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Fear Not - Part 1 (13 of 19)
INTRODUCTION: It was on this day in history in 1938 at 8PM that a voice announced: ''The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in 'War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells.''
Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy ''Charlie McCarthy'' on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on.
By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.
Orson Welles feared that the controversy generated by ''War of the Worlds'' would ruin his career. In fact, the publicity helped land him a contract with a Hollywood studio, and in 1941 he directed, wrote, produced, and starred in Citizen Kane-a movie that many have called the greatest American film ever made.
What is it about the time around Halloween that will cause people to intentionally put themselves in scary situations?
A bedrock assumption in the theory of human behavior is that people tend to pursue pleasure and avoid pain. How can that be reconciled with the fact that at this time of year people intentionally put themselves in scary situations?
Even entire department stores are converted into supposedly haunted houses for the purpose of scary you out of your mind.
ILLUSTRATION: When I was a little kid, you know what I was scared of - ''The Count'' on Sesame Street. I just knew that joker was going to come into my house in the middle of the night and grab me or something.
From my experience that kind of fear is not Satan's primary battle plan. It is highly unlikely that Satan is going to make your cedar chest float across your bedroom in the middle of the night. Well what if he does Pastor? Sit back and enjoy ...
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