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Rod Serling guides us through a cultural survey of America in 'As i Knew Him'
In her powerful and personal biography As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, Anne Serling presents a cultural survey of America with her father as the way to create a thread that combines all of the elements that took place during his lifetime. This is possible because Rod was outspoken, intelligent and experienced life in America in a way that few people have.
From Rod’s experiences in World War II that shaped him as a writer and a person, to the death of JFK, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, through the election of Nixon as president and the Vietnam War, the facets of American life are explored through the life of the family and thus avoid the sanitation of the classroom.
The telling of these stories is also possible because Anne loves her father enough to tell the story from her point of view. She takes us through recent American History with a master writer, an intelligent man, as seen through the eyes of his daughter.
While Anne wrote this book in response to the idea that Rod was “the Angry Young Man of the Golden Age of TV,” it is easy to understand how he may have gotten that reputation outside of the home. Rod was adamantly opposed to prejudice and censorship of any kind, and he is outspoken about it.
At home, he is a practical joker who loves children and animals and has more than one nickname for Anne. It is the details that Anne is able to recall and the present tense that the story is told in that brings Rod Serling to life. As I Knew Him is a powerful introduction to the person behind The Twilight Zone facade. The book inspires a greater respect for Rod and creates a greater connection to his writing.
This article was original published at examiner.com. Links have been updated July 2016