War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells ( written 1898) – Fragrance Cannabis
On 8pm, Sunday, October 30 1938 The Columbia Broadcast System radio network ran an episode that famously (and allegedly) caused panic among its’ audience. There was an announcement at the beginning of the program that the show was an adaptation of War of the Worlds. This was only done once and there were not any commercial breaks. This was very odd for a radio program.
The broadcast started with a show that was interrupted by a series of news bulletins. The first was that odd explosions were observed on Mars. Second, a seemingly unrelated report of a unusual object falling on a farm in Grover’s Mill, NJ. It just went on from there, drawing the audience further and further in!
Martians were attacking humans with heat rays and black smoke. New Yorkers (known for being tough) were dropping like “flies”.
The second half of the show went to a radio drama format with a survivor, played by Orson Welles, dealing with the invasion and occupation of Earth by aliens.
Policeman started to trickle in to the radio studio, trying to stop the broadcast, network employees were busily collecting destroying, locking up all the scripts and records of the broadcast.
When Jack Paar, host of the Tonight show announced, “that nothing was going on – have I ever lied to you?” The public charged Paar with covering up the truth. There was a lot of chaos that night and the weeks that followed.
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