31 October 2011
“Starting now, we cannot soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the next best thing. We annihilated the World before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and both institutions are still open for business.”
“So, goodnight everybody, and remember for the next few days the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room, is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there…That was no Martian, It’s Halloween!”
Orson Welles of the Mercury Theatre on CBS radio Oct. 30, 1938.