On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles gave the nation a Halloween scare with his radio broadcast of an adaptation of H.G. Wells' 1898 novel, The War of the Worlds.
In the early 1900s, Martians were a hot topic in American popular culture.
Many Americans could not fathom that some people heard War of the Worlds and actually believed that Martians had landed in New Jersey.
Last year, a University of Michigan grad student applied for an internship at American Experience. He ended up with a Story By credit on War of the Worlds.