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70 Years Ago This Halloween …

... When a group of actors 'utterly destroyed the C.B.S.'

Who said this:

“Starting now, we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night … so we did the best next thing. We annihiliated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the C.B.S.”

Ah, we can’t take you back to 1938. But we can send you to a link where you can enjoy reading the entire radio script of that famous broadcast.

There are many fine online resources about “War of the Worlds,” the Mercury Theatre and its legendary host whose name was so similar to that of the man who wrote the original book.

The link above is maintained by the West Windsor branch of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, where they still haven’t forgotten that terrible night when war came to Grover’s Mill.

CBS did come back, by the way: “You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and that both institutions are still open for business,” the narrator continued 70 years ago. “So goodbye everybody, and remember 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 Hallowe’en.”