I was having trouble finding a copy of this online to post to Twitter today, so because I’m the kind of person who has mp3s of this stuff, I present it to you now: Rod Serling’s excellent outro for the 5th aired episode of The Twilight Zone, Walking Distance:
Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives – trying to go home again. And also like all men perhaps there’ll be an occasion, maybe a summer night sometime, when he’ll look up from what he’s doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and the places of his past. And perhaps across his mind there’ll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he’ll smile then too because he’ll know it is just an errant wish, some wisp of memory not too important really, some laughing ghosts that cross a man’s mind, that are a part of the Twilight Zone.
No copyright claimed, etc. I just love this bit of writing and I always have. Now that I am old and more prone to the fits of nostalgia that comes with not dying I think of it often.