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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
THE NIGHT AMERICA TREMBLED
In 1938 my dad sprang for a new RCA Victor 7K1 console.
The radio took a prominent place in our home. President Roosevelt’s voice filled our living room. I loved Charlie McCarthy. My sister adored Bing Crosby.
One night, putting the finishing touches on my Halloween costume, mom turned the dial. “Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.”
I rolled my eyes. “Boring.”
A panicked voice interrupted. “Ladies and gentlemen this is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever witnessed…”
We cowered, believing, as many Americans did, invaders from Mars had landed. What a pity they weren’t real and didn’t devour the Reichstag.
“…it was intended to be the Mercury theater’s own version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying, ‘Boo!’ Starting now we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal your garden gates by tomorrow night so we did the next best thing.” Orson Welles, October 30,1938