Blogtember #1: The Twilight Zone

In five days, it will be five years since I became a New Yorker.  New York City is a city of immigrants, from other parts of the world and all over the world and sometimes – maybe – out of this world.  When people ask where I’m from, I earnestly and honestly answer, “The Twilight Zone.”

From Wikipedia

Binghamton, NY, the town where I grew up, was also the hometown of Rod Serling, creator of “The Twilight Zone,” the black-and-white TV show you’ve no doubt seen marathons of on SyFy channel during holiday weekends.  Rod Serling is the man who delivers the famous opening monologue:  “you are about to enter another dimension.  A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind…” and is the tiny man with heavy eyebrows who moralizes each story. 

From Wikipedia
Several of the episodes were inspired by Rod’s upbringing in Binghamton, our shared hometown.  Most notable is the episode “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” where the denizens of Maple Street all suspect one among them is an alien interloper, and paranoia ensues as they collectively try to suss out the true alien.  “Walking Distance” features a carousel in a story about a man who visits his own childhood.  That carousel is real!  I lived across the street from it during college!

So when people ask me on my ghost tours where I come from, or how I became interested in the paranormal, I simply smile and say, “Have you heard of The Twilight Zone?
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo…

7 responses to “Blogtember #1: The Twilight Zone”

  1. I love where you went with today's blog prompt! I find this kind of tv trivia oddly fascinating. I must admit though, I've never actually seen a whole episode of the Twilight Zone… but you've got me thinking that I should remedy that!

  2. Your blog made me think of the years in Binghamton. This morning, I could almost smell and taste the cold weather of that city. It brought me back.

    A big Happy Anniversary to you as well. You and I headed to NYC around the same time. I was down there a few months earlier. To think of all that can transpire in five years time. Loves won, loves lost. The ups and the downs. The laughter and the tears. Forest Hills, Astoria, Brooklyn – we've covered much ground. The men, the mistakes, the cups of coffee, and the long walks. You remind me how amazing that time in NYC was.

    Five years. So much can happen in five years.

  3. As a New Yorker, I seriously considered attending Binghamton University and actually visited it. And the entire visit there, all I heard about was the Twilight Zone. It nearly sold me as I loved watching reruns of that show.
    Great post!

    • You weren't sold on Speidies? Or the awesome weather?

      So many New Yorkers end up at Binghamton University! And I was a Binghamtonian who ended up in the city. That is SO LIKE ME. Doin' it backwards!

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