Remembering Rod Serling: Twilight Zone creator honored in Interlaken

As a village trustee and the deputy mayor for the village of Interlaken, Tony Del Plato has had to deal with issues related to the water and sewer systems, the roads, and — this time of year — snow removal.

Recently, he had the chance to work on something a little more enjoyable — helping the village and its residents celebrate the life and work of local celebrity Rod Serling, whose family spent summers in the village on Cayuga Lake and who is buried in Interlaken’s Lakeview Cemetery.

“I’ve had fun putting this project together,” Del Plato said, at the beginning of an event Saturday in which Serling’s daughter, Anne, spoke about the writer — best known for “The Twilight Zone” television series — before a showing of two episodes of the classic program.

The celebration began last Thursday when Mayor Richard Richardson presented a proclamation honoring Serling and his ties to the Finger Lakes region to Anne Serling on behalf of her family. Del Plato noted the village board issued the proclamation in May, honoring the local celebrity as a goal of his since he was elected to the board.

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