A Tale of Two Binghamtons


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“Everybody has to have a hometown.  Binghamton’s mine.” – Rod Serling

Regardless of my own feelings towards my hometown, I always considered it a point of pride that I grew up in the same city as Rod Serling.  His family moved to the area when he was two, and he lived here until he graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1943.  After fighting in the Pacific during World War II and attending Antioch College, he became a prominent television writer, best known as the creator of the famous anthology series “The Twilight Zone.”  In the fifth episode of the series “Walking Distance,” Serling waxes nostalgic about a man who desires to go back to his hometown not as it is, but as he remembered it.  The park in the story, with its bandstand and carousel, is based on Recreation Park on Binghamton’s West Side, only a few blocks from…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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