Today's Notable Quote: "It's only a radio drama!" - The disclaimer printed in newspapers and read on the air during breaks of the hour-long radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
On this night in 1938, Orson Welles shocked and frightened the citizens of the U.S. with his dramatic reading of H.G. Wells' work. It's hard to imagine in today's "information age" that folks could be so gullible...
Some folks, in fact, got pretty desperate when they heard the ‘news’ that the world was coming to an end. They rushed out of their homes with handkerchiefs covering their mouths to guard against Martian gas. They clogged phone lines, caused traffic jams and checked into hospitals in shock.
"We interrupt this program..."