Sunday: Salon Menlo revisits Halloween 1938 -- when Martians invaded New Jersey

Salon Menlo invites the public on Sunday (Oct. 27) to revisit Halloween 1938 on the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. This science fiction radio drama, presented in the form of a real-time news report, caused panic in the streets -- convincing listeners that Martians were attacking New Jersey.

Nick Szegda, a reference library at the Menlo Park Library, and Salon Menlo's Lauren John will lead the discussion and provide film and audio clips of the broadcast from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Elm Room of the Menlo Park Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

The 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast was based on the 1898 H.G. Wells novella of the same name.

This event, sponsored by the Al Jacobs Fund administered by the Friends of the Menlo Park Public Library is free and open to all.

Read Lauren John's blog post on the broadcast.


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