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The Martians Were Coming, The Martians Were Coming!

Tyrades!

Ah, time passes faster than a flying saucer. So we blink and find that October 30 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most embarrassing incidents in American history.
I’m speaking of the hysteria surrounding the CBS radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel “The War of the Worlds.” The first two-thirds of the hour-long “Mercury Theatre on the Air” broadcast (directed by and starring Orson Welles) was designed like a live newscast. More than one-fourth of the six million listeners tuned in late, missed the disclaimers, and thought that tentacled Martians were actually landing on ...


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