Mike Wallace passed away and people have been looking back at his career. My cousin posted this interview of Rod Serling on her Facebook page and I found it fascinating, because Serling was just an amazing writer and someone who had a great deal of influence on me.
I was horrified at work a couple months ago when I realized that someone I work with, someone who is pretty cognizant of pop culture and general nerdery, had no idea who Rod Serling was. I’m old.
This interview was done just before The Twilight Zone first aired, and Serling is candid about the possibility that it might be a failure. It’s a great interview and Serling’s description of his battles with censorship in 1959 will always be relevant. Also, I loved his defense of “commercial art” and his rejection of the view that art that is produced to make money can’t be high quality.
I was entranced by this interview as soon as Wallace asked his first question and Serling started to speak. That voice. That awesome voice.