Monday, June 29, 2009 at 11:04AM
I was in the post office the other day and saw one of the "coming soon" ads for stamp collections that were on the way. It was too distant for me to make out exactly what it was, but one of the upcoming collections was dedicated to the golden age of TV. And now Sci Fi Wire has better quality images and more information about those stamps.
The set includes Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, the Lone Ranger, Burns and Allen, Ozzie and Harriet, original Tonight Show host Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Burr as Perry Mason, Jack Webb from Dragnet, Lassie, Red Skelton, Uncle Miltie, Dinah Shore, Groucho Marx, Phil Silvers, from the world of puppets, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie as well as Howdy Doody, William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, and Rod Serling.
Most of those names are familiar to you if you're over, say, 30. You may not have ever seen Red Skelton, but you have a perspective for when he was famous. I am once again thrilled to see Rod Serling mentioned anywhere. He was, if I may be so bold, the equivalent of J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, and Ronald Moore put together. Not only did he create The Twilight Zone, which celebrates its golden anniversary this October, he wrote 92 of the 156 episodes himself. And that's not 92 episodes featuring the castaways on Lost; it's 92 completely new stories, some of which still stand as pillars of science fiction.
Seriously, if you've never grabbed a bag of chips and watched some Twilight Zone episodes, then tune into Sci Fi this weekend (before it becomes SyFy on July 7th). There's a three-day Twilight Zone marathon beginning Thursday morning at 8am Eastern.
The stamps, on the other hand, you'll have to wait for. They won't be released until August 11th, and here they are: