Rod Serling and Model Airplanes: Winging It

One of my favorite anecdotes from Anne Serling’s book:

My dad loved building model airplanes. He would sit at a wooden table and, although not very mechanically minded, assemble these tiny warplanes, gluing and painting them.

Serling Stevens plane

Rod Serling and Inger Stevens

His brother remembered: “I was visiting Rod in California and [he] was building a replica of the Red Baron’s Fokker triplane. He couldn’t get the glue to hold on the top wing which kept flopping. Rod finally lost his patience, threw the model on the floor and stamped it into a few hundred pieces. ‘Rod,’ I asked, ‘why the hell do you even build those things if you get so frustrated?’”

“I do it to relax,” my father responded in perfect seriousness.

Maybe Serling had this experience in mind when he sent Flight 33 to the Jurassic era? 

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About Paul

Hard-working, hard-playing fan of all pop culture, especially the Twilight Zone. Which led to a Twitter page. And then to a blog. And then to ... stay tuned. Yes, that's a picture of Rod Serling, not me. You can find the real me under the "Your Host" tab on my blog, along with biographical details that, while 100 percent accurate, sound kind of boastful and braggy. Sorry.

Posted on 03/29/2016, in Rod Serling and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hmmm, golfing and golfers comes to mind! :-]

  2. Oh, that brings back too many (model) memories. What a classic answer though – love it!

  3. ROFL! Well, smashing it into a bazillion pieces must have released a whole lot of tension. :)

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