The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Welcome to Show Business! #20

Original Caption:

Not Casting.

New York -- Rod Serling, Academy Award winner, author and TV producer, checks out a reptile he has assembled from a hobby kit - not to star in a TV script, but because he enjoyed making it. As chairman of National Hobby Month, he is an advocate of constructive, self-involving hobbies for everyone, whether it's assembling scale model kits, flying model plans, racing model cars, or doing any of hundreds of crafts. The month of April has been designated as National Hobby Month, sponsored by the Hobby Association of America, in a Congressional Resolution proposed by Senator Jacob Javits of New York. (1975)


Kyle said...

I have found no evidence that Serling won an Academy Award. I wonder what was the source for the caption writer. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.

Love the twilight zone, though.

Kyle said...

Digging deeper, I have found that "Academy" was referring to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They give out the Emmys, which Serling won 6.

Certainly confusing, since now 'Academy Awards' is exclusively used in referring to the Oscars.

Randolph Hoppe said...

That would be the "Land of the Giants" model he's holding.

Tommy O'C said...

Could catch, Kyle.

Now, what this caption doesn't tell you is when the lizard came to life and hopped off Serling's mantel in the middle of a dark and stormy night...