War of the Worlds hysteria

Posted by: NucleusG4

War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 04:16 PM

... was mostly the Mainstream Media.

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/histo...adcast_did.html
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 04:47 PM

Ah man, ignorance was bliss. You just ruined one of the best media stories ever. It happened on my birthday even; I always thought it was so cool. Shame on you Nuke, party pooper. mad
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 04:49 PM

Having said that, I will likely end up passing it on. Good to be reminded that the media manufacturing news, or at least grossly misrepresenting it, is nothing new.
Posted by: Nana

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 06:56 PM

I saw a documentary about the radio show last week. I forgot which channel I saw it on. The tv show stated that the reason so many people believed that martians were invading the world was because they tuned into the show after the beginning of the program (radio surfing) which announced the program was just a "science fiction story," nothing more.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 07:22 PM

It's actually a great listen. I recommend it to everybody.
I'm sure it's on the inter webs somewhere.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 08:41 PM


My mom, being from NJ, and having been born in 1925
remembered it from her childhood, and recounted it
as not that big-a-deal as the media made it out to be.

She was the youngest of 4 sisters living with their
parents in Jersey City at the time, She and her
sisters had gone to the movies that evening and
was unaware of any hullabaloo until they'd left the
theater and were walking home.

A lot of people were milling around on the sidewalks
many of them having heard parts of the broadcast,
they came out to discuss it with their neighbors
to see if anyone knew more about exactly what was
going on...

The girls kinda figured out what it was all about,
and rushed home to their parents in a panic, only
to be met by my granddad that said don't be silly,
it was only a radio play. He said they were being
ridiculous, since according to the radio, the
Martians were supposed to be right where they
lived.. and they OBVIOUSLY Were NOT!

Fast forward to 2005:
IMDb War of the Worlds
with Tom cruise (2005)

Paulette lives exactly 7 Blocks from the Church in front
of which the Martians emerge from underground.
In reality, it's the same church...which has the tower,
but in the movie they'd ADDED a Steeple... that snaps-off
in a dramatic fashion just for effect and hits the ground.

In the dialog .. there's a tremor.. and 1 cop says to the
other, "Is that The PATH Train?"
On the Google map, you can see that The PATH Station is
several blocks to the South.

In the description, Tom Cruise is said to be "A Dock Worker
in a New Jersey Port" yeah... he's a crane operator that
unloads the cargo containers in Port Newark.

Google Maps
Davis Memorial Methodist Church
Click the STREET VIEW Guy, and turn him around facing
the other way, and there's the church...
the streets (Harrison Ave & Frank E Rogers Blvd) are the
streets everyone was running down as the Tripods blew
them to powder.


YouTube
War of the Worlds (Official Trailer)


LOL ANYWHO..
...all that just to say...
it's weird seeing a spot I'd walked passed so many times
walking with Paulette to the PATH Station to get to NYCity.
seeing it getting disintergrated on TV is weirder still.

Then again..
How many times has lanovami seen Godzilla stroll thru Tokyo? laugh
Posted by: Pirate

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 08:52 PM

I was a member of the Heart of the Ozarks
Theater Company we did live radio productions, one of the most requested was War of the Worlds, we put it on each Halloween
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/07/13 10:35 PM

It never occurred to me you could listen to this outside what little blurbs I had heard on TV specials over the years. I will definitely look around for this.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 06:23 AM

Better than the movie! grin
Actually, I still have it on vinyl from when I was a kid (Not the original vinyl, mind you…) wink
Posted by: Pirate

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 06:52 AM

There was a musical play produced several years a go, rather good as I recall, lots of rock and roll with bits of the story thrown in
Posted by: Celandine

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 11:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Acumowchek
It's actually a great listen. I recommend it to everybody.
I'm sure it's on the inter webs somewhere.

IGGITY~AGGITY~FLOOT
--- It's YOURS ---


*Your Choice*
of different formats..
..streaming & downloadable..
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 12:01 PM

COOL! Thanks for the link!
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 01:15 PM

Thanks for linking that Cel. smile
Posted by: Celandine

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 02:00 PM


Just listened to it for the First Time myself!

LOL
Now I GET what my grandfather was talking about! laugh

From Jersey City you can see The Pulaski Skyway that
the Martian Tripods were said to be straddling...
...same with the Holland Tunnel... that runs
between Jersey City & Downtown New York City @
Canal St. ("Chinatown")

Pop was right...
"If there were Martians as described in the radio
enactment --- my mom et al should have been able
to simply look up and SEE Them! Obviously there
Were NOT!" thanx for prompting me to search for
the archive... it just filled in another piece
of the "FOREST GUMP" puzzle in which I live. crazy

Raymond Blvd in Newark leads up to the Art School
I attended during the early 70's as described,
from Paulette's house, the Machine could have
"almost brushed the house as they walked passed"

BTW.. in the Speilberg/Cruise 2005 movie version,
you can see the raised pylons of the Pulaski
Skyway towering over Cruise's house while he
was playing catch with his teen-aged son...

Interesting that Speilberg held so close to the
locations...

anyway... ENJOY! laugh

...I know I did. smile
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 03:20 PM

I listened to about half of it. Quite interesting. I suppose we are more skeptical these days, but though it was interesting with the historical element, it wasn't particularly convincing. Which would seem to back up the assertations that it was a broohaha stoked by the newspapers.

I think all of the characters I heard were played by 3 people, one of them being Welles.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 03:47 PM


The PBS Documentary fills in more of the back ground..
..about the series of recent discoveries and events that
had Mars in the News (& on people's mind) that pretty
much "primed the pump" for how the events unfolded.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 04:02 PM

Region Restrictions. frown
Posted by: Celandine

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 04:14 PM


I unnerstan frown

I can't get a lot of Aussie
programs for the same reason.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 04:50 PM

Originally Posted By: lanovami
Region Restrictions. frown
Proxies.
Posted by: Nana

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 05:26 PM

I'm watching the Tom Cruise version now.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 07:06 PM

"Proxies"

Yeah, was too lazy earlier. May take a look with a proxy tonight sometimes.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: War of the Worlds hysteria - 11/08/13 08:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Jim_
Originally Posted By: lanovami
Region Restrictions. frown
Proxies.


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