“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”
I know, it’s not a real door, but it’s an important door to me and it’s on SyFy as we speak and it’s really hard to think about anything else.
I love the Twilight Zone!
More importantly, I love that specific introduction. During the series, they changed the introduction a few times. My friend Paul, over at Shadow and Substance, would know for sure, but I think this one surfaced in the fourth season. It doesn’t matter, it spoke to me.
By the time the Twilight Zone first aired, it was clear that I was a nerd, an introvert and destined for a career that probably wasn’t going involve physical activity. By the time The Zone had finished its network run, it was also clear that I had an interest in writing and storytelling.
After The Zone was gone from the airways, I started reading Rod Serling’s books. I noticed that his stories carried subtle messages, I noticed that his stories made me think and that his stories helped me imagine better things. For the first time in my life, I realized the power of good storytelling.
I wish I could tell you about the great writing career that those observations spawned. I didn’t pursue an education in a subject requiring much writing, but Chemistry does benefit from a healthy imagination. I also managed to take more than my share of English courses. I kept reading books written by good storytellers. I didn’t become a famous writer, but writing and storytelling has played an important role in my technology career. The interest remains alive, that’s why I’m here.
Enough about me, another favorite episode is about to start.
If you’re a fan of the Twilight Zone, you will recognize the doors I selected. If you’re not a fan, you can just skip to the gallery and view the significant, in my opinion, doors from the Twilight Zone.
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors series. Next week, I’ll be back to doors in this dimension. If you want to play, visit Norm’s site, click the linky thing and show us your doors.