Daily Bread for 10.30.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Friday in our small city will be partly cloudy with a high of fifty-four.  Sunrise is 7:27 and sunset is 5:49, for 10h 22m 23s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 87.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

Two annual posts are on the way: this morning the third-annual Favorite Halloween Monster Poll, and tomorrow the ninth-annual Scariest Things in Whitewater post.

On this day in 1938, Orson Welles stirs up trouble:

The War of the Worlds” is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on Sunday, October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmakerOrson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells‘ novel The War of the Worlds (1898). It became famous for allegedly causing mass panic, although the reality of this mass panic is disputed as the program had relatively few listeners.[3]

The first two thirds of the one-hour broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show without commercial interruptions, adding to the program’s realism. Popular legend holds that some of the radio audience may have been listening to Edgar Bergen and tuned in to “The War of the Worlds” during a musical interlude, thereby missing the clear introduction that the show was a drama, but recent research suggests this only happened in rare instances.[4]:67-69

In the days following the adaptation, there was widespread outrage in the media. The program’s news-bulletin format was described as deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast and calls for regulation by the Federal Communications Commission.[3] The episode secured Welles’s fame as a dramatist.

On this day in 1914, 4-H gets going in Wisconsin:

1914 – First 4-H Club in Wisconsin Organized
On this date the Linn Junior Farmers Club in Walworth County was organized. This club was started five months after Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act which created the Cooperative Extension Service whereby federal, state, and county governments participate in the county agent system. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin’s Historical Markers]

Friday brings the concluding game in Puzzability‘s week-long No Tricks series:

This Week’s Game — October 26-30
No Tricks
It’s all sweet talk this Halloween week. For each day, we started with a candy brand and replaced all the letters with asterisks, except for every occurrence of the letters in TREAT.
Example:
**TTER****ER
Answer:
Butterfinger
What to Submit:
Submit the candy name (as “Butterfinger” in the example) for your answer.
Friday, October 30
*****R ***T*

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