"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
George Clayton Johnson was interviewed for five hours in Pacoima, CA. Johnson chronicled his career as a fiction, television, and movie writer. He talked about his association with the original Oceans 11 (1960) feature film for which he was the original co-screenwriter and received co-story credit on the movie. He detailed 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 described The Twilight Zone' s place in television history and talked about producer Buck Houghton, creator Rod Serling, and writers Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont. Johnson spoke in depth about Star Trek , for which he contributed the teleplay to what would become the premiere episode: "The Man Trap." Johnson also talked about his teleplays for such series as Route 66, The Law and Mr. Jones , and Kung Fu . He also discussed the classic science fiction novel Logan's Run, which he co-authored with William F. Nolan. The interview was conducted by Gary Rutkowski on September 16, 2003.