Wednesday, October 30, 2013

News Update - October 30, 1938 - MARTIANS INVADE!!! FLEE!!!

Photographic proof!!!
A picture from Woking, in the UK, as the Martians invade!!!

Yes, it's been seventy-five years since Mr. Orson Welles scared the pants off a goodly number of people, showing what the power of the spoken word when combined with a new communications medium can do. You can do the same thing, at your game table, when you tell your tales...

And if I may quote the man himself:

"This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that The War of the Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be; The Mercury Theatre's own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying "Boo!" Starting now, we couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the next best thing. We annihilated the world before your very ears and utterly destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn't mean it, and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember please for the next day or so the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody's there, that was no Martian, it's Halloween."

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