One of the greatest screenwriters in history and perhaps the best writer television writer ever. I’ve alway appreciated his skill with the word and his forward-looking social conscience. That he was an airborne trooper in WWII resonates with me, too. Most people of a certain age know The Twilight Zone (probably everybody knows Serling’s oft-imitated and lampooned clipped diction, even if they don't know it's origin.) but many people forget that he won six or seven Emmy’s for his non-TZ productions, too. In the 1950s and early 60s he was the most highly regarded writer in the business. Unfortunately, his later excursions such as Night Gallery were not of nearly the quality of his earlier work, mainly because he had much less creative control in the post-TZ years. A lifetime four pack-a-day smoker, Rod Serling was just 50 years old when he died. This interview is interesting in that some of the issues he mentions are still debated today.