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Martian Invasion Panic - 1938 On Sunday, October 30, 1938, a young Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre On The Air presented their version of H.G. Wells' 1895 science fiction novel 'War of the Worlds' as a radio drama on CBS. About two-thirds of the 55-minute broadcast comprised of faux news bulletins. They began with accounts of a supposed meteorite landing in a New Jersey township which turned out to be a Martian spacecraft. The aliens then began a reign of terror across New Jersey and into New York City, killing everyone with heat rays and poison gas. The show was given an air of authenticity by using interviews with various fictitious officials and a bogus Princeton astronomy professor who speculated on the Martians' strength and motives for invasion. Although the broadcast featured no fewer than four instances when it was declared to be a radio drama, many people did not hear these disclaimers. Civil authorities were inundated by telephone calls. Panic was especially high in some parts of Washington state where a power outage coincidentally occurred just after the part of the broadcast where the Martians began their destructive rampage. It is estimated that six million Americans heard at least a portion of the broadcast, and about 1.7 million of them thought it was real. Still, most radio listeners that night were oblivious to the so-called 'panic.' Welles' broadcast ran opposite the hugely popular Edgar Bergen program on NBC.
Tags: Martians  radio  Orson  Welles 
Added: 22nd October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast On Halloween eve in 1938, the power of radio stunned the nation when a dramatization of the science-fiction novel "The War of the Worlds" scared the daylights out of many of CBS radio's nighttime listeners.
Tags: War  of  the  Worlds  Radio  Broadcast  1938  1930s  30's  Orson  Wells  radio  program  scare  tactics  nation  scared  suicides   
Added: 30th October 2014
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Posted By: Steve
Orson Wells Apologizes For War Of The Worlds I was surprised at the comment around 4:00 that radio is new and we don't know the impact it will have....I'd love to see his opinion of the internet.
Tags: Orson  Wells  Apologizes  For  War  Of  The  Worlds  1938  30's  1930's  scare  tactic  controversy 
Added: 30th October 2014
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Posted By: Steve
Johnny Whitaker- Jody on Family Affair Tags: Johnny  Whitaker-  Jody  on  Family  Affair  John  Orson  Whitaker,  Jr.  Tom  Sawyer    The  Littlest  Angel 
Added: 18th March 2015
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