Doo-doo doo-doo, Doo-doo doo-doo…

October 2, 2009

In American pop culture, If you want to point out that we’re not in Kansas anymore and that things are happening way beyond your understanding, you only need to repeat a tiny snippet of sound, and people still get it.

It was exactly 50 years ago tonight that Americans tuned in to get a first glimpse at a TV show called “The Twilight Zone.”

Rod Serling, the genius behind the series, paved the way for amateurs like me, letting us cheapen his concept but still make the point that some pretty weird doo-doo doo-doo is still going down.

Here is where I’d like to insert my own recollection of that distant October evening, as a small boy gratefully learning I wasn’t alone in seeing a strange world around me.

What a cosmic eye-opener. To paraphrase Serling, “You’re traveling through another dimension – a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: Northside Indianapolis!”

Yes, I’d like to share that memory, but I can’t. I wasn’t watching the show.

Instead, like most Americans I was glued to an average private eye series called “77 Sunset Strip.”

It would be years before I appreciated what I had missed. And “The Twilight Zone,” so much a part of our culture today, was a ratings disaster back then.

It defies comprehension, huh? “Doo-doo doo-doo, Doo-doo doo-doo…”

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Above: A televised Rod Serling is projected on an illuminated ball in the air at the unveiling of a new attraction, “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,” at a Disney theme park in 2004. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Below: “Twilight Zone” DVD cover

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I raise my glass to the show, one of the greatest ever. Nevertheless, I was more of the idea that you were far from being around 50 years ago, Robert…

Posted by M | Report as abusive

Did I say 50 years ago? Sorry, I meant FIVE years. Very embarrassing…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

OK, I’ll admit it, Twilight Zone scared the crap out of me. Mostly because my big brother insisted on turning out all but one of the lights while we watched it.

Posted by GoingLikeSixty | Report as abusive

That explains a lot, Going…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I tried to guess the subject of the blog from the headline and came up with “The Addams Family”

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

What? Bill, those weren’t the Addams Family lyrics at all!

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I actually thought it was the Pink Panther.

If it was describing most of the drivel available on television today it would just be “doo doo”.

Posted by stranger | Report as abusive

Let’s all sing the Twilight Zone Theme Song

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

I thought it was Addam’s Family too….!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I was thinking Jaws’ music. But the Twilight Zone is much better! I’ll enjoy the show and let my brother enjoy the ride.

Posted by PetPunkRock | Report as abusive

My 1st thought was Sinatra but that’s “Doo-be doo-be doo”

Twilight Zone started a little bit before my time but I’ve never missed a rerun when they were on.

Years ago I came up with a self deprecating joke that my life has been so strange that I’m waiting for Rod Serling to show up and announce that my entire life has been a really long episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

Posted by some guy | Report as abusive

Kookie, Kookie lend me your comb…

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