Friday, June 05, 2015

The zone

Do you remember the Twilight Zone? The first one appeared in October of 1959 and was in black and white...or at least it was at our house because we didn't have a color TV.

I remember how disquieting that show left me at times. I remember one episode in particular that was sad. It was about a guy that loved to read more than anything else in the world. He wore glasses as thick as magnifying glasses. He caught a lot of flack from his wife because she wanted him doing things other than reading.

I don't remember a great deal about this episode except there was some kind of cataclysm that killed all the people but left the buildings intact. The only person left on the planet was the reader. 

He found himself in front of a library and he seemed happy. I should have known something weird would happen because it was the Twilight Zone, but I never saw the ending coming.

The guy was about to go into the library to read until his heart was content, but just then he dropped his glasses and then stepped on them...and that's where the show ended.

I'm not sure where that came from, but I write 'em as the come to me.

Happy weekend.


  1. The episode I remember is when the mother heard her child crying and couldn't find him. She had put him to bed and the cries seemed to be coming from his bed but he wasn't there. He had fallen through a portal to another dimension that opened in the wall. I still have the scars.

  2. I do recall that episode. I think I was about 10 and am pretty sure it was the 1st time I encountered the acting skills of Burgess Meredith.

  3. Anonymous1:52 AM

    This is the episode--one of my favorites:

  4. I don't know how they did it but the opening lines of so many shows Stuck with me, After a couple lines the voice said, "You are about to enter the Twilight Zone."
    Wwe had no TV but my friends had a B/W. I think the B/W added to the suspense and success of the Twilight ZONE.
    You have done that with pictures here on your Blog, Present them in B/W and they do impress.

  5. That show was a classic!
    ... and I agree with what Jack said about B/W adding to the suspense.
    My most memorable episode involved a couple on a train (destination?) who kept arriving back at their embarkation station, over and over, and over ... only to discover they were miniaturized inside a model train set being operated by this giggling little boy.

  6. Hi Rick. I had to chuckle over your column. I remember the Twilight Zone well. I loved that show. The one that sticks in my mind the most took place on a canoe in fog as thick as ten blankets. The figure in a boat came close to another boat and he was covered with thick scales. It was SO CREEPY. Ha! Haven't thought about that in years. Ha! Susan

  7. You know I never watched the show


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