Word of the Day: Occasion

Reminiscing about the early days of radio, Joe said, “yessireebob, it was quite an occasion! There were people running around in pointy foil hats, constantly looking up to the heavens…as if, you know, anyone had actually seeeeen anything”, he chuckled.

“Even Pastor Joe held nightly prayer meetings hoping to dispel the evil aliens that were rumored to be on their way to invade earth. Of course the local stores were happy to supply multiple provisions just in case it was true.

Yup, it was quite an exciting time! Same thing happened years later when the “Close Encounters” movie came out. Lordy be, people will believe anything!” smiling knowingly.

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October 30, 1938. “The War of the Worlds”—Orson Welles’s realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth—is broadcast on the radio on October 30, 1938. Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells’s 19th-century science fiction novel The War of the Worlds for national radio.

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