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By David Killen  

Interesting to note that 70 years ago today, someone far more talented than either Brand or the eminently punchable Ross was busy creating a storm that literally had people taking to the streets with guns in their hands. Orson Welles always claimed that his news bulletin-style radio version of War of the Worlds—complete with shrieking eye-witness reports of death-ray slaughter—was an innocent Halloween entertainment, feigning bewilderment at the mayhem he had caused. The resulting publicity made his name and he probably knew exactly what he was doing. We are used to the media’s…

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