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H.G.Wells wrote a book ‘The War of The Worlds’ in 1898, in which Martians invade Earth, which I read recently. This was made into a radio drama in 1938, performed for Halloween. It caused panic by suggesting that an actual alien invasion was taking place, even though it’s introduction proved the show was a drama, some listeners heard only a portion of the broadcast and mistook it for a genuine news broadcast. It was directed and narrated by Orson Welles. After the play Welles describes himself “of dressing up in a sheet, jumping out of a bush and saying, ‘Boo!'”. Policeman raided the studio to demand the show be stopped as there were mobs beginning to gather. Newspapers compounded the panic by reporting mass panic and hysteria. Some say that the extent of the ‘panic’ was exaggerated, although a rise in telephone calls was documented. Many listeners sued the network for “mental anguish” and “personal injury”. All suits were dismissed, except for a claim for a pair of black men’s shoes by a Massachusetts man, who spent his shoe money to escape the Martians. Welles insisted the man be paid.