It was the end of October -- 1938. Everything seemed to be business as usual (although the weather reports did describe an atmospheric disturbance, causing a "low pressure area to move down rather rapidly over the northeastern states") . . .
Yet across an immense ethereal gulf, minds that are to our minds as ours are to the beasts in the jungle -- intellects vast, cool, and unsympathetic -- regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the Great Disillusionment, near the end of October. Business was better. The war scare was over. More men were back at work -- sales were picking up.
On this particular evening, October 30th, the Crosley Service estimated that thirty-two million people were listening in on radios . . .
The lesson of that famous (infamous) broadcast? Perhaps, don't believe everything you see and hear in the media, or everything you are told by someone with a sonorous, authoritative-sounding voice . . .
Do your own due diligence . . .