Today’s blog post is out of this world – namely Mars! On this day in 1938 listeners heard the historic radio broadcast with Orson Welles of “War of the Worlds”. That broadcast brought nationwide panic with his realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth, from the science fiction novel by H.G. Wells ‘War of the Worlds’ (written in 1898).This year, 2015, marked the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles birth. There was this article from March 2012 with talk of fans pushing for a commemorative U.S. stamp in time for centennial celebration but I was not able to find anything further on it ever happening.
Did you ever read (or see the 2012 Disney-made movie) John Carter of Mars – written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1911. When I saw the movie I could see why it was attributed to being a major influence on characters in the 20th century including Star Wars – this article from March 2, 2014 is very insightful.
I still have some of these stamps that I use with sending out mail from 2012 of the Forever U.S. stamp of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Have you seen the new Matt Damon movie out in the movie theater: The Martian? Not to give away the plot of the movie, but I was happy to find this U.S. stamp of the Mars Pathfinder from 1997. You will want to see this movie on the large screen while it is still out – don’t wait for the dvd to come out! You will always want a roll of duct tape on you after seeing this movie.
Last Saturday, October 24, in my blog post Back to Today it included “Back to the Future – Part II”.
As part of having fun with the bucket list for Cuddy I will have to see if he would enjoy watching this episode of the Jack Russell Terrier dog-day-dreamer-detective “Wishbone” from Season 1 of “Bark to the Future”. In it they construct their own H.G. Wells Time Machine. [NOTE 10/29/2016 Removed the embed to the referenced “Wishbone” as YouTube was displaying “This video is no longer available…” HR]
Here’s a toast to our looking at the stars and seeing them with those we love and hold dear. I am closing today’s blog post with a different closing sentiment for our family dog Cuddy.
Paws crossed in prayers,
Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today —
Image: Upper left of 1938 Superla radio by Iron Bishop (Own work) CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Article: Orson Welles’ fans push for commemorative U.S. stamp in time for centennial celebration March 11, 2012 by the Republican Entertainment Desk @masslivenews
Image: By Acme News Photos (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons “Photo of Orson Welles meeting with reporters in an effort to explain that no one connected with the War of the Worlds radio broadcast had any idea the show would cause panic.” from October 31, 1938
Image:2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs U.S. Stamp Forever
Image: 1997 Mars Pathfinder stamp, Scott #3178, U.S. Postal Service
Link to The Martian (2015 film) with Matt Damon
YouTube The Martian Teaser Trailer [HD] 20th Century Fox
“Why John Carter of Mars is the original Star Wars film” March 2, 2014 by James Ryan @Inafarawayg
YouTube: Wishbone S1E23 Bark to the Future posted by Wishbone Full Episodes <–[NOTE 10/29/2016 Removed the embed to the referenced “Wishbone” above as YouTube was displaying “This video is no longer available…” HR]