A Cherished Inscription for a Grateful Rod Serling Fan
Ever been asked to name a famous individual from history that you’d want to have dinner with? I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that Rod Serling tops my list.
You can imagine the questions I’d have for him. I doubt one meal would give us enough time to cover everything I want to know.
Somewhere on the list of topics would be his opinion of what I do on social media to spotlight his work. Does he like it? Am I presenting it well? What can I do to improve it?
Sadly, of course, I can’t know what he thinks. He’s been gone for over 40 years. But I have something that’s almost as good — a special book with an inscription that always makes me smile.
It’s “As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling”, by Anne Serling, the younger of his two daughters. Her book was published in 2013, and I always recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about her famous father.
I’ve had the opportunity to correspond a bit with Anne, who’s a very nice lady. A talented one, too: her book is not only a heartfelt tribute, but a compulsively readable one. It’s written in a very personal, inviting style — nothing like the semi-clinical tone one normally gets with biographies. It’s a search, really, for a father she lost when she was only 20 years old.
My copy, though, is unique:
It reads: “For Paul, with all my best, Anne.” It’s the next line, though, that really gets me: “I so appreciate all you do to promote my dad’s legacy!”
Thanks, Anne. It’s a real pleasure — especially when I hear that from someone who knew Rod Serling so well. As your dad might say, file this under “M” … for “moving”.
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