"I want to be remembered as a person who early on in his life took control of his life and set goals. When people gave me a lined paper, I wrote the other way. When people expect some certain behavior from me, I will frustrate their expectations."
About This Interview
In his five-hour Archive interview, George Clayton Johnson (1929-2015) chronicles his career as a fiction, television, and movie writer. He talks about his association with the 1960 feature film Oceans 11, for which he was the original co-screenwriter and received co-story credit on the movie. He details in depth, his association as one of the key collaborators on The Twilight Zone (1959-64) for which he contributed to eight series episodes including the classics "Nothing in the Dark," "A Game of Pool" and "Kick the Can." He describes The Twilight Zone' s place in television history and talks about producer Buck Houghton, creator Rod Serling, and writers Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont. Johnson speaks in depth about Star Trek, for which he contributed the teleplay to what would become the premiere episode: "The Man Trap." Johnson also talks about his teleplays for such series as Route 66, The Law and Mr. Jones and Kung Fu. He also discusses the classic science fiction novel "Logan's Run," which he co-authored with William F. Nolan. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Pacoima, CA on September 16, 2003.