Monday, October 30, 2006
War Of the Worlds
Today is the anniversary of perhaps the US' most famous radio broadcast - Orson Welles' adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. You can learn more about it, as I did, on this Wikipedia entry. It's amazing that in 1938, the people listening actually believed it was a newscast of a real alien invasion (thou some stories say people thought it was not aliens, but the Germans invading, as it was on the cusp of WWII).
The story: A meteorite lands in New Jersey after an explosion on Mars. The meteorite turns out to be an alien spaceship & the aliens begin attacking the civilians with heat rays and a poison gas. The military attacks, but is unable to fend of the Martian advances. The Martians take over New York City, but are ultimately killed by human germs.
I happened across the record of this recording somewhere - probably at Plan 9 - so of course i had to buy it ($3). I've never listened to it, and there's no time like the present, as they say. So if you want to come over & listen to a 1938 radio broadcast with me - give me a call! Knitting is optional.