Publicity photo portrait of Rod Serling for the premiere of the television program The Twilight Zone. Author CBS Television via the Bureau of Industrial Service. During the 1950s and 1960s, television networks, program sponsors and studios often used either advertising or public relations agencies to distribute publicity materials. The Bureau was a division of ad agency Young & Rubicam.
On this day, December 25th, Rod Serling is born in Syracuse, New York. An American screenwriter, novelist, television producer and narrator, Serling is best known for the sci-fi favorite, The Twilight Zone. Stranger than fiction, one of Serling’s moonlighting gigs (before his writing and producing took off) was as a parachute tester for the Army Air Force. He used his military background and received $50.00 for every successful jump. He had once been paid $500.00 to test a newly invented jet ejection seat, he was paid half before and half after. After the Twilight Zone had been cancelled and between writing, he would later teach at Ithaca College.