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Anne Serling reveals personal side of her father, Rod Serling
Rod Serling’s unofficial title as “the Angry Young Man of the Golden Age of TV” did not sit well with his daughter Anne. She knew the personal side of him – the devoted father and husband who had a knack for imitations of gorillas and accents, who enjoyed playing on the floor with the dogs as if he were a littermate, who charmed friends in spite of his Twilight Zone reputation. When she saw his performances on TV, she didn’t always see the father that she knew.
When Rod died in 1975 at the age of 50, Anne was devastated. From the biography that she wrote about her father, As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, it is clear that she could never fully recover from a loss as great as her father was to her. She can, however, carry on his legacy and move forward in life, which is what she is doing.
As I Knew Him is a heart-warming tender account of Rod Serling as a man through the eyes and research of his devoted daughter. It is a very personal story that allows the reader to experience an idyllic relationship between Rod and Anne.
With obvious care and tenderness, Anne Serling recounts the stories of Rod as she heard them from friends and family and as she read in letters that her father kept. These stories, of the ever present cigarette, his two-finger typing, his stance against prejudice and against censorship, bring out the personal side of the man behind The Twilight Zone and other iconic shows and movies.
As I Knew Him will make the reader grateful for this personal glimpse at a time when media giants roamed the Earth and granted the gift of fantasy moral plays, but it will do so because it is written with Anne’s inherent gentleness and love, which are echoed in the lessons of The Twilight Zone.