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Google logos and H.G. Wells: assist public preparedness for UFOs by Steve Hammons
Posted: 13:28 September 29, 2009
The Google logo "doodle" on Sept. 21, H.G. Wells' birthday, showed the three-legged extraterrestrial invaders from Wells' novel THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, published in 1898.
Recent Google UFO doodles sparked curiosity and motivated amateur sleuths who tried to determine the meanings of the mysterious flying saucers in Google's logo on Sept. 5 and Sept. 15.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS was made into movies over the years, including the most recent 2005 version directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins and Dakota Fanning.
One of the most noteworthy outcomes from the book was the Mercury Theatre radio broadcast on CBS based on the novel that aired live on Halloween, Oct. 30, 1938.
Some listeners believed the radio drama script by Orson Welles was a series of real news reports about an invasion of Earth by frightening creatures from Mars and panic swept many communities in the U.S.
WELLS, WELLES AND PROJECT BLUEBOOK
This incident has been cited as an example of mass hysteria that may have affected U.S. authorities investigating real unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and alleged extraterrestrial visitation to, or activities on Earth.
The first head of the U.S. Air Force's Project Bluebook, Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt, wrote in his 1956 book THE REPORT ON UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS that "The [U.S. government's] UFO files are full of references to the near mass panic of October 30, 1938, when Orson Welles presented his now famous THE WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast."
Project Bluebook, based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton, in southwestern Ohio, claimed to be a straightforward investigative effort into UFO sightings. Some researchers allege that the project was actually a cover story of sorts that obscured and assisted other government activities in this area.
Google's celebration of H.G. Wells' birthday with a WAR OF THE WORLDS logo doodle also reminds us of the 1938 radio show and the effects on the social psychology of the U.S. that Halloween night. The fact that the radio broadcast based on THE WAR OF THE WORLDS had such significant impacts on American society seems to make the book and the radio program highly relevant today.
Why? The acclimation and preparedness of the American and international public to the possibility of extraterrestrial contact may be an important goal now.
REACTIONS TO FICTION, FACT
How would Americans and people around the world react to a similar fictitious incident now, if it was misinterpreted as reality? How would we react to a real situation misinterpreted as fiction?
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