ghostaphobia: THE GREATEST HOAX IN AMERICAN HI…

ghostaphobia:

THE GREATEST HOAX IN AMERICAN HISTORY 

On a Halloween night in 1938, a large portion of people in the United States thought aliens were actually attacking the planet because of a radio program of WAR OF THE WORLDS told by film, radio and play director Orson Welles as a news report. People were looting stores, massing small armies, boarding up their houses and gathering in churches. Despite hearing this news, Welles did not want to stop the program or alert anyone that it was a show. “Six minutes after we’d gone on the air, the switchboards in radio stations right across the country were lighting up like Christmas trees. Houses were emptying, churches were filling up; from Nashville to Minneapolis there was wailing in the street and the rending of garments. Twenty minutes in, and we had a control room full of very bewildered cops. They didn’t know who to arrest or for what, but they did lend a certain tone to the remainder of the broadcast. We began to realize, as we plowed on with the destruction of New Jersey, that the extent of our American lunatic fringe had been underestimated.” — Orson Welles on his War of the Worlds broadcast, which took place 77 years ago