Memorable remains the transmission that aired on October 30, 1938, during which the 23-year-old Welles interpreted a radio adaptation written by Howard E. Koch of The War of the Worlds, a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells; the program caused panic in much of the United States, as many radio listeners believed that Earth was indeed being invaded by a warlike Martian fleet.
Welles knew that CBS was broadcasting on frequencies to those of the most followed NBC, where at the same time they broadcast the popular broadcasts of comedian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his puppet Charlie McCarthy, but he also knew that Bergen, in a moment very precise about his transmission, he always broadcast a musical break during which the audience tended to change station: it was at that moment that Welles decided to land his Martians far away. The choice proved effective as the United States plunged into chaos. According to the testimony of many collaborators, including personal assistant Alland, CBS executive Davison Taylor swooped into the recording room after 15 minutes and exclaimed to Welles, “By God, stop this like this! People out there are. gone mad!”. Shortly after Welles replied to the CBS General Paley (down in slippers and I confess), who told him about the transmission: “Stop? Why? They must be afraid, let me continue to have!”, Only to declare the opposite in all subsequent interviews. To be sure, Welles thought the adaptation boring, and not bought wanted to propose it, but it was in use in the absence of other interesting material available.
Believing that the events described in the broadcast to be authentic, the listeners of the program panicked, not realizing that it was actually a simple radio show. The story narrated in the novel was interpreted by Welles as a real commentary, with the sole intent of public engaging for the. The adaptation of the novel in fact simulated a special news program, which at times was inserted above the other programs of the schedule, to provide updates on the landing of Martian spaceships in Grovers Mill (New Jersey). The result was all too realistic and went beyond the author’s expectations. The story turned into a huge advertising return for Welles, so much so that the RKO came forward offering him a contract for the making of three films in Hollywood.
A strong G3-class geomagnetic storm could occur this Saturday, October 30, when the coronal mass ejection (CME) from the solar flare that occurred on Thursday 28, type X1, hits the Earth’s magnetic field. geomagnetic, it is worth explaining what it is.
Coronal mass ejections (EMC) consist of the release of large amounts of matter from the solar atmosphere, originating from the solar corona during strong and long-lasting solar flares and resulting from large-scale magnetic instabilities. They are one of the most spectacular events in solar activity, ejecting billions of tons of plasma, as well as their encrusted magnetic fields, into space.
Storms like this, scheduled for October 30, can trigger auroras visible to the naked eye as far south as Illinois and Oregon (typically 50 degrees geomagnetic latitude) and photographic auroras at even lower latitudes.
Minor storms of classes G1 and G2 may persist until Halloween. When it comes to solar flares, these are huge bursts of radiation from the Sun that shoot radiation-charged particles out of the star. According to NASA, these are lettered, with Class C relatively weak, Class M moderate and Class X the strongest.
today a song (famous) of peanuts dedicated to halloween…
It’s close to midnight Something evil’s lurking from the darkUnder the moonlight You see a sight that almost stops your heart You try to scream But terror takes the sound before you make itYou start to freeze As horror looks you right between the eyes You’re paralysed’Cause this is thriller Thriller night And no-one’s gonna save you From the beast about to strike You know it’s thriller Thriller night You’re fighting for your life Inside a killer Thriller tonight, yeahYou hear the door slam And realise there’s nowhere left to runYou feel the cold hand And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun You close your eyesAnd hope that this is just imagination (Girl) But all the while You hear a creature creeping up behind You’re outta time’Cause this is thriller Thriller night There ain’t no second chance Against the thing with the forty eyes, girl Thriller (ooh, ooh) Thriller night You’re fighting for your life Inside a killer Thriller tonightNight creatures calling The dead start to walk in their masqueradeThere’s no escaping the jaws of the alien this time (they’re open wide)This is the end of your lifeThey’re out to get you There’s demons closing in on every sideThey will possess you Unless you change that number on your dial Now is the time For you and I to cuddle close together, yeah All through the night I’ll save you from the terror on the screen I’ll make you seeThat this is thriller Thriller night ‘Cause I can thrill you more Than any ghoul could ever dare try (Thriller) Ooh, ooh (Thriller night) So let me hold you tight And share a (Killer, diller, chiller) (Thriller here tonight)’Cause this is thriller Thriller night Girl, I can thrill you more Than any ghoul could ever dare try (Thriller) Ooh, ooh (Thriller night) So let me hold you tight And share a (Killer, thriller) Oh I’m gonna thrill you tonightDarkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorise y’alls neighborhood And whosoever shall be found Without the soul for getting down Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell And rot inside a corpse’s shell I’m gonna thrill you tonight (Thriller, ooh, ooh, yeah) I’m gonna thrill you tonight (Thriller, oh, darling) I’m gonna thrill you tonight (Thriller) Ooh, ooh, babe I’m gonna thrill you tonight (Thriller) Oh, darling Thriller night OohThe foulest stench is in the air The funk of forty-thousand years And grizzly ghouls from every tomb Are closing in to seal your doom And though you fight to stay alive Your body starts to shiver For no mere mortal can resist The evil of the thriller
I’m starting this post having finished breakfast, read some other blog posts and emails while all the time listening to the birds, which seem to be particularly noisy today. I’ve already seen a couple of bees and as I type these words, a noisy tui has just stopped for a moment on the camellia. It […]
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