I became aware of this sad news yesterday evening through the online grapevine but now it has been officically confirmed that Joseph Stefano (born on May 05th, 1922) who was the main guiding force behind the stellar first season (1963-64) of THE OUTER LIMITS (ABC 1963-65) tv series passed away last Friday, August 25th, 2006 of what is being reported as an apparent heart attack at 84 years of age. I've always considered THE OUTER LIMITS to be one of the truly predominant achievements in the SF tv series genre and together with THE TWILIGHT ZONE (CBS 1959-64) both these landmark, brilliantly innovative dramatic-speculative fiction anthology shows really launched the SF boom of the 1960s on television. The SF tv genre has consistently (surpassingly) distinguished itself from the more conventionally founded dramas on television in that its (infinitely) far reaching social concerns are on a more Universal level of awareness addressing issues that mankind has yet to be confronted with thereby offering an enlightened vision for the future. Someone here once made reference to the top 3 dramatic tv series of the 1960s. In my own estimation that distinction (rightly) belongs to THE TWILIGHT ZONE which won two Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, THE INVADERS (ABC 1967-68) which significantly marked the late Quinn Martin's sole effort in the field still enduring as a profound influence and source of inspiration for many latter day efforts on television and of course THE OUTER LIMITS which was acknowledged with two (prestigious) Hugo Awards in the Category of Outstanding Script. Rest in Peace Joseph Stefano you will be sorely missed! Jeff T.