A three-day festival memorializing one of the region’s most famous natives was held this weekend.

Writer Rod Serling who was born in Syracuse, but grew up in the City of Binghamton, was best known as creator of the Twilight Zone television series.

The Rod Serling Memorial Foundation is sponsor of SerlingFest 2018.  It featured a variety of speakers on topics such as his military service, and writing career. His daughter Anne Serling read from her book about her father. There were also trivia, book signings and talks by other authors on the Twilight Zone.

And Rod Serling Film Festival winners were honored as well.

Serling’s “Planet of the Apes” made 50 years ago and “Twilight Zone: The Movie” produced 8 years after his death, are screened at SerlingFest 2018.

Rod Serling died in 1975 following surgery.  He has a featured star on Binghamton’s Walk of Fame.  A display on Serling’s life and work is highlighted in the lobby of the Broome County Forum Theater.

More From WNBF News Radio 1290 AM & 92.1 FM