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Possible Twilight Zone/Rod Serling Museum
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone.” As a person who grew up with a huge appreciation for The Twilight Zone and the genius of its creator Rod Serling, I wanted to take a moment and talk about some exciting news for classic sci-fi fans. I recently read an Associated Press article about an antiques dealer in Serling’s hometown of Binghamton, N.Y., who plans to open a museum dedicated to Serling and his iconic TV show in the fall of 2007. Exhibits will focus on Serling's radio, TV and film work, as well as his work as a teacher and scholar. Four buildings, amounting to around 20,000 square feet, will be devoted to the museum, which will contain numerous Serling artifacts its founder acquired off eBay. Check out http://www.rodserling.com for more updates. What is your favorite Twilight Zone episode of all time and why? And if you’re not a Twilight Zone fan, who would you like to see a museum eventually dedicated to and why?
2/24/2006 1:05:28 PM
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Posted by  Mike  on 3/8/2006 7:52:14 PM
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I'll say the very first episode ever made ... "Where is Everybody?"
Posted by  Mike  on 3/8/2006 7:53:52 PM
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Also .... that's great they are opening a museum. I'll check out that link.
Posted by  Kim  on 3/9/2006 1:09:10 PM
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Mike, thanks for responding to my post! Yes, the first episode is definitely a classic. Some of my favorite episodes include "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," "To Serve Man," "Time Enough At Last," "Eye of the Beholder," "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," "Night Call," "Twenty-Two" and "The Hunt." Really a better question would be is there an episode of that show that doesn't still hold up even now?
Posted by  Steve  on 3/9/2006 3:21:01 PM
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How about a museum dedicated to Jimmy Buffett? They could sell margaritas at the door. I'd enjoy a museum more if I were drunk anyway ....
Posted by  Kim  on 3/9/2006 3:52:01 PM
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How fun would that be??? Of course you'd then have to worry about people stealing the items or spilling drinks all over everything and ruining them, which reminds me of this AP story I just read about a 12-year-old boy who stuck a wad of gum and ruined a $1.5 million painting at an art museum. As long as I'm not running the place, I'd be all for visiting it ;)
Posted by  Mike  on 3/11/2006 4:24:12 PM
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A Museum with margaritas sounds good to me.
Posted by  Mary  on 3/11/2006 4:38:55 PM
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I want to hear more about this painting. Why wasn't it protected more? Will they be able to salvage it? Is the museum going to sue the parents of the boy?
Posted by  Mary  on 3/12/2006 3:47:07 PM
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They were able to save the painting ... http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060312/NEWS01/603120668/1001/news
Posted by  Antique Lady  on 3/12/2006 10:06:56 PM
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I'm surprised they don't have more security for a painting that expensive.
Posted by  Nate  on 3/12/2006 10:21:05 PM
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As a big fan of the twilight zone, I'd really be interested in seeing that museum. The one with the margaritas sounds good too.
Posted by  Antique Lady  on 3/12/2006 10:24:06 PM
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"I'd enjoy a museum more if I were drunk anyway" - sounds like someone needs to gain a deeper appreciation for fine art.
Posted by  Kim  on 3/13/2006 9:34:15 AM
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Kudos to Mary for finding an update on that painting -- that was very interesting to know how they were able to save it! Maybe not everyone has an appreciation for fine art ... and that's ok. At least that person has good taste in music :)
Posted by  Steve  on 3/13/2006 1:04:06 PM
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I think a margarita on a beach is a work of art
Posted by  Antique Lady  on 3/13/2006 3:50:10 PM
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I guess :)
Posted by  Jim  on 3/13/2006 3:55:12 PM
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Twilight Zone is ok, but I think there are better shows to feature in a museum.
Posted by  Q  on 3/13/2006 6:17:28 PM
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How about the Simpsons? One of the longest running shows ever, and there are already college courses offered that analyze the messages it sends on culture and politics.
Posted by  Kim  on 3/13/2006 7:18:06 PM
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I would love to see a Simpsons museum, that's one of my other favorite TV shows! I wish my college had been cool enough to have featured a course analyzing it, that would have been a definite "A" for me :)
Posted by  Steve  on 3/14/2006 8:58:25 AM
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I think a Married With Children Museum would be good ...
Posted by  Kim  on 3/14/2006 9:02:11 AM
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Patrons to the Married with Children museum would either be insulted or given a pair of complimentary shoes at the door ... lol
Posted by  Tim  on 3/14/2006 9:03:42 AM
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Being insulted would be part of the fun if that show was featured in a museum. That would be a great idea.
Posted by  Kim  on 3/14/2006 9:29:54 AM
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That's why I thought of it ;) For the Twilight Zone fans, I thought this new book looked worth checking out some time: "Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone" by Stewart Stanyard features behind-the-scenes look at the popular TV show with more than 300 original photographs, candid interviews with Serling’s widow Carol, brother Robert, and Helen Foley, his influential teacher.
Posted by  Mike  on 3/14/2006 10:21:27 AM
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These sound like great ideas, but what about a museum dedicated to many TV shows.
Posted by  Kim  on 3/14/2006 12:08:24 PM
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Personally, I've always wanted to open my own diner with pop culture memorabilia and collectibles -- sort of a "Mom and Pop" version of the failed Planet Hollywood chain -- that would feature movies, tv shows, cartoons, toys, fashions, fads, and music icons spanning every decade. Different booths/sections would be devoted to different subjects, with something for the eye at every table! I even toyed with the idea of having the objects themselves placed inside the booth under glass so patrons could look down and view things while they eat. Of course there'd also be stuff plastered all over the walls and on shelves and maybe some old video game consoles (Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega, etc.) tossed in for some interactive fun!
Posted by  Ed  on 3/28/2006 10:34:39 PM
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Favorite Twighlight Zone episode: I think it was called "Time Enough at Last", as mentioned in one of the other posts. Featured Burgess Meredith as a myopic bookworm, constantly harassed by his wife and boss. Just wanted time alone to read. World War III occurs and he's the only survivor. End of the show, he's sitting on the library steps, happily surrounded by stacks of books -- he drops his eyeglasses and they shatter on the concrete. The irony is excrutiating!
Posted by  Kim  on 3/29/2006 1:20:54 PM
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Yes, that episode both frustrates me and brings a tear to my eye every time! As a bookworm all my life, misunderstood by my parents etc., I knew just how that poor man felt!
Posted by  Richard  on 7/3/2006 6:01:39 PM
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My favourite, by far, was the Burgess Meredith episode. He played a bespectacled and profoundly near-sighted bank teller whose passion was reading books - apparently to the exclusion of just about everything else, including his own job performance. He was reading a novel in the bank vault over lunch when an earth-devastating explosion took place, leaving him the only man alive. He syaggers outside the rubble to find himself all alone but with empty stores full of canned rations and a nearby library whose books had been disgorged during the holocaust. He piles up the books he wants to read and is in a state of bliss when he accidentally drops and breaks his glasses. There was something about that episode that has stayed with me for over 40 years.
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