Thu, May 20, 2010
Best Selling Author Of "The President's Plane Is Missing"
Robert J. Serling, whose book "The President's Plane Is Missing"
spent 21 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has passed
away at the age of 92 in Tucson, AZ.
Serling was born Jerome Robert Serling March 28, 1918, in
Cortland, NY, but switched the first and middle names as a young
man, according to his daughter. She said he hated the name
The New York Times reports that he received a bachelor's degree
in political science from Ohio's Antioch College in 1942, served in
the Army Air Forces as a aircraft identification instructor in
WWII, and joined U.P.I. after the war, eventually becoming the
aviation editor and manager of the radio news division.
"The President's Plane Is Missing" combined Serling's interest
in politics and aviation. Published in 1967, it focuses on the
actions of the Vice President when Air Force One vanishes. The book
was made into a TV movie in 1973.
Serling eventually left U.P.I. to become a full-time author,
writing several fiction and non-fiction books including "She'll
Never Get Off The Ground"; "Air Force One Is Haunted"; and the
non-fiction "Howard Huges' Airline; An Informal History of TWA";
and "Legend and Legacy: the Story Of Boeing and Its People".
Serling's brother Rod Serling, who died in 1975, was the
well-known host of "The Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery".
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