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(NJ.com)   75 years ago today, America was in a state of panic because of A: The Great Depression? B: The rise of Nazi-ism, or C: Orson Welles?   (nj.com) divider line 32
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2013-10-30 01:11:30 PM  
Or, as we learned yesterday, not in a state of panic. Still sucks to be in Grover's Mill, though
 
2013-10-30 01:11:56 PM  
This myth just won't die. A few people in a few towns freaked out.
 
2013-10-30 01:13:07 PM  
This is a myth. One newspaper reported panic and they were just making it up.
 
2013-10-30 01:13:18 PM  
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2013-10-30 01:13:25 PM  

zerkalo: Or, as we learned yesterday, not in a state of panic. Still sucks to be in Grover's Mill, though


Followup tag in hiding.
 
2013-10-30 01:16:47 PM  

mediablitz: This myth just won't die. A few people in a few towns freaked out.


Exactly. My dad heard the broadcast, from start to finish. He told me the only people who were in a state were the ones who tuned in halfway through, and they were straightened out PDQ.
 
2013-10-30 01:21:51 PM  
My dad makes a hobby out of playing these old radio shows on a little bitty college radio station every week, and I rather enjoyed listening to this one again last time.
 
2013-10-30 01:23:28 PM  

zerkalo: Or, as we learned yesterday, not in a state of panic. Still sucks to be in Grover's Mill, though


We know a remote farm in Grover's Mill where Mrs. Buckley lives...
 
2013-10-30 01:23:41 PM  
Bullshiat.
There are a lot of stupid people, but not that many stupid people.
 
2013-10-30 01:27:28 PM  

Begoggle: Bullshiat.
There are a lot of stupid people, but not that many stupid people.


It was fashionable to be that stupid in that era.
 
2013-10-30 01:28:20 PM  
http://archive.org/details/OrsonWellesMrBruns

just in case anyone would like to listen and celebrate the madness.

happy aniversary unicron!
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2013-10-30 01:29:46 PM  
D. none of the above
 
2013-10-30 01:31:40 PM  

Begoggle: Bullshiat.
There are a lot of stupid people, but not that many stupid people.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkCwFkOZoOY
 
2013-10-30 01:34:17 PM  
People say the reaction was a myth, while I see things like the huge panic when someone wanted to open a mosque near the World Trade Hole, or when we rounded up people whose eyes slanted in a certain direction and put them in concentration camps, or when we elected a black President. Etc., etc.

I have no doubt that a measurable percentage of those who heard any part of that broadcast believed it to be true and began planning a new future.

Remember, there had been no horror movies to desensitize them. There were things going on in Europe that had them on edge already. There hadn't been weeks of commercials giving away the plot. People were much more naive then.

Yes, I guarantee some newspapers sensationalized it. It's what they do to sell their fish wrappings. But I don't think it can be completely discounted either.
 
2013-10-30 01:35:44 PM  
 
2013-10-30 01:36:06 PM  

zerkalo: Or, as we learned yesterday, not in a state of panic. Still sucks to be in Grover's Mill, though


Yeah. If you're referring to the American Experience episode last night, it looks like this was more of a backlash against from the newspapers against this new media of radio.

An otherwise informative show, there was some bad acting going on with those fake eyewitnesses shot in black and white. That annoyed me.
 
2013-10-30 01:48:14 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: zerkalo: Or, as we learned yesterday, not in a state of panic. Still sucks to be in Grover's Mill, though

We know a remote farm in Grover's Mill where Mrs. Buckley lives...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14PfDDwxlE

More Green Peaness?
 
2013-10-30 01:58:31 PM  

Kyosuke: People say the reaction was a myth, while I see things like the huge panic when someone wanted to open a mosque near the World Trade Hole, or when we rounded up people whose eyes slanted in a certain direction and put them in concentration camps, or when we elected a black President. Etc., etc.

I have no doubt that a measurable percentage of those who heard any part of that broadcast believed it to be true and began planning a new future.

Remember, there had been no horror movies to desensitize them. There were things going on in Europe that had them on edge already. There hadn't been weeks of commercials giving away the plot. People were much more naive then.

Yes, I guarantee some newspapers sensationalized it. It's what they do to sell their fish wrappings. But I don't think it can be completely discounted either.


Bullshiat. There have been horror movies on film since movies were invented, all the way back to the 1890s. But let's take a look at the 30s decade itself.
 
2013-10-30 02:00:45 PM  
Actually a lot of people WERE in an initial state of panic but that passed once folks figured out it was a drama. My dad was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY. He was woken up and told that the Martian were attacking, All of the residents of the apartment complex gathered in one apartment to listen to the radio. The discussed getting out of the city. (A virtual impossibility because there were two cars for a dozen adults.) Once they figured out it was a radio play my dad was sent back to bed. What did NOT happen was mass hysteria and panic. Some folks really flipped out most did what people usually do when getting news over the radio, waited for more details.  .
 
2013-10-30 02:07:39 PM  
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2013-10-30 02:11:53 PM  
Ah, the O.G. troll, back when trolling ment something.
 
2013-10-30 02:24:12 PM  
Definition of terror - standing between Orson Wells and a buffet table.
 
2013-10-30 02:36:05 PM  
Only a few people panicked, not the first time the media have put over a false story.

You might remember the Laconia Riots of 1965, where they claimed the Hells Angels had started it.  Well, small problem:  How do you get 3,000 Hells Angels to ride from California to New Hampshire, destroy a small town and then ride back 3,000 miles without being caught?

Good trick.  Especially when there were only 500 active Hells Angels in the USA at the time.
 
2013-10-30 02:49:34 PM  
Welles subby
 
2013-10-30 03:58:54 PM  
H G Wells, Orson Welles.
 
2013-10-30 04:29:36 PM  
olddinosaur:
You might remember the Laconia Riots of 1965, where they claimed the Hells Angels had started it. Well, small problem: How do you get 3,000 Hells Angels to ride from California to New Hampshire, destroy a small town and then ride back 3,000 miles without being caught?

There were supposedly just a handful of Hells Angels at Laconia - as few as seven, from FBI reports - but there were also a lot of other clubs represented in the riots, along with random "youths" who decided to raise some hell.

The Angels had clubs in a lot of places by 1965 - not just California. There was even a chapter in New Zealand by the mid-1960s. It wouldn't be a surprise to see some Angels in pretty much any part of the US by then - they had a habit of taking long trips for various reasons, and a cross-country trip to attend a major motorcycle even like Laconia was pretty much in character.
 
2013-10-30 05:17:14 PM  
Yeah, I didn't freak out either.  Only stupid people freaked out.  And I wasn't one of them.  In hindsight, I remember loading my guns and calling to see where they needed able bodied men to fight those aliens.  But I didn't believe there was no stupid invasion going on.  That was for the feeble minded and liberals.
 
2013-10-30 07:36:04 PM  

FunkOut: Begoggle: Bullshiat.
There are a lot of stupid people, but not that many stupid people.

It was fashionable to be that stupid in that era.


Wearing an onion on your belt was also pretty big.
 
2013-10-30 09:58:14 PM  

felching pen: H G Wells, Orson Welles.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUdghSMTXsU

Audio only, because no one had invented color yet.
 
2013-10-30 10:20:29 PM  
CSB
It was a dark and stormy night.
A local radio station was going to do their annual rebroadcast of War of the Worlds at midnight 10/30/1972.
Back then I had a TEAC 7"reel/reel that was super and planned on ripping a copy of their high quality FM stereo studio broadcast. Had my Koss oil cuffed headphones on, tuner locked on station, reels all set, fingers poised on record buttons, high as a kite by then, countdown to midnight, stroke of 12,,,
Lightning struck transformer outside my window precisely to the instant I hit the record buttons.
Flash, Bang, Total Darkness, Absolute Silence

It gave me pause.
 
2013-10-30 10:55:29 PM  
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2013-10-31 02:58:41 PM  
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zerkalo
is right about The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic.  But I think we can all agree that reality is not as exciting as fiction, even when reality isn't real and the retelling of the reality is even less real.  Happy 75th anniversary!
 
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