Final resting place of Rod Serling, in Interlaken, New York.
Uploaded by ChrisMD123 on 13 Jul 05, 8.15PM EST.
Ah, Interlaken, my hometown!
I grew up here, on a farm about a mile north of town, i could see the town lights at night up the road.
every ten years they build one house, here, a town of maybe 600 people, why there was 28 kids in my graduating class of 1960! Farmers quit and leave, new people come here.
After I left, I came back often to live at my cottage and then to live in town in the 90s for a few years.
I tell people that "I grew up in the twilight Zone"; then i get that Knowing nod from my listeners that infer...."yeah, small towns are like that, all of them"! Then i counter by saying this again, that I spent my 19 childhood years growing up in the twilight Zone, and my parents lived in their rural home until they died.
That Rod Serling twilight zone production, "Walking distance"
is the One that has it where he goes back to his childhood hometown and sees himself at ten years old.
“ Martin Sloan, age thirty-six. Occupation: vice-president, ad agency, in charge of media. This is not just a Sunday drive for Martin Sloan. He perhaps doesn't know it at the time, but it's an exodus. Somewhere up the road he's looking for sanity. And somewhere up the road, he'll find something else. ”
A middle-aged man, Martin Sloane, is driving cross-country when he stops his car. He walks toward his hometown, which appears exactly as it was when he was a boy. He sees himself as a boy, and following him home, meets his parents. Trying to convince his parents that he is their son from the future, he succeeds only in proving his insanity. Martin tries to warn his younger self to enjoy his childhood before it is too late, but his advances scare young Martin, who falls off the merry-go-round and injures his leg. Finally, his father confronts him. Having seen the papers in Martin's wallet and now believing him to be who he says he is, he tells him to return to his own time. Martin finds himself back in his own time, walking with a new limp.
“ Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives—trying to go home again. And also like all men perhaps there'll be an occasion, maybe a summer night sometime, when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and places of his past. And perhaps across his mind there'll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he'll smile then too because he'll know it is just an errant wish, some wisp of memory not too important really, some laughing ghosts that cross a man's mind, that are a part of the Twilight Zone. ”
The park in the episode is said to be inspired by Recreation Park in Rod Serling's hometown of Binghamton, New York. Like the park in "Walking Distance", Recreation Park has a carousel and a bandstand. There is a plaque in the Recreation Park bandstand commemorating the episode.
I know where that carousel really was! it was only a small merrygo-round out behind the school, in Interlaken, on the playground!
I also know which soda shop he went to and the car repair shop too, just like I know what street in Interlaken is "Maple street" where the very first zone story occurred, the monsters on maple street.
and why the final years of the twilight zone had "Interlaken productions" at the very end of the credits, "interlaken productions" made the series' shows.
Serling lived there!
or rather, he spent his summers at his cottage just a mile east of town, on cayuga lake, I met and talked to him a number of times, in the 50s!
Rod Serling is buried in the town cemetary too!
His final resting place is in the Lakeview cemetary, outside of town, in the twilight Zone!
I could stand on main street, in the 90s, at 7 am in the morning, on my walk to the cafe, main street is route 96, one of the main roads, before the interstates, between new York City and Rochester/buffalo/canada. I could imagine how as interlaken is "above" new york, looking downwards to the southeast, it is if Interlaken would be like of a "hilltop" overlooking the City and thus be New York's Focus of imaginations! As if what is Imagined, in Interlaken, would be the inspirations for all of the people of New York, for good or bad! I shudder to think that if some "shaman" or
Sorceror or Mage of the Illuminetti would stand in front of, say, the library; he could with his mind and heart, affect the people of new York city, thus us all all over the world!
but rod serling thought of this first!!
Valley of the Shadow
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Valley of the Shadow" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.
Small-town dwellers have an amazing device which literally gives them what they want, by means of inserting a card into the machine. A reporter named Philip Redfield (Ed Nelson) finds himself unable to leave a small town when he learns too much about a secret mechanical device which can control and rearrange atoms, making things appear and disappear, assemble and reassemble. The town refuses to share this and other amazing technology until "men learn the ways of peace." Redfield becomes romantically involved with (what appears to be the only) female member of the town his age, and she convinces him that she wants to leave the sleepy village. The backwater confinement chafes, and Redfield decides to make a break for it one evening. The lure of saving the world becomes too much for him, and he uses the technology to make a gun. He steals the book of formulas, shooting one of the town elders on the way out. However, the joke is on him. Once he and the girl are just outside the town limits (and the force field), he looks at the book to see it full of blank pages. The town elders, including the mayor Redfield supposedly shot and killed, reveal that the girl was a plant and that Redfield has failed their test spectacularly. The girl tearfully confesses that it wasn't all a lie, implying her love for him was real, but Redfield will have none of it and approaches what he believes to be his imminent death in the surly, combative manner that has characterized him throughout the episode. Since the society cannot break its own laws and execute him, they take away Redfield's memory (or send him back in time), and he returns to where he was at the opening of the episode. The car is gassed up, and Redfield drives out of town none the wiser.
my sister saw this story and she tells me that this person, driving towards interlaken, sees a sign "trumansburg", then passing through this town and the next town was this town in the story, Trumansburg is just the next town south of Interlaken.
the town hall had a computer in the basement that was from an alien very very advanced civilization! the town board keeps it a secret as if people kew they would do just as this person did!
So Interlaken is the home and the center of the Twilight Zone indeed, as if anyone who sits in the town library reading a book of imagination, affects the minds and hearts of all of the new yorkers, thus us all!!
may the Readers and Imaginationers, living in interlaken, Interlaken, think GOOD, positive, Imaginations!!
as Interlaken bills itself as the "heart of the finger lakes", seeing that this town is in the *exact* center of the finger lakes, *and* that the Seneca Indians, the five Tribes, knew that this very inspiring area of the country is where the Great White Spirit placed his hand upon the earth and the water fills up the finger imprintations; that this area is very very "spiritually charged", thus Rod Serling may well indeed be on the something, here!
"its a wonderful life", the movie, was inspired by a large town, Seneca Falls, about 30 miles from Interlaken!
all residents and ex-residents of Interlaken, please pleeeease think and feel uplifting and positive imaginations, now: we all need good influences, in these strange Times of the Iraq war and the Coming apart of our culture, in these a-coming 2012 times!
If Jesus ever were to Come Again, as He Promished, I would wish for him to travel down rt 96 and to visit Interlaken!!