“Good heavens, something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake.” (…)There, I can see the thing’s body. It’s large as a bear and it glistens like wet leather.” Correspondent Carl Phillips shocked his listeners, reporting on aliens crawling out of a cylinder-shaped object that landed in a farm at Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. Martians killed several passers-by with their death rays and later unfortunate news was announced on the radio: the charred corpse of Carl Phillips had been identified in the hospital. Panic erupted in the US.
In reality, of course, there was no Martian attack against the Earth. Listeners only became ear-witnesses of the show of a 23-year-old prodigy actor, Orson Welles, who thrillingly narrated the radio adaptation of H.G. Well’s novel “The war of the worlds” on October 30, 1938.
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