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|Sep 24th, 2010 10:00 AM|
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|Sep 24th, 2010 01:57 AM|
Nick: You are indeed correct that the news reports of hysteria were greatly exaggerated by the newspapers, fearing they would be wiped out by radio.
However, in 1949 a Spanish version of the joke was played in Ecuador. The panic, and soon after riot of hundreds that followed caused at least six deaths, and they burned the radio station to the ground.
|Sep 23rd, 2010 09:58 PM|
My grandfather had this in a classic radio broadcast collection [on cassette no less] that I listened to over and over as a child.
He used to tell me how people were running from their homes at the time of broadcast because they believed it to be real. He even said a woman had tripped, then threw her shoes off saying she wasn't going to need them anymore.
Kudos to Orson Welles.
|Sep 23rd, 2010 03:35 PM|
|Shadowdancer21b||I love that cover art. I haven't seen that one before.|
|Sep 23rd, 2010 12:21 PM|
Actually there was no mass hysteria. It was just a ploy by newspapers to sell more papers by reporting that the news broadcast had indeed caused people to panic. Many of the photos featured in the pages of the newspapers were staged for dramatic effect as well.
Still a good listen, though.
|Sep 23rd, 2010 04:04 AM|
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