May 12 in Twilight Zone History: Celebrating the 1961 premiere of 'The Mind and the Matter' - Syfy Wire

Shelley Berman | 2018-05-12 10:00

Today, May 12th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1961 premiere of "The Mind and the Matter."Comedian Shelley Berman made his TZ debut as a real miscreant: Archibald Beechcroft, a man who just hates people – his office workers, his landlady, even people standing on the subway platform. Archibald Beechcroft (Shelley Berman) finds the answer to his misinthropic dreams in a book in "The Mind and the Matter."Shelley Berman (1925-2017) was already a major comic presence when Rod Serling came calling and he perfectly captured the nature of the misanthrope – no one offered a pained expression like Berman.