Twilight Zone First Season

"Martin Sloan, age thirty-six. Occupation: vice-president, ad agency, in charge of media. This is not just a Sunday drive for Martin Sloan. He perhaps doesn't know it at the time - but it's an exodus. Somewhere up the road he's looking for sanity. And somewhere up the road, he'll find something else."

Martin Sloan, driving through the country, leaves his car and starts to walk toward his hometown, Homewood. He finds things exactly as they were when he was a child. He realizes he's gone back in time. He finds his parents, and trying to explain to them what happened, convinces them that he's crazy. He tries to tell himself as a child to savor his youth, but the frightened boy falls off a merry-go-round and breaks his leg. Martin's father, realizing Martin is his son after looking through his wallet, tells him he must leave, that there is "only one summer to every customer." Martin reluctantly returns to the present, with a limp he got from falling off a merry-go-round as a child.

"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."

Notes: Rod's voice sounds a little huskier than usual on the last four words, not completely surprising for the conclusion of one of his most moving monologues, and my personal favorite. (One of his longest, too. Maybe I'm making too much of this, and he was simply a little out of breath.)

Rod doesn't seem to pronounce the "s" in "ghosts" here, in case we really want to get picky.

Notes and corrected narrations courtesy of Twilight Zone Cafe Moderator, Matt Vandermast (aka "James B.W. Bevis")


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