The Bundy Museum in Binghamton, NY has a permanent display to local and national legend Rod Serling. Now as many of you know, Serling created, wrote for, and produced the marvelous Twilight Zone. The reason Bundy has this exhibit is because Serling, although born in Ithaca NY, grew up in Binghamton from the age of two. Life in Binghamton inspired many of the Twilight Zone‘s stories (Walking Distance in particular) and he’s long been our local hero.
Well here’s some exciting news — as Trekkies know, Leonard Nimoy appeared in the classic TZ episode A Quality of Mercy. Leonard’s face is the first thing you see in the episode, as his character is sending field reports on his walkie-talkie during a Pacific WWII battle. Imagine my surprise when I read this article in our local paper the other day — Leonard’s helmet has now become part of the permanent Serling display at The Bundy! I want to thank the 8 Serling fans who pooled their resources to buy the helmet, I can’t wait to see it!
Binghamton is just a stone’s throw away from me, so it’s nice to know that a little bit of Leonard’s legacy is now practically in my backyard! I’ll post again as soon as I see it!
I’m psyched up for a local Sci-Fi convention coming to town this Sunday. It’s RoberCon, the first Sci-Fi Convention to be held at the historic Roberson Museum in Binghamton NY!
Binghamton NY was the boyhood home of writer/legend Rod Serling, (The Twilight Zone), and our pride grows deeper every year! There’s the annual Rod Serling Film Festival, where local students write and direct their own 5 minute movies, and if you’ve ever seen The Twilight Zone, you will see occasional references to Binghamton, most notably in Walking Distance where the main character longs for the joy of his childhood, riding the merry-go-rounds. The guest speaker at this convention is Annie Serling, daughter of Rod, who will read from her very intimate new memoir, As I Knew Him, My Dad Rod Serling. There will also be fan forums on Dr. Who, Star Wars, Fantasy and, of course Trek, and tutorials on costume building and gaming. There will be @ 20 vendors selling everything a geek could want, however…
My big reason for going is to be in the Costume Contest, competing as, well, lets just say, an iconic character form Star Trek! I suspect my effort will be small potatoes compared to what I’m sure I’ll see there. Devotees of ‘cosplay’ can be precise in every detail! I’ll be passing out business cards for this site too, and I’ll post pictures and the results next week. If any of my readers are local and want to see me make a total fool of myself, come on down!
Here’s all the info about it in this link. Should be fun! I gotta finish my costume!
In a 1972 episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, Nimoy played Henry Auden, a recent widower who isn’t too upset that his invalid wife Margaret has passed away. Although he loved her, he can’t help feeling mildly relieved at his freedom from his constant care of his late wife. A creepy friend of Margaret’s gets him a cat who’ll ‘be company for him’, but Henry is slowly driven crazy between still hearing the bell his wife used to ring, and a sneaking suspicion that this little kitty is actually a wild cat out to kill him… The episode also co-starred Kathryn Hayes, whom Trek fans will recognize as “Gem” from The Empath (I always like it when actors get to work more than once together in different venues). Here, they argue and almost kiss. (It always seemed to be ‘almost’ or no kissing for Nimoy whenever he appeared in these ’70’s shows; maybe the TV execs were afraid his fans would simultaneously combust a the sight…) Even though Nimoy’s character here wasn’t the nicest, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for his fate. Ironically, Nimoy’s always been an animal lover in reality, but not here!