This is basically a transcript of a podcast segment (www.plotpoints.com) done about great writers we admire.
So goes one of the most iconic monologues in television history by TV pioneer Rod Serling who wrote, directed, produced and acted in the series, The Twilight Zone.
A small anecdote that came out of my research is that Rod Serling initially had it as sixth dimension until a producer asked him what happened to the fifth one.
Among the resources I tapped for this article was the American Masters documentary called "Submitted for your Approval."
It opens in an operating theater - tense moments ala The Twilight Zone. Black and white. Men and women in masks in tight shots. Eyes darting...
Actress Lee Grant's voice says:
Submitted for your approval. The man in cardiac crises is Mr. Rod Serling: writer, producer and agent provocateur of a certain electronic medium he helped to create and which, by way of thanks, kindly ushered him out the door. But that is of no particular concern of his at the moment because this is Tuesday, June 28th 1975 and thanks to a million cigarettes and a heart with its own a flair for the dramatic Mr. Serling is on the cutting edge of infinity. Mr. Rod Serling who once remarked that he'd like to be remembered as a writer is about to get his wish. During a short stay in a small town called yesterday - found on any map...in The Twilight Zone.
American Masters Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval
The American Masters documentary starts with that excellent voice over and rolls into a sometimes harsh but always contemplative examination of a true writer's writer. Someone who was as tortured by his work as much he was celebrated for it. Who loved success but hated the hypocrisy he knew he participated in as part of that success.