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"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind"

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

Too often, we fail to understand the impact we have on people who pass through our lives.

Professor Ellis Fowler (Donald Pleasance) taught English at a boys' school. So little did they seem to absorb that he called them dunderheads. And, then, he was forced to retire. Feeling that he had contributed nothing to his students' lives, he wanted to end his own life. But, then, he traveled to the Twilight Zone and saw through their eyes just how much he had influenced them.

One of the professor's students quoted this line from John Donne's Meditation XVII:

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

Do you remember when McGarrett recited the first part of the verse in "Just Lucky, I Guess"?


You can watch this episode of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access:

Serling, Rod. The Changing of the Guard. The Twilight Zone. Cayuga Productions / CBS Television, 1962.

You can watch this episode of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS All Access:

Coopersmith, Jerome (as Jay Roberts) and Goldberg, Mel. Just Lucky, I Guess. Hawaii Five-0. Leonard Freeman Productions / CBS Television, 1969.

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