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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The War of the Worlds
I heard about this story a lot when growing up. On October 30th the eve of Halloween, in 1938, Orson Welles narrated a story called "The War of the Worlds," a story about an invasion of Martians on Earth. At the beginning of the story he explains that it is only a play. But if you missed the first of it, you didn't catch that part and it would be forty minutes before announcing again that it was just a play. His performance sounded very real, he had fake news bulletins to interrupt and broadcast things they were seeing, like a ball of fire landing on a farm, creatures, etc. It sounded so real and scared people so bad, the roads were packed, they loaded their guns and hid in their cellars.
Mr. Wells did apologize to America for the incident.