Rod Serling (creator of The Twilight Zone in case you didn’t know) wrote:
Everyone has to have a hometown. Binghamton’s mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive make-up of a human being, there is need for a place to hang a hat, or a kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that’s familiar because that’s where you grew up.
Maybe that’s what drew me here. I don’t feel like I have a hometown. One friend recently told me she thought I would never have a permanent home. That doesn’t feel good but it perhaps explains the fascination I have for Serling’s attraction to Binghamton.
Born in Syracuse, he spent most of his childhood in Binghamton. And today, in a little alleyway leading to the Metrocenter, there is a star commemorating him. It was laid there in 1992, along with a whole “Walk of Stars” of famous sons and daughters of Binghamton.
To be honest, the alley’s a little run down. There are some boarded up stores lining it. As I searched for the Walk of Stars, I walked right by this alley before doubling back. I don’t think I’d heard of any one else in the Walk of Stars. But that doesn’t matter: Rod Serling has a home and that home is proud of him.