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Imagine if you will an ordinary man, just like any other gifted student before the outbreak of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]]. This man enlists to serve his country, but as a paratrooper sees things no man was meant to see.

Put through college on the GI Bill, this man becomes a well-known scriptwriter. But at night, in his dreams, the war revisits him. His visions become ever stranger, ever more disturbing.

They drive him to create, and thrust himself into... ''The Twilight Zone''.
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!!Created and [[{{Narrator}} narrated]]:
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' (original 1959-64 version)
* ''Series/NightGallery'' (1970-73)

!!Also created:
* ''The Loner'' (short-lived CBS "Western" series, 1965-66)

!!Also narrated:
* The documentary series ''The Undersea World Of JacquesCousteau''

!!Also hosted:
* The 1969 version of the GameShow ''Liars Club''

!!Writing credits include:
* ''Patterns'' (a 1955 episode of ''Kraft Television Theater'')
* ''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight'' (originally a 1956 episode of ''Playhouse 90'', then a 1962 film)
* ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'' (wrote the script for TheFilmOfTheBook) (1964)
* The original draft of the 1968 ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' film
* Many, many early anthology series

!!Supplied the page quote on:
* Analysis.SpeculativeFiction
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->They say life is but a whisper, leaving just as quickly as it arrives. This man was killed not by machines of humanity, nor by acts of nature, nor by seeking seclusion within the recesses and infinities of his mind...but by a faulty heart, which removed him from the coil of mortality while men of medicine tried valiantly to keep him from that fate.

->Since the twenty-eighth day of June in the year nineteen hundred and seventy-five, this man has led a new life inside the world he created. He takes pride in those who [[FanFic tell new tales]], and by request will walk into the spotlight to give an appropriate spiel at each beginning and end.

->Rodman Edward Serling, a man who cannot leave his own little world yet takes this fact as comfort, living out a pleasant eternity...in ''The Twilight Zone''.
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