The War of the Worlds Breaks Up Concrete

Orson Welles, 1937, Library of Congress
In one its This NOT Just In features, radio station KUOW, in Seattle, reported on the reaction in the town of Concrete, Washington, to the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the World, starring and directed by Orson Welles. KUOW’s Feliks Banel reported that while pockets of panic took hold in the eastern United States, the hoopla went really over the top in Concrete, 60 miles north of Seattle. For that, thank a massive storm that made the Martian landings all the more credible.

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Comments (2)

  1. WALTER on June 12, 2011

    How old was Orson in 1937…He looks all of 23 years…My parents told me of the radio broadcast,,,there was quite a panic….Walter

  2. Peter Monaghan on June 12, 2011

    He was 23 at the time of the broadcast, but at the time of this photo, he was only 21.

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