By Anne Serling

ISBN-10: 0806536748

ISBN-13: 9780806536743

"A haunting and fantastically written memoir concerning the author of The Twilight Zone." --Robert Redford

"Beautifully written. . .I laughed and that i cried. I plan to learn it back as soon as I seize my breath." --Carol Burnett

In this intimate, lyrical memoir approximately her iconic father, Anne Serling finds the fun-loving dad and relatives guy in the back of the implementing determine the general public observed webhosting The Twilight area each week. After his unforeseen, early loss of life, Anne, simply 20, used to be left surprised. yet via speaking to his pals, poring over previous correspondence, and recording her youth thoughts, Anne not just came upon solace, yet received a deeper realizing of this striking guy. Now she stocks her discoveries, besides own pictures, revealing letters, and scenes of his formative years, warfare years, and their family's time jointly. A tribute to Rod Serling's legacy as a visionary, storyteller, and humanist, As I Knew Him is additionally a relocating testomony to the affection among fathers and daughters.

"A gentle, considerate and intensely own portrait of yank genius Rod Serling." --Alice Hoffman

"Richly advised. . .a haunting memoir approximately grief, creativity, and a father-daughter bond as memorable and magical as any Twilight area episode." --Caroline Leavitt

"Filled with anecdotes and self-reflection. . .Serling nonetheless casts an oversized shadow." --Variety

"Lush stories of a impressive father and adept research of his work." --Kirkus Reviews

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Twix? McDonalds Safeway Ovaltine Power Scalextric Walkers Crisps Eurostar SIGNIFICANT CONCERN TANGO ORANGE As a youth takes a sip of Tango, a strange, partly-naked man with all-over orange make-up rushes up and slaps him simultaneously on both cheeks. His shock is supposed to illustrate the sharp bite of the drink. ) Most children found this familiar and appealing. They liked the product and thought the treatment was funny and entertaining, especially the slapping and the expression of the slapped man.

There was some recall among children of the worm characters in this advertisement, but the brand and the point of the advertising was often missed. It tended to invite sympathy and confusion, with children asking what was happening, and why chop a worm in half? Some were unaware of the (false) folklore about worms, and failed to understand why there was one worm then two. However, for many, the worm characters proved very engaging with their cute, funny faces. The quivering innards raised disgust but invited attention.

Some elements were liked, including the school scene, the revenge on the horrid teacher, the use of imagination, intrigue and fantasy, and the high-tech filming (the spinning car). Other elements were drab and boring – it had no catchy music and, because of technical problems, the copy used in the research was in black and white. It was often recognised that the child was not actually offensive to the teacher at any point, and the retribution was via fantasy rather than reality. Some of the adults were concerned about the anti-school and anti-authority attitudes shown in the advertisement, though to most (including the school staff) it was not an issue.

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