Walter Jamieson is a successful history professor. He's been teaching for 12 years and has proven to be very popular with his students for his ability to bring his subject to life. He is engaged to Susanna Kittridge, his good friend Professor Sam Kittridge's daughter. One thing that Professor Kittridge has noticed about Walter is that he doesn't seem to have aged one bit in the 12 years they have known each other. Walter admits that he is far older than anyone can imagine but before he and Susanna can elope, someone from his past pays him a visit. Written by
This episode may have inspired fellow "Twilight Zone" writer Jerome Bixby (The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961)) to write his novel "The Man From Earth", also a story about a history professor who reveals to his friends that he is immortal - though the tone, the age of the lead character, the mechanism of immortality, and the plot of the stories all differ considerably. Bixby also visited the "immortal man" theme in Star Trek: Requiem for Methuselah (1969). See more »
The September fire written of by "Maj. Hugh Skelton" was actually set by order of John Bell Hood, commanding general of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, in order to destroy all military assets which could be of use to the Union Army prior to his force's evacuation of the city. Sherman's fire was set in the early morning hours of 15 November 1864, prior to his army setting off on its famous March to the Sea. See more »
Last stop on a long journey, as yet another human being returns to the vast nothingness that is the beginning and into the dust that is always the end.
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Kevin McCarthy and Estelle Winwood became the oldest active actors in
the Screen Actors' Guild decades after appearing in "Long Live Walter Jameson" on THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
That was always uncanny, given the storyline.
But it's even eerier now that Kevin McCarthy has just died. And why? Well, one of the things in "Long Live Walter Jameson" that some people have noticed in recent years was the reference in his diary to the city being destroyed on "Tuesday, September 11th", 42 years before the 9/11 attacks.
So now McCarthy's death date of Septemeber 11th seems equally odd.
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