though begun in loss, Anne's story is a celebration of her extraordinary relationship with her father and the qualities she came to prize through him--empathy, kindness, and an uncompromising sense of social justice. As I Knew Him is a lyrical, intimate tribute to Rod Serling's legacy as visionary, storyteller, and humanist, and a moving testament to the love between fathers and daughters.

"I was so moved by Anne Serling's account of the loving relationship she had with her dad, I laughed and I cried. I plan to read it again once I catch my breath. This beautifully written book is proof that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree when it came to the writing gene." --Carol Burnett

"It was my privilege to know Rod Serling. He was as interesting off screen as on. I loved Rod Serling. Still do." --Betty White

"Thanks to Anne Serling's haunting and beautifully written memoir about her father, readers will come to know Rod Serling in a personal way, as I did." --Robert Redford

"A loving daughter's intimate memoir and portrait of her father, a man who just happens to be one of the most important American cultural leaders of the 20th Century . . . the best glimpse we're likely to get of that man and the maelstrom he moved in unless or until we venture into the Twilight Zone." -- James Grady

"A memoir filled with intimate details and emotion; a tender, thoughtful and very personal portrait of American genius Rod Serling, writer and creator of the greatest show ever made, The Twilight Zone." --- Alice Hoffman

"A richly told, deeply sympathetic journey into the mind of one of the masters of television, this haunting memoir is also about grief, creativity, and a father-daughter bond as memorable and magical as any Twilight Zone episode." --Caroline Leavitt

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The daughter of the late host of "The Twilight Zone" shares personal photos, revealing letters, and scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together, celebrating her relationship with this visionary storyteller and humanist.

Baker
& Taylor

The daughter of Rod Serling, the late host of The Twilight Zone, shares personal photos, revealing letters and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years and their family's time together, celebrating the extraordinary relationship she had with this visionary, storyteller and humanist.
To Anne Serling, the figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad would play on the floor with the dogs and was apt to put a lampshade on his head and break out in song. He was her best friend, her playmate, and her confidant. After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence,and recording her childhood memories. Now she shares personal photos, eloquent, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together--and the myriad ways he filled their time with laughter, strength, and endearing silliness. Though begun in loss, Anne's story is a celebration of her extraordinary relationship with her father and the qualities she came to prize through him--empathy, kindness, and an uncompromising sense of social justice.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York, NY : Citadel Press Kensington Publishing Corp., [2013?]
ISBN: 9780806536156
0806536152
Branch Call Number: 813x SERLI SERLI
Characteristics: 296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Notes: Includes index

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Derringer
Aug 26, 2018

(*Rod Serling quote*) - "If you want to prove that god is not dead first prove that man is alive."

Born (1924) in Syracuse, New York - (screenwriter/narrator/television producer) Rod Serling is a modern-day pop culture icon (due to his connection with the TV series "The Twilight Zone").

This biography of Serling, titled "As I Knew Him", was written by Serling's daughter, Ann in 2013, nearly 40 years after her father's death in 1975 (at the age of 50).

This book gives the reader an insider's look at the private life of Rod Serling as only his daughter could tell it.

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ManMachine
Jul 12, 2018

(*Twilight Zone introduction by host, Rod Serling*) - "You're travelling through another dimension... A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind... A journey into a wondrous land where its boundaries are that of the imagination... Your next stop - The Twilight Zone!"

With love, care, and insight - "As I Knew Him" (written by Anne Serling, Rod Serling's daughter) gives the inquisitive reader an insider's look behind-the-scenes at the life and career of one of the most profoundly enigmatic men of all time.

A multiple-award-winner - Rod Serling's close association with TV's "The Twilight Zone" (1959-1964) has made him a pop-culture icon who (to this very day) is still recognizable by millions.

This book also includes an 8-page photo gallery.

*Note* - In 1975 - Rod Serling (50 at the time) died of serious complications arising from a coronary bypass operation.

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